Many people find that sleeping on their stomachs is the most comfortable sleeping position for them. If you’re a stomach sleeper, you need to be aware of the damage you can cause to your spine. Your sleeping posture can also cause you to suffer from posture problems when you’re awake. That’s why it’s very important that you sleep on the best mattress for stomach sleepers to eliminate these problems.
In most cases, people carry the weight of their bodies within their torso area. Stomach sleepers need to make sure that their mattresses aren’t too soft. Really soft mattresses will begin to sag while you sleep. This will cause your back to arch. Medium firm mattresses will provide the best support for you. They will provide the support you need for the mid-section of your body, without causing an arch in your spine.
Pros and Cons of Stomach Sleeping
There are some benefits to sleeping on your stomach. If you suffer from pain in your lower back, this sleeping position can help relieve pressure that other positions can place on the spaces in your disc. There may also be health benefits to being a stomach sleeper. It’s been said that stomach sleeping can help lower blood pressure and decrease sleep apnea effects.
There are also disadvantages to sleeping on your stomach. This sleeping position can flatten the natural curve of your lower back. It also means that your head stays turned on one side throughout the night. These issues can both lead to your neck and spine alignment becoming distorted. Back sleeping also puts increased pressure on the nerves in your neck and spine. If you’ve ever woken up with a “pins and needles” tingling feeling, you put too much pressure on your nerves while you were asleep.
Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers
IntelliBed offers mattresses that provide stomach sleepers with the support they need to get a good night’s sleep. Two of the most highly recommended stomach sleeper mattresses are:
- IntelliBED 20 – The Intelli-Gel IntelliBED 20 is a medium firm mattress. Consumers have said that it’s “not too firm and not too soft.” They have been proven to provide support for sleepers who suffer from minimal pain. Their medium firm support is just what chiropractors recommend from those suffering from mild pain caused by sleeping on their stomach.
- Posture Perfect – The Intelli-Gel Posture Perfect is the best mattress for stomach sleepers that prefer a firm mattress. Although medium firm support is recommended for people who sleep on their stomachs, you need to sleep on what makes you the most comfortable. If you prefer a firm mattress, Posture Perfect is best because it actually uses the weight of your body to “anchor” your body in place, while decompressing your joints and muscles. Adding one of our adjustable bases will help to decompress your spine even more.
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