Stability is one of the deciding factors when purchasing a soft mattress. Indeed, you have to focus on three important criteria when buying a mattress:
- The way it feels to lie on the mattress
- The support the mattress provides
- The elasticity of the mattress
Support, or the stability of a mattress, plays an important role when buying a mattress, no matter its level of firmness. After all, each sleeper must be well-supported. However, it is a mistake to confuse the concept of support with the degree of firmness, and thus the comfort, of a mattress.
Stability and support are not the same as firmness.
Even a firm mattress can have poor support. And, likewise, a soft or even extra-soft mattress can offer excellent support. Stability takes into account the level of support the mattress provides, particularly for your spine. A good level of support will guarantee that your spine remains in an optimal, and thus healthy, alignment.
If a mattress is not able to sufficiently relieve pressure points and keep your spine in proper alignment, you will experience severe pain. In the short term, and especially for younger sleepers, this may not be a big issue. But over the long term, this can have severe consequences. If your mattress causes you back pain, we strongly advise you to buy a more supportive mattress.
In a nutshell: Stability indicates how well a mattress can support the body, keep the spine in its optimal position, and reduce and relieve pressure points. Firmness, in contrast, only indicates the softness or hardness of the mattress. The level of firmness will correlate to the degree of comfort you feel when lying down on the mattress.
If you are considering purchasing a soft mattress, then you should definitely pay close attention to the type of materials being used and the way the different layers are positioned. We would advise that you choose a mattress with a high-quality base layer made of cold foam or polyurethane foam. It can help if the comfort layers are also supported by cold foam.
Many mattresses now have built-in contour zones. These zones regulate and control where your body sinks into the mattress. Your body should sink more in some places and less in others. For example, your shoulders and the pelvic area should sink in more deeply than your head and legs. It’s definitely a good idea to check if the soft mattress you’re considering has contour zones.