When it comes to finding the right comfort level for your mattress, it more often than not comes down to individual personal preference. Its all about what feels right to you; for some that can be a mattress that is soft and springy, one that moulds the body, and for others it can be one that provides comfort and support on the firmer side.
Ultimately it comes down to your choice, but if you are after some general guidance, here are a couple of points to consider when choosing a mattress.
Your sleeping position is likely to change continuously throughout the night, but if you tend to sleep in one position more than the others, it is worth considering mattress firmness to ensure good support and comfort for individualised sleeping positions.
– Softer mattresses: these are often recommended to those who tend to sleep more on their sides. A soft mattress allows the hips and shoulders to sink into the mattress whilst keeping the spine well aligned and supported.
– Medium: A medium comfort mattress is the most versatile when it comes to its users. It is best for those people who never tend to stay in one position for a long period during their sleep, but rather roll around on all sides. It also caters for those who tend to spend some time of their sleep on their back. These mattresses still provide the required support for the back and shoulders, but is also the most basic mattress when it comes to comfort and position. It is also usually recommended to those who are of average height and build.
– Firmer mattresses: these are a good choice for those people who tend to sleep mostly on their front or back. The mattress, while firm, does not allow for any contours of the body and hence remains supportive of the back in these positions by restricting the ability of the lower back to arch.
Avoiding aches and pains.
Keeping your back and spine both straight and aligned whilst sleeping is a key element to a comfortable nights sleep.
Those who experience constant aches and pains during sleep generally require a firm mattress to keep the spine straight and supported all throughout the night. Though it is also known that those of a lighter build/stature are more suited to a soft mattress as they require more give for the mattress to adjust to the contours of the body. Whilst those of a larger build are more suited to firmer mattresses as they offer that extra support.
Sharing a bed.
Sharing a bed with a partner can be quite difficult if each of you prefer different comfort levels. Generally a medium comfort mattress should acquire to both parties, but if each is specific to their comfort requirement, there are other solutions.
It is possible to get a mattress that caters to both people by having ‘two in one’ in a sense. Many mattress companies these days are manufacturing split mattresses that can cater a firm comfort on one side and a soft comfort on the other. This can make both sleeping at night easier as well as supporting the natural stature of each person individually.
Getting the right length of your mattress can be a tedious job, especially if you cater for someone of a tall stature. Ideally the mattress should be around 10cm longer in length the person who sleeps on it. So for those who are around 180 cm tall or more should consider opting for a king size mattress.