We all know that having options can make the process of actually making a choice a lot harder. We want to help de-mystify one option that you have to make when choosing a new mattress… firm or soft? This can be one of the biggest decisions you make when it comes to your new mattress, and one of the most confusing.
Traditionally, mattresses are referred to as firm or soft. Sleeping on a mattress that is too firm can cause an unnatural S-shape that distorts your back/spine and concentrates pressure on the shoulder and hip area.
Adversely, sleeping on a mattress that is too soft can result in a hammock effect where there is no proper back support and sagging in the middle of the mattress, this leads to back pain.
What you are looking for is the Goldilocks of mattresses, one that promotes natural spinal alignment while supporting the natural curves of the body. This can be hard to come by when looking at traditional spring mattresses and low-density foam mattresses, as these mattresses don’t properly distribute your body weight which means you are either sinking too far into a mattress causing the hammock effect or experience major pressure points by a mattress that offers no contour.
So what is the healthiest sleep surface for any back? The best sleep surface if you are suffering back pain or want to avoid back pain is a high-density memory foam mattress. Here at Essentia, we’ve taken that concept and reinvented it to not only be the best sleep surface for your back, but also the healthiest. Traditional memory foam is made using polyurethane foams and toxic chemicals, Essentia’s patented natural memory foam is the only memory foam in the world made with hevea milk. Our latex based foam is handcrafted in our GOLS & GOTS certified organic factory using only the highest quality natural and organic components. Our team of engineers has developed different foam formulas to support each back based on needs, without sacrificing density or support. We don’t resort to adding extra air for softness that results in a softer foam, in fact, while you may be sleeping on an Essentia mattress that offers more of a contour to your natural curvature, it is still one of the highest density foams on the market so you won’t be losing any spinal support.
Here at Essentia we always say our natural memory foam mattresses cannot be described as soft or firm, and that is because our foam mattresses evenly distribute your body weight ensuring the negative space between your body and the mattress is filled to support your natural curvature and offer unmatched pressure relief. This is why we have developed our 3 types of contour to best help you understand what your Essentia mattress or any proper mattress should feel like.
Essentia Mattress 3 Types of Contour:
Mid Contour: A gentle contour, densely supportive foam maintains elevated lumbar and shoulder support. Found in our Lifestyle, Performance, and Wholebody Recovery categories. A person with a flat back or less pronounced curvature will prefer an Essentia mid-contour mattress as they will experience pressure relief without the hammocking effect. Our mid-contour mattresses include all mattresses in the Lifestyle category, the Classic 8 and the Beausommet.
Deep Contour: Expect to feel your shoulders and hips cradled as our supportive patented natural memory foam eliminates all negative space. Found in our Performance and Wholebody Recovery categories, if you have a pronounced spinal curvature or are a side sleeper you’ll love the feel of a deep-contour mattress such as the Energie Opus or Dormeuse that provides more contour to the natural body shape, especially at the shoulders and hips.
Luxe Contour: A luxuriously deep contour this is incredibly supportive, plush and outrageously comfortable. Found in our Performance and Wholebody Recovery category, if you enjoy the feel of being totally enveloped by your mattress with more contour at the shoulders and hips the luxe-contour mattresses like our Eluxe or Dormeuse Fior is for you.
You should also consider that the type of foundation you are using will affect how a foam mattress feels. We highly recommend using a flat, firm foundation that is still breathable like our Vertebase 2.0 or an adjustable bed frame. Consider that if you are using an old boxspring a heavy foam mattress will sink into those springs and want to contour to the shape of the boxspring which can affect how the mattress contours your body.
Picking a new mattress can be difficult, but going with Essentia is a no-brainer! The best mattress for you back, health and comfort. Essentia offers you a 120-Night sleep trial and free shipping, so you have nothing to lose! Shop Essentia now.