There’s a belief, both in Asia and around the world, that a good night’s sleep starts with a firm mattress. A harder bed means less sagging and greater lower back support, but a softer mattress lets you sink right in and get real comfy. So which is it? Fact or fiction? Hard or soft? Support or snuggles? We turn to leading luxury bed and mattress brand DUXIANA (available at Danish Design Co.) to find out.
The myth of the firm mattress
A firm mattress is said to facilitate a neutral spine position, reducing pressure on the body’s circulation system. This in turn facilitates better blood flow, allowing you to inhale more oxygen while sleeping with greater lower back support.
Most people equate firmness with support and softness with comfort, but for the team at DUXIANA, understanding how the mattress supports the spine is crucial. Proper alignment of the spine is what ensures maximum comfort while sleeping; if a mattress is too firm, the body is forced to conform to the bed. When a mattress is too soft, the body sinks into a hammock position and causes an unnatural curve to the spine.
The takeaway? If a mattress doesn’t provide any proper support to the spine, then its hardness or softness is neither here nor there.
The perfect balance
The trick lies in finding just the right combination of comfort and support for you as an individual. DUXIANA has come up with several clever ways to do this.
The coil system
All DUXIANA beds feature a specially designed, continuous coil system that moves with you as you sleep. Soft enough to allow your shoulders and hips to sink in, and firm enough to support your lower back, it works to contour your entire body.
The Pascal system
This new, patented technology is used in all but one of DUXIANA’s models (the DUX 1001). It employs a cassette system to customise each side of the bed, putting an end to many a couple’s nighttime woes. There are three cassettes on each side of the bed that come in soft, medium or firm tension. They are interchangeable and designed to provide support for the shoulders, hips and legs.
The cassette for the leg area elevates the legs ever so slightly for good spine alignment and to maintain circulation in the feet. The cassette to be placed at the hip area sinks just enough for comfort while still giving sufficient counter-support to keep the spine loose and relaxed. The shoulder cassette also sinks slightly to reduce pressure in the shoulders and promote circulation. Being able to switch the different cassettes around means you (and you partner) can find that sweet spot between soft and firm.
Adjustable lumbar support
For those who suffer from lower back pain, DUXIANA has another trick up its sleeve: the adjustable lumbar support system (available in the DUX 8008 model). This provides a touch more tension to further support the back, while also helping the mattress to contour round the body.
Family-owned Swedish brand DUXIANA has been making beds since 1926. Three generations of the Ljung family have made it their life’s work to produce the most comfortable and technologically advanced beds. The beds are available in Singapore from Danish Design Co.
Written in collaboration with:
Danish Design Co.
#06-03, Century Warehouse
100E Pasir Panjang Road
6270 8483 | danishdesignco.com.sg
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