This post was last updated on July 7th, 2019
Sleep experts highly recommend that you should always sleep on a firm mattress or one that has less cushioning. This is because it is more likely to offer support to the neutral spine position while you are sleeping.
Your bones bear a lot of pressure while you are sleep, and having a neutral spine position is the best way to sleep as it will free up your muscles and allow your veins and arteries to relax.
A firm mattress also helps people with health problems such as back and shoulder pains to have better quality sleep each night as they are able to correctly align their backs, hence alleviate these kinds of pains when they wake up.
Other reasons for a firm mattress are
Superior comfort – You really can never have too much comfort when it comes to your bed, but you can have too little, and this is where the problems begin. For older people, and others with sleep-related issues, having a firm mattress goes a long way in alleviating any pains you probably experience at night.
Proper spine alignment – Good posture is critical even while sleeping. If your spine is misaligned, you will end up with problems come morning. A firm mattress is perfect because it ensures your back is properly aligned throughout the night and you wake up refreshed and rejuvenated.
Deeper sleep – Did you know that your body cannot fully relax and rest on a mattress that is too soft? This is because, all night long, you will be trying to compensate for a more orthodontist position. It is not just the spine that requires proper alignment, even your neck, limbs, and entire body needs to be correctly positioned for a good night sleep, which is why you need a good firm mattress for this.
Weight distribution – Not only does your body require proper support while you sleep, but your weight also needs to be distributed appropriately too. If you are not correctly distributed, you end up sagging on one side, and this leads to misalignment, and a whole lot of trouble will follow after that.
Health problems – There is a saying in the sleep circles that says “proper sleep=better health,” The truth is that when you sleep, many things happen in your body to repair and rejuvenate it. Cells usually are getting repaired, and your human growth hormones also get activated. You need deep sleep for all of this to happen, and hence a good firm mattress is ideal.back to menu ↑
Ways of making your mattress firm
If you just bought a new mattress, or you have a mattress that you already love, and you do not want to buy a new one, you may be wondering how you can make it firmer to enjoy all of the benefits listed above, do not worry, we can help you out. Here are a few ways of making your mattress firmer;
Now, first things first, you need to consider the type of mattress you have. If you have an air mattress, making it firm is very easy, you merely need to pump in more air into the mattress, while, if you have a memory foam mattress, it may be soft because it is just hot.
If your mattress is simply old, you need to understand that mattresses will generally get soft as they age. And if this is the case, you may need to buy a new mattress after all.
So, if none of the above factors apply to your mattress, you can try the following techniques;
Make the bed smooth and an extra flat
Ensure that you use appropriately sized sheets, and pull them tight from top to bottom, and side to side. This will enable the sheets to apply pressure on the mattress and make it flat on top.
Doing this will help apply some firmness on your mattress, though it is not a permanent solution, and you may need to apply a few more tricks, like the ones listed below, in order to make your bed firm for more than one night.
Flip and turn the mattress
This is probably an obvious solution. Most times, mattresses tend to sag if they have been used for a long time, and on one side. You may find that since you bought your mattress you have probably never flipped it and this is why it has a big depression in the middle or why it is sagging inappropriately.
When you flip it, you will even feel like you are sleeping on a brand-new mattress as it tends to firm up immediately.
Use of solid support at the base
Your mattress may feel soft because it doesn’t have the right support at the bottom. If it is lying on a box spring surface, then, this is not enough support to provide the correct type of firmness needed. It may even be sagging in the middle at times, which makes your sleeping extremely uncomfortable.
You can make it firmer by using a sheet of plywood measuring approximately 3/8 inches, and this you place between the box spring and the mattress.
If you are going to choose this option, ensure the plywood is the same length as the mattress and bed, so, it will fit perfectly. A short one will cause there to be an overhang, while a larger one may lead to personal injury.
Placing the mattress on the floor
If you do not prefer any of the above suggestions, then, you can opt to put your mattress on the floor. This will immediately remedy the situation as the floor is flat and firm, but it may not be a permanent solution, as you cannot be sleeping on the floor every day.
Use a mattress topper
A mattress topper is a soft cushion or detachable bedding that is placed on top of your current mattress.
Mattress toppers have been known to take a bed that is uncomfortable, old, too soft, or too hard and make it firm, comfortable, and almost new. This will enable you to enjoy a restful sleep throughout the
A good mattress topper is usually filled with an extraordinary filling that is well quilted to add some extra comfort and support to your existing mattress. It also helps to relieve the pressure on specific points on your body, which inevitably lead to the elimination of pain and enables you to have a cozy, good night sleep.
It is also Cheaper than buying a new mattress. For people who are attached to their mattresses, this would be a great option
Check the bed springs
With prolonged use, a box spring mattress can lose its strength, and this causes it to be less comfortable and less firm. There are two solutions to this; You can choose to buy a new box spring, which will which will make your mattress as good as new, or, you can use hard support, which you will need to place over the box spring.
Adjust the temperature in your bedroom
As mentioned earlier, mattresses made out of memory foam tend to get soft as a result of high temperatures. If you notice that your mattress is uncomfortable during summer and comfortable when its winter, the high temperatures could be causing this problem.
Here’s what you need to do; adjust the temperature settings on your air conditioner, to make your bedroom cooler. This will efficiently cool the mattress and make it firmer again.
Replace the worn-out or damaged parts of your mattress
Some mattresses are made of multiple layers, which are typically held within the cover. They usually have a core layer and support layer, which are normally insulated within the top and middle layers of the mattress.
If any of these layers is damaged or worn out, this will affect the hardness of the mattress, and your sleep as well.
You, therefore, need to replace these layers that are damaged with firmer layers so that you can have a good night sleep.
Drying out your mattress
Your mattress may have become soft as a result of dampness, molds, and mildew. If you dry it out well, the molds and mildew will go and leave your mattress dry and firm.
Take it out into the sun, and leave it there for a few hours. This is not only beneficial in making the mattress firm, but it also helps in killing bacteria and other germs that may have been contaminating your mattress, which is a great thing.
You should actually be doing this often, even if your mattress is nice and firm, and most especially after traveling for some time leaving your mattress unused.
Buying a new mattress
If all of the above options fail, and your mattress is still not firm enough, then, the only solution would be to buy a new mattress.
Modern mattress comes with high levels of technology that will ensure you get what you are looking for. Memory foam mattresses especially offer a wide range of firmness options which can provide you with proper support on your pressure points especially when lying down.back to menu ↑
Firmness in a mattress may be something you have overlooked for a long time, and it may be the reason why you never enjoy your sleep, or you always wake up with a stiff neck, a painful back or even headaches every day.
Invest in a good quality mattress if you do not have one, or you can try to use the suggestions we have listed above in order to experience good quality sleep every day.
You will not believe how your days will change just by waking up relaxed and refreshed every day.