Is Your Mattress Too Soft?

A soft mattress may help an individual enjoy a good night’s sleep consistently. However, if a mattress is too soft, a sleeper may toss and turn in bed.

There are signs that indicate a mattress may be too soft, including:

1. The mattress is in the “banana position.” The “banana position” is identical to that of a hammock, and as such, the S-curve of an individual’s spine is not supported. A mattress that appears in the banana position likely has become too soft and may be unable to provide the support an individual needs to rest comfortably for an extended period of time.

2. There is a lack of firmness. If there is a dent in the mattress or an individual feels back soreness when he or she wakes up, this indicates the mattress lacks firmness and has become too soft.

3. An individual feels exhausted throughout the day. Waking up feeling tired or feeling exhausted throughout the day is unacceptable. Conversely, if a mattress becomes too soft, an individual may struggle to get the quality sleep that he or she needs to remain alert and productive.

A mattress that is too soft may be problematic, but there are several ways to alleviate this problem, including:

1. Flip the mattress. If a mattress is two-sided, an individual can flip the mattress. By doing so, he or she may be able to rest comfortably on the unused side, which could be much firmer than the side that has become too soft.

2. Pick up a mattress topper. A mattress pad or topper may enable an individual to enjoy added support while he or she rests. Thus, this pad or topper might allow a sleeper to get plenty of Zzz’s without having to replace his or her mattress.

3. Incorporate plywood boards between the mattress and box spring. Placing plywood boards between the mattress and box spring may help minimize the impact of a mattress that has become too soft. The plywood boards will provide extra support while an individual lies in bed.

4. Add a center support bar to a bed frame. 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.

5. Place the mattress on the floor. Eliminating the box spring altogether may prove to be worthwhile to 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 an individual with additional firmness and support as he or she sleeps.

No one should be forced to sleep on a mattress that has become too soft, and as a result, prevents an individual from getting sufficient sleep. But those who know how to identify if a mattress has become too soft can alleviate the problem quickly and effortlessly.

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