Firm vs. Soft: Which Mattress Is Better for Me?

You know it’s time to purchase a new mattress. But with so many firmness levels to choose from, how do you even know where to start? You’ll spend nearly a third of your life on your mattress, and with the wrong firmness level, you could experience unsatisfactory sleep that takes a toll on your health. Here’s a breakdown of firm and soft mattresses to help you narrow down your countless options when you stop into the Go2sleep Gallery™ in Vestal or North Syracuse, New York.

Testing A Mattress’s Firmness

Wide Range of Firmness Levels

You often hear mattressesdescribed as firm or soft, but there are actually several firmness levels in between. At Go2sleep™, we’ll help you determine which firmness level is right for you by analyzing your sleep preferences and measuring your body’s pressure points in our innovative bedMATCH™system. The results will then indicate which of the following firmness levels is best for you:

  • Hybrid Firm
  • Hybrid Latex Firm
  • Hybrid Latex Plush
  • Hybrid Plush
  • Luxury Firm
  • Plush

When to Consider a Firm Mattress

As the name implies, firm mattresses stay firm and absorb the most movement when pressure is applied. With a more stable and even surface than soft mattresses, they are generally recommended for those who prefer to sleep on their back or stomach. In addition, firm mattresses keep the body’s weight evenly distributed and prevent the lower back from collapsing, which can enhance oxygen intake in certain individuals.

Sleeping on a firmer surface can also benefit those who experience back pain, and that’s because a firm mattress will reduce the stress on the muscles and improve circulation through the veins and arteries. However, they are not recommended for those who suffer from specific conditions, including arthritis and scoliosis, as a harder firmness level can make pain worse.

Pros and Cons of Soft Mattresses

If you’re a side sleeper, you’ll most likely benefit from switching to a soft mattress, as it will align to the curves of your spine and provide a better cushion for the hips and shoulders. Soft mattresses are also recommended for those with arthritis, scoliosis and other specific back conditions, as well as those who have developed back pain from sleeping on firmer surfaces.

Body weight is also a factor when considering a soft mattress. They are ideal for lighter individuals who may not be heavy enough for a harder mattress to compress beneath them. If you’ll be sharing your new mattress with a partner, you must consider his or her weight as well. This is because softer mattresses have more give then firmer options and can cause the heavier partner to sink lower, resulting in an uneven surface.

No More Compromises for Couples

It can be a much trickier process for couples shopping for a new mattress, as both individuals may have different firmness preferences. That’s why Go2sleep offers split California King and Queen mattresses. These come in two pieces, allowing each person to share a bed while having their own personal mattress with the firmness level that’s perfect for them.

Find Your New Mattress Today

At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference when deciding between a firm and soft mattress. The best way to choose is by visiting the Go2sleep Gallery™ and searching for the one that feels most comfortable and provides you the support you need. Our trusted staff has the experience and expertise to pair you with the perfect bed and help you sleep better. For more information, contactus today.