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What Is The Right Mattress Firmness For Me?

Do you get confused when shopping for a mattress online? There isn’t a lot of guidance about what mattress is right for certain body types or preferred sleeping positions.

And with so much of today’s shopping now done online, these are the facts that you need to know. Good job Mattressman has created a guide, so you can find out what’s the best sleeping surface for you…

Soft mattresses

You should be sleeping on a soft tension mattress if you prefer to sleep on your side and are of a light stature. A soft mattress provides extra cushioning around the shoulders and hips, helping promote natural spine alignment when you’re sleeping.

Children should also be sleeping on softer mattresses as they have smaller frames, meaning this tension can provide adequate support for them.

Medium mattresses

As it’s still on the softer end of the spectrum, medium mattresses are best for side sleepers. But as they’re a little bit firmer, they’re best designed for people of average statures.

This means that the sleeping surface will still mould to your sleeping position yet provide you with total body support and help align your spine properly.

Medium firm mattresses

Medium-firm tension mattresses are versatile and work for many kinds of sleepers. If you’re a preferred side sleeper, opting for a medium-firm mattress is only appropriate if you’re of a larger stature. This is because it can support your body weight, yet there is some flexibility in the spring system to provide some cushioning around the shoulders and hips.

A medium-firm sleeping surface is also right for light statures that are preferred back or front sleepers. It’s firm enough to promote healthy spinal alignment in this position, yet isn’t too firm where you’ll wake up aching.

Firmer mattresses

Front and back sleepers are always going to be the ones that will benefit from mattresses on the firmer end of the spectrum. If you’re of average or larger statures, a firm sleeping surface will support your body and spine in either of these sleeping positions.

However if you wake up with back pain, you may want to consider an extra firm tension.

Extra firm mattresses

Extra firm mattresses are best designed for people who wake up with back pain or general aches regularly. Your lower back, neck and natural spinal position are supported as best as they can be, as well as evenly distributing your body weight.

People of lighter statures should generally avoid sleeping on extra firm mattresses (unless you do wake up in pain), as your body type does not need this extent of support.

What if…

Maybe you’ve read this and some questions have arisen…

What if I share a bed with my partner and we have different body types and preferred sleeping positions?’. If this is the case, then you both need to find a happy balance of what works for both of you. 

‘I sleep on the right surface for me yet I still don’t sleep well, why?’. Again if this is the case, it’s likely that it’s not the mattress which is causing you to stay up. It’s best to talk to a health professional to ensure better sleep for you in the future.

Now you know the right mattress for you, check out our website where there’s something for every kind of sleeper…

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