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5 Tips to Help You Break in Your Bed

Have you ever wondered: how to break in a new bed, or how long it takes to break in a new mattress?

Let’s say that you just went through the mattress shopping process and had your brand new bed delivered to your door. You excitedly dress up your newest prized possession in cozy, warm bed sheets and add your favorite pillows to top it off. You’re so excited to sleep in your new bed, you can’t even wait one second longer.

But, as you climb into bed, you realize something is off. This doesn’t feel like the comfortable and snug bed you had tested out in the store.

Think of Your New Mattress Like a New Pair of Shoes

Most mattresses take anywhere from 30 to 90 days to fully “break in.” Your new mattress may be different from your old one, or it may seem stiff from its newness, and thus may seem uncomfortable for a little while. Like a new pair of shoes, the mattress materials haven’t had time to soften and conform to your body.

If you received your new mattress and aren’t as happy with it right away as you expected to be, don’t give up just yet! Your mattress might just need to break in some more. There several things you can do after buying a mattress to help speed up breaking your new mattress in.

1. Let your mattress breathe.

As soon as you get your new mattress, you’ll be tempted to dress it up in new bedding — but it’s actually best to let the mattress set breathe for a few hours before doing so. This allows the mattress materials to get some oxygen flow, allowing for a better night’s sleep.

2. Put on the pressure.

To break in your mattress a little quicker, try walking around on it gently, or using your hands and feet to put some pressure on it. This will help loosen up the mattress materials and make it easier for the new mattress to begin conforming to your body.

3. Be patient.

It’s important to remember that your new mattress takes time to adjust to your body. Make sure to sleep on your new bed every night during the break in period to ensure that your new mattress has a chance to loosen and stretch.

4. Bring on the heat.

This is especially important if you purchased a memory foam mattress. Turn up the heat in your room to allow the memory foam mattress materials to soften up even more. Even just a few degrees can make a big difference!

5. Remember: it’s worth the wait.

Just like your favorite pair of comfy shoes, your new mattress will conform to your body over time. If you’re flustered with the break-in period, just remember that the wait is worth it and you’ll be on your way to sleeping happy in no time.

If you do, however, make it through the break-in period and still aren’t happy with your purchase, Mattress Firm’s return policy ensures our customers a Happiness Guarantee to ensure you’re getting the best bed for you. If you are not satisfied with your Mattress Firm mattress anytime within 120 nights from original delivery, Mattress Firm will do whatever we can to make sure you sleep happy with on the perfect mattress.

About The Author

The Daily Dozers The Daily Dozers are the mattress experts behind The Daily Doze, pooling their knowledge to bring you all that you need to know about what’s right under your head (literally). The Daily Dozers are team members who have been embedded in the mattress industry for years, whether that’s at one of our more than 3,000 neighborhood stores, or in our hometown of Houston at BedQuarters. These product experts can answer any question you might have about your bed. From ‘what size mattress do I need for my room?’ to ‘how do I know if I need an adjustable base?’ – there’s no topic too tired for The Daily Dozers. Even better? The Daily Dozers work together with The Savvy Savers to make sure you’re getting the bed you want, at a price you can’t find anywhere else.

2 thoughts on “5 Tips to Help You Break in Your Bed

  1. William J Carmody says:

    There is a large spread in pricing
    from a mattress costing $5,000 vs one for $500. Is the breaking
    Process the same for both. My
    daughter works for a huge Mfg
    and marketing company. I am
    passing this information on to her. I will put this info on my Facebook page, but would like an email copy to me also if possible! Thanks in Advance!

  2. Tina Macdonnell says:

    I don’t think you thought of the fact that if your new mattress sends you to the chiropractor every time you sleep on it to break it in that it is a good mattress and one worth the wait.

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