Have you noticed that, more often than not, when you wake up, you’ve been sleeping on your back? Many of us don’t take the time to think about what kind of sleeper we are. We wake up, get dressed, and start our day. 

However, it’s important to think about your sleeping position. Why? Because the mattress you purchase can be more (or less) effective, depending on the sleeping position you prefer. Some of us are multi-position sleepers, meaning we sleep in a variety of positions each night. Others are sided sleepers, back sleepers, or stomach sleepers. 

You might be a back sleeper if you wake up on your back or find that you can’t fall asleep unless you start on your back. If you share your bed with a partner, it might be a good idea to ask for their observations. You can also determine what kind of position you prefer based on the type of mattress and sleeping experience you prefer. 

While you might not think that your sleeping position makes a difference in your day-to-day life, you’d be surprised by the impact. The way we sleep affects how we breathe, how we move, and how we function. Experts have even suggested that our sleeping preferences make predictions about our personality traits. They also suggest the kind of mattresses that we should (or shouldn’t) use. 

Have you found that your current mattress doesn’t seem comfortable enough anymore? Is it too firm or too soft? Have other sleepers raved about the comfort of your mattress but you aren’t feeling it? You might have different sleeping positions. The goal is to choose a mattress from furniture stores in Orange County that is comfortable for your body, rather than a mattress that everyone loves. 

The Pros and Cons of Being a Back Sleeper Whether you figure it out from your sleeping partner, on your own, or through a series of tests, being a back sleeper have pros and cons. 

Sleeping on your back gives both your spine and your neck health a boost. The pose is known to allow you to keep your back straight and not contorted. If comfort weren’t important for sleeping, all sleepers would use this position without a pillow. It leaves your neck in a neutral (and safe) orientation. 

It also helps that back sleeping is great for cosmetics. You will face fewer skin wrinkles and less facial frustration. 

However, sleeping on your back encourages both sleep apnea and snoring. Doctors prescribe side sleeping to help cure sleep apnea. The link is just that strong. This is because gravity affects your airways when you sleep on your back, obstructing your breathing. 

Fortunately for those who have trouble making decisions, it becomes increasingly difficult to change your sleeping position over time. You’ll finds comfort in your favorite position and, most likely, stick to it. Learning more about pros and cons simply prepares you for the future. 

The Necessary Characteristics of a Mattress. Back sleepers are perhaps the widest variety of sleepers. They do not have a set comfort range. Rather, they vary in their preferences. Some enjoy cloud-like softness. Others enjoy rock-hard options. 

Whatever the preference, most back sleepers must have support in the lower back area. This means mattresses for back sleepers are generally more firm ñ giving strong support without feeling stiff. When the mattress is too stiff, it can hurt your spine and make for an uncomfortable sleep cycle. 

Medium-firm mattresses will support your body and back helping to contour the lower arch. Not having this arch can lead to serious aches and pains. Great solutions for back sleepers include foam, pillow tops, and latex. 

Back sleepers may also enjoy plush or euro top mattresses, in addition to those with a sturdy coil system that provides the perfect amount of support. 

Having a wide variety of options is key to picking out your new mattress because you can mix and match different levels of comfort with size and adjust your pick based on your sleeping position and surrounding factors. When choosing the mattress that’s best for you, consider these factors. 

Size 

The basic mattress sizes include twin, full, queen, king and California king. Choosing a size depends on the amount of space you have available, whether or not you share your bed with a significant other and personal preference. Think about your current sleeping situation and if you’re happy with the amount of space you have to sleep. If you’re fighting for space with your partner, it might be time to think about upgrading to a larger size. If your room is small and your bed is taking over the space, downsizing might be a good option. 

Comfort Level 

Mattresses come in all different levels of comfort ranging from firm to plush to pillow top as well as contoured and personalized. To provide a variety of comfort levels for mattress shoppers, Mattress Firm offers a Comfort by Color system that categorizes levels of comfort to help customers shop in their comfort zone. 

“The Comfort by Color system makes it easy for customers to come into a store and immediately see which mattresses fall into the category they’re looking for,” Mattress Firm CEO Ken Murphy said. “Whether they’re looking for a pillow top or a firm mattress, the variety of options helps customers pick a bed that’s specifically tailored to their needs.”   

Sleeping Position 

Another important factor to consider when choosing a mattress is your sleep position. Knowing whether you are a front, back, stomach or side sleeper, or move around frequently throughout the night, will help you narrow down your options and choose a mattress that accommodates your needs. For example, side sleepers might get better sleep with a plush or pillow top mattress that supports the spine’s natural curve versus a mattress with a firmer comfort level.  

Temperature 

Temperature plays a role in how you sleep, and it’s not limited to hot summer temperatures. Heavy comforters, heat settings and even your mattress can affect the quality of your sleep. While pillow tops and traditional memory foam can make for a warmer night’s sleep, Serta’s Comfort mattresses contain cooling technology to help you sleep at a comfortable temperature all night long. If you naturally heat up in your sleep, cooling technology may be something to consider.  

Pain 

If you experience any sort of pain – especially while you sleep – your mattress can either help or hurt that pain. For example, if you have lower back pain, you may need a firmer mattress to help keep your back aligned. By identifying any pain you have and being transparent when shopping, you can find the right mattress to help alleviate discomfort and improve your sleep.