There are many factors that need to be taken into account when discussing sleeping habits. What is the temperature of your bedroom? Is it cluttered or neat? Do you have a lot of stresses in your life? Did you have caffeine too close to bedtime? However, one of the most important things to think about is your actual mattress.
We definitely need to consider what goes into a mattress. An organic mattress is certainly the way to go, but what about the firmness of the mattress? Our natural Dunlop and Talalay latex mattresses are customizable so you can choose a combination of soft, medium and firm layers of latex that work best for your body.
How Do You Sleep?
One of the questions we always make sure to ask our customers is whether they sleep on their back, stomach or side. This is one of the most important factors when trying to determine the right mattress feel for you. There is nothing more uncomfortable than sinking into a mattress when you want a firmer feel or feeling like you’re sleeping on a rock when you want a mattress that will gently hug you. Think of it like Goldilocks and the Three Bears—one mattress may be too firm, and one mattress may be too soft, but when you lay on the perfect mattress for you, it feels just right.
As featured on WebMD, Arya Nick Shamie, MD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, explains the importance of a mattress that fits your body’s needs: "If the mattress is too firm, it will push on those main pressure points and take you out of alignment. If it's too soft, those pressure points won't be properly supported, so your whole body flops back."
Listen to Your Body
We therefore need to think about support, pressure relief and comfort. Savvy Rest always takes these factors into account when assessing your needs because we want to alleviate muscle aches and back pain. In order to balance these three factors, you must listen to your body. It is important to close your eyes and relax when trying out our various latex configurations. Ask yourself how you feel.
Also, make sure that you lay down in a way that mirrors your usual sleeping position. You shouldn’t try out a mattress on your back if you always sleep on your stomach. You will most likely end up purchasing a mattress that is not right for you!
This Mattress Firmness blog series will go into detail about what each type of sleeper needs from their mattress. Our next blog post is for back sleepers...check it out!