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Body stats 17 Jul 2021 12:05 #1

Trying to figure out whether I am flat or curvy or evenly or unevenly distributed. Didn’t notice any guidelines or measurements. I am a female, 5’ 7” , 126 pounds. Very confused.

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Body stats 19 Jul 2021 19:55 #2

Hi Trxfred.

Curviness, as it relates to choosing a mattress, refers to the "gap" that needs to be filled in during sleep with the comfort layer for pressure relief. The “curviness” of body profile during sleeping is mostly assessed in relation to the sleeper’s primary sleeping position and also their body type.

Regardless of a sleeper’s body type, generally, back sleepers have a slightly less curvy profile than side sleepers, stomach sleepers have the flattest sleeping profile of all positions with fewer gaps to fill in. Combination sleeping is also more difficult to deal with than someone who sleeps in one position since the different positions have different basic requirements. You can read a bit more about this in this article about sleeping positions )

When considering the support or comfort a sleeper needs it is important to take into account a person’s BMI and where they “carry” their weight as heavier parts of the body will tend to sink in more and can cause alignment issues. Lighter weights will sleep in "flatter" sleeping positions, have slimmer less curvy body types, and might benefit from a firmer mattress. The hip/pelvic area carries the greatest amount of weight and has the greatest density, no matter what type of body you have, and often has a wider profile (especially in women).

A good example of a more unusual sleeping profile can be found in this post here which has some accompanying images that might be helpful for visualization. I'd recommend reading the entire thread which will show how different sleeping stats and variables are dependant upon each other.

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Body stats 20 Jul 2021 08:23 #3

Thank you for taking the time to send such a detailed reply. I feel like I have spent hours already reading about mattresses and it seems there is still a lot to learn! Thank you for helping me out.

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Body stats 21 Jul 2021 22:06 #4

Hi Trxfred.

You are most welcome. :) Glad to be of assistance.

It is quite a bit to take in, to begin with, but I'd stick to the basics. To put it in very simple terms .... Find a retailer/manufacturer that you can trust and who is willing to give you the complete mattress specifications which will allow you to assess:
~ mattress information listed here so you can compare the quality of the materials and components to the mattress durability guidelines here to make sure you'll sleep well for the useful life of the mattress.
~ suitability of the mattress finalists to your Needs and Preferences to ensure that your body stays in neutral alignment during sleep and that you find the sleeping environment comfortable and can fully relax in it.
~ run all by your ~ personal value equation

Let us know if you have additional questions.

Phoenix
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