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6 Reasons NOT to Get a Soft Mattress

by Angela Maple

 At a Glance:

What Makes a Good Mattress?

What's a Soft Mattress?

6 Reasons You Shouldn't Sleep on a Soft Mattress

Signs Your Mattress is too Soft

Ways to Make Your Mattress Firmer


Why Trust Us?

A decent mattress is the cornerstone of a good night's sleep, so selecting the correct one for you is a huge choice whether it is a soft mattress or firm mattress. You spend one-third of your life on it, and poor sleep on a soft mattress has an impact on the rest of your life. Getting enough restorative sleep is critical for overall health and well-being.

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When purchasing a mattress, you want to ensure that you acquire the greatest mattress for your needs. After all, getting a good night's sleep begins with the appropriate mattress! It might be challenging to buy a mattress nowadays because there are so many options. One of the best places to begin is by determining the appropriate hardness level — firm vs soft mattress? Many people believe that the softer the mattress, the better it is. However, if your mattress is excessively soft, it can create a variety of aches, pains, and other concerns that might disrupt your sleep. So, today, our Mattress Land sleep experts will give you the inside scoop on plush mattresses and why a soft mattress might not the best bed to drift off to dreamland on.

What Makes a Good Mattress?

Aside from personal choice, your spine health is important when selecting a proper mattress. The spine has three small bends that must be supported even when you are horizontal.

A decent mattress will maintain your body's neutral posture. This implies that your spine will be maintained in its natural alignment, and your head, shoulders, buttocks, and heels will be aligned. You should feel no pressure on a wonderful mattress, almost as if you're floating. The appropriate mattress can help relax muscles, promote better sleep, and even improve posture. An improper mattress might cause you to wake up with back discomfort, particularly at the base of your spine, and can disrupt your sleep in general.

What's a Soft Mattress?

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Soft mattresses are anywhere between a 2 and a 3 on the mattress firmness rating. A soft bed is very sensitive and quickly adjusts to the sleeper's body. A deep comfort layer comprised of memory foam or latex is present in soft mattresses. Mattresses are typically 12 to 14 inches thick, with comfort layers ranging from 2 to 4 inches thick.

6 Reasons You Shouldn't Sleep on a Soft Mattress

While soft queen mattresses are known for their cradling, thatmight be too much for some and become unpleasant. Let's look at some of the disadvantages of utilizing a soft mattress.

  • A soft mattress doesn't support spinal alignment. A softer mattress would not aid or enhance spinal alignment since it lacks the rigidity of a firm mattress.
  • A soft mattress can be more expensive. Softer mattresses are more costly than traditional mattresses since they are newer.
  • A soft mattress isn't always ideal for couples. Couples tend to have varying levels of comfort and sleep needs. A softer mattress may not be able to accommodate each person's sleep habits.
  • A soft mattress can become uncomfortable for those with a heavier body weight. Because softer mattresses allow a person to softly sink into the mattress, a person with a larger body weight may discover that a softer mattress wears out faster in general. A firmer mattress would improve a heavier person's sleep quality.
  • A soft mattress may need replacing after a few years. Because softer mattresses do not have a lot of firmness, they tend to wear out after a few years of purchase.
  • A soft mattress is more vulnerable to sagging. Because they are not as solid and durable as firm mattresses, certain soft mattresses might wear out faster. The soft comfort layers might flatten, become lumpy, and droop. As a result, the bed will require repair or replacement sooner than if you had a firmer mattress.

Signs Your Mattress is Too Soft

While there is nothing wrong with having a softer sleep surface, everyone needs some support to achieve optimal spinal alignment. These are some of the indicators that your soft king mattress is excessively soft, ranging from lower back discomfort to muscle and joint stiffness.

Sign #1: You wake up with a stiff and sore lower back.

A tight and aching lower back is the most prevalent sign of a bed that’s too soft. This typically happens first thing in the morning after you've been sleeping for a long time. While there are several reasons for a hurting lower back, chronic morning aches and pains are typically an indication that your bed is the source of the problem.

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Sign #2: You have a hard time getting comfortable.

Tossing and turning is normal — stress, worry, and even poor health can all be contributing factors to insomnia. However, your mattress significantly impacts how long it takes to become comfortable at night. If you're continuously readjusting your mattress, it might be an indication that your muscles aren't able to fully relax…a significant symptom that your mattress is too soft.

