The phrase “soft mattress” sounds so appealing. Thoughts of sinking into a nice plush mattress or the cliché of sleeping on a cloud. Who wouldn’t want that? Well it turns out there is such thing as a mattress that’s too soft. Despite how comfy they sound, a soft mattress can have you waking up in a lot of pain. That’s why it’s important to make sure your mattress is not too soft. In addition you should look to see which firmness level is right for you and your sleeping position.
Signs That Indicate A Mattress Is Too Soft
The banana position
The “banana position” is identical to that of a hammock. If your mattress is in this position, the S-curve of your spine won’t be supported. It’s like your mattress has become too soft and may be unable to provide the support an individual needs to rest comfortably for an extended period of time.
Lack of firmness
If there’s a dent in the mattress or you feel back soreness when you wake up, your mattress lacks firmness.
Wake up exhausted
If your mattress becomes too soft, you may struggle to get the quality sleep needed to remain alert and productive. As a result, you’ll wake up exhausted and tired all day.
You struggle to get out of bed
Is it physically difficult to get in or out of bed? If it’s a challenge to even pull yourself up and out of bed, your mattress might be too soft. Check to see if you feel “stuck” when you’re in bed next time.
What You Can Do If Your Mattress Is Too Soft
Flip the mattress
If a mattress is two-sided, you can flip it to the other side. The unused side could be much firmer than the side that has become too soft.
Pick up a mattress topper
A mattress pad or topper may enable you to enjoy added support while you rest. Thus, you might be able to get plenty of sleep without having to replace your mattress.
Incorporate plywood boards
Placing plywood boards between the mattress and box spring will provide extra support while you sleep. As a result, they may help minimize the impact of an overly soft mattress
Add a center support bar
A center support bar will stretch the width of a bed and provide lateral support. It can offer extra support to an individual who uses a bed with a steel bed frame.
Place the mattress on the floor
Eliminating the box spring altogether may help you overcome the problems associated with a mattress that is too soft. Placing the mattress on the floor is a simple, cost-effective alternative to buying a new mattress or box spring. It also may provide additional firmness and support.
Keep your room cooler
This is especially true if you have a foam mattress. Memory foam works by adjusting and softening to your body heat. So the warmer your room, the softer your mattress. Try turning down your thermostat to see if that keeps your mattress firmer.
Buy a new mattress
Of course, the surest way to solve your soft mattress issues is to buy a new one. At Sit ‘n Sleep, we have a large variety, with all different firmness levels. If your mattress has become too soft and is over eight years old, it’s likely time to replace. Give us a call and visit us in-store and speak with one of our Sleep Consultants. They’ll be able to answer your questions and make sure you get the right mattress for your needs.
Consider Your Sleep Position
The firmness level of your mattress should depend on your preferred sleep position. Generally, soft mattresses are best for side sleepers. But even then, the mattress should be medium-soft. Back sleepers will want to sleep on medium-firm mattresses and stomach sleepers should invest in mattresses that are firm. Sleeping on a mattress with the wrong firmness level can lead to shoulder, back, hip and spine issues.