Everyone sleeps differently—some prefer to sleep in the fetal position, some in a starfish pose and some flat on their stomachs, arms overhead. Maybe you start on your side and end up on your stomach? While there are many variations of sleeping positions, the three main categories are side, stomach and back, and each position has its positives and negatives. Some positions are better than others for rest and recovery.
Because the Leesa mattress is a premium foam mattress, it’s a great choice for all types of sleepers. Its adaptive feel provides pressure relief and body contouring—no matter how you sleep. The mattress also adapts to each person individually, for partners who sleep in different positions.
If you’re a side sleeper, you probably sleep in a variation of the fetal position, with your legs slightly bent in toward your chest and your arms curled under your head, against your chest or straight out to the side. This is the most popular sleeping position and many sleep experts recommend sleeping on your side to get the best rest possible.
Sleeping on your side helps you get uninterrupted sleep and can even alleviate insomnia. Side sleeping is also great for people with chronic back and hip pain. For more support and to relieve the pressure on your hips and back in this position, try putting a pillow between your legs. Sleeping on your side, specifically the left side, is also recommended for pregnant women because it helps blood circulate for both mom and baby.
For side (and back) sleepers, it’s important to have a supportive pillow. The Leesa pillow provides the support your neck needs while you sleep to keep your head, neck and spine aligned, plus it’s made with premium foam, so it keeps you cool while you sleep.
Maybe you prefer to sleep on your back—just be careful that it’s not the cause of back pain, especially in your lower back. Sleeping on your back can also make existing back pain a lot worse. If you’re a back sleeper and are experiencing back pain, try putting a pillow or rolled up towel under your knees. This helps your spine curve naturally while you sleep.
If you’re tossing and turning all night and waking up with pain, it may be time for a new mattress. For back sleepers, the right mattress will help relieve back pain. This is where the Leesa mattress excels—it delivers body contouring, core support and pressure relief to give your back the support it needs while you sleep.
If you’re a snorer or suffer from sleep apnea, sleeping on your back may aggravate this, too. Sleeping on your back with your head elevated slightly can also help people with allergies and heartburn. The good news for back sleepers is that when you sleep on your back, your head, neck and spine will stay in a neutral position, which is ideal when you sleep.
Are you a “freefall” sleeper? That means you sleep on your stomach, head turned to one side and arms overhead. While sleeping on your stomach can be a remedy for snoring, sleep experts say this position causes the most neck and back strain, which can cause you to wake up sore and leads to restlessness. So, if you’re sleeping on your stomach, you may not be getting your best sleep possible. For stomach sleepers, a very soft pillow or a flatter pillow is best so that your neck isn’t at an uncomfortable angle.
The Leesa Hybrid pillow is a great option for stomach sleepers because you can tailor the pillow four different ways to create your perfect pillow. Stomach sleepers can take out the pillow’s insert for a flatter pillow that’s still supportive.
While sleep experts recommend avoiding stomach sleep if possible, we understand that you can’t just change your sleeping position over night (pun intended). if you’re conscious of what’s good for your body, you can slowly make small changes to get better rest and find a position that leaves you feeling fresh and pain-free in the morning.