Did you know that mattresses need time to break in before it will feel right for your body? You just selected your perfect mattress online or in-store and you had it delivered to your home. You lay on it and discover it does not feel exactly like the mattress you tried in-store. This is common, so don’t worry too much. Just like a brand-new pair of shoes, your new mattress needs some break-in time before providing great sleep for many years to come. Breaking in a new mattress requires time and patience, but the end result is well worth the wait. However, there are some helpful suggestions that can help push the process along quicker.

Our team of sleep experts have compiled some tips for helping you through the break in period and some secrets to help you get to the comfy stage quicker.

How Long Does it Take For A Mattress To Break In?

Your new mattress is going to feel different from your old one, and it will likely be stiff from its newness – you may even find yourself uncomfortable after your first night sleeping on it. This can be disappointing, but it’s completely normal, you just need to give your new mattress and your body time to adjust to each other. The mattress’s materials need time to soften and conform to you. This can take a few days to a couple of weeks, so just give it some time. Also, if you have spent one too many nights on an old mattress that lacks support, your body will need time to adjust to being properly aligned and supported. Even though this can be uncomfortable, it’s important to continue sleeping on your new mattress. Don’t delay the process by sleeping on the couch! It is recommended that you sleep on your new mattress for a minimum of 21 nights, and by the 4th month your mattress and body should be completely acclimated.

4 Tips to Help Break In Your Mattress

1. Let Your Mattress Breathe

After your mattress is delivered, make sure you unbox it as soon as possible so it can air out. Most shipped mattresses will arrive rolled in a box and wrapped in plastic. If your mattress was delivered, your delivery team will unpackage it for you. Don’t rush and put your bedding on right away. Instead, wait a few hours to put your mattress protector, sheet set, pillows, and comforter on to allow time for your mattress to breathe. Giving it this time will help allow oxygen to flow better throughout the product to soften — allowing it to break in better before you get cozy in bed.

2. Give it A Roll

Spending time in bed doing things other than sleeping can help the material become more flexible and conform to your body quicker. It is not encouraged to jump or walk on your bed, so try some safer methods. Let loose and roll around in your new bed, adding pressure and movement on it can help with the breaking in process.

3. Choose a Side, Then Mix it Up

If you tend to be a right side of the bed sleeper, change it up and sleep on the left side, the right, the middle, and repeat! If you have a sleeping partner, it might be easier to rotate the mattress clockwise or counterclockwise every couple of days. Sleeping on different sides of your new bed can help even out the feel, prevent sagging over time and speed up the break-in period.

4. Opt for A Mattress Topper

If you are wanting instant comfort on your new mattress, you can opt to use a mattress topper while you wait for the mattress to fully break in. The topper can add a layer of comfort while you sleep and can be a great temporary solution.

If you find that your new mattress is not the right fit after the break in period, BedMart’s 120 Night Guarantee might be a great option for you. We provide our customers a one-time exchange within 120 days of your purchase. Our team will help you find the mattress you’ve been dreaming of.