Mattress selection can seem confusing if you go by the recommendation of experts that classify mattresses according to sleeping position. It says that some mattresses are good for some particular sleeping positions. But even if people have some sleeping position, it does not mean that they do not change the position during sleep. For example, a side sleeper does not lie down on the sides throughout sleep but even briefly might sleep on their back, and it is not usual to find people who sleep in some position only to wake up in some other position in the morning. This is the group of combination sleepers whose choice of mattress will be different from the traditional mattress selection techniques.
Sometimes mattress selection for such sleepers might be quite easy as they can pick any mattress to sleep on it comfortably, but the reality is just the opposite. Sleeping positions are important for mattress selection because the type of mattress that suits side sleepers will not work well for those who prefer sleeping on their back or stomach. Therefore, you must know the technique of choosing mattresses for hybrid sleepers who could be lying on their back at some moment and then turn to the sides for the most comfortable sleep.
Consider the body weight
The body weight is a factor in mattress selection for sleepers who have a combined sleeping style and change positions during sleep. The body weight has a direct relation to mattress firmness with a softer mattress being suitable for supporting lighter body weight and vice versa. Below you will find a classification of mattress firmness according to body weight.
Body weight below 130lb
Medium soft (4) firmness of mattress suits well for those who weigh less than 130 lb. Since the weight is below average, softer mattress surface will conform to the body contour satisfactorily and align the spine correctly without ever giving that sinking feeling. Using firmer mattresses will reduce the resilience of the mattress surface and can increase discomfort and pressure.
Body weight between 130 lb to 230 lb
Medium to Medium-firm mattresses is the recommendation for people whose body weight falls between 130 lb and 230 lb. This kind of firmness (5, 6) is optimal for supporting the body weight within the specified range. Medium to medium firm mattresses provides optimal support necessary to support the spine uniformly without allowing the body to sink inside the mattress while acquiring the shape of the body to some extent.
Body weight above 230 lb
Firm (7) is the kind of firmness necessary to support body weight above 230 lb because since the weight is above average, there should not be any sinking of the mattress when supporting the body as the main focus is on spine support with minimal need for conforming to the shape of the body.
Besides mattress firmness, the construction of mattresses and its material is also very important. The pain-relieving elements of mattresses may differ, and it can even affect the mattress temperature and durability. Paying attention to all these factors is essential to get the right mattress.