How To Choose The Best Mattress For Your Preferred Sleeping Position

How To Choose The Best Mattress For Your Preferred Sleeping Position

Your quest to find the best mattress for you can come with a lot of questions - most of them around what it’ll feel like when you get it home. That’s why we’ve created the ultimate guide to choosing the best Zinus mattress for you, so you can put that decidophobia (yes, that word means what you think it means) to bed once and for all.

How To Choose The Right Mattress

When it comes to choosing the right mattress for you, there are a few different factors to take into account. Sure, it’s always tempting to go for the option that looks like it’ll be most cloud-like to lie on, but you also need to think about:

  • Your sleeping position
  • Your weight and body type
  • Whether or not you share your bed with a partner (human or animal)
  • Your personal sleep habits and preferences

How Firm Should Your Mattress Be?

Words like ‘soft’, ‘plush’, and ‘firm’ are often used to describe mattresses, but they’re ultimately relative, qualitative terms. But when it comes to how firm your mattress should be, this depends on factors like your weight, sleep habits, and personal preferences.

You’ll notice that most Zinus mattresses come in different thicknesses, ranging from 15-30cm, with a variety of profile heights. In general, a taller mattress will feel softer than a shorter version of the same model. This is because taller mattresses are made up of additional layers, contributing further to that sinking feeling you get from a ‘soft’ mattress.

It’s also important to remember that your body weight plays a big part in how a mattress feels underneath you. Heavier people will sink further into any mattress, meaning they will perceive most mattresses as soft.

In contrast, lighter people don’t put as much pressure on a mattress’s surface, giving them the feeling of extra firmness.

What’s Your Preferred Sleeping Position? Find The Best Mattress For You

The way you position your body at night can also determine what will make the best mattress for you to make sure you’re getting the right support in the right places. With this in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the most common sleeping positions and the best type of mattress for each.

1. The Side Sleeper

side sleeper

If you’re looking for the best mattress for side sleepers, our Pressure Relief Cloud Memory Foam Mattress is the perfect option. Soft and conforming, this mattress is designed with layers of cradling memory foam and comfort foam, allowing you to sink in just right and awake feeling restored. A softer mattress is best if you prefer sleeping on your side, so this is a side sleeper’s dream.

2. The Stomach Sleeper

stomach sleeper

The best type of mattress for stomach or front sleepers will always be a firmer one to help provide essential support to your chest and hips while you snooze.

Our Pressure Relief Gel Memory Foam iCoil® Hybrid Mattress features optimal support from its pocketed springs, plus a touch of softness from its comfort foam and Viscolatex foam top layers.

This mattress gets bonus points for its cooling gel infusion, which whisks away the extra body heat stomach sleepers tend to generate from all that bodily surface area contact with the mattress.

3. The Back Sleeper

back sleeper

If you prefer to sleep on your back, you’ll need a mattress with a certain level of firmness to support your spine while you sleep.

The Zinus Pressure Relief Pillow Top iCoil® Hybrid Mattress features a base support layer of pocketed springs, which provide a firmer feel while adhering to your body’s contours. Its pillowy top layer of comfort foam helps it achieve just the right balance between soft and firm, making it an ideal mattress for back sleepers.

4. The All-Over-The-Place Sleeper

all over the place sleeper

Some of us switch between our backs, fronts, and sides throughout the night, so how do you find the best mattress for your sleeping position if this is the case? Fear not, there are mattresses designed especially with more active sleep habits in mind.

For Sleepers Who Switch From Back To Stomach

If you flip-flop between your back and stomach throughout the night, our Pressure Relief Olive Oil Memory Foam iCoil® Hybrid Mattress could be the best mattress for you. With a base of 20cm pocketed springs for a solid foundation, this design lets you rest on top of supportive foam layers, and a soft fibre and foam quilted cover.

As you move around, its iCoils will move independently of one another, helping to keep the motion to your side of the bed, so you won’t disturb your partner. This mattress also features superior edge support, which helps to keep you safely in bed as you work on finding your most comfortable spot.

For Sleepers Who Start On Their Side And End Up Somewhere Different

If you tend to start on your side but move onto your back or stomach in the night, it’s important to find a mattress that will mould to your hips, shoulders, and spinal curvature. Motion transfer will also be a concern, especially if you sleep with a loved one.

The best type of mattress in this situation will be one like our Pressure Relief Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress, which offers the contouring comfort you need, and has a less reactive feel that won’t disturb you or a sleeping partner.

What’s The Best Mattress For Your Weight?

Your weight - and how many people (or pets) are sleeping on your bed - can also determine what makes the best mattress for you. Here are our Zinus mattress recommendations based on weight:

1. The Petite Sleeper

petite sleeper

If you’re on the smaller side, it’s likely that most mattresses feel pretty firm to you. However, a softer mattress can help to make sure your body is properly supported. For the right amount of cushioning and support, our Pressure Relief Green Tea Memory Foam 30cm 12” Mattress is the way to go for petite sleepers.

2. The Plus-Sized Sleeper

plus sized sleeper

If there’s more weight being placed on your bed, a pocket spring mattress or hybrid mattress makes a great choice. Our Pressure Relief Extra Firm iCoil® Hybrid Mattress is densely packed with heavy gauge steel pocketed springs to support larger individuals without sagging to give your body the support it needs while you snooze.

3. Couples And Co-Sleeping Families

cosleeping sleepers

Whether you share your bed with a partner, several little ones, or maybe even a furry companion, your mattress has to deal with a lot. Everyone wants their own space and you don’t want to be disturbing each other, leaving everyone tired and cranky the next day.

What you need is a Zinus mattress featuring motion-isolating memory foam or iCoil pocket springs. If you’re after a specific recommendation, we’re big fans of the Pressure Relief Euro Top iCoil® Hybrid Mattress, which has a luxurious cover, plush quilted top, and a supportive foundation featuring iCoil springs.

What’s The Best Mattress If I Get Uncomfortable At Night?

We’re not all sound sleepers; some of us get unbearably hot at night, and some of us experience discomfort due to joint or back pain. If this sounds like you, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the best type of mattress that can provide the support you need. Here’s a couple of examples:

1. The Hot Sleeper

hot sleeper

If you suffer from night sweats or just get really hot under the duvet, you need a mattress with cooling technology to help keep you comfortable while you sleep. Our Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress features special gel foam, which is designed to draw heat away from the body, and is built right into the soft, breathable knit fabric covered top layer.

2. For Sleepers With Joint Pain

joint pain sleeper

If you have joint pain or a bad back, a memory foam mattress that moulds to your body shape is an absolute must. The Zinus Pressure Relief Cloud Memory Foam Mattress is designed to hug your shape, without putting any unnecessary pressure on sensitive areas like the hips, shoulders, neck and spine.

Find The Best Mattress For You

Our guidelines on how to choose the right mattress are just that - a guide to use if you don’t know where to start. But if you’re a back sleeper and you get the best sleep of your life atop an extra soft mattress, who are we to say you’re wrong?

Because you are ultimately the best judge of your own personal comfort, every Zinus mattress comes with a 10 year warranty - so you can test out sleeping, lounging, fort-making, and midnight-munching before deciding to make it official, so what do you have to lose?

If you’re still not sure where to begin, explore our full range of mattresses, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.