Plush vs Firm: The age old question whose answer changes as we change with age and new sleep habits.
One of the first questions you’ll likely encounter on the way to picking out a new mattress is how plush or firm you want the mattress to feel. Sounds simple enough, right?
Not necessarily. It can be difficult to choose between a plush vs. firm mattress. Mattress firmness is a comfort term, which leads to how the sleep environment affects your sleep quality. Firm, plush, and their many variations (think of plush as cloud-like or cushiony) are subjective qualities meant to describe how a mattress might feel to any one individual. The trouble is, there’s no industry standard or uniform specification used to measure firmness, meaning that one company’s “medium firm” mattress could be just as firm as another’s “extra firm” mattress. Even if there were a standard scale, the same mattress firmness will feel different to different people depending on body size and muscle mass. When an elephant lies down on a mattress, for example, it’s going to feel different than when a mouse lies on that same mattress. So what’s a mattress shopper to do? First, understand a little bit more about what firmness or softness in a mattress really means, and how it differs from that other essential quality, support.
A mattress doesn’t need to be firm to be supportive
When deciding between a plush vs. firm mattress, consider your specific needs. At minimum, a mattress needs to provide the right support for a person’s body weight, size, and shape. A person who weighs 300 pounds is going to need a more supportive mattress than someone who weighs 120 pounds. But support comes from the core of the mattress—the denser bottom layers of foam in foam mattresses and the spring system in hybrid mattress—not from how firm or plush the surface, of “comfort,” layers feel. Support is the ability to adopt a variety of positions throughout the night while maintaining your spine in a relatively “neutral” horizontal position. In other words, you want to avoid the U-shaped curve you’d get from sleeping in a hammock, as well as the unnatural bend you’d experience if you lie on your stomach on the floor all night. Instead, your spine should be supported in its natural S-shaped curve and your ears, shoulders, and hips should be aligned. A soft or ultra-plush bed can still provide plenty of support, so long as the layers underneath are appropriate for the person who’s sleeping on it. You can still go ahead and sink into it enough to get the support you need. (Here’s how to match your mattress to your body type.)
Your Sleep Posture Is Also A Determining Factor
If you tend to sleep on your side, you should look into purchasing a plush or medium mattress. If you tend to sleep on your back, a medium-firm or firm mattress can be a good fit. A back sleeper mattress does not have all the extra “give” someone who sleeps on their side might need. What you do not want to do is find yourself needing a pillow under your side or back to get that level of comfort and support. Furthermore, if your bed partner sleeps in a different position you will need a mattress suited for both of your needs. . . unless your bed partner is one of the furry type that take over the entire bed or sleep on your head. We can’t help you there! We have mattresses designed to fit every sleeping position, body style and for bed partners to all feel comfortable. #LoveHowYouSleep
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