Firm vs Soft Mattress: Which One Works for You?

Firm vs Soft Mattress: Which One Works for You?

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Have you ever stayed at a hotel or slept in a family member’s guest room and hated the mattress? You may have said to yourself “How could anyone choose this mattress?” On the other hand, you may have slept in a bed that wasn’t yours and woke up the next morning feeling better than ever, wondering how you slept so well away from home. The answer to both is that the firmness or softness of a mattress is a personal preference and sleeping on your ideal mattress goes a long way toward getting a great night of sleep. Firm or soft mattress, which is right for you?

Most of us have a unique way of sleeping every night. Are you a stomach sleeper? Or perhaps you prefer to sleep on your back, raised up a little. Take a moment and think of your favorite sleeping position, because that helps you determine the ideal firmness of your new premium mattress. 

Back Sleepers

The most important factor for back sleepers is firmness and support. Many back sleepers find that a too soft mattress causes back pain in the morning. The truth is that both a firm or soft mattress will cause back pain if you’re sleeping on your back on a mattress that isn’t made from top-quality materials. A mattress made from our top-quality Talalay Latex provides the highest level of comfort for people who sleep on their backs. This is because a mattress like our Om Shanti Firm or Om Vayu Firm provides adequate contouring to the spine while maintaining the support and structure your body needs to sleep deeply.

Side Sleepers

Side sleepers many times prefer a very soft to soft mattress. This is often referred to as “plush.” Choosing a poorly-made mattress will lead side sleepers to have discomfort and pain in their hip joints and shoulders. It’s usually advised that you go with a softer option, as these provide for an equal distribution of pressure points while you’re sleeping on your side. PranaSleep offers many suitable luxury mattresses for side sleepers and anyone who wants a soft mattress, including a Vinyasa Plush, Super Vinyasa Super Plush, and Lotus Pranayama Plush.

Stomach Sleepers

If you sleep on your stomach, you should do what you can to learn about neutral spinal alignment. Stomach sleepers should not cut corners when it comes to their mattress. Begin your search by trying out the PranaSleep Karma Collection. Our Karma Collection offers an innovative approach to coils and springs. We created a product unparalleled in the luxury mattress industry thanks to years of research and development, working with unique and superior components. An innerspring mattress made with low-quality coils will sag sooner, upsetting your alignment and leaving you with back pain. Innersprings are by no means the only way to get the solid sleep surface you need to rest comfortably on your stomach, though. Our PranaSleep namesake collection has the Nidra Extra Firm mattress, a favorite among those who want a truly firm bed to sleep comfortably on their stomachs.

Focus on Support Over Firmness

You don’t need to sacrifice comfort for support when you choose PranaSleep. No matter how you sleep, you always want to focus on finding a mattress that offers the support your spinal alignment needs. This can be found in any high-quality mattress, regardless of how firm or soft it is. If you find your current mattress too soft, it is quite possible the true problem lies in that it was not designed to support you well enough while you sleep. Our firm mattresses are far from uncomfortable, and our softer-feeling mattresses won’t make you sink in or feel too hot.

There is no “best” mattress for every one of us. Every person’s personal preference, sleep position, weight, and other factors will affect which PranaSleep mattress is the ideal one for them. Women have a tendency to get hotter while they sleep, making a mattress in the PranaSleep Collection with our patented Outlast® Smart Fabric, which seamlessly absorbs excess body heat and releases it back as needed to regulate the body’s temperature. Men, on the other hand, have higher rates of Sleep Apnea and snoring, so a firm mattress for back sleepers and an adjustable bed base is a common purchase to relieve this chronic condition. 

There’s a lot that goes into finding your perfect mattress and complete bed setup. This is why we recommend finding a PranaSleep retail partner and trying out a few mattresses before you make a decision. What if you discover as a side sleeper you really prefer the extra firm feel of a Nidra mattress? Or, what if you like to sleep on your back, but love the Organics Super Hatha Super Soft because you want a mattress made from all-natural materials? Does this mean you are wrong and must choose a mattress that doesn’t feel just right for you? Of course not! One of the top reasons to choose a PranaSleep premium mattress is that each and every one is made exceptionally well and designed to provide a great night of sleep for everyone, no matter which position you find most comfortable. When a mattress is expertly-designed and hand-crafted, you can trust you will get the night of sleep your body, mind, and soul needs. 


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