Heavyweight (above 200 lbs)
- Finding the right mattress becomes more challenging for heavier persons. Although one-third of the US population is overweight
, there are only a few brands that cater to their particular needs.If you have a bulky figure, be mindful of the mattress thickness
, besides firmness, material
, and edge support
. Thicker beds (more than 12-inch) are best for a heavier person since the body tends to sink excessively into the mattress. If you have a thin bed, you’ll start feeling the base frame poking into your back within a few months.
- Main pressure points: No matter which position you assume, the major pressure will be exerted on shoulders and hips.
- Common challenges: Inadequate lumbar support, premature mattress sagging, feeling stuck, hot sleep.
- Suitable firmness: Medium-firm, since it keeps the body afloat on the surface and prevents sinkage.
- Best material: Resilient materials such as latex and springs help maintain proper posture and relieve pressure from muscles and joints. Responsive beds with a little bounce also make shifting in bed easy, if you are a combination sleeper.
- Edge support: Secure edges are crucial for getting in and out of bed quickly and prevent rolling off the mattress during slumber.
- Look for: High ILD mattresses are generally more favorable among heavyweight folks since they have adequate compression property. Similarly,high-density foams increase bed longevity and improve edge support. Try choosing mattresses with breathable material to ensure cool sleep experience.
- If you fall in the healthy BMI range, your mattress choice would depend on your preferences. Test different materials for their feel, responsiveness, bounce, and support. To enhance sleep efficiency, a mattress with proper pressure distribution
is recommended. Your preferred sleep position is also an important factor to consider.
- Common challenges: Choosing the right mattress with adequate pressure distribution to suit sleeper’s profile.
- Suitable firmness: Medium firm. However, depending on body type and sleep position, you may check out other firmness levels as well.
- For lightweight people, a thin mattress is the most suitable option. The smaller you are, the more uncomfortable you’ll feel on a thick mattress - especially when you want to get on or off the bed. Additionally, you’re not heavy enough to compress through the comfort layers and feel the support core below.Also, avoid pillow-top mattresses as they may not only serve as an extra layer you don’t need but will also be a waste of money.
- Common challenges: Pressure-points formation.
- Suitable firmness: Soft to medium. Avoid firm beds; they will cause increased pressure on your sore points, such as hips, shoulders etc due to lack of conformity.
- Look for: Thin, plush mattresses with low ILD so you can get enough sinkage. Any type of soft foam mattress with proper contouring would be suitable for small people.