So, one of the most important decisions to make is what mattress to buy and is it really worth it to invest in one type of mattress versus another?
First, does the quality of the mattress matter?
Researchers have extensively studied this question. The short answer is : Yes, it does.
Most research shows that a good quality matress is linked to better sleep quality. So, this is not just marketing stuff they put out there- its actually true that mattress quality matters.
Ok, let’s cut to the chase: what does the research say?
Today, we will look at a “systematic review” which is a paper that looks at all published work and gives us the jist of what the researchers discovered.
The paper title is: Effect of different mattress designs on promoting sleep quality, pain reduction, and spinal alignment in adults with or without back pain; systematic review of controlled trials. By Radwan A, et al. in 2015.
So the paper filters through many papers and then, based on specific criteria, the authors assess many studies (24 clinical trials to be exact) and summarize the findings.
In most of these trials, mattresses were subjectively identified by the partipants as being: soft, medium firm, firm, or custom inflated.
So, what did they find out ?
The results showed that a mattress that is identified as a medium-firm mattress had better sleep quality outcomes than other types of matresses.
Those who slept on a medium-firm mattresses experienced less pain both during day time and while lying down in bed. They also had less pain on rising in the morning- compared to those using a firm mattress.
Be careful though, the article says that the matress hardness or softness is “subjectively identified” which means that judging what a medium-firm mattress feels like varies from one person to another. In other words, you would have to figure out what medium firm is for you.
Does the mattress design matter?
The design of the mattress also matters. The paper notes that custom inflated (self-adjusted) matresses are “optimal for promoting sleep comfort, quality, and spinal alignment.”
So, in summary, it seems that the findings of many studies conducted since the year 2000, indicate that a medium-firm self adjusted mattress would provide the best sleep quality.
Disclaimer: The above post is based on our views of already established research. The paper quoted above remains the property of its authors.The paper above is not the only one in the field our papers my report different findings so do not take our analysis as an all encompassing opinion. The opinions expressed here are in no way a replacement of an expert professional opinion. Products displayed are not related to the research cited above.
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