Firm mattresses, also known as orthopaedic mattresses, provide a level of support and comfort that is firmer than the average mattress. It has no give or cushion when you sit or lay on it and therefore is ideal for people who sleep on their back or stomach. It offers less comfort than a softer mattress, but it can be beneficial for people who need extra support for their back and neck or who prefer a firmer surface for sleeping.

What is an Orthopaedic Mattress?

It's easy to think that orthopaedic mattresses are the "cure" for all back issues, so think carefully about your problems and stature before you buy. Additionally, don’t fall into the trap of buying a firm or extra firm mattress rather than a medium, because you believe that they will last longer. The mattress will go softer, as it gets older and if you do require an orthopaedic mattress, then it will be the case that the time to renew will be almost identical to that of a medium mattress.

All of that said, if you prefer a much firmer feel when sleeping, a firm tension or orthopaedic mattress may be perfect for you.

Orthopaedic mattresses are available using pocket springs, open-coil springs and even various foams and latex and there really is a combination of these products that will suit everyone. They’re even available as ‘roll-up’ mattresses, which are great if there are any tight or awkward delivery or access problems in your home, as they have easy manoeuvrability.

What are the benefits of a Firm Mattress?

The benefits of a firm mattress are:

* Supportive - A firm mattress provides consistent support throughout the night, which helps to alleviate night-time discomfort. If a mattress is too soft, it can cause unwanted aches and pains, but a firm mattress can give your body the support it needs.
* Better posture - Because a firm tension mattress is built to provide a consistent level of support, it helps the body maintain better posture while in bed and helps with overall body alignment.
* Reduced Partner Disturbance - Having a firm mattress helps to reduce partner disturbance, sleeps can move around without disturbing their partner.

Who should buy a Firm Mattress?

Firm mattresses are best suited for back and stomach sleepers, who need more firmness and less sink when they sleep. They are also best for people who weigh more than average and will require added support. If you're looking for that extra support, why not try Postureflex's Flex 200 Foam Mattress, or for the ultimate in firmness, then Deepsleep's Bronze 1500 Mattress is definitely the one for you.

Are Firm Mattresses good for your back?

The answer to whether firm mattresses are good for your back is not a straightforward one, as it depends on several factors. Some people find that sleeping on a firm mattress provides them with adequate support and helps alleviate back pain, while others find that a softer mattress is more comfortable.

The ideal mattress for back pain is one that provides proper spinal alignment, relieves pressure points, and offers sufficient support. For some people, a firm mattress can achieve this by distributing weight evenly across the body and reducing pressure on the spine. However, for others, a softer mattress can achieve the same by contouring to the body's curves and reducing pressure points.

Ultimately, the best mattress for your back is one that feels comfortable and supportive to you. It's essential to try out different mattresses to determine which type provides you with the best sleep experience. If you are experiencing chronic back pain, it may be worth consulting a doctor or a sleep specialist to determine the best type of mattress for your needs.

We’re here to help, so if you're still unsure give our friendly team a call on 01642 686365 and ask for advice or take look at our other useful Mattress Buying Guides below, to see if we can help you make the right mattress choice.

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