A Comfy Mattress
If you’ve struggled to figure out how to make your bed more comfortable, your mattress makes arguably the most significant impact on your sleep quality and should be one of the first things you look at replacing.
The wrong mattress can be detrimental not only to your nightly rest, but also to your overall health. Sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress can cause sinking and brecathing problems, throw your spine out of alignment, put undue stress on your pressure points, and wreak havoc on your body long after your sleeping hours.
So how do you find a comfy mattress? According to the Director of the Sleep to Live Institute, the right mattress is the one that feels best to you. It might require several sleep tests at various bedding stores to find out what your preferred firmness and mattress construction is, but taking the time will be worth it in the end.
Some elements to consider in your search for a comfy mattress are explained below.
If you have lower back pain and sleep on your side, you’ll want to find a happy mix of soft and medium firmness to properly cradle your shoulders and hips. For stomach and back sleepers with lower back pain, a medium-firm or very firm bed will align the spine optimally and alleviate pressure on the lumbar vertebrae.
Middle and upper back pain is less common, but those who struggle with this problem should look for a pressure-relief mattress that promotes proper spinal alignment.
Whatever way you sleep, there’s a mattress to support your position. Take into account the position you fall asleep in as well as the one you wake up in during the selection process.
Back sleepers will need a medium or firm mattress that prevents them from sinking in while also supporting the natural contour of the back. Side sleepers should seek out a medium-soft or medium-firm mattress that keeps the spine aligned, while stomach sleepers need a firmer mattress so they don’t sleep with a sunken back.
In general, the more you weigh, the firmer your mattress should be.
People over 230 pounds tend to sink into their mattress more and have a higher risk of spinal problems. Those weighing 130 pounds or less who don’t sink in, on the other hand, should find a softer mattress that offers contouring. Foam or hybrid mattresses are usually ideal for this weight range.
Most people fall in between 130 and 230 pounds. If this includes you, refer to our recommendations for mattress firmness based on your sleeping position.