Do you like it hard or soft? On the side or on your back? These are probably the biggest questions you will ask yourself when looking for the perfect new mattress. If your mattress is uncomfortable, lumpy and has an excessive dip or more than 10 years old it is time to upgrade. It can be hard to know where to start, so we have put together a list of things you will want to understand before you make an investment in your next mattress.
Soft, Medium or Firm?
Everyone has their own personal preference, but it is important to understand what this all means. To help, manufacturers have created a firmness scale to help you work out how firm a mattress is.
1) Extra Soft: Exceptionally plush mattress that sink deeply beneath your body when you sleep
2-3) Soft: Very plush mattress that conforms/sinks somewhat deeply beneath your body during sleep
4) Medium Soft: A plush surface that conforms to the body when you sleep and offers a small amount of sinking
5) Medium: Mixed feeling of soft and firm
6) Medium Firm: Not much sinking and little conforming to the body
7–8) Firm: Firm surface that conforms slightly to the body
9–10) Extra Firm: Firm surface that does not conform to the body
What type of sleeper are you?
Now you know how manufacturers rate the firmness of mattresses the next thing to consider is your preferred sleeping position. This can have a major impact on what you may find comfortable.
One of the most popular positions, side sleepers should look for a mattress that offers cushioning to the shoulders and hips to assist with the alignment of the body. Medium firm mattresses are the go-to and they offer a soft touch with support.
Support for your back is important to consider when looking for a mattress. Depending on your weight you can pick a range of firm mattresses. For those on the lighter end something softer may be the best option and if you are a little heavier, a firmer mattress will provide more support.
If you like sleeping on your stomach you will need a mattress that provides plenty of support around the midsection of your body. This means a slightly firmer mattress may be the best choice, so you will not have a sore neck and shoulders.
At the end of the day it all comes down to your own preference and you MUST try before you buy. This is the best thing about a new mattress is laying on all of them. Head instore to Domayne Fyshwick as they have a huge range soft, medium and firm mattress, some which are Australian made.