Firm or Soft Mattresses: Which Is Better? - Expert Roundup (Part 2)

September 02, 2021

Firm or Soft Mattresses: Which Is Better? - Expert Roundup (Part 2)

  • 4. The Wrong Mattress Will Likely Mean Pain

“Mattress selection is an important part of creating an optimal sleep environment. The right mattress should provide support in roughly the same position as when standing with good posture.

If the mattress is too firm, it will push on pressure points and cause problems with alignment. If the mattress is too soft, those pressure points will not be properly supported either. Both of these scenarios can lead to back pain, or non-restorative sleep, in the morning.”

Smita Patel, DO, FAASM, ABOIM, iNeuro Institute

  • 5. Consider Your Sleep Position

“The soft mattress has extra give and provides comfort to the side sleepers hips and shoulders, but still ensures overall stability and support. The firm mattress is good for back and stomach sleepers, as the firmness offers a solid surface to support the back and stomach.

This ensures the spine is aligned and results in a more comfortable night’s sleep. Ensure to find a mattress provider that offers varying levels of softness and firmness, as one size does not fit all. Yaasa offers mattresses on a scale from level 1 softness to level 10 firmness. Choosing a good mattress is an investment, make it a good one!”

Ashleigh Saunder, Product Specialist, Yaasa Furniture

  • 6. You Need Both Softness and Firmness

“Neither—[is better] we need two things from our bed: A bed that’s firm enough to give us back support and hold our alignment, but also a bed that's soft, comfortable and provides pressure relief on our joints.

The problem today is that you have to choose between firm and soft, as the majority of mattresses are built this way using foam materials. The reality is that every couple has to compromise, as most individuals have different needs. Developments in modern mattress technology can alleviate this problem, while still maintaining spinal alignment and offering optimal pressure relief. The best mattress is one that is both firm and soft.”

Colin House, CEO, Intellibed

There are a variety of things to consider when purchasing a mattress. When it comes to selecting your mattress firmness, it ultimately boils down to personal preference and what feels good to you. According to our experts, opinions vary on whether a soft or firm mattress is best, but if you suffer from back pain, a firm mattress is recommended.

If you are unsure about which is best for you–a soft or firm mattress–SleePare can help! Visit our website and check out our mattress comparison tool where you can compare the features of the most popular online mattresses, read sleep guides, and more!