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Sign #3: You sleep on your stomach and often wake with neck or shoulder pain.

Stomach sleepers should be extra cautious about the hardness of their mattress. Because of the abnormal twisting necessary in that posture, sleeping on your stomach already puts extra strain on your neck, jaw, and upper back. If you sleep on your stomach and are positive you have the correct sort of pillow for your sleep position, but you still get neck and shoulder pain, it might be an indication that your hips are sinking too deep into the mattress.

Sign #4: You struggle to get in and out of bed.

How difficult is it for you to get in and out of bed? If you feel "stuck" in your bed and have difficulty lifting yourself up and off the mattress, this might be an indication that your mattress is too soft. While certain highly conformable materials, like memory foam, might contribute to the problem, feeling "stuck" in a hybrid mattress or one containing latex or a latex-alternative foam is an indication that firmness is absent.

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3 Ways to Make Your Mattress Firmer

If buying a new mattress isn't an option right now, but you're tired of feeling like you're sinking in quicksand when you sleep on your soft full size mattress, here are some recommendations on how to firm up your soft mattress.

1. Flip your soft mattress

Flipping your mattress is one of the simplest methods to firm it up. Flip your mattress over every few months so that the opposite side is facing up. Because certain mattresses may be used on both sides, turning them over can be beneficial. Flipping your mattress will assist in leveling out the wear and strain on it and keep it firm. This will assist in maintaining it evenly distributed and prevent the mattress from drooping on one side. Do this every six months or so, depending on how frequently you use your bed. You now understand how to repair a sinking mattress.

2. Add/Replace plywood support

 A piece of plywood or particleboard slipped under the mattress might give it a firmer feeling. A solid or slatted base not only keeps the mattress lifted, the board also prevents the bed from sagging.

3. Adjust the room temperature

Another thing to remember is to keep an eye on the thermostat. Temperatures may appear to have little impact on the firmness of a mattress, but they do. Keeping a room chilly is especially beneficial for people who sleep on memory foam mattresses.

Whatever mattress firmness you choose, being comfortable is a question of personal preference. With the proper bed firmness, you may discover that your sleep quality improves and whatever discomfort you are experiencing lessens. At Mattress Land, we are delighted to assist you in determining whether a firm or soft mattress would provide you with the highest quality sleep.


We understand we didn't cover everything, so here are some of the questions we hear from clients who aren't sure if they need a firm or soft mattress.

Q: Should I get a firm or soft mattress for lower back pain?

While there isn't a lot of clinical data on mattresses, one study discovered that medium-firm mattresses often give better back pain relief than firm mattresses.

Q: How long do soft mattresses last?

Most soft mattresses last 7 to 10 years, although the longevity of a mattress is determined more by mattress type than firmness.

Q: Are soft beds good for side sleepers?

If you sleep on your side, you need a soft mattress to reduce strain on your shoulders and hips. However, it should not be too comfortable because the gravitational force will strain your spine. Most side sleepers will benefit from a medium-soft to medium-firm mattress.

Why Trust Mattress Land?

Since 1996, Mattress Land has been making strides in the mattress industry to provide our customers the sleep experience they need — and deserve. We do that by offering the ultimate customer experience, complete with our trained experts, BedFIT™ computerized diagnostics, and our impressive showroom. We'll make sure that you find the right sleep solution for your sleeping habits so you can feel energized in your day-to-day life.

We are also proud of our diverse, employee-driven culture, where our teams work hard toward a common goal. We know that better sleep makes all the difference, and our commitment to changing the landscape of traditional mattress shopping is how we know Mattress Land is one of the best mattress stores around.

Shop Mattresses at Mattress Land

At Mattress Land, we provide quality name-brand mattresses for great prices. Our sleep experts are always happy to help you learn more about why a soft mattress may not be the best choice. With locations throughout California, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington, Mattress Land is bound to have a sleep solution for everyone. We are more accessible than ever! You can call us at 800-909-9299, visit our website to shop Mattress Land sales, and check out Mattress Land reviews online. Or better yet, stop by one of our showrooms to discover why we are everyone's favorite local mattress store. Visit us today!

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