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Are Adjustable Beds Good For Side Sleepers?

Sleep Science · 10/19/18

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We all know the importance of having a good night’s sleep, but when your sleeping position is causing you aches and pains, you need to consider some solutions. There are different types of sleepers such as stomach sleepers, back sleepers, and side sleepers. There are pros and cons to every type of sleeping position.

 

How Many People Sleep on their Side?

According to a survey that was conducted back on January 3, 2013. Out of 3,700 respondents, a whopping 74% of them reported that they sleep on their side. Accordingly, 16% sleep on their stomach while 8% choose to sleep on their back.[1]

 

Facts About Side Sleepers

Side Sleeper Pressure Relief

As the name suggests, side sleepers position themselves on their left or right side when they sleep. Due to our anatomy, sleeping on our left side can provide quite a number of benefits to the body.

  • Alleviates acid reflux and heartburn
  • Helps with digestion
  • Stimulates toxin drainage from the lymph nodes
  • Improves circulation
  • Helps brain filter out waste[2]

Cons:

  • Applies undue pressure on stomach and lungs
  • Puts stress on shoulders
  • Arm tingling due to resting on the arm[3]

 

Adjustable Beds Good For Side Sleepers? Yes, here’s why

Are adjustable bed for side sleepers any good? Yes. Because side sleepers put pressure on one side of their body, pressure points can cause tenderness during sleep. This position puts can cause strain on your hips, neck, and shoulders.[4] This is where an adjustable bed comes in.

What’s great about an adjustable bed for side sleepers is that it can elevate your upper body into a more comfortable and relaxed position where your knees are relaxed and that there is less pressure on your shoulders, hips, and neck. Combine this with a memory foam mattress, and you will not have to worry about shoulder pain or even hip pain the next day.[5]

 

Benefits of Adjustable Beds for Side Sleepers

Do adjustable beds work for side sleepers? Yes, an adjustable bed frame can offer amazing benefits.

  • Regulates blood flow. One of the benefits that you can get from an adjustable base is that it will help regulate your blood flow since there is no obstruction at all.
  • Makes you sleep better. Another plus to using adjustable bed side sleepers is that it helps you fall asleep easily since you are getting comfort while you are in bed.
  • Helps Prevent sleep apnea. Most of us rely on pillows to alleviate apnea, but when your pillows become misaligned, your apnea may get triggered once more, plus you may end up with a crick on your neck. An adjustable bed can put you in a position where there is enough support on your neck to avoid the pain there in the morning.[6]

 

Best Type of Mattress for a Side Sleeper

Sleeping With Legs Elevated

Although sleeping on your back is better for your spine, side sleeping is the next best sleeping position that you should go into. Not only does this alleviate your sleep apnea and snoring, but it is also a good position for pregnant women.[7]

If you are looking for the best mattress for your body to get the best night’s sleep, you’re probably considering foam or memory foam. For adjustable bed base, you might want to check out the hybrid medium firm mattress from Yaasa®.

What is the Hybrid medium firm mattress? This type of mattress is a combination of transition layers, infinity foam, and the pocket coal system for that ultra-comfort at night. The cooling foam offers a comfort layer that prevents your body from heating up while the transition layers provide support for your spine. As for the pocket coil system, it adds to the hybrid mattress bed’s durability as well as responsiveness based on the movements of your body.[8]

Latex mattresses are known for their durability and healthiness. They’ve been around since the 1950’s. These mattresses are known for their firmness. If you have pressure point tenderness, a foam mattress may be more comfortable. Both foam and latex mattresses, in any variety, work well on an adjustable bed frame.

However, traditional innerspring mattresses (not pocket coil) are not advised for use on an adjustable bed frame.

 

Importance of Spinal Alignment for Side Sleepers

Some sleepers lie in a traditional fetal position, This position is not really recommended as you are putting a lot of strain on your spine, muscles, and joints. If you are a side sleeper, you may sometime experience a tingling sensation in the shoulders, neck, and hips. This can be due to your body position, mattress type, mattress firmness or even the bed frame.

One of the things that you need to take into account when sleeping on your side is your spinal alignment. When you sleep on your side, your spine goes into a neutral position which is a good position for women who are pregnant. The best way to achieve this is to place a pillow between your legs, and that the pillow under your head and neck is firm enough to keep them in a neutral position. There are many types of pillows that are made of various materials, including memory foam that can conform to your body.

As for head pillows, with a Yaasa® adjustable bed, you’ll no longer be looking for fallen pillows. You can elevate the head of the bed as little or as much as you want.

Using this adjustable bed for side sleepers, on the other hand, can reduce your worries that your pillow will become misaligned as you move around in bed. Yaasa’s adjustable bed frames provide you with the best solution to your sleep even when you are on your side.[9]

 

Importance of Pressure Relief for Side Sleepers

Why do side sleepers need to consider pressure relief when choosing a mattress? The problem with sleeping on your side is that your spine can become misaligned. Also, laying on pressure points as well as on your internal organs can prevent them from working properly. Also, side sleepers are prone to neck problems because sleeping in this position for hours.

 

Do adjustable beds work for side sleepers?

Yes. There is no doubt that adjustable bed frames are worth investing in especially when you want to get a good night’s sleep. Regardless of what sleeping position you choose, you will find that sleeping on this type of bed is going to be quite welcome.

For side sleepers, sleeping on an adjustable base and gel foam mattress will allow you to wake up refreshed because of adequate support that you are getting from your bed whenever you go to sleep. You won’t lose sleep over receiving a Yaasa® adjustable bed with its thoughtful packaging, buyer’s guide, and easy assembly.

 

Resources

  1. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-sleep-survey-pulls-back-the-covers-on-how-we-doze-and-dream-184798691.html
  2. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/best-sleep-positions#1
  3. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/best-sleep-positions#1
  4. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/best-sleep-positions#1
  5. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/best-sleep-positions#1
  6. https://www.healthline.com/health/hip-pain-at-night#tendonitis
  7. https://www.thejoint.com/louisiana/monroe/monroe-18001/193683-why-are-sleep-positions-so-important
  8. https://yaasa.com/product/one-mattress/
  9. https://yaasa.com/product/one-mattress/

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