Is a firm or soft mattress better for me?

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When you’re choosing a new mattress there’s a range of questions that you’re likely to ask yourself – is it better to have a firm or a soft mattress? Is a soft mattress supportive enough? You may have heard mixed reviews on whether you should sleep on a firm or a soft mattress. The reality is that there’s no one perfect mattress feel for everyone, and personal preference is the most important thing. There are however, some important factors you should consider when deciding what’s best for you. 

Beds for you: Consider your body type


It makes sense that the support a jockey needs at night in bed is different to the support an All Blacks player needs. So consider your size and which points of your body feel the most pressure when you lay down (do you have broad hips or shoulders?). The Sleepyhead Sleep Selector can help provide a bed match to give you support that suits your body type.

Mattress test


Whether you’re a side, back or tummy sleeper, always lie the same way as you would normally sleep at home. Spend 10-15 minutes on each mattress you try to ensure you have the right comfort and support. The aim is to find the mattress that feels naturally comfortable and doesn’t put pressure on any particular points of your body. If you feel pressure on certain points of your body, the mattress is probably too firm for you.

Firm mattress isn’t always best


The myth that firm mattresses provide the best back support isn’t true. Again, it’s all about finding the right support for you. This means ensuring there’s no uncomfortable pressure on certain points of your body.


Hot sleeper


If you’re a hot sleeper, it may be best to opt for a firmer mattress. Soft mattresses allow your body to sink into the mattress further, reducing the amount of airflow. People who tend to get hot at night will benefit more from a firmer mattress as their body will be up higher and have more air circulating it.

Sleepyhead bed’s comfort and support layer technology


Sleepyhead mattresses offer a wide range of comfort and support layer technologies that allow you to choose your mattress according to your personal sleeping preferences (firm, soft or a level in-between). You can sleep well knowing that you’ll still be giving your body the support it needs.

Sleepyhead bed’s unique technology


Sleepyhead have developed a range of advanced technologies to ensure your body is supported and your sleep is restorative.  The comfort layers in all Sleepyhead mattresses is made from premium New Zealand made Dunlop Foam, delivering excellent support, pure comfort and ultimate durability. The high quality support layer of our mattresses enhances the pressure relieving properties of the comfort layers, as it contours to the body to help achieve natural spinal alignment.

Making the Right Choice For You:


No matter who is going to sleep with you, investing in the right sized mattress is one of the most important factors. Size is a key determiner of the quality of the sleep you’ll have. So don’t rush into picking a certain size mattress because that’s what you’ve always had.

Unsure on which other features you should be researching? Our bed buying guide takes the guesswork out of buying a bed that’s perfect for your unique sleeping style. We’ll guide you through the process of deciding what you need before you go visiting stores to try out your dream mattress.


View our range of mattresses here or take our Sleep Selector Quiz to find the right mattress for you.


Get a Better Nights Sleep with SleepyHead:


Choosing the right bed size for you will ultimately affect your sleep. The sleep experts at SleepyHead are here to ensure you get the rest you deserve. Get more sleep tips and helpful information on our Sleep Guide. Explore articles below before you buy your bed:


What’s the best mattress size for me?

When should I replace my bed?

Is a spring mattress or foam mattress better for me?

Shopping for a guest bed

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