Breaking In A New Mattress

Everything a new mattress owner should know

How To Break In A New Mattress

Buying a mattress is an exciting prospect for those who haven’t been sleeping well on their current mattress and hope to get one step closer to getting a good night’s sleep. And once you are done with mattress shopping, and it has been finally delivered to your home, the question you’ll most likely ask is whether you should sleep on your mattress immediately. This is a good question as there are many homeowners who are wondering, “Can you sleep on a new mattress straight away?”.

Mattress manufacturers have different recommendations depending on the type of mattress that you have bought. There are those who say that you should wait up to 72 hours while other manufacturers say that you can sleep on your bed within 24 hours. Depending on the type of mattress, it may need time to convert back to its original shape and firmness for a more comfortable night’s sleep.

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What You Need To About Mattresses In A Box

There is no doubt that buying a mattress online is a convenient option. More likely than not, you will receive a boxed mattress which will require unwrapping your rolled bed before use. Yes, you read that right, your mattress is usually rolled to save space during delivery. This process involves the mattress entering a huge roller which removes the air from the foam materials. It is then heat sealed and wrapped in order to make it more compact for delivery.

If you are wondering, “Can you sleep on a new mattress right away?” Well, in the case of the boxed mattress, in general, it will take around six hours for it to go back to its original shape. It will need this much time to expand and to fill up with air since, like it was mentioned before, the air is removed from it. Also, off-gassing that may occur as in the case with memory foam mattresses, where the smell may assail your nose. The Sleep Judge reported that most mattress they reviewed, off-gassed within 24 hours of unboxing but can take days to air out.

Why Breaking in a New Mattress is Important?

It is understandable that you will be asking if you can sleep on a new mattress right away especially when you are looking forward to a great night’s sleep, but as with wearing a new pair of shoes, there is something called the break-in period for mattresses too.

Why is this important? It’s because the mattress materials need time to soften and conform to the contours of your body. Although the materials in your new mattress are flexible and strong, they can be rigid especially when they are brand new. This can cause some discomfort during the first month or two. This doesn’t mean that the bed you bought is of poor quality but rather that the materials haven’t gotten the chance to soften and stretch.

Tips on How to Break in Your New Mattress

If you want to get a good night’s sleep, your best bet is to invest in a new mattress especially when your old bed is no longer giving your body the proper support it needs when you sleep at night. The good news is that there are different mattress types for you to choose from, such as memory foam mattress, latex mattress, innerspring mattress, foam mattress, and hybrid mattress just to name a few.

As much as you would like to jump on your new bed and sleep all day long, breaking in a new mattress is recommended for you to get the most out of your new bed. Here are a few tips on how you can get this done.

As much as you would like to jump on your new bed and sleep all day long, breaking in a new mattress is recommended for you to get the most out of your new bed. Here are a few tips on how you can get this done.

Let it breathe

Breaking in a new memory foam mattress or even a foam mattress for that matter requires you to allow your mattress to breathe. Remove the cover and leave it as is with your windows open. This allows air to circulate through the materials so that the new-mattress-smell can dissipate in order to help you sleep better at night.

Heat helps

Another tip on breaking in a new memory foam mattress is to introduce heat. Raising the temperature in your bedroom even for a few degrees can help make your new mattress softer, making it a more comfortable surface to sleep on.

Crawl or walk on it

What else can you do to break in your mattress? Another tip that you can follow is to walk or knead your mattress with your knees. If you have kids, let them walk on your new mattress to help make it softer for a more comfortable sleep. Don’t let them jump on your new bed, however, as this can cause unevenness.

Have patience

Breaking in a new memory foam mattress requires patience on your part because it will eventually become soft enough for you, as long as you give it time. The weight of your body may not be enough to get the job done, but the good news is that it will only take a few days or a few weeks until you start to enjoy the feel of your new bed. If you want to speed up the time it takes to break in your new bed, avoid putting a mattress topper on your sleep surface as this will only slow down the breaking-in process.

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Should You Sleep on Your New Mattress Right Away?

It is understandable that most people will be asking whether sleeping on their brand new mattress is recommended as soon as they receive it, especially when their night’s rest may be disrupted from the ‘new bed feel’. Well, like it was mentioned before, breaking in a new mattress should be done first before you start to enjoy the feel of your new bed under you.

If you check a mattress review, you’ll most likely see recommendations on how long you should set your new delivered mattress down, without using it, for it to fully expand to its original shape. You can use these tips above as a guideline for choosing a mattress from a mattress store. For those who will be buying a memory foam mattress, the time for your foam bed to fully inflate varies based on the brand.

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How To Take Care Of A New Mattress

It doesn’t matter whether you have a single, double, or king size bed. Even if it’s a foam, innerspring, or memory foam model you can actually help prolong the lifespan of your mattress as long you take care of it. Here are a few tips that you can follow to make the most out of your new bed.

Unwrap it immediately

Remove the packaging and cover of your new mattress once delivered to allow it time to expand its shape. It also helps get rid of the off-gassing smell.

Avoid Jumping

Children and pets are bound to jump up and down on your bed, but this can cause stress on the materials which can speed the deterioration process. Tell your children to avoid doing this and discourage your pets from jumping on and off the bed as well.

Use a mattress protector

Another tip on how you can prolong the life of your bed is to use a mattress protector. This washable cover can protect your mattress from stains, spills, and the like and can even provide protection from allergens too.

Breaking in a new mattress is necessary in order to achieve the full benefits which means that it may take your body time to adjust to the firmness and support that your new bed is offering. It is understandable that the adjustment period can be a hindrance to those who wish to sleep on their new bed immediately, but it is necessary and well worth it!

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