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3 Causes of a Saggy Mattress And How to Avoid It


Everyone wants to lie on their mattress and wake up well-rested. However, a sagging mattress will likely serve back pains and unhealthy sleeping patterns. That said, all mattresses wear out with time, but you can prolong their lifespan.

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Let's take a look at three of the leading causes of a sagging mattress and how to avoid them.

Three Major Causes of Sagging Mattresses

1. Sleeping Positions

Whether you sleep alone, with your partner, or with a pet, the shape and balance of your mattress are likely to change over time. Here are some of the ways sleeping positions can contribute to sagging. 

  • You sleep on one side of the mattress every day; it could be on the right or left side. 
  • If you spoon with your partner or cuddle in one position all night, one point of your mattress is likely to sink. 
  • If you have the company of a pet on your bed, the position where they constantly sleep could sink too.

The mattress sags mostly where your shoulders and hips lie because of your body weight.

2. Inadequate Support

When your mattress doesn't get enough support either from the box springs or the bed itself, it's likely to sag in some areas. Especially for the queen and king-size beds, which require proper support because they are larger and heavier. 

It's wise to invest in quality beds and box springs. Also, if any part of the bed is broken, repair it immediately to avoid straining the mattress.

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3. Wear and Tear

Eventually, mattresses wear out. Whether it's latex, foam, or a spring mattress, the materials lose their strength with time. For instance, the springs might lose their firmness to bounce back when you sleep on them in traditional spring mattresses. That will, in return, lead to the mattress sagging in such positions. As for the foam and latex mattresses, they can eventually become moldable as the materials compress from prolonged use.

How to Avoid Sagging

Regular Inspection of the Mattress for Dents

Make it a habit to check the balance of your mattress at least once every month. That way, it's easier to notice when you have parts that are not flat enough and fix them early enough. You can also flip your mattress at least every six months. The bottom side faces up and vice versa. Flipping the head to face the tail is also great. It helps spread out the weight on the mattress and balance out areas that might have started sagging.

However, confirm from your manufacturer's manual guide if it's advisable to flip the mattress before doing it. If it's not possible, turn the bed regularly.

Changing Sleeping Positions

Here's how you can do that: 

  • If you sleep on one side of the bed, try to alternate to the other side occasionally. 
  • When sharing the bed with your partner, also try to alternate sleeping sides.

Add Necessary Support

If your manufacturer recommends that you add a box spring to your bed, consider adding that. It helps in giving support to your mattress, which prolongs its lifespan. Also, always replace any broken parts of the bed immediately after you notice them to ensure correct balancing.

Consider a Mattress Replacement

If you've implemented all the above tips and your mattress is not back to normal, it's time to replace it. So, if you are in Florida: Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton, and the North Port area, visit our stores for all your mattress needs. We offer some of the best quality, long-life mattresses to give you a peaceful night's sleep.

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