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How to Break in a New Mattress

Helpful tips for when your mattress feels different than expected.

Feeling the excitement of a new mattress purchase draining from you? You bought the bed, brought it home, and set it up. But something is off—your brand new mattress does not exactly feel like the model you fell in love with at the store. 


Did I get the right bed? Is my mattress too firm? If these questions are racing through your mind, try to have patience. Not only can it take time for a rolled mattress to fully decompress, but it can also take time for your body to adjust to the new feel and the mattress to soften to what you remember.


Check out this handy guide on breaking in your new mattress, and what next steps to take if it turns out the bed really is not for you.


Give Your Mattress Time to Decompress

Before judging the firmness of your new mattress, give it time to fully inflate. Typically, you can comfortably sleep on a rolled and compressed Bed Boss bed within 24 to 48 hours of opening it. If you do, keep in mind that the mattress may feel firmer than it should. Give your mattress 2 to 3 days to fully decompress (while considering that cool temperatures can extend that timeframe to a week long.) The resiliency of our top-notch, high-density foams may draw out the initial decompression time, but this indicates that we build them to last.


Quick How-Tos for Speeding Up Decompression Time:

  • Work the foam. Have a memory foam mattress? Walk along the surface of the mattress to encourage the foam to decompress. (We recommend dancing, too. It is more fun!) Have a hybrid or innerspring mattress? Crawl along the surface on your hands and knees to avoid putting too much stress on individual coils.

  • Massage stubborn corners. Use your hands to gently knead any foam corners that are taking longer than the rest of the mattress to decompress.

  • Keep the bedroom toasty. Heat speeds up the decompression time of foam and makes it more malleable. If you keep your home considerably cool, think about placing a portable heater in the room with the mattress to prevent the mattress from taking longer than usual to reach its expected level of softness.

  • Check your foundation. Make sure that your box spring or frame is free of any dips and sags, or opt for a slatted frame or platform bed to ensure the decompression goes smoothly. Read more about frames here: “What Is the Best Support for a Memory Foam Mattress?” and  “What Kind of Support Does My Memory Foam Mattress Need?”

  • Sleep on it! Don’t sleep in the guest room when you’ve got a new mattress in the house. Using the mattress will make it break in faster and help your body adjust sooner.

Give Your Body Time to Adjust

Were you sleeping on your old mattress longer than you would like to admit? Despite the discomfort your mattress caused you, your body learned to tolerate it and grew accustomed to the feel—sags, dips, and all—so that you could catch a few winks.


It may take some time for your body to adjust to a new mattress because it needs to re-learn what proper alignment and pressure relief feels like. We recommend giving your body 3 months to adjust before you make a decision about the mattress.


What else can increase the time it takes you to adjust?

  • Changing firmness levels. Transitioning from a squishy surface to a supportive surface can take some time to get used to. However, in a matter of weeks, chances are that you will begin to notice the immense benefits of more support.

  • Switching bed styles. First time sleeping on memory foam? You will need to let your body adapt to the hugging sensation and pressure relief of memory foam. Vice-versa, swapping memory foam for an innerspring or hybrid bed means that you might begin to notice your partner’s movements again.

Finally, Keep in Mind That Memory Foam Softens Over Time

Fact: foams can soften up to 10% over time, especially in the first 30 to 90 days. If your mattress feels firm compared to what you tried at the store, remember that it will soften with use. The softening is normal and something you should expect. You might even consider the official “break in” period to be finished once the mattress has softened up to 10% in the first year of ownership.

While it is common to love your mattress after the first night’s sleep, it is just as common not to find your mattress comfortable until a month or two into the purchase. Do not judge your new mattress on the first few nights of sleep! Instead, take the time to “break in” your new mattress. The necessary time to break in your mattress is well worth the wait when the outcome is years of consistent comfort. 


If your new Bed Boss mattress is still not working out after a few months, do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact our service team online, or give us a call at 423-681-1478. While we do not have the means to return mattresses at The Bed Boss, we have plenty of creative solutions tucked under our belts to help make sure our customers are sleeping comfortably. Visit our FAQ and warranty website pages for more information.


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