Soft mattresses have long been considered the height of comfort and the guarantee of the sweetest dreams. Think of the princess and the pea, who managed to feel uncomfortable even on a dozen weightless featherbeds. Nowadays, you can see the same capricious sleepyheads and ardent opponents of softness. Which one is right? Are feather beds so comfortable? Who should buy a soft mattress and who shouldn’t? You will find out about this in our article.
The main feature of soft mattresses is increased sensitivity and minimal response pressure on the sleeping body. This means that such models are sensitive to even a small weight, bending under it, without blocking the blood flow, gently enveloping the back. Ideally, even the softest mattress should provide support for the spine, allowing it to take a natural position. However, in reality, only high-quality orthopedic mattresses can boast of such an effect, but not old squeezed products passed from generation to generation, no matter how soft they seem. It is important to understand this, and in search of a soft mattress, give preference to modern materials. So pick one that works for your sleep style.
What Are Soft Mattresses?
The most elastic and resilient materials are used in the production of soft mattresses. In springless models, only the filler is responsible for orthopedic properties, which is a single plate or alternating layers of different materials. The quality of soft spring mattresses depends on both the filler and the spring block.
Optimal support, ideal load distribution and back relaxation are provided by independent springs that flex under the weight of a person individually, without putting pressure on neighbors, thus eliminating the “hammock effect”. As a result, in the area of the shoulders and pelvis, the mattress bends slightly more than in the area of the lower back. Accordingly, the lower back does not sag and is fully resting.
The following fillers are used in both in-spring and springless mattresses:
It is a stunningly soft and elastic material that responsively adjusts to the curves of the body and quickly returns to its original shape. Natural latex is durable (up to 20 years of service if it is a springless model), environmentally friendly, natural, hypoallergenic, breathable and very comfortable;
Otherwise, it is called artificial latex. In all basic parameters (except for durability), it is similar to natural, but it is more rigid. To make the PU foam softer, it is perforated. The rigidity of the product depends on the frequency and size of the holes. Most often, mattresses made of polyurethane foam are moderately soft or medium hard;
Due to the viscous structure, it clearly adapts to the anatomical shape of the human body, repeating its every bend. Memorix attracts with absolutely unique sensations of weightlessness and complete absence of pressure on soft tissues. On such a mattress, the limbs never go numb, blood circulation functions perfectly.
Combinations of different materials also help to achieve maximum comfort and softness. For example, a combination of layers of natural latex and memorix on independent springs gives an excellent orthopedic effect. The combination of natural latex and polyurethane foam allows to reduce the cost of the product while maintaining decent quality.
How to Distinguish a Soft Mattress From a Squeezed One?
Very often people are in no hurry to change their old mattress, considering it the softest and most comfortable. But sometimes excessive softness is a sure sign that the product has simply lost its elasticity, and is no longer able to provide the necessary support for the spine. Sleeping on a squeezed mattress is unhealthy and can result in pain and serious back problems. Whatever tender feelings you have for the soft grandmother’s feather bed, try to look at her soberly and critically. You sleep on a flattened mattress if:
- even with a cursory examination on your sleeping place, you can notice depressions, irregularities, bumps, scuffs;
- lying in bed, you feel under you separate bulging springs or even a solid bed base;
- you constantly roll in a dream to the same place, you can hardly roll to the other side of the bed;
- your back in a dream takes the shape of the letter “C” due to the fact that the mattress unnecessarily bends under the hips and lower back, and the head and legs are located above this level;
- in the morning you feel pain in the neck, shoulders or lower back.
If you recognize yourself and your mattress in at least one of the points, it’s time to replace your old friend with a new, high-quality and modern one.
When choosing a new mattress, you also need to show maximum rationality so as not to overdo it with softness (as well as with rigidity). Be sure to take into account your age, weight, lifestyle, habitual position in a dream, go to a store or showroom, lie down on different models. This is the only way to find the perfect soft mattress. Of course, if soft mattresses suit you at all.
Who Will Be Comfortable on a Soft Mattress
A soft mattress is a matter of taste. Someone does not imagine sleeping outside their favorite feather bed, and to someone the boards do not seem rigid enough. But only healthy people of middle age and average build can be guided by exclusively personal preferences. But for some sleepyheads, a soft mattress is not a luxury, but an urgent need.
First of all, people over 50-55 years old are advised to sleep on a soft. At this age, the spine needs increased comfort for sleeping, requires full rest and absolute relaxation. Excessive loads, reciprocal pressure on the tissues from the hard mattress are strictly contraindicated.
Another category of those who should pay attention to soft mattresses are people weighing less than 55 kilograms. If the princess and the pea mentioned at the beginning was a fragile girl, her love for many featherbeds is absolutely justified. Only a soft mattress is so sensitive to pressure changes that it can bend correctly, provide support and a natural position for the spine of a thin person.
It is thanks to the ability to bend under slight pressure that soft mattresses are useful for people with problems in the lumbar region. On too hard a surface, the lower back is in limbo and constant tension. A soft mattress gently envelops her, supports and allows her to relax.
Feather beds are also comfortable and useful for people suffering from diseases of the joints and blood vessels, arthritis and arthrosis. While sleeping on a soft mattress, blood circulates freely, there is no excessive pressure on the tissue. This is why you will never wake up in the morning feeling numb in your arms or legs. For pregnant women, a soft mattress makes it possible to take almost any position without fear of disrupting the blood supply to the fetus.
Soft mattresses will especially appeal to fans of side sleeping. On such a surface, the spine will not bend, the lower back will receive the necessary support.