Choosing the right mattress can be a difficult process, especially if you struggle with back or joint pain when you wake up. Firm mattresses are extremely supportive and work to keep your spine aligned so you don’t feel achy each morning.
Why choose a firm mattress?
Firm mattresses are best suited to those who sleep on their front or backs. Sleeping on your back is the optimum position for keeping your spine aligned properly. It’s the most natural position and prevents any unhealthy twisting. However, you need more support for your whole body when sleeping in these positions. This is where your firm mattress comes in.
The high level of support in firm mattresses distributes your body weight more evenly than softer mattresses. This alleviates pressure on your spine and joints. Pressure points such as the hips, neck, shoulders and ankles are sensitive. A firm mattress will ensure they’re accounted for, allowing you to wake up feeling well rested rather than stiff.
What are the different types of firm mattress?
Just because you need a firmer mattress doesn’t mean you have less choice when it comes to mattress types. Firm mattresses are available in plenty of different styles. This means you can achieve the perfect sleeping experience and find the right mattress composition for you.
- Memory foam: The materials in a memory foam mattress mould to your body and react to your movements. It’s the ultimate pressure relieving material and remains supportive throughout the night.
- Pocket spring: A pocket spring mattress distributes the weight evenly and is fantastic at relieving weight-bearing pressure points on the body. This is due to the composition of the mattress where each spring is held in its own pocket. Therefore, every spring will individually respond to your weight and movement. If you're sharing a bed, they also stop you and your partner rolling together.
- Traditional spring: These mattresses have open springs which provide great support and are often extremely affordable. This means you don’t have to compromise on style or comfort to get a mattress at a brilliant price.
- Hybrid: Some brands such as Silentnight offer firm mattresses that have a mixture of pocket spring and memory foam or different variations. These mattresses can also have a pillow top, allowing you the strength and support of the firm grading but with a cushioned, comfortable topper.
What is an orthopaedic mattress?
Those with more serious or chronic back and joint pain may want to consider an orthopaedic mattress instead of a regular firm comfort grade. These mattresses are firm or extra firm and are designed to provide the maximum support possible. They prevent the midsection of your body sinking into the mattress, ensuring that your spine stays properly aligned. They also ensure that your other joints and muscles are sufficiently supported.
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