There is no one-size-fits all mattress. When it’s time for you to get a new mattress, you’ll have myriad considerations, including your sleep style, body conditions, and compromises with your partner. Choosing the right mattress requires that you consider all sorts of factors, such as lifespan, your budget, and the size. But the most important element, of course, is how the mattress will affect your body in the long run.
Choosing The Right Mattress for Your Sleeping Posture
Sleeping on the wrong kind of mattress can lead to back pain and other problems. The best mattress for your body is a mattress that compliments your unique sleeping posture.
- Back sleepers should look for a medium-to-firm mattress to support the lumbar area of the back. It needs to offer some firm support, but it should also contour a little to your back and hips.
- Side sleepers often complain of hip and shoulder pain. This may be because their mattresses aren’t supporting them properly. They need a soft mattress to cushion shoulders and hips and also provide an even pressure distribution.
- Stomach sleepers may need a firmer mattress. A mattress that is too soft will mean that the torso applies so much pressure that the spine sways, leading to pain. They may want to look into a classic innerspring mattress or a latex mattress.
- Flip-floppers need a mattress that can adapt. Memory foam mattresses are also one of the best choices for sleepers who move around and shift positions throughout the night.
Weight and Body Type
Your weight plays a role, as well. Your weight distribution will play a major role in what parts of your body need extra support. People heavier than 180 pounds should choose a somewhat firmer mattress to keep the heavier parts of the body from sinking down and getting out of alignment. Likewise, people under 180 pounds should opt for something a little softer, since they don’t sink down as far–something too firm could also knock things out of alignment. Heavier people should also pay attention to the thickness of the mattress. Since they will sink down further into it, they may want to opt for a thicker mattress than a very light person would.
But body type also factors in almost as much as weight alone. An average weight, average body type can go with, well, an average softness and thickness, but other body types require more. Curvy-figured people, with weight distributed in the hips and chest, may need mattresses with thick and soft top layers that contour with their bodies, but firm support lower down to keep them from sinking out of alignment. Those with board-straight bodies may actually need firmer mattresses, to help keep things in line.
Whether you sleep hot or cold is a big factor in determining the material out of which your mattress is made, so keep that in mind when you look for mattresses on sale near you. Hot sleepers should target innerspring mattresses, fiber-filled mattresses, or an air-filled mattress. For those who sleep cold, foam and latex mattresses will help hold in body heat.
Try out the Mattress First
Ultimately, choosing the right mattress means you need to try out every potential option and weed out those that don’t fit your ideals. We here at Charleston Mattress are known for providing personalized service to our customers and we’d love to learn more about your personal preferences including what your sleeping style posture is like, what size you like, and what your budget is. With this information, our knowledgeable sales team will be able to help you find just the right options.
So give them each a try! Don’t be afraid to lie down on each mattress. Stay for a while–after all, you’re planning to spend a third for each day in it–and roll around, trying different positions. Listen to how your body responds. The right mattress will speak to you in a heavenly bliss.
Once you’ve decided what you want, it’s time to take it home, be it loading in the back of a truck or having a bed in a box come to your house.
(Another way that memory foam can help your body is by eliminating the strain of moving it into the house. Memory foam compresses and can be shipped as a mattress in a box.) We spend roughly one-third of our lives sleeping so finding the right mattress is a worthy investment of your time and money.