Firm or Soft Mattress: How to Choose?

If you find yourself having to stretch every morning to get your back pain under control, it's time for a different mattress

Should Mattresses Be Firm Or Soft?

Getting a good night's sleep depends on many things, ranging from the temperature of your bedroom, to how dark it is, and even whether you've had a stressful day. But one also has to start with the basics to get it right. One major key to a restful slumber is to choose the right mattress.

How can you determine whether a firm or soft mattress is best for you?

As shown by medical experts, if your mattress is too firm, it will push on the primary pressure points and cause your spine to be misaligned. A mattress that's too soft is not a good thing either. A squishy mattress won't adequately support your body . The last thing you need is an achy morning.

If you find yourself having to stretch for at least 15 to 30 minutes every morning to get your back pain under control, it will make you realize that the mattress you are sleeping on is not right for you.

Tips and Tricks to Help You Choose the Right Mattress

When you're shopping for a mattress, experts suggest that you lie down on each mattress you're considering, in the position in which you would usually sleep. You'll get the best sense of whether the mattress would be a good fit if you spend at least 15 minutes on the bed, and if you even bring your pillow along to best replicate your sleeping situation.

You will know your mattress is right for you when you experience no pressure.

Innerspring Mattresses

The most traditional types of mattresses, there are many brands and varieties of innerspring mattresses on the market from which to choose. You can narrow down your choices based on the firmness of the bed and features like a fluffy pillow top.

Usually, spring mattresses are ideal for larger-sized individuals as they offer firmer support and are easier to get in and out of.

In most instances, these types of mattresses are the most affordable, but steer away from the cheapest innerspring mattresses as you will most likely wake up with back pain.

Memory Foam Mattresses

What is great about this type of mattresses is that they mold to the shape of your body as you move around to different positions at night. Memory foam relieves pain as it reduces pressure points.

Furthermore, it absorbs any movement, which is great when you share your bed: you will not get disturbed while your partner tosses and turns.

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However, it has been shown that memory foam mattresses are temperature sensitive as they soften and mold with your body heat, making it extremely hot and uncomfortable during summer.

Air Mattresses

The firmness of air mattresses on each side of the bed can be altered, which is suitable for couples who have their individual preferences when it comes to firmness and comfort levels. These bed can easily be adjusted to accommodate dramatic differences.

Like memory foam and latex, one can find air toppers for these mattresses.

The only problem is that you can end up with a backache should you fail to make your air mattress firm enough.

Keep an eye out for inferior quality air beds: they tend to pop up on the one side when you sit on the other end.

Latex Mattresses

These are made from either synthetic or natural rubber and are known for offering a bouncy, yet firm support.

Experts reckon that latex materials provide comfort that is similar to memory foam in terms of being supportive and firm. Some would go one step further and say that it is even better.

But, if you do not like firm mattresses, then latex is not the right choice.

Sofa Beds

These are great when you have guests over for a night or two, and are convenient in cases when you have limited space. But while a couple of nights on a sofa bed is okay, it is not a good option for everyday use.

The mattress on a sofa bed tends to be very soft and thin, the springs are weak, and often the folding frame of the bed can create uncomfortable ridges against your back.

In Closing

If you are looking for the best mattress firmness for your needs, a firm mattress will likely be the most comfortable choice. The next time you're mattress shopping, seek out memory foam or latex for a comfortable sleeping experience.

Resources— WebMD

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