The best mattress for you is all about personal preference and your bodies physical needs. You could choose ultra-firm (hopefully not) and to ultra-plush, it is all about making sure you have the back support with the right combination of padding to make you feel comfortable.
For you stomach sleepers, medium firm to plush mattresses provide the perfect blend of comfort and support.
Stomach sleeping places pressure on sensitive areas like your chest, face, and elbows. A mattress that is too soft can allow your lower back to sag downward or place added tension on your neck. But, a mattress that is too firm can also cause pain and pressure points. Your ideal mattress is in the medium range, with a supportive comfort layer. Your back shouldn’t feel strained or tense when you lie down. It may also be helpful to place a pillow beneath your hips to prevent your lower back from sinking too far (however, lets try to find one that does not require that).
From my experience in the variety of Portland mattresses out of all those in the mattress world, the more curvy you are the more padding needed to fill the arch in your back and the behind your neck as well as the spaces behind different parts of your legs. Back sleeping places most of your body weight on your upper back, bottom, and heels. A bed that is too firm and rigid can cause pressure points and leave your lower back unsupported, contributing to muscle tension and pain. A bed that is too soft can also lack support or allow your upper body to sink too far in, also contributing to discomfort.
Please make sure you make you get support if you sleep on your back also. It is the best way to sleep, and often if you have medical issues it is required. Your ideal mattress is likely in the medium to medium-firm range, with a comfort layer just thick enough to cushion pressure points, but not so thick or plush that your upper body sinks too deep. You should not be able to fit more than 1 finger between your lower back and the mattress when lying flat.
You Found Support, Now Go For Comfort
It is best to get most of the comfort from the core and contouring, because the comfort layers will flatten out over time. Comfort is a combination of the support system and the layers on top. The more expensive beds tend to build up the core for longevitiy. This is perhaps the most simple and straightforward of selecting the best mattress and is where you choose between different mattresses that have the “feel” you like, good pressure relief, and good spinal alignment and compare them based on quality and durability.
Mattresses break down from top to bottom so make sure you have a great core and quality on top of that. Your choices would be simple if they all were roughly the same cost or even if there cost was just a little more since it is clearly a higher quality mattress and would be much more durable. This is your focus on long term satisfaction with your mattress so you won’t find you are one of those who loves your mattress in the store and for a few months after only to discover you made a mistake.
Now Balance Out Value
Value is the most difficult part of the purchasing process. This is where you decide on exactly what to buy based on the combination of different features and the any difference in value in buying a similar mattress from different sources and where all the your personal value equation. The difficult part can be making all the final decisions about the smaller details of your mattress and which ones you really want and which ones you don’t. You won’t sleep if you spent to much money so, focus on what value true is to you. At this step you will have a clear idea of exactly what type of mattress works best for you and the details of its construction. You may have actually found one that you would buy or a couple that were so close that you know exactly what needs to be changed to make it perfect (such as … this one would do but it would be perfect if it was just a tiny bit softer on top).