Your sleep position is how you lay in your bed at night when you drift off to sleep.  Finding a mattress that matches the support that your body needs when you sleep in that position is very important.  This helps to give you the comfort and the pressure relief that your body needs while you are sleeping in that position.  Some experts say that there are really 8 different sleep positions, but others have said differently, and they are now categorized in 3 different categories of sleep positions.  Finding the mattress to give you the support and the pressure relief for each category is one of the first decisions that you need to make when purchasing your new mattress.

What Are The Main Sleep Positions?

•             Back Sleeper

•             Side Sleeper

•             Stomach Sleeper

•             Combo Sleeper

From what I have seen, there are different categories of back sleepers and side sleepers.  Then the combo sleeper is a combination of different positions throughout the night.  A sleeper that sleeps on their back and their side are considered a combo sleeper.  Most of us move around and night and roll over in our sleep not being aware of our movements.

What Type Of Mattress Do You Need?

There are different mattresses that work best for different types of sleep positions.  Most of this has to do with firmness, support, and pressure relief.  It is always important to find a mattress that offers enough support and pressure relief to keep your spine in proper alignment while you are sleeping.  Waking up stiff and sore in the mornings is a good indicator that you might be sleeping on the wrong mattress for the support that you need.

Back sleeper – The best type of mattress for a back sleeper is one that offers a medium firmness.  Normally a medium mattress will allow you enough sinkage that your spine will stay in alignment.  It is also important to have enough cushioning to offer pressure relief and comfort to your hips, shoulders, and your lower back.

Side sleeper – The best type of mattress for side sleepers is one that offers the ability to let your body sink down some into the mattress.  This happens a lot with foam type of mattress or at least a hybrid with a thicker foam topping.  This allows your body to have support and pressure relief so that your spine is in proper alignment while you sleep on your side.

Stomach sleeper – The best type of mattress for the stomach sleeper is one that offers a quality firmness.  It must also offer a cushion for protection of the hips and shoulder area, but the firmness will give the sleeper the comfort, support, and pressure relief that they need.

Combo sleeper – This will take a little more research, if you are a back and side sleeper, you need to try to find a mattress that will comfort and support both of your positions.  Search for a mattress that offers firmness but enough cushioning to comfort and support your side position. 

When Sleeping With A Partner

When sleeping with a partner and purchasing a new mattress, you will have to consider both sleepers sleeping positions and habits.  It is important to remember everything we have talked about but also consider the transfer motion so that all of each of your movements are not felt throughout the mattress.  There are flippable mattresses out there that might work well for this type of situation.  This can give you an opportunity to flip the mattress so you both can have a comfortable night’s sleep.

Choosing Your Mattress

There are many different types of mattresses to choose from.  The most important decision that you can make is finding the mattress that matches your sleep habits and gives you the comfort and support that your body needs.   Below are a few that offer quality comfort and support for different sleep positions.


The Saatva mattress offers quality and a popular choice in the hybrid mattress category.  It offers quality pressure relief and support for many sleepers.   This mattress will keep you from sinking deep into the mattress and give you the ability to turn over easily into a different sleep position.

Cover – The cover is made from organic cotton that has been treated with antimicrobial protection.  This cover is breathable and soft to touch for added comfort as you touch your new mattress.

Comfort – The comfort layer offers a 3-inch layer of Euro Pillowtop.  This offers pressure relief and cushioning comfort.

Support Layer – This layer is made from individually wrapped pocketed coils.  These coils offer quality support to the sleeper and offers airflow for coolness and bounce for easier movements.

Zoned Support Layer – This layer is designed from a layer of zoned memory foam that gives support more towards the middle of the layer offering comfort and pressure relief to the lower back and hip area.

Foundation – The base layer or foundation of this mattress is made from steel design coils that offer quality bounce and lifts the sleeper up out of the mattress.  These coils are wrapped in foam all around giving the sleeper the support and use of the entire mattress.

This mattress is a bit on the firmer side tipping the firmness scale at a bit above average firmness.  This would make a good selection for back or stomach sleepers, along with combo sleepers for back and stomach.  This mattress may not be the best choice for sleepers that sleep with a partner, the motion transfer can be felt throughout the mattress.  The edge offers quality support so that the entire mattress surface can be utilized.


The Nectar is one of the top-quality mattresses in the memory foam category.  This mattress offers quality comfort and pressure relief for many sleepers.  This design offers 11 inches of thick foam layers offering the protection and support your body needs.

Cover – The cover for this mattress has been designed with a soft polyester fabric combined with a bit of memory foam for quality comfort and softness.

Comfort – This layer has been made from a gel-infused memory foam that offers a slow response to pressure.  It allows the sleeper to sink slowly into the layer offering quality pressure relief to the hips and shoulders giving the sleeper a proper alignment.

Transition – This layer is made from a layer of transitional memory foam.  It offers a quicker response to pressure easing the sleeper down into the firmer layer below.

Base – The base is made of a layer of high-density polyfoam, giving this mattress its shape and support for all of the layers above.

This mattress is a bit on the softer side of the average firmness.  This selection would be a good choice for a side sleeper and offers quality pressure relief.  The motion transfer of this mattress would be a good choice for partner sleepers, the design of the foam controls the movements throughout the mattress.


The Leesa is one of the popular choices in the foam combination category.  It offers quality pressure relief and comfort for many sleepers.

Cover – The cover is a soft and breathable twill making the mattress comfortable from the top.

Comfort – The comfort layer is made of 2 layers of foam.  One is a 2-inch layer of breathable foam while the second one is a 2-inch layer of memory foam.  The combination of these layers allows coolness to the mattress and quality pressure relief.

Foundation – The foundation layer is made of a 6-inch layer of high-density polyfoam which offers support and firmness to this mattress. 

This mattress ranks a bit above the average firmness on the firmness scale.  This mattress would be a good choice for back sleepers and stomach sleepers that like the softness of their mattress.  Unless you are a light sleeper, the motion transfer of this mattress would work well for partner sleepers or a sleeper that shares their bed with the pet.  This mattress also offers quality edge support so that the entire mattress can be utilized and would give more room on the mattress surface. 


When finding the best mattress for your sleep position, there are many things to consider.  Since your mattress is one of the most important purchases that you will make it deserves the required research to find the one that matches your sleep position.  In Orthomattress we know that a good night’s sleep and proper rest is required to give you the physical and emotional health that you need to get through your next day.  

Finding the best mattress to give you comfort, support, and pressure relief should help you to drift off in a night of restful sleep.  Matching your sleep patterns to your mattress type will allow you all of the comforts of a quality mattress to help you get your required rest.  Knowing how important this is and knowing what to look for in your mattress will help you to make the best-educated purchase when selecting your new mattress.