What you need to know about mattress firmness

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to choosing a mattress. This is because comfort is a highly subjective issue. Moreover, there are numerous facts – as well as myths – about what kinds of mattress offer the best support and comfort to sleepers. In this guide, we discuss the issue of mattress firmness so you know how to choose one that’s right for you.

Understanding firmness

To adapt an old saying, one person’s firmness is another person’s agony. In other words, mattress firmness is very much a personal decision, which should only be based on your specific comfort and support needs. If you are sleeping on an unsupportive mattress, you can expect to experience back pain which worsens over time. Conversely, finding the perfect mattress will promote the right sleeping posture, relax your muscles and facilitate a quality sleeping experience, night after night. In addition to minimising back pain, restful sleep is a key element in enhancing the quality of your general health and well-being.

Types of firmness

A major problem in deciding what level of firmness is best for you is the confusing range of options available. However, here are the main categories:

  1. Soft or soft-medium is perfect for those who have a slight build or weight or for those who do not suffer from back problems.
  2. Medium firmness is the most popular choice for our customers, as it is suited to most body types.

Medium-firm is ideal for any couple finding it difficult to choose between a medium and firmer mattress. This option can also benefit those who suffer from back pain if combined with a solid divan base.

Firmer feel mattresses, often referred to as orthopaedic, are ideal for those who prefer a more solid, supportive surface.

A firmer feel is recommended for those with back problems, as well as being suitable for those with a larger build.

Why is mattress firmness important?

Medically speaking, spinal alignment should be the main factor when choosing a mattress. Put another way, a good mattress will support your spine’s natural curve, while aligning your head, shoulders, buttocks and heels. Conversely, if you buy the wrong one, you can expect to wake up with back and joint pain.

Overall, the bones absorb much of the pressure on a firmer surface, meaning there is less stress on muscles, veins and arteries, which in turn results in less strain and improved circulation. Firm mattresses also prevent the lower back from collapsing, as well as distribute body weight more evenly, which relieves pressure points.

Mattresses to suit all needs

Next Divan was founded on the principle of making a great sleeping experience affordable to everyone. Since our humble beginnings, we have grown into the leading online retailer for all things beds in the UK. Check out our website today to view our amazing range of beds, headboards and mattresses to suit all comfort needs and budgets.