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Soft? Firm? When Choosing a Mattress, One Firmness Does Not Fit All
Date:3/8/2010

>The average American purchases a new mattress approximately four times in his or her life, and it is estimated that people spend nearly one third of their lives on a mattress. The Institute studied sleep surfaces and measured factors, such as sleep quality, feeling rested and daytime energy levels. The study was designed to help provide science-based information to consumers to assist them in selecting the right mattress for their sleep needs. Most consumers have a preconception about the type of mattress they need – soft or firm – without considering body physiology, pain triggers and the sleep patterns of a partner.  

Better Sleep, More Daytime Energy

As part of the study, participants slept on a full spectrum of mattresses ranging from soft to firm. Researchers found that body type, including spinal curvature and flexibility, factors heavily in determining an individual's proper sleep surface. When participants in the study had the correct sleep surface for their specific body types, they experienced significantly greater sleep time (increased minutes asleep), improved sleep efficiency (the percentage of time asleep) and increased daytime energy. Additionally, participants experienced a decrease in morning pain on the properly selected mattress.

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