The Effects of an Extra-Firm Mattress on the Body

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Extra firm mattresses are not a popular choice due to the misconception that they are bad for your back and are uncomfortable. Contrary to this, there are a number of health benefits to an extra-firm mattress, as well as negative aspects.

Benefits for the Back

  • Extra-firm mattresses are meant to be beneficial to your back because your back is exposed to a surface that is all the same level, as opposed to a soft bed, which can cause your back to curve. Sleeping on a mattress that is too soft can cause a backache over time since there is little support, which can put stress on your back. That said, a mattress should have have softness to its cushion, otherwise it can provide discomfort to the shoulders and hips.

Weight Distrubter

  • A mattress that is too soft, especially for those who are overweight, does a bad job of properly distributing your weight. Your sleep can become disrupted by certain parts of your body sinking into the mattress more than others.

Breathing Problems

  • This problem is especially prevalent in babies. To minimize the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), it is recommended to buy a firm mattress. An SIDS risk is heightened when a baby sleeps on his stomach, and a firm mattress lessen the chance of the baby having breathing problems if he rolls onto his stomach.

Discomfort

  • Despite the benefits to having an extra-firm mattress, many people opt for a softer mattress. A firmer mattress can be uncomfortable, especially for restless sleepers who often sleep on their sides.

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