Soft vs Firm Mattresses


The right type of mattress can make all the difference to getting a good night's sleep.
A poor mattress can affect the quality of your sleep and your overall health by failing to provide your body with the right level of support. Bad support can lead to back and neck pain, and it can make conditions like sleep apnoea worse.

One thing to consider is the firmness of your mattress. So should you get a soft or hard mattress?

Is One Better
than the Other?

The argument over whether a firm or soft mattress is better for you is one that you may be confused by. That's because you might have heard arguments on both sides. While some say a hard mattress is best, others say the opposite. Here’s a look at the benefits of both.

Benefits of Hard

Hard mattresses are often recommended for people with bad backs. Many people claim that less cushioning is generally the best option because it helps to support the spine-neutral position while you sleep.

However, a mattress that is too hard may actually be worse for people with health conditions, so don't automatically assume that it is the best option.

Your body should have some kind of resistance during sleep. The more of the pressure your bones take, the more your muscles can relax, increasing blood flow and oxygen intake.

Some say that hard mattresses are not as comfortable, and this may be true when you first when you make the switch from a soft mattress. However, you will normally become more used to a hard mattress after a few days.

Benefits of Soft

Soft mattresses are generally more comfortable when you lie down on them, but they may not be the best option overall. If you have a bad back or other pain, a soft mattress may not provide you with the level of support you need.

A mattress that is too soft can cause your back to collapse as you sleep, and this prevents the lungs from taking in enough oxygen, which can affect your sleep. So sometimes a medium-soft mattress is better than one that is too soft.

Which Type of
Mattress Should You Choose?

There are many types of mattresses that provide a range of firmness levels. At one end of the scale, you have water beds, which are very soft. At the other end you have futons, which are very hard. In the middle you have options like tempurpedic mattresses, which are designed to adapt to your shape.

Mattress technology is getting better all the time, and one of the best types of mattresses you can buy is a pocket-sprung mattress. These have individual spring coils that work independently of one another, helping to provide the right level of support for your body. So it may be best to start by trying one of these.

Try a Range of

The best option when you choose a new mattress is to try out a wide range of mattresses  before you make your decision. Go to various shops and lie down on different types of mattresses, and specifically ask to try hard and soft mattresses so you can get a good idea about what they are like. If you have a health issue you are concerned about, ask your doctor for their advice.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer as to whether a hard or soft mattress is best for you. Don't automatically assume that a hard or soft mattress is the best option, and try to choose one based on how comfortable it is. The most important thing of all is that you choose a high-quality mattress from a reputable manufacturer.

Archers Sleepcentre specialise in high quality mattresses as well as a wide range of divan beds and bedroom furniture.