What are the Levels of Mattress Firmness and Which One is Right for You
This article explains how firmness rating is different from support, and how that can affect your bed purchasing experience. It explores how a mattress size and its dimensions can affect its firmness, and explores which combo is right for someone purchasing a new mattress.
It’s never been a better time to buy a new mattress. There are literally thousands of options out there for you — and while it can be great to have so many choices, it also can feel totally overwhelming. There are probably a ton of questions ping-ponging around your head right now. What’s the difference in mattress firmness? Does it matter if I’m a side sleeper or stomach sleeper? Which one is best for chronic back pain?
Well take heart, prospective mattress buyer, we’ve made it easy for you to figure out the firmness, dimensions, and mattress sizes that you’ll need to enjoy the best sleep ever. So whether you’re into a mattress that’s feathery light, or a dense supportive sleep fortress, here’s a guide to getting the most out of your mattress.
Firmness vs. Support: Memory Foam Breakthroughs
While they may seem like the same thing, it’s important to realize that a mattress’ firmness rating and its support rating are two very different things. You might think that the harder the mattress, the better the support, but this actually doesn’t always correlate. Firmness refers to the feeling when you initially lie down on the mattress, while support refers to the way a mattress keeps your spine in alignment. New breakthroughs in mattress technology allow for a mattress with a lower firmness rating to actually maintain good support and last for years previously undreamt of by traditional mattresses.
The main difference is memory foam. This high end, high tech foam allows for newer mattresses to support your back the way a harder mattress would, while still contouring for maximum comfort. The truth is that 80% of sleepers report that they want something between a five and seven on the firmness scale. While with traditional mattresses that could mean getting something that would wear out in a year, memory foam mattresses allow for that level of support without having to worry about a deformity in the mattress dimensions from time or over use.
Stomach, Side, or Back: Matching your Mattress to Your Sleep Style
So is there a difference in the firmness needed from different sleep styles? The quick answer is not too much, the longer one is a bit more nuanced. Chiropractors recommend that a stomach sleeper have a slightly more firm mattress than the other two sleep styles. This is because stomach sleepers put more pressure on their back when they use a soft mattress. This can cause mis-alignments of the spine that lead to sleep problems. Back and side sleepers don’t typically put this much stress on their back, so they often don’t need to worry about this concept as much.
Buying a New Mattress: Why Dimensions are the Most Important Factor You Aren’t Considering
A mattress size then is the key ingredient in figuring out which mattress is best for you. A mattress’ dimensions are the difference between true comfort in bed and a poor sleep experience. We’ve broken down each DreamCloud Luxury mattress size so you can figure out which mattress is going to be the best for you. No matter which you choose, DreamCloud Luxury Mattresses offer the best support with just the right amount of firmness — without ever sacrificing support. No matter which one you pick, you’re guaranteed to find a winner.
DreamCloud Luxury Full Size Mattress – This mattress has a significantly larger size than a twin, allowing a comfortable sleep for a small/medium height adult. This is a great mattress if you’re a solitary sleeper who just needs enough space to lay comfortably on your side or back. If you’re a stomach sleeper who tosses and turns, you may want to go a size up, but the dimensions of this bed make it ideal for the average single sleeper.
DreamCloud Luxury Queen Size Mattress – The dimensions of this mattress (both wider and five inches longer than a full size) make it our ideal bed for a larger sleeper, or anyone who moves around a lot in their sleep. While it may be a bit small for two adult sleepers, this mattress size can work if you don’t mind a good snuggling, and who doesn’t love snuggling?
DreamCloud Luxury King Size Mattress – This is the perfect mattress size for two average adults. It’s the same length as the queen, but offers a whopping sixteen additional inches of width. That puts its dimensions at over 76 inches wide, which means a six foot four adult could lie width wise across it and not be over either edge. That’s some serious square footage. It is the same length as a Queen, allowing you and your partner a comfortable amount of real estate with which to enjoy DreamCloud Luxury Mattresses’ supportive memory foam.
DreamCloud Luxury California King Size Mattress – This is a bigtime mattress for people who love their beds. The dimensions of the California King weigh in it at a luxurious 72×84. If you have the space in your bedroom, this will allow for a luxuriously decadent sleep for two large adults. Its patented memory foam (which uses six different kinds of foam, plus a topper and patented spring technology) means that you’re getting support and comfort unparalleled in a mattress this size. For even more evidence on why we have the best mattress on the market, check out our handy guide on how we make sleep an even cozier experience with our DreamCloud luxury mattresses. We’ve got comfort down to a science.