Instructions for adjusting to a new bed

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Imagine this: you go out and purchase a a brand-new bed mattress and put it on your bed, dressed in clean sheets. 100% Cotton Sheets and a freshly reshaped pillow You close your eyes on a hopeful note as you slip into bed. If you have trouble sleeping, you may wake up in pain.

Hey, hold on You didn't expect to spend as much as your rent on a bed and have it fail to provide you with the enchanted experience you were hoping for. What gives, then? Have you made a terrible error? To what extent did mistaken mattress Certainly not

It's not unusual for people to experience discomfort after their first night on a brand-new mattress. Because your body may need time to readjust, In any case, how long does it take And, for the impatient among us (like myself), is there anything we can do to hasten things along? Check out the rest to find out

There is always a breaking-in period for a new mattress. Typically, it's 30 days, but it can go as high as 90. The time it takes to break in and adjust to a new mattress varies depending on the mattress's specific features and how they compare to those of your old mattress.  

Most mattress stores won't take back or exchange your mattress for at least 30 days because of the crucial "breaking-in" period. That's why lots of businesses provide free overnight trials, too.

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In general, memory foam and hybrid mattresses need the most time to break in, and high-density memory foam (which is heavier and has more material than low-density memory foam) can take even longer. Wait at least 60 days to decide if a memory foam mattress is right for you after purchasing.  

There is typically a longer "breaking in" period for memory foam of higher density.


Since they contour to your body's unique shape and weight, traditional spring mattresses (especially those with a pillow top) are often immediately comfortable for most people. However, they may need to be broken in for up to a month.

It is recommended to rotate a mattress every three to six months, especially one with springs as opposed to memory foam, to ensure an even break-in and prevent the dreaded "mattress sinkhole."


It takes the least amount of time to break in a latex mattress, which is why it's commonly used in high-end models. In general, it takes two to fourteen days, but this can vary depending on the quality of the latex, whether it is natural or synthetic, and whether the mattress is made up of 100% latex or a hybrid of the two.

Here's more: Compare the SoundAsleep, REI, and other popular air mattresses of 2019 and 2020.   

Instructions for adjusting to a new bed

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The best way to break in a new mattress is to be patient and give it some time. But if you're impatient like me, there are steps you can take to move things along more quickly.

Make a change to your base

It's easy to overlook the importance of a solid foundation or bed frame, but it can make a huge difference in the comfort of your mattress. Be sure your mattress and foundation are made for each other before proceeding. Standard innerspring mattresses are most comfortable when used with bed frames with box springs However, platform-style bases are recommended for memory foam and hybrid mattresses.

If you're buying a new mattress to go on an existing foundation, check for damage, sags, and other signs of wear. If that's the case, you might want to get a new one that can support your weight more reliably and uniformly.

Allow it some room to expand and contract

Avoid the temptation to jump right into bed with your new mattress by waiting a few hours before you do so. When it comes to mattresses, this is especially crucial if you ordered one online and it arrived compressed and in plastic.  

Most compressed mattresses will be ready for use after four to ten hours, but some manufacturers advise waiting 24 to 72 hours if you have other options.

Putting all of your weight on the mattress too soon can prevent it from expanding to its full size, leaving you tossing and turning all night.

It's good for walking or rolling around on.

The pressure of your body during sleep aids in breaking in a new mattress. The process can be sped up by walking, crawling, or rolling back and forth on your mattress like a rolling pin for several minutes each day. This may speed up the process of loosening the material.

During this time, you can also make it a priority to spend more time in bed. The new mattress is much more comfortable than the couch for watching TV or reading.

Keep it in mind all through your nocturnal musings

Stay on your new mattress for the first 30-60 days, no matter how uncomfortable you are. Sleeping on your new mattress night after night not only helps the materials break in more quickly, but also helps your body adjust to the new mattress. Going back and forth between your old and new mattresses can slow down the transition.

Tensify the atmosphere

Due to its temperature-sensitive nature, memory foam can be easily damaged. When heated, it softens and when cooled, it hardens. If you invested in a hybrid or memory foam mattress, the process of increasing the temperature bedroom to 72 degrees can help relax the fabric so it can better conform to your shape.

A mattress topper is a good option if you either have a short trial period for a new bed, or if you love your mattress but would like to know how to make it softer or firmer. It can alter the feel of your mattress, making it more plush or firm, and it can also increase its thickness. Moreover, they are less expensive than purchasing a new bed, and they are available in many different materials.   

To what extent should you think about going back

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However, what if, after 60 nights of trying different techniques, you still can't find a comfortable sleeping position on your new mattress? It could be a sign that you need to go back to the store and get a new mattress. Most mattress stores and manufacturers allow for returns or exchanges, even on used mattresses, because of how common this problem is.

While you probably won't trust your gut on the next mattress purchase after your first bad experience, there are some simple tests you can perform to determine the source of your discomfort.  

Warnings that your bed is too firm

  • The first thing you notice upon waking is the pain in your upper back, neck, or shoulders.
  • Pain or stiffness in your hips, knees, or shoulders
  • Symptoms of numbness and tingling in the limbs
  • Lack of body contouring or pressure point relief from the mattress.

All of these are indications that your mattress is too firm and that you would benefit from switching to a softer one.

Read more: The secret to softening a firm mattress

Symptoms of a too-soft mattress

  • Whenever you get up from bed, you leave a dent in the mattress.
  • Lower back pain has you waking up in a hunched position.
  • You have trouble staying in one position while you sleep.
  • Bedtime is a struggle because you have a hard time getting in and out of it because you sink too far into the mattress.
  • Feels like you're sinking through the mattress.

Try sleeping on a firmer mattress the next time around if these issues sound familiar.

Read more: Methods for Increasing the Stiffness of a Soft Mattress

Many stores provide custom mattress fittings with sleep advisors or specialists who can work with you to find the right mattress so you can get back to sleeping comfortably if you're still unsure and need guidance.

The information presented here is for research and educational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. If you have any concerns about your current health or want to set some goals related to your health, you should always talk to a doctor.

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