Do you have trouble getting to sleep at night?

Do you find yourself waking up multiple times before morning?

Do you regularly get up feeling refreshed, or do you crawl out of bed still craving those extra minutes?

If you’ve been getting low-quality sleep on a consistent basis, it might be time to reconsider your mattress.

Getting your mattress to match your sleeper profile is one of the most difficult and important steps in the shopping process, so it really pays to know what you’re doing.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to do it right!

Do You Sleep With a Partner?

Image: happy gay couple in bedWhether or not you’re sleeping with a partner can make a huge difference in the kind of mattress you need.

Here are a couple of the top concerns you’ll need to take into account.

Your Mattress’s Size

First of all, there’s the issue of size.

While most single people can get away with a twin or full sized mattress, couples almost always need something bigger.

At a bare minimum, you’re going to need at least a queen.

For a lot of couples, though, there isn’t any beating the luxury of a king or California king.

These mondo mattresses will provide you and your partner all the space you need, so you can really sprawl out the way you want!

Your Mattress’s Motion Isolation

Another major consideration you’ll need to think about when sleeping with a partner is your mattress’s motion isolation.

It’s not a big deal for single people, but if you or your partner often gets a little restless during the night or tends to toss and turn a bit before getting to sleep, you don’t want all that movement carrying over to the other person’s side of the bed!

In general, memory foam is typically the best isolation way to go if you’re looking to get as little motion transfer as possible.

This material is specifically designed to conform to the shape of your body, and no matter how much you roll around, there’s basically no way that movement is going to make its way over to the other side of the bed.

Not the biggest fan of memory foam?

Innerspring mattresses built with pocket coils also tend to get pretty good reviews in terms of motion isolation.

Each coil compresses and expands independently, so there’s pretty much no way for your movements to go anywhere.

“Activities” Other Than Sleeping

Of course, sleeping isn’t always the only thing a couple is going to be using their mattress for.

If you’re looking to keep a little “bounce” in those springs, many couples will enjoy products that are less likely to squeak or get too hot.

Many couples also enjoy slightly bouncier mattresses, and edge support can be helpful if the side of the mattress tends to feature in your activities.

Do You Tend to Toss and Turn in Your Sleep?

Image: legs of a woman restless in bedRegardless of whether or not you’re sleeping with a partner, a tendency to shift around a lot while trying to get to sleep will have a big impact on the kind of mattress your sleeper profile demands.

One of the biggest complaints about memory foam mattresses, for instance, is that they make it kind of difficult to do this.

A good memory foam product can be just about perfect in terms of comfort and support, but the thing is, the foam is always going to take a little time to conform to your body shape and to spring back into shape after your position changes.

So if you tend to be a somewhat restless sleeper, you’ve basically got two options.

Either don’t go for a memory foam mattress, or find one with particularly high responsiveness that will let you change your positions more easily.

Keep in mind, though – there might be a reason you’re having so much trouble finding a comfortable configuration on your current mattress.

Products past their prime are more difficult to get comfy on in general, so if you switch to a higher-quality sleeping surface, you might find your fidgetiness all but cured!

Do You Tend to Sleep Hot?

The cooling properties of your mattress are another important consideration.

Some people are more sensitive to heat than others when trying to get to sleep, so if you end up with a mattress without the right cooling technologies, you might find yourself pretty miserable.

Hot sleep has been shown to result in substantially decreased sleep quality.

Not only that, but it can actually slow down your metabolism, causing you to gain weight!

That’s why most experts recommend sleeping on a nice, cool mattress, and also keeping your bedroom somewhere around 65 degrees when trying to get to sleep.

Ventilation technologies are especially important, here.

Things like closed-cell memory foam and various “ventilated designs” can allow for greater airflow, letting hot air seep away from your body and cooler air filter in.

Additionally, gel-infused foams are much better at absorbing excess heat than typical materials.

While gel can’t get rid of hot sleep entirely, it can keep your mattress cool while you’re getting to sleep (although it still might be a little warm when you wake up in the morning).

Different people have different reactions to temperatures, though, which is why knowing where you stand here is vital for developing your personalized sleeper profile.

What’s Your Preferred Sleep Position?

Image: birds' eye view of man sleeping on stomachYour preferred sleep position is another big factor, too.

Most people tend to sleep on their sides, while others either sleep on their backs or their stomachs.

Each of these positions calls for a slightly different kind of mattress.

Your side, for instance, has all kinds of crazy dips and peaks.

This means that you’re usually going to want a slightly softer mattress firmness in order to evenly distribute your weight across every part of your body.

Get a mattress that’s too firm, and you’ll and up with nasty pressure points that’ll either leave you tossing and turning or waking up sore.

Stomach sleepers, on the other hand, have the exact opposite problem.

They need nice, firm mattresses, or their stomach will end up sinking too deep into the mattress.

This can lead to more back pain, since your muscles are all stretched into unnatural positions.

You need something solid enough to fully support your stomach, but not so firm as to become uncomfortable!

Finally, back sleepers tend to have it easiest.

Although a too-firm mattress will result in your spine being suspended over the surface material – thus making it impossible for your muscles to properly relax – in general, back sleeping is a great way to evenly distribute weight across as much of your body as possible.

What’s Your Body Weight?

Another big factor in choosing the right mattress firmness is your body weight.

As a basic rule of thumb, the less you weigh, the softer the mattress you need.

People on the lighter end up the spectrum, for instance, tend to rest on the upper comfort layers of their mattress, which can prevent them from getting proper full-body support.

Heavier individuals, on the other hand, may find themselves sinking all the way to their mattress’s support core, resulting in a sagging sensation or the feeling of being totally unsupported.

Sleeping on the wrong kind of mattress for your weight can result in all kinds of unpleasantness and back pain.

Weight is probably the #1 most important consideration when choosing your mattress’s firmness level, so consider it wisely.

Do You Have Any Medical Conditions?

Finally, any preexisting medical conditions you might have can play a really big role in the kind of mattress you need.

If you have allergies, for instance, you should really be sure to only get products labeled “hypoallergenic.”

Otherwise, not only can the material makeup of the mattress cause your allergies to act up, but accumulation of dust mite feces can also cause serious reactions.

Most good memory foam mattresses – like one of our favorites, the Amerisleep AS3 – have excellent reviews in this department.

If you’ve experienced any kind of chronic back pain, meanwhile, proper back support should be one of you absolute highest priorities.

A couple products we recommend for this include the Saatva mattress and Bear mattress.

These both come with truly top-notch reviews in terms of comfort and support.

How to Use Your Sleeper Profile to Choose a Mattress

Hopefully, you should now have a pretty good idea of your sleeper profile and the kind of mattresses you need.

Of course, precise products that work best for you is going to vary a good bit from person to person.

There is, after all, no silver bullet to finding the right mattress.

But that’s exactly why we here are are here to help.

If you’re feeling a little lost in terms of where to start in your buying process, we recommend checking out our complete mattress buying guide.

We provide you with details specs and reviews of the absolute best mattresses on the market today, streamlining your shopping like never before.

If you have more questions, you can also check out the rest of our expert mattress guides, or just leave a comment below!

Hope that’s helpful – and happy shopping!

Ted Wilson

Ted Wilson

Founder and Owner

Ted is the founder and owner of Mattress Guides and is an expert in his field. Ted believes that having the right mattress is key to getting a good night’s sleep and feeling well-rested in the morning.

Updated at March 24, 2022