If you’ve been finding it hard to sleep comfortably, it might be time to invest in a new mattress. Because in your mattress is too old or damaged, there isn’t really any way to save it. You can review our Mattress Buying Guide for signs that your mattress has expired and tips on buying a new one or go through our luxury mattress range to find your new mattress. But if you’re not planning on buying a new one for now or just want to add to the comfort level of your relatively new mattress, read on.
1 – Consider Upgrading Your Bed
If your mattress is reasonably fresh, but you don’t feel comfortable, it could be because your bed frame needs to be changed as it lacks the right support.
2 – Replace Your Pillows
Sometimes, the restlessness at night is not because of the mattress but because your pillows do not properly support your neck and head. If you feel like this is the case, consider buying new pillows.
The level of pillow firmness or softness that feels comfortable to you is a matter of personal preference, so it may take some trial and error to find the perfect fit.
But generally speaking, a thinner pillow will be more comfortable for you if you sleep on your back or stomach. And if you sleep on your side, a thicker and more supportive pillow is necessary to ensure proper neck and head alignment.
Another trick is to use a full-body pillow instead, especially if your mattress is causing back or joint pain. These pillows come in many different shapes, but we highly recommend the U-shaped ones as they provide maximum comfort by enveloping you on both sides.
Before investing in a body pillow, you might want to determine if it’s the right fit for you. A simple way to test this is by sleeping on your side with a regular pillow between your knees. If you find this position comfortable and supportive, then a body pillow may be a worthwhile investment for you.
3 – Invest in Good Quality Bed Linen
If you find your sheets to be itchy and uncomfortable, consider switching from polyester to 100% cotton. In winter, flannel sheets can provide a warm and cosy feel. Silk sheets are a luxurious option for hot summer nights as they feel cool to the touch. It’s also important to ensure your sheets fit your mattress properly to avoid uncomfortable lumps and bumps caused by loose fabric.
If you experience anxiety before sleeping, a weighted blanket can also be helpful. These blankets trigger your parasympathetic nervous system, allowing your mind and body to calm down.
4 – Turn Over the Mattress or Rotate It
Maintaining your mattress is important for a good night’s sleep. If you have a two-sided mattress, turning it every month to even out wear and tear is recommended. Neglecting to do so can lead to sleep issues.
If you have a one-sided mattress, rotating it so the foot of the bed becomes the head can also help.
5 – Add a Mattress Topper
A mattress topper can be a great solution if you’re not getting a good night’s sleep because your mattress is too firm or uncomfortable. Adding a topper can create a softer, more comfortable sleeping surface that will help you get the rest you need.
Toppers provide an extra layer of cushioning that can help buffer your mattress’s firm support, making it easier to relax and drift off to sleep. So if you’re struggling with an uncomfortable mattress, consider adding a topper to help improve your sleep quality.
6 – Adjust the Room Temperature
To ensure a sound sleep all night long, adjust the temperature of your bedroom to a cool and cosy level. Most experts suggest a temperature within the range of 65-68 degrees but we recommend that you choose any temperature that you feel most at ease with.
Maintaining a comfortable temperature can accelerate the process of falling asleep and ensure you stay undisturbed throughout the night.
7 – Use an Electric Blanket
If you find that your memory foam mattress is too firm for your liking, there’s an easy solution to make it softer and more comfortable. Simply warm it up in the evenings! If your mattress is compatible, you can use an electric blanket to trap more warmth between you and the mattress. This will help the foam contour better to your body, providing a more comfortable sleeping experience.
8 – Try Mattress Sprays to Freshen it Up
Research shows that smell and sleep are highly interlinked, so if you’re having trouble sleeping, despite trying all the other tips shared, give sleep scents a try. You can buy such scents or make organic deodorisers by mixing water and vinegar. Follow this by spraying the mattress with a mixture of essential oil and baking soda and your mattress will retain the fresh scent for several days.
When it comes to choosing the essential oil, sleep experts highly recommend Lavender oil and Peppermint because of their soothing properties.
9 – Get Your Mattress Cleaned
To ensure your mattress lasts longer and remains comfortable, it’s important to keep it clean, aired, and protected. Spills should be tackled immediately to prevent bacteria and dust mites from feasting on them, as this can degrade the mattress and affect its hygiene and comfort. Using a high-quality mattress protector can help reduce this risk.
During the summer months, placing your mattress in direct sunlight for short periods can kill dust mites and reduce allergy flare-ups. If you can’t take your mattress outside, simply place it near a bright window for a few hours.
If none of these options sound doable, try scheduling a professional mattress cleaning from any service provider in your area.
10 – Support Your Bed and Mattress
If you’re not ready to invest in a new mattress but are tired of feeling like you’re sinking into a sagging bed, there are a few tricks you can try:
- One option is to stuff old towels or pillows under the mattress in the droopy areas to add some support. While it may not be a perfect solution, it can help alleviate the problem temporarily.
- To ensure that your mattress provides the best support possible, placing it on a stable surface is important. Even the highest quality mattresses won’t be able to provide maximum support if they’re placed on an unstable bed frame. If your mattress is too weak and you want to make it firmer, check your bed frame for loose slats and wobbly legs. Tightening them up will give your mattress the solid foundation it needs to provide support for a good night’s sleep.
- In most beds, the mattress is placed on slatted bases. However, it’s important to note that cheaper mattresses may start to sag over time if placed on slats that are too far apart. To prevent this, consider adding a layer of plywood or MDF on top of the slats to provide a firmer surface for your mattress. This trick can also be used on sprung slats to help achieve a firmer feel.
By taking these steps, you can help prolong the life of your mattress and ensure a comfortable night’s sleep.
But if you have already tried all of the above and have not seen any improvement, then it’s time to take the big step and buy a new mattress. If you need help with choosing your new mattress, we’ve got your back. Just get in touch with us or visit our London showroom – our sleep experts will be more than happy to assist you in every way possible.