There are a multitude of mattress choices available, from traditional box springs to memory foam to gel natural latex or Talalay latex memory foam, each with a different level of firmness. Sleeping on the right mattress is a path to Better sleep – and if sinking into a soft mattress gives you nightmares Back ache, then you definitely need a medium firm or extra firm mattress. We’ll also note that a firm mattress is the ideal type of mattress for preventing – or relieving – pain, especially if you’re a taller person or one of those combination sleepers.

The best company mattress doesn’t have to be a luxury mattress – it usually has extra layers of foam or padding to support your body weight and prevent the mattress from sagging, which keeps your spine properly aligned while you sleep. Some come with a plush comfort layer or mattress topper so you get some comfort with the spinal alignment that comes with an extra firm mattress.

Finding a new mattress that is comfortable and provides sufficient support can be a delicate balance. Firmness level is key – you don’t want to sink into the mattress, but you want to have enough cushion to help relieve pressure, especially on your shoulders and hips. There is a difference between a firm mattress and a hard mattress, after all. You also want to take into account factors such as motion transfer (if you share your bed), whether you want an adjustable base to optimize your sleeping position and the type of mattress (foam, gel memory foam, mattress hybrid, etc.). Fortunately, there are a plethora of firm mattress options available online, and there are plenty of mattress brands to choose from. We’ve put together this list to help you sort through the options and find the best firm mattress for your needs.

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The Casper Original is a true memory foam mattress made up of three layers: a traditional memory foam base, a second layer of specialized memory foam, and a top layer of perforated memory foam. This top layer serves two purposes: it conforms perfectly to your body and allows more air to circulate, which means I felt cool and comfortable all night long.

The Casper also features a zoned backing – it’s split into three distinct “zones” that have varying levels of firmness. The foam under the shoulders and upper body has a softer mattress feel, helping to relieve much-needed pressure in these areas. The foam near your hips, waist and lower back has a firmer mattress feel, to provide the right level of firmness support to keep your body and spine aligned, so you don’t sag in the mattress. Basically, you get the best of both worlds. When I woke up in the morning I had no lingering pain – something I had to do with my old mattress.


In a way that is both firm and soft, the Intellibed Signature Matrix Grand truly is the best of both worlds. Pressed between the layers of latex and foam, it features a gel matrix, an elastic gel that flexes and moves to conform to your body shape and evenly distribute body weight. I don’t know how Intellibed does it, but the firmness of the mattress provides enough support to keep your spine properly aligned, while the softness allows the right amount of giving to relieve pressure without sagging.

As soon as I settled into the mattress, I could feel the pressure leaving my body. And after a few weeks, I slept through the night and woke up pain free.

Cocoon by Sealy

Sealy’s Cocoon says most sleepers prefer a mattress that has good support, but isn’t too much firm – something I definitely found true with myself – so in response to that he made a specialized memory foam designed to provide a snug, firmer fit of the bed. Perfect Fit memory foam, as it’s aptly named, conforms to my body, providing pressure relief and support where I needed it most.

This Perfect Fit memory foam sits on top of another layer of foam, a responsive comfort layer, which provides a bit of extra softness (something many traditional memory foam mattresses lack) and extra support for that the mattress never sags. And the stretch knit cover that encompasses these layers is made of a proprietary material that absorbs and dissipates heat, so I stayed comfortable and the mattress stayed cool to the touch.

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The Saatva mattress is made up of layers of coil springs with luxury latex foam and padding reminiscent of a mattress topper. This provides just enough padding to make the mattress comfortable, but not too much to make you feel like you’re sinking in and out of alignment. It also has memory foam in the center of the mattress which provides special lumbar support so that your spine stays aligned which relieves pressure especially when sleeping on your side which is lacking. to many other firm mattresses.

With the Saatva mattress, there are two firm options – firm (rated 8 out of 10 on the standard mattress firmness scale) and Deluxe Firm (rated 5 to 7 out of 10) – and two mattress heights – 11.5 inches and 14.5 inches. If you go for a deeper mattress, make sure you have deep pocket sheets as well.

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Rated 6 to 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, the Ghostbed is rated as a medium firm mattress. It is made from a combination of latex-like memory foams which have a soft and elastic feel, but also provide enough support so that you don’t feel like you’re sinking into the mattress (and then waking up with it). pain). It also features two rows of reinforced coils around the edge of the bed that hold the layers together and help provide excellent edge-to-edge firmness level support.

Of all the firm bed options on this list, the Ghostbed mattress brand most closely resembled a traditional box spring mattress, in all good ways. Another thing I really liked about this mattress is that it is always cool to the touch. The quilted cover has cooling fibers which are directly woven and help disperse body heat.

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The Helix Plus, rated 7-8 out of 10 on the firmness scale, is designed to provide extra support for heavier sleepers, although it is a great option for sleepers of all sizes and of all forms. It’s made from wrapped coils and multiple layers of variable density memory foam, but the real star of the show is a 4 inch layer of high density foam. This extra foam held the other layers together, providing adequate support, but also added cushioning that relieved my shoulders and hips.

Because the mattress is thicker – it’s 13 inches tall – it’ll be firmer if you have a lower body mass index, but I thought it had just the right amount. It was comfortable in any sleeping position (even for a stomach sleeper or combined sleepers) and isolated movements very well so I don’t bounce back even when my boyfriend was moving in the middle of the night.

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The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute health or medical advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have about a health problem or health goals.


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