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September 05, 2022 4 min read

Choosing a good mattress is important as it is one of the foundations of a good night's sleep. Did you know that you spend around 30% of your life sleeping? If so, it is best to spend your days with nights of restful sleep.

If you're shopping for a mattress, you know that choosing one can be a bit tricky. There are many beds to choose from with different sizes, shapes, firmness levels, and styles. 

This article will help you decide whether you need a firm or soft mattress. There are also cons to selecting an inappropriate one, so you must choose what mattress suits you best.


First Considerations

You might have a personal preference for how firm your mattress is. However, one crucial factor you should consider is your spine health. Our spine has natural curves that need support in different positions.

Good mattresses hold your body in a relaxed and neutral position with the spine having a slight curve, and your head, shoulders, buttocks and heels align. You'll know it's a perfect mattress if you feel little to no pressure as if you float. This perfect sleeping mat relaxes muscles and improves sleep quality and posture over time. If you choose your mattress wrong, you can wake up having back pain and experience difficulties in sleeping.


Difference: Firm VS Soft

You would know when a mattress is soft or firm by feeling it. Firm ones are more rigid to touch, while soft ones compress when you apply pressure.


Firm Mattress

Pros

You will find the firm mattress more comfortable if you're someone who rarely has back pain. Sleeping on a firm surface allows our bones to absorb the most pressure, which relaxes our muscles. Blood circulation improves when muscles aren't strained.

This bed keeps your lower back from sagging and collapsing into the foam, allowing more oxygen intake when you sleep. With less sagging, your body weight is distributed evenly, and pressure between your body and bed becomes balanced.

These mattresses may be stiff but generally better for back and stomach sleepers.


Cons

We are all prone to think that beds should be soft and that hard mattresses are a no-go. You may need time to adjust to a firm mattress initially, but it will become more comfortable and less noticeable with time.

Firm mattresses aren't for those with back issues such as scoliosis and arthritis, as they can worsen the pain. That is why it is vital to learn more about mattresses before investing in one.

The Valmori Firm Spring Mattress is the firmest in our collection. It gives you breathability, airflow and the support you need if you're a back or stomach sleeper. It's also great for light sleepers who lie with a partner who constantly moves or turns in bed as its spring technology prevents movement transfer.


Soft Mattress

Pros

Soft or Medium Soft Mattresses are ideal for those who experience back pain and have pre-existing back problems. If you're on the light side in terms of weight, you could also opt for this bed as a harder one might not have any compression.

If you're a side sleeper, you might also want to try this mattress type for its cushioning on the shoulders and hips. During a side position, soft mattresses may also align the spine.


Cons

You might think that soft mattresses are the best out there. We are programmed to believe that they're comfortable and luxurious. However, this is not the case. Soft ones can even cause minor aches if you're a back and stomach sleeper, as you might find yourself sinking in an uncomfortable alignment. We don't also recommend soft ones for those with heavy weight.

If you're sharing the mattress with another person, a soft mattress may not be for you. The heavier sleeper usually sinks further, making the bed unbalanced. You can also feel your partner's movement if they tend to move and roll in bed.

The Valmori Latex Mattress is the softest in the collection, with a layer of environmentally friendly, natural latex. This bed type works great for side sleepers, those with lighter weight, and those who suffer back problems.


How To Choose

In summary, you'll have to evaluate your back issues, weight, position, and how you sleep with a partner. Sometimes, you can even consider your personal preference as well. If you have back problems but are uncomfortable with a firm mattress, you should decide where you'll get to sleep better. There is no perfect formula for finding the perfect mattress.

You can also try the Valmori Hybrid Mattress if you want something in between. Our hybrid foam layers have an ideal blend of a coil, support, and memory foam or latex comfort layers. This mattress combines the benefits of a Spring Mattress and a Latex Mattress.

Valmori has a 100-day trial where you can experience our mattress with no strings attached, so you have time to try and see if a bed works for you.