Your sleeping position massively influences what type of mattress you need.
Back sleepers might want a material that’s softer to take pressure away from their hips, where front sleepers want something in the middle.
When the material doesn’t match your sleeping positions needs, you may begin to experience problems and dissatisfaction with your new mattress 😡
Whilst a medium firm mattress offers the most pleasing experience to all sleeping positions, the wrong materials can make all the difference.
That is ultimately where the IKEA Hovag fails to be a great mattress.
With such a low foam density, this mattress relies heavily on its springs to provide the comfort and pressure relief.
Sleeping on your back with the Hovag becomes incredibly hard when considering these springs will do little to comfort you, and only retain the mattresses shape.
Side sleepers require support for their shoulders and backs, especially whilst asleep. As a result, the Hovag is not a good option for them either.
Similarly to back sleepers, sleeping on your side with the Hovag just feels uncomfortable, even with the medium firm mattress, there is little give and the sleeping surface feels hard 🧱
Front sleepers may like the IKEA Hövåg 🤩
Sleeping on your front requires a firm surface so that you do not sink into it and instead keep your body in line and in the correct shape.
Thanks to the low-density foam, and the polyether firmness, this mattress is best suited to those who need a firm set up.
Preferred sleeping positions
If you like sleeping on your side, then you should definitely look for a slightly softer mattress 🪶 that adapts better to the contours of your body. This is necessary for your spine to remain in healthy alignment.
We recommend the Emma Original mattress for side sleepers.
If you like sleeping on your stomach, then the IKEA Hövåg offers sufficient stability and support to keep your spine well-aligned.
That said, comfort-wise, the IKEA Hövåg simply doesn't compare to higher-quality mattresses such as the Eve Original or Eve Premium Hybrid, as these will support your sleeping position far better.
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