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Your style, preferences, and statistics - your sleeping positions 29 Nov 1999 16:00 #1

An Overview of Sleeping Positions

There are three different sleeping positions and each of these can lead to different choices in a mattress. Of course almost everyone sleeps in different positions through the night but most of us have our favorite or at least our favorite two. Lets take a look at each of them and how they can affect which mattress may work best for you.

The support layers underneath the upper softer comfort layers are of course important for all 3 positions but different sleeping positions will need different combinations here. If you are choosing a thinner comfort layer which needs a little bit of help in forming a cradle (especially for combination sleeping), or if you change positions during the night (which most people do), then a more conforming support layer is appropriate which means a little softer. Conforming innersprings like pocket coils and offset coils or middle layers of foam that are "in between" the softer comfort layer and the firmer bottom part of the support layer make good choices. If you choose a slightly thicker comfort layer which already forms a perfect cradle for your sleeping position and you don't change positions a lot during the night, then a firmer support layer underneath is important to stop any further sinking down of the heavier parts of your body. In these cases a middle layer is often not even needed and the support layer may be a single thicker layer instead (just an innerspring or a single thicker layer of firmer foam). Higher quality materials that become increasingly firm at a faster rate with deeper compression can also eliminate the need for a middle or transition layer.

So to recap, the different sleeping positions are part of what determines how deep a cradle you need and how thick the comfort layer should be. This in turn affects the type of support layers that will be appropriate. The layers underneath this comfort layer can help with pressure relief for those who change positions and with thinner upper layers or can be primarily focused on preventing you from preventing your heavier parts from sinking down too far with thicker comfort layers.

Of course, your weight and body profile will also make a difference in how far you tend to sink in and how deep a cradle you need in your mattress so for more on your "statistics, and how they can affect your choices... read on.

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