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What makes a bed mattress comfortable?
Typically, there's no universal solution for this. It depends on your preferences. There are some sleepers who prefer softer mattresses, while there are those who prefer the firmer one.
Whether you have an old mattress or a new one, it's a common woe of many to feel they aren't comfortable with their mattress.
You're twisting and turning in your sleep. You wake up with a aches and pains. Your sleep quality is just terrible.
These are just some of the telling your mattress is no longer cutting it with the comfort.
With that said, here are six ways to make a bed mattress more comfortable:
1. Buy a mattress topper
Instead of changing the entire mattress, why not go the cheaper way first of buying a mattress topper. As its name suggests, you place this on top of your mattress as a topper. This added layer is meant to provide the following benefits:
- Cover any lumps that may have developed in your bed;
- Boost comfort;
- Enhance support.
There are three general types of mattress toppers you can choose from, which are all effective in bringing in more level of comfort. It can either be a gel mattress topper, down, or memory foam. For great selections such as bamboo mattress toppers, you can visit Ecoy and other similar sites for inspirations and leads.
2. Consider your weight when choosing a firmness
Perhaps one reason why your bed isn't working to be the most comfortable for you at the moment is because you failed to consider your weight, when choosing a firmness.
The weight is very important, as the firmness of your mattress should be enough to withstand your body, on a resting position. This applies if you've tried all other remedies to make your bed more comfortable, but now you just want to choose a mattress you know is well-suited for your weight.
Here's a cheat sheet to guide you:
- If you're petite, which means that you weigh less than 130 pounds, your firmness can either be soft, medium soft, or medium;
- If you're average, weighing between 130 to 230 pounds, then you need a mattress firmness that's medium soft, medium, or medium firm;
- If you're on the heavier side, which means that you weigh above 230 pounds, then you'll also need a firmer mattress to be able to withstand your weight.
3. Purchase a mattress pad
If you'll find a mattress topper is still too thick for you, you can opt for another alternative through purchasing a mattress pad, as this is slightly thinner.
You can place your mattress pad on top of your mattress as you would a fitted sheet. Then, just add your sheets on top of it.
When you shop at your favourite home furniture shop, you'll also find mattress pads made of different materials. With that said, it's really up to you to select based on your need. Some of the common materials are down, cotton and foam.
4. Break your mattress in
This applies if you've just bought a new mattress, and you feel like as if it's still not comfortable enough. Give it time to break it in through. When the mattress is still absolutely brand new, it's naturally going to feel so much firmer. But, once you've used it night after night, it'll start to break in based on your body shape and type and feel a lot more comfortable.
5. Add a heated blanket
You may know by now weighted blankets exist. But, did you know there's also such a thing known as a heated blanket?
Heated blankets can work the best for those of you with a memory foam mattress that's just too firm, and may start to cause discomfort at night. You don't even have to set the temperature of your heated blanket too high. Even just a little temperature can soften the mattresses' memory foam, and therefore give you more comfort at night.
6. Make sure the mattress is compatible with your bed base
If you're still headed off to purchase a new mattress, a good rule of thumb always to apply is to make sure that your mattress is compatible with your bed base. If there's a mismatch, then this can still make your mattress feel uncomfortable.
- Memory foam mattresses will feel a lot firmer on a box spring, and a lot softer on a solid foundation;
- Innerspring mattresses, are more comfortable with a box spring;
- Latex and hybrid mattresses, which is best for a platform bed or foundation bed.
With these tips, you are now one step closer to finally improving the overall quality of sleep. Remember, good sleep is essential to good health. Therefore, the most important thing is that you must always strive to maintain good quality of sleep. Among all the other things that may have a negative impact on your sleep, one of them may be your mattress. Before making any drastic changes or purchases, try the tips above first to see if any of them work well for you in improving your mattress' comfort.