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3 Tips to Help Break in Your Memory Foam Mattress


One reason memory foam mattresses are so popular is the fact that memory foam molds itself to your body when you lie on it. People usually purchase a memory foam mattress for the support it provides but can be surprised if the benefits do not come right away. Your brand new memory foam mattress will start out firmer than the one you tried out in the showroom, so it will take a short while to soften with use.

Some patience is essential to let it naturally adapt to your body. However, if it's not yet fully comfortable enough for you, there are ways to speed the process up. After nearly 50 years of experience, Land of Sleep has compiled the following tips to condition memory foam mattresses a little faster.

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1. Exercise (a Little) Patience

Memory foam will eventually soften without you having to do anything, besides sleep on it. The compression from your body alone will be enough to soften the foam, and you won't have to wait very long. Memory foam breaks in after only a few days or a couple of weeks at most; in most cases, the mattress will soften up in under a week. If you decide to wait, you will want to avoid using a mattress topper. While it can make the mattress more comfortable in the short term, it will shield the memory foam from the compression it needs to speed up the softening process.

2. Walk or Crawl On It

This is an effective way to condition your mattress. Walking on it or kneading it with your knees is the method we sometimes use to soften new display mattresses for our Sarasota and Venice showrooms. You can gather the entire family on it to read or play board games if you're helping your children enjoy screen-free activities before sleep; and it might even be the perfect excuse to start a pillow fight, for a light workout before bed!

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3. Warming the Memory Foam Up

Memory foam is temperature-sensitive and reacts to your body heat. At higher temperatures, it will react by becoming more viscous and flexible, and then become firmer as the temperature drops. As a result, a memory foam mattress feels harder until it is warmed up.

Adjust the Temperature of Your Bedroom

Raising the temperature in your bedroom can soften the foam and make it form to your body more readily. During hot Florida summers, we normally strive to keep our bedrooms as cool as we can; but when you are trying to speed up your memory foam's conditioning process, it's helpful to let the room be a little warmer.

Heat Devices

If even the soothing waves of Florida's Gulf Coast can't get you to sleep without a nicely cooled room, you can warm up the mattress without touching the thermostat. Try using an electric blanket, hot water-filled heat packs, or other creative ideas of your own to keep the mattress warm before kneading, stepping, and rolling around on the now-loosened material.

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Supporting & Improving Sleep

If your new mattress is causing you discomfort, use the tips above to speed up the form-fitting process. Many new owners of memory foam mattresses experience initial problems only at first, and then find that the issues go away after their mattress has been broken in. Remember that the mattress you fell in love with at our showroom was once just like yours, and it needs up to a couple of weeks to adapt to your body.



Land of Sleep is a family-owned Florida company, and we've been improving sleep for Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton, and North Port communities since 1974. We're committed to helping you find the deep, restorative sleep you deserve. For a restful, perfect night's sleep, don't hesitate to contact us for any and all of your mattress needs.

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