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How to Choose a Mattress Firmness

Finding the perfect mattress is crucial for getting a restful night’s sleep and support your body properly. But when it comes to comfort, it is a very subjective matter, which makes identifying the ideal mattress a tricky task.

Don’t worry – at Winstons Beds, we stock a wide range of mattress types and sizes, meaning that you are bound to fall in love with one that provides you with the right level of comfort and support. One of the key characteristics to keep in mind when purchasing your mattress is its firmness.

If you pick one that’s too soft or too firm for your liking, you may struggle to fall asleep at night and start experiencing back problems. So what should you consider when choosing a double mattress’ feel or spring tension?

What you need to know about mattress firmness

Mattress firmness is an indication on how firm or soft a bed feels when you lie on it.

As mentioned, comfort is a very subjective matter. This means that two sleepers are likely to have different opinions about the same mattress depending on their own perceptions and preferences.

Mattress size doesn’t have an impact on its overall firmness level. Instead, the biggest influences on the firmness of a mattress are a person’s sleeping position and body weight. The heavier you are, the firmer mattress you should choose.

How to choose a mattress firmness that suits your needs

When choosing a comfortable mattress, think about your preferred sleep position. How do you sleep at night?

Based on your sleeping habits alone, you can get a better idea of what mattress firmness will facilitate a relaxing rest:

  • Back sleepers – If you tend to sleep on your back, you may find medium to medium-firm mattresses most comfortable. This is because they will offer the right amount of support to the spine and favour an energising snooze.
  • Stomach sleepers – Do you sleep on your stomach? In this case, you may prefer a firmer option to prevent sinking and make sure your spine stays properly aligned during the night.
  • Side sleepers – Side sleepers might benefit more from a soft mattress. Softer options will help keep hips and shoulders in line, avoiding body pains as you wake up in the morning.

Body weight is another factor to take into consideration when choosing your mattress firmness.

This is because weight can affect how much you sink into the mattress and determine the level of support you need.

Lighter people, for example, may find that soft mattresses are more comfortable, as they won’t sink in too much.

If you are heavier, you might prefer a firmer option. This will prevent sinking, and keeping your spine aligned for a comfortable night’s sleep.

What else should you consider when choosing your mattress firmness?

As well as your favoured sleeping positions and body weight, make sure to take into account any health issue you may have.

If you suffer from shoulder and back pain, or have other medical conditions such arthritis and fibromyalgia, your mattress firmness can truly impact the quality of your sleep.

In this case, it is always best to consult with your doctor first – they will be able to give some initial guidance on what mattress might suit your condition best.

At Winstons Beds, we have mattresses for all tasted and needs. So whether you are looking for a soft, medium, firm, or extra firm mattress, we have you covered!

Browse our luxurious collection today and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions – we are always happy to help!

Published: 4th August 2023 (Updated: 4th August 2023) | Isaah

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