After living in Taiwan for a spell, I had come to the conclusion that, by and large, no truly firm mattress existed in the western hemisphere.
Then Brooklyn Bedding’s Plank Mattress arrived on the scene.
It’s not only impressively (and, finally, sufficiently) firm, but it comes with “firm” and “ultra-firm” sides so you can find your own happy medium, or even switch back and forth if you so desire.
The Plank’s price is also highly competitive on the “bed-in-a-box” market, ranging from $649 (twin) to $1,249 (California king).
Ever since I returned west after living in Asia, I’ve sought after a bed as firm as my favorite apartment there, which is to say something between a washboard and a poured concrete floor. Why, you wonder? No, I’m not a sadist, exactly. I just found that, especially while working upwards of 70 hours a week, seven days a week, it was suddenly much, much easier to wake up in the morning. And that was before I’d hook up my bedside intravenous caffeine solution.
Slinking into the sack for a precious few hours of sleep, you don’t want to fool yourself into a slouch, from which nothing short of a backhoe truck can recover you, particularly if you tend to sleep on your back or stomach.
I’m a crash-where-you-fall sort of sleeper, and can be found slumbering in just about any position there is, but I probably wake up on my stomach most often.
The mattress connoisseurs over at Sleepopolis suggest that a firm mattress is generally more comfortable for most people, or at least those without considerable back injuries or pain: “For those not experiencing troublesome back pain, a firm mattress is will generally be more comfortable. When sleeping on a firmer surface, the bones absorb most of the pressure, meaning there is less stress on muscles, veins, and arteries. Muscles are less strained, and circulation is improved.”
That article also goes on to point out that firmer mattresses, naturally, have less give, offering more lower-back support, which, in turn, leads to better, deeper breathing and oxygen flow. You know, that stuff that gives us our mammalian vitality.
But I’ve been sleeping on so-called “firm” mattresses in North America for most of my life, and I’d always felt that they sagged too much. I found myself lying on the cold hard floor to adjust my back at the …read more
Source:: Business Insider