Buying the Right Mattress

By Jacob Mathias on October 15, 2014

Choosing the right mattress depends on many different factors, such as your sleeping position, how much you weigh, and comfort preference. Comfort preference can be one of the most important factors to consider. The right mattress will provide proper spinal alignment, pressure relief and support, emulating an almost weightless feel. Keep in mind, whenever you switch to a new mattress or mattress material, it can take 2-3 weeks to adjust to the different type of comfort and support.

Sleeping Positions

Determining your sleeping position is an important step when purchasing a mattress. Are you a side, back, stomach sleeper or a combination? In general, we’ve found the following to be accurate.

– A side sleeper will enjoy a medium to soft comfort level to alleviate pressure points off the lower hip and shoulder areas.
– A back sleeper can enjoy anything from soft to really firm depending on weight and comfort preference.
– A stomach sleeper is commonly recommended into a firmer surface for proper support and spinal alignment.

Weight

Your weight is another factor when choosing the right mattress. If a mattress is not firm enough, it can result in improper alignment and cause problems like lower back issues in the morning. Independent studies by SleepLikeTheDead.com have found that the heavier you are, the more you will benefit from a thicker (height wise) and firmer mattress. This does not necessarily mean all low profile mattresses are suitable for lighter individuals, but a recommendation for heavier individuals. Some mattress types such as memory foam or latex, can provide comfort and support benefits for any size individual.

Comfort

Regardless of mattress norms, you know your comfort preference better than anyone else. If you’ve been sleeping on something firm for 20+ years, it’s more probable you’ll enjoy a firmer feeling mattress. This does not necessarily make it right and switching to a different firmness could be very beneficial. If you’re not sure, a quality mattress company can give you a professional recommendation with your sleeping position and weight.

Proper Support

  1. Bad sleeping posture or pillows can lead to tension in your neck muscles. This can lead to headaches, neck pains, or knots.
  2. Too much pressure on the shoulders can hinder blood circulation causing achy shoulders, numb arms, and hands. This can lead to tossing and turning, which diminishes the quality of your sleep.
  3. Lack of proper spinal support can cause stiffness and back pain, primarily in the lower regions. Sleeping incorrectly for prolonged periods can cause joints to slightly dislocate causing chronic back pain.
  4. If your mattress is too soft, your hips will sink and bottom out. This can aggravate pressure points and hinder blood circulation. This causes hip pain, inflammation of the joints, and diminishes the quality of your sleep.