Sleeping Positions: Pros and Cons

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Everyone has a different sleep style, and Zonkd provided products for them all - the back sleeper, the side sleeper, and the stomach sleeper. Which one are you? Are you sleeping on the right mattress for your preferred sleep position? If you are experiencing back pain or simply aren’t getting a good night's’ sleep, your mattress could be to blame.


Each sleep position has its benefits and drawbacks, which our mattresses are carefully designed to address. Let’s break down the pros and cons of sleep positions!

The Back Sleeper

Pros: Sleeping on your back is great for spine and neck health, since the back is straight. This position becomes even healthier when done without a pillow, but that can be uncomfortable. Sleeping on your back is also a true beauty rest, as it leads to fewer facial wrinkles!


Cons: Back Sleepers are more prone to snoring and sleep apnea. Though sleeping in your back is healthier for your spine overall, it can also lead to lower back pain, particularly if you sleep on a soft mattress.


A mattress with medium firmness is best pick for a back sleeper. It gives just the right amount of support for the lower back and decreases the risk of pain in that area.


The Side Sleeper

Pros: Side sleepers fall into different categories, as there are straight side sleepers, the fetal position, and those with a propensity for the left or right side. It’s also the most popular sleeping position. Side sleeping is best for pregnant women and also makes it easier for those suffering from heartburn to doze off.


Cons: Chronically sleeping on one side can put pressure on certain organs. For example, sleeping constantly on your left side can put pressure on the stomach and lungs. If you are a side sleeper, it’s best to alternate sides if possible. If you have a preferred side, make an effort to switch every once in a while. Even if you end up on your preferred side by the morning, a small effort goes a long way! Also, resting your body on a single arm every night can restrict blood flow. Side sleepers know that dreaded rubber arm all to well!


Soft mattress that contour to the body are best for side sleepers. This will decrease the risk of restricted blood flow and decrease pressure on your internal organs while you sleep.


The Stomach Sleeper

Pros:Like the side sleeper, there are different types of stomach sleepers. Some sleep in a “freefall” position with their head to the side and their arms folding in, and some swing their arms upward. Sleeping on your stomach eases storing and sleep apnea.


Cons: SInce sleeping on your stomach flattens the natural curve of the spine, it leads to back pain. SInce the head is turned to the side, it increases your chance for neck pain as well. Stomach sleepers may want to consider flipping over to their back or turning to the side once in a while!


Since stomach sleepers have the toughest time finding that “sweet spot” when it comes to comfort, we recommend a mattress with medium firmness.


Zonkd Mattresses for All Sleep Styles

No matter what your sleeping position is, you serve a good night’s rest. Zonkd offers a variety of mattresses and pillows to suit your sleep needs. All of our mattresses include an ingenious 3-layer foam system designed for a cool, comfortable sleep. Which mattress is best for you? Take our sleep style quiz to find out which mattress is best for you!

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