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What comfort level or firmness is best for position I sleep?

Everyone sleeps slightly different, and that means that there’s no one mattress that will work for everyone. Some manufacturers claim to have the perfect mattress for all and at Bill’s Bed we challenge this concept and claim.


Whether you’re a back sleeper, side sleeper, or stomach sleeper or a combination of these, there’s a comfort level and mattress out there for you. Avoiding a bad decision and sleepless nights can be avoided with a bit of research.

Here are some general rules on comfort level and sleeping positions that work for most people. To illustrate I will use a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is the softest and 10 being very firm.

Stomach Sleeper

Stomach sleepers usually require a firmness between 5 and 7. This is mainly because they would require proper contouring and a bit of sinkage to accommodate the fact that their stomach is underneath the main weight. This is important. Soft or very firm mattresses won’t provide you with the necessary support or spinal alignment.

Side Sleeper

Side sleepers will require the softest mattresses. You can sleep on your sides and experience serious pressure relief in the mattress range of 3 to 6. This is due to the awkward sleeping position as the pressure is channeled to the side and it’s concentrated at a smaller surface.

Back Sleeper

Back sleepers require a lot less regarding firmness, and that’s why they are particularly versatile. You can sleep well on a mattress with a firmness between 4 and 8, and you would experience the necessary support. This is something that you would want to take into account.


Lots of factors to take into consideration and again, this is not a one size fits all scenario. I’ve spoken with stomach sleepers that want a plush mattress where the rules dictate otherwise. Same goes for back sleepers who want a firm mattress. At Bill’s Bed we offer a choice. Our mattress is two-sided. One side that offers a plush feel and the other side that offers firm. It’s your choice to the side of the mattress you choose, post-purchase in the comfort of your home.