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4 Benefits of an Extra Firm Mattress + Best Selections

by Lucille Watson

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At a Glance

4 Benefits of an Extra Firm Mattress

Our Top Firm Mattress Choices

Mattress Firmness Scale

Mattress Firmness vs Support

Make sure you get the best mattress possible for your needs when buying a mattress. After all, choosing the right mattress is the first step to a good night's sleep! Nowadays, there are so many mattress alternatives that it could be difficult to choose one. Finding the right amount of hardness — firm vs. soft mattress? — is one of the finest places to start. Many people think that the nicer a mattress is, the softer it should be. However, a mattress that is too soft can lead to a number of aches, pains, and other issues that could keep you up at night. 

Discover the Benefits of Extra Firm Mattresses

If you struggle with aches and pains while sleeping, check out our extra firm mattresses for better rest.

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An extra firm mattress is a type of mattress that is firmer than a traditional mattress. Extra firm mattresses are typically made with extra support layers, such as springs or foam to provide comfort and stability for the body. An extra firm mattress has many benefits, including improved back support, reduced pain, and increased comfort.

4 Benefits of an Extra Firm Mattress

Let's take a closer look at four benefits of an extra firm mattress.

Benefit 1: An extra firm mattress can provide excellent support for your back and spine.

Benefit 2: An extra firm mattress can be a great option for people with certain medical conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Arthritis and fibromyalgia affect the joints and bones, and if your mattress is too soft, joint and bone pain can become inflamed due to the weaker support of your spine and back.

Benefit 3: An extra firm mattress is great for stomach and back sleepers. A medium-firm mattress allows your body to create the best possible alignment your spine needs if you sleep on your back or stomach. If you sleep on a soft mattress but tend to wake up on your back, then you may experience more neck and shoulder pain due to your spine being out of alignment.

Benefit 4: An extra firm mattress is great for bigger bodies. If you or your partner weighs over 230 pounds, then an extra firm mattress may promote better sleep quality. A firmer bed will reduce sagging in the middle of the mattress, keeping your spine aligned and creating less strain on your lower back. 

Our Best Extra Firm Mattress Picks

Check out three of our favorite firm mattresses that will help support your spine and welcome better sleep.

Extra Firm King Mattress: Jamison Bedding King Hudson Bay Firm 13" Mattress

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This Jamison Bedding King Hudson Bay extra firm mattress is perfect for those who want to enjoy cool, comfortable sleeping temperatures throughout the night. The unique Cool Comfort Fabric and Gel Infused foam work together to help disperse heat, so you can sleep soundly and wake up feeling refreshed. The extra firm king mattress is 13 inches tall (excluding the foundation), making it ideal for those who sleep on their backs or stomachs. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to get a great night's sleep — order your Hudson Bay Collection mattress today!

Extra Firm Queen Mattress: TEMPUR-Pedic ProAdapt® Firm 12" Queen Mattress

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The TEMPUR-Pedic ProAdapt extra firm queen mattress is made with innovative TEMPUR-APR+® material. This mattress is ideal for those who need a little extra support. With its tightly closed cell structure, the Extra Firm Queen Mattress conforms to your body like no other mattress can, providing you with unsurpassed comfort and support. Pressure points in your shoulders, hips, and spine are more fully alleviated. In addition, the cutting-edge SmartClimate+® Dual Cover System keeps you cool and relaxed all night long. So, if you're looking for an extra firm mattress that provides unmatched comfort and support, look no further than the extra firm queen mattress from Tempur-Pedic.

Extra Firm Twin Mattress: Jamison Bedding Twin Hudson Bay Firm 13" Mattress

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The Hudson Bay Collection by Jamison is the perfect mattress for people who want to sleep comfortably and wake up refreshed. The extra firm twin mattress is 13 inches tall and made with Cool Comfort Fabric. Gel Infused foam works together to disperse heat and keep you at a comfortable temperature all night. This mattress is perfect for people who sleep on their backs or stomachs, as the firmness provides excellent support.

What is the Mattress Firmness Scale?

Mattress firmness is normally rated by brands on a range of 1 to 10. Higher numbers denote an extra-firm design, whereas lower numbers imply gentler cushioning. Although almost all mattresses contain a comfort layer comprised of supportive or cushioning foam, soft mattresses often have larger comfort layers than firm versions, which tend to have a thinner layer.

Mattress Firmness vs. Mattress Support

Although support and firmness in mattresses are sometimes confused, they really have separate effects on comfort.

Firmness evaluates the level of mattress comfort. In other words, this is how lying on a bed feels. Is it soft, a fair mix of firm and plush, or completely firm? The mattress will feel the same regardless of the support level.

Support is how a mattress reacts to a body's weight. Does the mattress sink as you recline, or is there resistance? Higher support mattresses often maintain an even surface whereas mattresses with lower support ratings cause sleepers to sink more deeply into the mattress.

To know whether or not you should invest in a firmer mattress comes down to analyzing how your body feels when you wake up. Do you feel sore? Does your neck or back ache? If so, and especially if you weigh over 250 pounds, then a firmer mattress might be a good option for you.

Also, make sure to pair your new firm mattress with a queen mattress frame that matches your bed or even an adjustable bed frame to help with sleep apnea or other related health issues to gain better sleep.

Why Trust Great American Home Store?

Boasting the largest selection of in-stock home furnishings in the Mid-South, the Great American Home Store is your one-stop shop to find all the furniture and décor items your home needs. Our buying team is constantly searching across the globe for the next hot style in home fashion products. We go to several markets a year comparison-shopping to ensure you’ll be able to find everything from formal living to casual comfort at the lowest prices. Since our business is backed by the manufacturer, we can promise that we bring you all your furniture needs at prices that are far below our competitors’.

At the Great American Home Store, we also understand the importance of offering a vast selection for any-size budget. We offer many flexible financing options with approved credit so that you can find the perfect furnishings to reflect your unique style.

Shop Extra Firm Mattresses at Great American Home Store

The home of your dreams is closer than you think. Shop extra firm mattresses online or visit us today at one of our furniture stores in Memphis, TN and the Mid-South. Check out our website to shop local furniture sales and subscribe to our email list to be the first to learn about our special offers. Our experts at Great American Home Store are always happy to help you find the best mattress for you — whether you call us at 800-260-4898 or use our online chat feature. Contact us today!

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