Wondering how to choose the perfect firmness, when shopping for a new latex mattress? The firmness of your mattress must meet your particular sleeping needs, in order for you to experience the quality sleep you deserve. It should support your natural curves, which is important for relieving pressure points. It should also support proper spinal alignment as well.
In order for you to determine which mattress firmness is going to fully support your body when sleeping, you’ll first need to think about your sleeping position.
So how do you choose the perfect mattress firmness? By figuring out what your ideal sleeping position is. Yes, it really is that simple. Do you sleep on your side most of the time? Or, do you sleep on your stomach or back? If you're not sure, you could be someone who happens to take turns sleeping in all three of these positions. Follow this general guide:
What are the levels of firmness for mattresses?
It can be easy to confuse the firmness of a mattress with the support of a mattress, which are two completely different things. The firmness of a mattress is determined by the top layers and the support of a mattress is determined by the middle and bottom layers. The underlying support system of a mattress must be made with high quality materials, in order for the top layers to perform their job.
So how is mattress firmness determined? By its Impression Load Deflection (ILD), which measures how soft or firm a mattress is, by figuring how much pressure is required to sink a large round disk one inch into a mattress’s surface. The higher the number, the firmer the mattress.
When shopping for a medium mattress the ILD rating should fall somewhere between 24 and 26. When shopping for a medium firm mattress, the ILD number should fall somewhere between 29 and 31.
Here are a few additional things to consider, in order to ensure that you choose a mattress firmness that works for you!
Why doesn’t Eco Terra offer the ability for people to buy a soft mattress or an extra-firm mattress? Because a soft mattress tends to make sleepers sink really far into the mattress, and extra-firm mattresses offer very little give when it comes to essential pressure point support. This is why Eco Terra has chosen to only offer medium mattresses and medium firm mattresses, as these two firmness levels are easily able to accommodate the majority of the population's sleeping needs.
For those of you who have decided that a medium or a medium firm latex mattress will meet your sleeping needs the best, understand that you have nothing to lose by trying our quality latex mattress as we give you a full 90 nights to sleep on it to see if it’s indeed right for you.