Side sleepers are often more comfortable on mattresses that range from medium to plush. This is because there are more pressure points on the side of the body that need cushioning by the mattress. Back sleepers tend to prefer firmer mattresses, while stomach sleepers will usually favour a medium feel.
Consider a firmer mattress if you are a hot sleeper. Plush mattresses have greater contact with your body, which generates more heat. Conversely, if you tend to feel the cold, plush and ultra-plush mattresses may keep you warmer.
If the bed is for a guest room, consider a mattress that will suit a wide variety of sleepers, such as a medium to firm mattress.
The best way to choose the feel of a mattress is by lying on the mattress for 10 to 15 minutes in store. Ask yourself:
‘How do my hips and shoulders feel?’ As these are high pressure areas, particularly for side sleepers, the mattress should conform to these pressure points to relieve pressure that can cause tossing and turning. If your hips and shoulders start to feel sore or numb, this could be an indication that it is too firm, and you need to try a medium or soft.
‘How does my spine and lower back feel?’ A mattress should be comfortable enough to get you to sleep, and supportive enough to keep you asleep. If your back is dipping into the mattress, the mattress may be too soft, and you may need to try a medium or firm.
It’s also important to try the mattress with a pillow in your natural sleeping position. And remember, just like we shouldn’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, don’t leave mattress shopping till the end of the day. When we feel tired, any mattress will feel amazing.