Purchasing a bed should honestly not be on the basis of softness or firmness. It depends entirely on your body type and the level of support you want. Are you top heavy or bottom heavy? Are you 5 or 6 feet tall? Many things need to be taken into consideration.
But, if you suffer from a bad back, a very firm cushion may not be for you. There is a study published in The Lancet Journal, revealed that patients suffering from back pain were twice as likely to report improvement when sleeping on a medium-firm mattress as opposed to patients who slept on firm bedding. In the study published November 2003, the Journal concluded that “a mattress of medium firmness improves pain and disability among patients with chronic non-specific low- back pain”. There is also an in-depth analysis on best mattress published in bestmattress.reviews you can read.
Sizes and Prices
In deciding to purchase a bed, you may also have to look at the different sizes available. Below is a partial list.
Crib mattresses are for babies and must always be firm. Most times, innerspring or solid foam bedding would do. For babies, try to avoid soft beddings or pillow tops to avoid bodily harm.
These are bigger than the crib size. They are approximately 38 inches wide by 75 inches long. They are ideal for single sleepers.
Unlike the twin, the full size is 53 inches wide and 75 inches long (this means both the full and twin sizes have the same length).
Even though a full size is wider than a twin, it is not recommended for couples. It is a better choice for single sleepers (with many parents preferring them to full size beds for their teenagers).
The Queen size is wider and longer than a full-size. It is the most popular bed today. It is 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. It is highly recommended for guest rooms and couples who prefer to sleep in close proximity.
The King-size is twice the size of a twin. It is about the best choice for couples who want ample personal sleeping space. It is 76 inches wide and 80 inches in length. Be sure to check if it’s not too big for your bedroom.
California King Size
It is a variant of the King-size. It is 4 inches narrower and 4 inches longer than a regular King size.
Find the Perfect Bed for Your Sleeping Style
There is no way you can buy a comfortable cushion without considering your sleeping style. Are you a stomach, side or back sleeper? If you use a combination of the sleeping styles, you should take that in consideration before making a purchase.
Side Sleepers: Side Sleepers need beds that will relieve pressure from the shoulders and hips. Such beddings need to be slightly soft to allow the sleeper’s body to sink just a little into it. Side sleeping is the most common sleeping style.
Back Sleepers: Back Sleepers need cushions that will support the lower back. As such, a stiff spring bed may not be good while a cushion that is soft will not give adequate support to the body and lower back. Medium-firm bedding is an excellent choice.
Stomach Sleepers: Stomach Sleepers require firm beddings that will keep the body floating instead of sunken. Scores of stomach sleepers may experience lower back pain, a situation which has impelled them to this sleeping style where spine placement is at its most minimal.
Sleepers who use a combination of all styles need sleeping surfaces that are suited for their personal comfort. A bed that is not too stiff for side sleeping and not too soft for the stomach. Most people fall into this sleeping style category and will find cushions with innerspring/pocket coils or those made from latex foam to be highly comfortable.
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