Menu
MattressFirm Logo
Bed Basics
Bed Basics

New Bed, New Sleep Style?

July6_Blog_640x400

Your brand-new Mattress Firm mattress has just been delivered; and now the restless nights of tossing and turning will soon be a thing of the past. Since you're investing in your health with a new mattress, let's now take a look at your “sleep style" or also called sleep position as a vital component of your overall sleep health.

Everyone has a preferred sleep style, that's the manner in which your body naturally is positioned on the mattress. Identifying one way to sleep as ideal for everyone is a near-impossible task. Instead, focus on finding a way that's comfortable and natural for you.

Take a minute to figure out your current sleep position by looking at the following attributes for each one. Then, consider if you want to reposition the way you sleep as you break in your new bed.

On Your Back


Sleeping on your back makes it easier for your head, neck and spine to align in a neutral position.

In fact, sleeping on your back – with your arms at your sides – is widely considered the most comfortable sleep position, providing an optimal position for spine and neck health. Try using a softer pillow for extra support for the back of your neck.

Like a Starfish

Sleeping on your back with your arms up and out is often called the starfish sleep position. Resting this way has been linked to the prevention of facial wrinkles and skin breakouts. On the flip side, Daily Health Post reports back sleepers could suffer from sleep apnea and snoring.

On Your Stomach

Considered one of the more popular sleep positions, stomach sleeping does not support the natural curve of your spine. And while it may certainly be beneficial for serious snorers, stomach sleepers often report chronic head and neck pain in the morning.

On Your Side


With both arms down and your spine at rest in its natural curve, sleeping on your side has been reported to reduce back and neck pain, alleviating the effects of disorders like sleep apnea. But be careful, side sleepers are known to wake up with some arm pain every now and then. Those considering sleeping on their sides should use a contour pillow that provides adequate head and neck support.

If you decide to adjust your sleep position, be patient. You spend one-third of your life in bed, so your body has trained itself to sleep a certain way. Similar to your new Mattress Firm mattress, it all comes down to comfort. Try out a few of these sleep styles to see if a change can eliminate any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing.

If you find your pain or discomfort continues, reach out to our Mattress Firm Customer Service team for more sleep support ideas.

You Might Also Like

Two sets of feet poking out from the covers of a bed
Bed Basics
The Best Cooling Mattresses for Hot SleepersGetting hot when you sleep is an all-too-common complaint. Hot sleeping is a top sleep disruptor, and anyone who’s woken up sweaty and kicking off the blankets understands how uncomfortable it can feel. Whether you suffer night sweats or hot flashes or you just run warm, there are many products that can help solve this nighttime discomfort. Here are some of the best cooling products to help hot sleepers feel relaxed and comfortable at night.
A bed with a duvet, two pillows and a blue headboard in a white bedroom.
Bed Basics
How Long Does a Mattress Last? Think about how many years you have slept on your current mattress. How long has it been since you upgraded? If you’re struggling to find an answer, that may mean it has been too long. Even if your mattress looks like it’s holding up well, it may be time to start searching for your next bed.
side sleeper uses a pillow for more lumbar support
Bed Basics
What Is Lumbar Support and Why Do I Need It?Back pain affects a lot of people. In fact, it’s estimated that 8 out of every 10 Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Luckily, our sleep experts are weighing in on ways to ease the discomfort.
A bed made with white bedding in a bedroom with an orange chair.
Bed Basics
A Sleep Expert's 6 Top Tips for Good Sleep A few lucky ones have no trouble sleeping, even in cramped airplane seats or lumpy hotel beds. The rest of us are familiar with junk sleep. We doomscroll into the wee hours. We awaken at 3 a.m. anxious to solve the world’s problems. We hit snooze repeatedly to try to feel rested.
Blue background with mattresses going across the frame.
Bed Basics
The New Mattress Buying Guide for 2023When it comes to ways you’d like to spend your time, shopping for a new mattress may not occupy the very top spot.
the best mattresses under 500.jpg
Bed Basics
The Best Mattresses Under $500There's no better feeling than jumping into a nice clean bed at the end of a long day. Especially when your bed is the best part of your bedroom. But if your mattress is lacking in the comfort department, or worse yet, it's giving you more aches and pains than nighttime Zzz's, then it might be time to consider an upgrade.
Sleeping girl lying on her bed with cat in a darkened bedroom with moon visible through the window, colored vector illustration.
Bed Basics
The Best Air Mattresses: How to Pick the Right One Comfortable, portable and convenient, air mattresses can provide a great night of rest. If you are searching for a temporary sleep space to store in a guest room at your home or to use while camping, there is likely an inflatable bed that meets your needs.
how-much-should-i-spend-on-a-mattress-1440x1000.png
Bed Basics
How Much Should I Spend on a Mattress?Whether your shopping for yourself, your guest room or a family member, choosing the perfect mattress can be a difficult decision. And, when you aren't sure what your budget should be, your options can seem endless.
how to fold a fitted sheet
Bed Basics
How do you fold a fitted sheet?We’re answering the age-old question: how do you fold a fitted sheet?