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Firmness and Comfort

Firmness is how hard or soft a mattress feels. The most common question I receive from my readers is “how firm is this mattress?” This is also one of the most difficult to answer questions. The feel and firmness of a mattress depend on your definition of soft, medium, and firm. It’s highly subjective. Additionally, your body type, weight, size, and other factors play into the feel.

A lot of times consumers confuse support with firmness. A mattress that provides good support simply means that it keeps your spine in proper alignment without creating pressure points. If a mattress does not offer adequate support, you will more than likely wake up sore or in pain. Firmness relates more to how comfortable a mattress feels initially. Whether hard or soft, the optimal firmness level goes hand-in-hand with comfort.




Several online mattress companies have developed mattresses that have universal comfort. Although there is only one firmness level offered with these mattresses, the structure of their foams and layered design works to offer comfort for a variety of sleepers (heavy, light, tall, short, side, back, stomach, etc.). Leesa is a great example of this design. Leesa’s layered foam construction and materials provide a comfort level that adjusts to each sleeper. This is extremely beneficial for partners who prefer different firmness levels.

For a lighter sleeper, the top layer of Avena foam acts with the memory foam core to provide support and comfort. Since lighter sleepers put less pressure on the mattress much of the comfort and feel comes from the Avena. However, support and pressure relief are still provided by the memory foam core. With a heavier sleeper, the Avena foam works much more with the memory foam and support foam to offer proper deep compression and transitional support.

Side sleeping positions work similarly, causing the mattress to create superior deep compression support for the heavier parts of your body. Back and stomach sleepers would see a more even weight distribution and balanced foam interaction. This universal comfort design creates a balanced level of comfort and support for the mattress that’s enjoyable for the majority of sleepers. Bear, Layla, Tuft & Needle, and Casper are other examples of universal comfort feel designs.

With this in mind, the average preferred firmness level for sleepers falls between the 4-7 out of 10 range. Universal comfort mattresses coincide with these numbers, giving sleepers the chance to really discover the firmness level that’s right for them.


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