Anyone looking for the right mattress will notice that the firmness of a mattress is a very important criterion.
The firmness of a mattress is important because it plays an essential role in your quality of sleep. Getting this right ensures the correct body support while also giving the optimal comfort at the same time. Sleeping too firm or too soft often leads to unrestful sleep and, as a result, to back and hip problems.
How do you determine the correct firmness for you?
A good start when determining the firmness level is going by body weight and height. However, there are other factors, such as body type, sleeping position and personal preference, which must be taken into account when making a decision. Needs can also change over time. Injuries and pregnancy, for example, can lead to needing a different firmness for periods of time. Usually the heavier the person, the firmer the mattress needed. However, also the ratio of body size to weight should be taken into account because weight distribution is an important factor too. A small person with a high weight will therefore need a firmer mattress than a taller person with the same weight.
These levels are not uniformly standardised though. As a result, manufacturer’s specifications differ, as each manufacturer can determine the degree of firmness themselves. Of course, this does not make it easy for consumers to make an informed decision. However, the firmness levels provided should not be discarded completely, as it provides a good indication.
There is a common misconception that density levels will determine the firmness of the mattress. This is only partly true – it will give an indication but depending on the materials and processes used, the firmness will vary greatly from one manufacturer to another. Much rather is the density an accurate indication for durability and longevity of a mattress. Natural latex mattresses will have the highest density levels out there, making them the most sustainable mattresses on the market.
Trying different firmess levels
Trying mattresses in shops is way outdated as testing a mattress for a longer period is really important to determine whether a mattress is right for you. Only over a few weeks will you really know if firmness and comfort is suited to your needs.
The UNA mattress will give you multiple options in just one mattress. It’s made from 3 comfort layers in different firmness levels (with densities ranging from D75-D95), making it easy to set the mattress up to your preferred comfort. With a 100-night free trial it makes it easy and risk free to try out all possible configurations.