Every mattress company offers multiple models in a range of firmness ratings, from extra soft to extra firm. In memory foam models, this generally refers to the topmost layer of the mattress, or the comfort layer, which molds to the shape of your body as you lie down. In an innerspring mattress, firmness is determined by the thickness of the metal coils inside. Whatever material you prefer, it’s crucial to know which level of firmness will give you the best night’s sleep. Use the following guide to find out what end of the spectrum you lie on.
Who Benefits From a Firm Mattress?
When a mattress is firm, it’s better at supporting weight evenly across the surface. Therefore, if you sleep in a position that requires more support—such as on your back or stomach—you’re better off with a firm mattress. This will ensure your vertebrae remain in alignment throughout the night so you can wake up without muscle or joint pain. However, the mattress shouldn’t be too firm; those with chronic back pain will benefit most from a medium-firm mattress that doesn’t put too much pressure on joints.
Firm mattresses are also a smart option for those who weigh 230 pounds or more, as they are more likely to sink in a softer bed. Since softer mattresses retain more body heat, firmer versions are preferred by those who “sleep hot” or tend to wake up sweaty.
Who Benefits From a Soft Mattress?
If you sleep on your side, your spine will naturally remain in alignment, but you’ll want the bed to offer some give to conform to your body’s natural curves—such as the hips and shoulders. If the mattress is too firm, it will attempt to align the wider parts of your body with the narrower ones, such as your waist and legs, bending your spine out of alignment. Therefore, softer mattresses are considered superior for side sleepers.
If you weigh 130 pounds or less, you should also consider a mattress on the softer side. This is because the firm mattress requires more weight to conform to your body and give you a restful night’s sleep.
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