Soft, Medium, Firm… Medium Firm, Luxury Firm, Plush Medium, Extra Firm… Which is the right mattress comfort for you? With so many options it can be hard to tell. Especially if your answer is “Umm… I don’t know… Whatever feels comfortable?”
When going to a mattress store and trying different mattresses can be helpful, it can still be difficult to determine what will be comfortable for a full nights sleep vs comfortable to lay on for a few minutes in a store. Which is why we are going to try and make it a bit easier to decipher how to choose the right mattress comfort option for you.
How Do You Sleep?
The position in which you sleep can greatly effect the firmness level of a mattress that you will prefer. How you sleep will change the way a mattress interacts with your body. Some sleeping positions require more support, while others need more pressure relief.
Those who predominately sleep on their back and the most likely to find a mattress that works well for them.
Sleeping on your back is the easiest for limiting pressure and making the most out of support with a mattress. Medium to Firm mattresses will most likely be the best firmness level for you. Sleeping on your back needs a good amount of support with just a bit of pressure relief.
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Those who sleep on their sides are going to need a bit more pressure relief. This is because the curves of your hips and shoulders need to sink into the mattress further in order to maintain proper spinal alignment.
If you mattress is too firm, it can cause too much pressure creating nerve pinching, numbness in limbs, and other aches and pains. Which is why side sleepers typically prefer Soft to Medium firm mattresses best.
Stomach sleepers are going to prefer mattresses that are more Firm. This is because they need loads of support for their stomach and hips.
If the mattress is too soft you will experience lots of lower back pain, and well as neck pain. Which is why we suggest looking into Medium/Firm to Firm mattresses for those who sleep on their stomachs.
The reality is that most of us fall under this category, the combination sleeper. This is where you may start sleeping on your back at night and wake up on your side or stomach. (Or any combination of all three)
In this case we typically suggest finding a hybrid mattress that combines support and pressure relief, along with a medium/firm feel. This comfort option works best for most sleepers. If you roll onto your stomach and need extra support for those times, try using a pillow under your hips for extra support.
New Mattress Causing Pain?
Your old mattress had to go, it was breaking down and in need of replacement. However your new mattress is causing aches and pains. So is your mattress the wrong fit for you? How can you tell? Well, we are here to help answer those questions. When it comes to adjusting to a new mattress there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is that it can take a bit for your new mattress to reach it’s final comfort level after being compressed in a box.
New Mattress Break In Time:
It can take a few days to a couple weeks to fully expand back to its intended shape. While it can take a few months to really break in. This is why trial periods on mattresses are so lengthy.
It is important to allow your mattress enough time to really reach it’s true comfort level before returning. Think of it as breaking in a new pair of shoes, at first they might cause a blister or two but eventually they will conform and adjust to you and your shape.
Your Body Needs Time To Adjust:
The second aspect to keep in mind is that it takes time for your body to adjust to a new mattress. Even if you have upgraded to what will eventually be the mattress of your dreams, it can take up to 30 days for your body to adjust to the new change in comfort of your mattress.
If you have been sleeping on a broken down mattress that lacked support, it will take some time to adjust to the new improved bed.
Do Your Research – Check Out Mattress Reviews:
The main reason we create the video and written mattress reviews are for our followers and readers like you! We test out mattresses and review them in great detail all so you can get a better sense for what the mattress is like, similar mattresses, and the overall quality and experience sleeping on it.
This way you can get a taste for what a mattress is like before you purchase it and sleep on it for a while. By doing your research on a bed, you can learn a lot about how it is made, it’s benefits, and potentially other mattresses that may suite your needs even better.
If At First Your Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again:
After you have given your body and your mattress more than enough time to adjust. You may still find yourself uncomfortable and not enjoying your mattress like you hoped you would. This is unfortunate but mattress companies are aware that this happens. Which is why many of the mattress companies we review have lengthy return policies and trial periods.
Which allows you to return or get your money back for a mattress if it ends up not working for you. This is great news to anyone who has found that they purchased a mattress that is not the right comfort option for them. It also allows you to purchase a different mattress that will suite your needs better and bring you comfort and a great painless nights sleep.
The Right Mattress Comfort Option For You
The great news is that there are so many wonderful trial periods and return policies out there these days that if you end up not loving your mattress, you are not stuck with it. However, who wants the hassle of trying a mattress you don’t like and having to return it? (Hint: It’s No One)
Which is why we hope this post helps you pick the perfect mattress for you on try one. Choosing the comfort feel of your mattress is up to personal preference. If you can try a mattress before you buy, we highly recommend it. If not, these tips should at least point you in the right direction.
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