We bust the myth that a firm mattress is the key to a good night’s rest.
A firm mattress gives you the support you need so you can sleep better. A soft mattress may feel cosy, but you’re just going to sink into it and mess up your spine alignment overnight. So far, so untrue. What really gives? We got the folks at Okooko by European Bedding to weigh in – and tell us a thing or two about why organic latex is having a moment…
Newsflash: it’s actually not about how soft or firm your mattress is
Pinning down what makes a great mattress isn’t as straightforward as looking for a firm or soft one – it’s way more nuanced than that. Let’s start by noting that our body has different pressure points and some parts of the body just require more support, like the back (thanks to all the sitting down at the office).
So what you should be looking for isn’t necessarily hard versus soft, but what supports the natural contours of the body. Okooko by European Bedding’s natural organic latex mattresses have seven comfort zones to conform to and give support to the areas that need it most, like the lumbar (mid back). Lying on a mattress that’s too firm is actually going to force your spine out of its natural alignment, because you’re lying on a surface that’s not allowing it to relax.
So look for a mattress that has some elasticity to it. We’re not talking trampoline standards, of course, but think of a surface that springs up to meet pressure. Okooko by European Bedding’s latex mattresses are the way to go: they’re 100% natural, which also means they’re naturally dust-mite and mould resistant. And when it comes to organic latex, no harmful chemical or pesticides went into the making of your mattress. Not only are they made with the good stuff, but they also hit the sweet spot between resilience and elastic for great support and comfort.
Changed your mattress but still not sleeping like a baby? Look beyond the surface
If your lovely new mattress still not giving you the blissful sleep you anticipated, ask yourself: when was the last time you changed your bed base? If it’s worn out and sagging in the middle, well, even the best mattress in the world may still be short-changing you.
So if you want a restful night, think of your mattress and bed base as mutually inclusive. The Okooko by European Bedding adjustable bed base allows you to fine tune your base to precision. It’s made up of horizontal beech wood slats that have a slight upward curve for that extra little lift, and adapt to the weight exerted on them. If you’re experiencing back problems or are pregnant, the sliders on the slatted bed base means you can adjust them at any time for a firmer or softer feel.
No, you don’t have to put up with your partner jolting you awake mid-toss
If you share your bed, you’ll love this bit: latex is the one material that reduces partner disturbance. No more rude awakenings when your bedfellow wakes up in the middle of the night, because the point elasticity of the mattress means movement won’t register as acutely as other materials.
And speaking of adjustable bed bases, you can even customise the slats independently for different sides of the bed, so you both can the optimal comfort level without compromise (magic, we know). You’re effectively turning your King-sized mattress into a his and hers bedtime situation. Now all you need to do is settle the battle of duvet ownership…
This article is in partnership with Okooko by European Bedding.