Hard or soft? When it comes to mattresses, it seems that most people are resolutely on one side or the other. Those in the hard camp may be sold on the advantages of firm mattresses. They aid the body’s natural alignment during sleep and distribute weight more evenly. A firm mattress is also good for back and stomach sleepers, as they support the spine and stop your bottom half sinking lower than the rest of the body.
However, if you usually go for a firm mattress, don’t automatically discount softer ones the next time you’re mattress shopping, because soft mattresses actually offer some distinct perks.
Unsurprisingly, comfort is one of the key factors in sleep quality.
It goes without saying that if you’re not comfortable, you’re going to have more trouble relaxing and drifting off to sleep. And many of us simply don’t find hard mattresses that comfortable. If you’re a light sleeper, you might find a softer mattress comfier, which will enable you to have a better night’s sleep.
Joint and Muscle Relief
Firm mattresses can exacerbate and even cause joint and muscle pain. A firm mattress with no give can put pressure on areas like your knees, hips, shoulders and side, leading to aches and pains. A softer mattress will provide softer support and cushion joints and muscles, rather than putting pressure on them.
A mattress like our 800 pocket pillow top mattress provides an extra layer of padded cushioning, which helps to evenly distribute your weight and eliminates pressure points.
Over half of us sleep on our sides. This is a great position to sleep in particularly, if you snore or suffer from sleep apnoea, but can put stress on our shoulders and hips.
A softer mattress contours to the body, filling the spaces between those points and putting them under less pressure.
Although back pain is often cited as a reason to choose a firm mattress, a survey of 268 people suffering from back pain revealed those who slept on very hard mattresses had the worst sleep quality. So perhaps firm isn’t always best.
However, when it comes to back pain, it’s important to remember that no one type of mattress will suit everyone. When trying to find the best soft mattress for you, it’s really down to individual preference.
Have we convinced you to cross over to the soft side? Why not check out our range of soft mattresses to find your perfect night’s sleep.