People often ask this specific question when deciding on which mattress they should purchase: How firm should the mattress be? There’s no universally right answer, but the closest and most accurate one that you could probably get is that it depends on your usual sleeping position and your overall weight.
As an illustration, if you’re a stomach sleeper, your head (and thus your neck) tends to be tilted upwards against your pillow. This means that in order to keep your spine properly aligned as you sleep, you’ll need a firmer mattress. If the mattress is soft, the middle part of your body will be sunk in even further, and this increases the angle of tilt between your head and your shoulder area. This can often lead to neck and shoulder pain during the day time when you’re awake. You should also note that the firmness of the mattress should also increase proportionately in accordance with your weight.
For people who sleep on their back often, a mattress that’s of medium firmness would be best. The general rule is that a mattress should be as firm as possible whilst still feel comfortable. When it comes to side sleepers though, the type of bed that you’re looking for, regardless of whether it’s a foam or spring mattress, needs to be a tad softer. This allows the mattress to fit and mold according to your body’s natural curves.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to find the right type of mattress too. A good guide to help you choose the ideal mattress type can be found here at this website: Mattress Debunked. If you have been using your current mattress for some 10 years or more, it is more likely than not that you’re still sleeping on the traditional inner-spring mattress. This is easily the most common and budget-friendly mattress type around. This doesn’t mean that it’s any worse compared to other mattresses though. The best inner-spring mattresses can cost as low as $250 but still perform just as well, if not better than the lower-end foam mattresses. Of course, if you were to compare it to say a top-end memory foam mattress, the features and comfort factor will simply pale in comparison.
Speaking of which, memory foam mattresses are not unlike the ordinary polyfoam mattresses in that they both feel very similar, at least on the surface. Upon further inspection and testing, you’ll find that memory foam (also known as visco-elastic) will react to the user’s weight and heat very responsively. By doing this, the pressure being exerted on your body will be substantially reduced because the weight of your body will be distributed across the entire bed in an equal manner. This, in turn, promotes better health since none of your pressure points will be suffocated. Better blood flow means better health in general and this is precisely what the best mattresses can offer you in your sleep.