How Does Firmness Affect Your Mattress?
Choosing a mattress can be a difficult task when you are going to be sleeping on it every night for the next few years so it needs to be suitable for you. The first tip is that you should always test drive your mattress, go to the shop and lay on it or if it is for two of you then you both need to try it out. Having the perfect mattress can really make a difference to your life. We spend a third of our lives sleeping so you need to be comfortable. Firmness relates to the feel of your mattress. It has little to do with the actual support that the mattress provides, as all mattresses have similar supporting properties. What does matter is how you sleep at night. Are you a starfish in bed or do you prefer the foetal position? Ask your partner or see how you wake up in the morning. If you sleep on your side you will need a different firmness than someone who sleeps on their back.
Soft/Medium Perfect for the foetal sleepers. Sleeping on your side can often be uncomfortable if your mattress is too firm. Sleeping on a harder surface can lead to cramp and a lot of turning in the night to feel comfortable. If this sounds familiar then the soft/medium firmness would suit you. This will allow your shoulder and hips to sink into the mattress while supporting the rest of your body. Say goodbye to dead arms.
Medium Sleeping on your side can be so comfortable and uncomfortable at the same time. This firmness will make it just comfortable. This is a mattress for those who sleep on their side but would like a slightly firm surface.
Medium/Firm Do you find yourself sleeping in a different position every night? This is the perfect firmness for you. As with the medium rating, your shoulders and hips can sink into the mattress when you want to sleep on your side. You can also comfortably sleep on your front and back as the firmness will feel great against your body. Who would've thought being so indecisive could be so easy?
Firm Calling all starfish, freefallers and soldiers! A firm mattress is what you have been searching for, no more unnecessary sinking. This rating will provide the ultimate in comfort and support.
Extra Firm The extra firm mattress is also known as the orthopaedic as it provides unrivalled firmness. The extra firm option is perfect for those who suffer from back or neck pain. It is important to cater to your needs, so if you need that extra support then this is the option for you. The memory foam extra firm mattress will allow you to sink into the mattress while taking pressure off your body simultaneously.
To feel the benefits from your mattress, you need to know how much you weigh. You are wanting a mattress to support you and relieve any pressure so being able to put yourself into one of the following categories is important.
Up to 10 stone - when choosing a mattress you should consider a soft, medium or firm as these will provide the most comfort for your weight. An extra firm mattress would be too firm for your body type as you wouldn't sink in enough to feel the support.
10-15 stone - when choosing a mattress you should have a look at a medium, firm or extra firm. A soft mattress would allow you to sink in too much and wouldn't provide sufficient support.
15+ stone - when choosing a mattress you should consider firm or extra firm. A soft or medium mattress would allow you to sink into too deeply and would not support your body type.
Soft Base - a soft base would make your mattress appear softer than it is, if you are looking for a firm mattress, it might be a good idea to choose a higher rating to feel the benefit.
Firm Base - a firm bed base would make your mattress appear firmer than it is, take this into consideration as choosing a firm mattress may appear too firm depending on your sleeping position.