Soft or Firm Mattresses

If you are searching for a new mattress you will have to make a decision about whether or not you like a soft or firm mattress. There are advantages and disadvantages to both styles, but what the decision really comes down to is personal preference.

Tossing and Turning

According to WebMD there is a significant factor, which mattresses effect, that disrupts sleep. The capillaries, under the skin, that carry blood to the surface of your body, become restricted when pressure is applied to your skin for an extended period of time. When this restriction occurs, nerves send pain signals to the brain that cause you to roll over. Each time this occurs, your sleep is momentarily interrupted. You may not notice this during the night, but continually interrupted sleep can make you feel tired during the day.

WebMD suggests that something in between a firm and soft mattress is the best. This will prevent you from cutting off blood flow throughout your body, as well as prevent putting extra pressure on joints, while still providing support for your body. An intermediate or a firm mattress with a pillow top is most likely ideal.

What’s Right For You

The best way to determine what is right for you is to evaluate your level of satisfaction with your current mattress. Decide if you want something similar or something firmer or softer. If you are unsure, spend a lot of time shopping around. Don’t buy something the first time you go out. Spend an extended amount of time on each type of mattress. A good salesperson will let you take your time and make an informed decision.


If you share a bed and you cannot agree on the level of firmness, there are a few options. There are spring mattresses available that offer one firm side and one soft side. You may also want to consider memory foam, such as Tempur-Pedic. Adjustable air mattress style beds, such as Sleep Number, with split sides are also available.

The most important thing to remember is that a mattress is a long term investment that can effect your overall physical and mental health. Make sure you take the time to get the mattress that will keep you resting comfortably every night for years to come.


Photo “mattress detail” courtesy of ryan bieber



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