Do you need a thick mattress for optimum sleep?
When shopping for a new mattress, many people often focus on factors such as price, material, style and whether it includes the latest gadgets that they believe will help improve their sleep. But something that few people seem to care about is the thickness of the mattress. Is this really important and what is the right thickness level? Does a thick mattress mean its more comfortable?
Mattress thickness is important to consider since it affects your comfort. Sleeping on a mattress that is too thin or even too thick, may lead to poor sleep and impact your health. The thickness of the mattress is also referred to as its height or depth.
If you want a comfortable and durable mattress, it should be at least 8 inches thick, including the minimum requirement of a 2- to 3-inch-thick comfort layer and 5- to 6-inch-thick base layer. Usually, a thick mattress will feel softer. There are several factors to consider when determining how thick your mattress should be.
Sleeping Position – Different sleeping positions require more cushioning, while other positions need more support. Mattresses with varying thickness levels can provide support to these varying sleep needs. More on sleeping positions.
Body Type – The thickness of a mattress and the materials used to make it will have an influence on the comfort level of your mattress in relation to your body weight. Aim to choose a mattress that is supportive enough for a comfortable night’s rest. That choice is partly determined by your weight.
Sharing Your Bed with a Partner – A thick mattress with numerous layers and a tall base layer can provide more support than a thin mattress. Sharing your bed with a partner means that there is more pressure on your mattress than when you are sleeping alone. This increased pressure on a thinner mattress can lead to sagging, which causes discomfort. When sharing a mattress, it is recommended to get one that is at least 10 to 12-inches thick.
Specific Medical Conditions – Medical conditions especially related to the back can be a determining factor in mattress thickness. Individuals with arthritis, shoulder pain, or hip pain need softer mattresses for enhanced cushioning while those with back pain may need firmer mattresses with thinner comfort layers.
When considering how thick your mattress should be there is no one correct answer. The advantages and disadvantages along with your lifestyle and circumstances will ultimately determine the height and depth of the mattress you choose.
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