Life is too short to spend it sleeping on a bed that does not let you have a good night’s sleep & doesn’t make you feel comfortable at all. If you want to take a quick nap or just wanted to lie down to rest your eyes, your bed & mattress can make a huge difference in allowing you to do so. If you recently bought a new mattress but when you wake up you feel aches and pains in your body or your body does not feel relaxed at all or if your new mattress seems to be overly firm, you will need to figure out a few things.
- Does it feel hard just because it is new?
- Will it soften up over time?
- Did you buy something that simply is not right for you?
In the first two cases, time is the answer & the solution of your problem as in you just have to keep using it to break into it & you will be happier with your bed in no time also, we are going to discuss a few tips later in this article that will surely help you to break into your new bed & mattress earlier than expected.
Although, if your situation is more like the latter, you have got a tough decision to make as returning something this bulky & personal is not an easy one because the return policies of these things vary from store to store as all companies follow a different set of policies when it comes to returning goods.
Therefore, since you have already got the huge, bulky thing in your house, rather than returning it & spending almost about a thousand dollars on a new one, perhaps there is a way or two to fix the situation yourself & make your Hard bed/mattress softer & more comfortable.
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Making Your Firm Mattress Soft
You do not necessarily have to spend a lot of your money or energy to adjust the firmness level of your mattress. In this article, we are going to discuss numerous ways to make your hard bed softer & more comfortable, so you will have a comfortable bed to relax at the end of a tiring day.
First things First – The Foundation
Does not matter if you are trying to figure out how to make a firm mattress softer or your soft mattress firm, sometimes we are so focused on the mattress itself that we completely forget there is a whole support system that drastically affects the quality of the mattress. Let us suppose you have a foam mattress, you should never use it with box springs, but other types of mattresses feel softer and springier if they are used with a box spring mattress.
Types of Foundations
We are going to discuss 3 different types of foundations.
- Box Spring: This is an enclosed box that contains springs. The springs serve the purpose of movement absorbers and work in accordance with the springs in the mattress to make the bed softer and bouncier. They were actually designed for traditional innerspring mattresses. Although if the box springs are older than 8 – 10 years, then they should not be used as they are too worn out to provide any sort of support or comfort.
- Foundation: is a bed frame with a low platform foundation for the mattress to sit on and it can be solid or slatted. They make a solid foundation & work very well with most type of mattresses as long as the slats are closed enough. The centre support is very important for all types of foundations. Slatted foundations work with most types of foam mattresses, but they shouldn’t be used with box spring mattresses however Platform foundations are good for almost all kinds of mattresses and they can help a lot if you’re trying to make your softer bed firmer(er).
- Adjustable: This is a type of foundation that provides a solid base foundation for your bed that allows the head and foot range of motion. All kinds of mattresses can be used with adjustable foundations such as Foam, latex & Air adjustable mattresses. This type of foundation is ideal if you want to make your soft bed firmer or your firm bed softer, in both cases your mattress & bed is going to feel a lot more comfortable than it used to be.
However, before using any of the foundations mentioned above you should check the warranty of your mattress & contact support of your associated brand because different brands have different conditions and requirements for their product and forbid the use of certain types of foundations to be used with their products & if you’re found violating the terms & policies of the brand then you could have voided your warranty from the beginning, forfeiting any right to warranty benefits.
Importance of Mattress Firmness for Different type of Sleepers
The firmness level of your mattress is really crucial for a good night’s sleep and it’s all about the right firmness level that compliments your body type & your sleeping position. Side sleepers need a medium or soft mattress to cushion their shoulders & hips as adequate cushioning will eliminate pressure points in the shoulder & hips.
Back sleepers need a medium or medium-firm mattress to keep their spine in a neutral position and prevent mattress sinkage eliminating chances of spinal misalignment, which triggers back pain, neck ache & muscle stiffness.
People who are stomach sleepers need a firm mattress for enhanced support beneath their abdomen which reduces the chances of straining your spine and waking up sore.
Combination sleepers feel good on a medium mattress because it suits their changing sleep positions through the night.
Therefore, if you’re trying to make your mattress softer and more comfortable then what you need to do is just give your new mattress a shot and some time to break into it. Some beds respond to body heat and body weight such as memory foam mattress therefore, gradually throughout the night as you’ve warmed up the mattress with your body heat and pressure the mattress will soften.
Softer mattresses are more pressure-sensitive than firmer beds. In case you bought a new bed/mattress, it’s likely to be stiffer than the one you tried at the store. Don’t lose hope, this is how it supposed to be that’s why most companies give customers a 90 or more day warranty or trial period, that’s just because it takes some time to break it in.