Since a good quality mattress should last for seven to ten years, replacing one isn’t something most people do that often. When it comes time to make a switch, it can be surprising (or disappointing) to find that your brand-new mattress might not feel as comfortable as you expected right away. This does not mean you bought the wrong one! It is common for mattresses to require a “breaking in” period, so before you leap to return or exchange your new mattress, try these steps first:

1. Adjust your expectations: Most mattress companies offer a long return and exchange period for a reason—they know that it can take some time to sort out initial unfamiliarity with the feel of a new mattress from the discomfort caused by a genuinely bad fit between a new mattress and your particular needs. Give yourself at least 30 days to give your new mattress a fair trial, especially if you are going from one type of mattress to another, such as switching from an innerspring mattress to an all-foam model, or from memory foam to a hybrid.

2. Follow set-up instructions properly: If you’ve purchased a mattress that’s delivered in a box, the materials have been compressed and will need time to expand to their full dimensions. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions on how soon you can use the mattress after it has been unboxed. Do not put any bedding on the mattress until this period has fully passed.

3. Sleep on your new mattress every night: Breaking in a mattress is as much a matter of your body adjusting to sleeping on a new surface as it is a process of softening new materials in the mattress itself. Consistently sleeping on your new mattress will accomplish both steps, because the gentle pressure of your sleeping body will help to flex the materials in the mattress while helping to habituate you to the feel of your new bed. Interrupting this process by spending a night on the couch or in the guest room will only slow it down, so try to resist the urge.

4. Add some pressure: If you find your mattress is stiffer than you like at first, you can speed up the step of loosening up the materials by crawling around on your mattress on your hands and knees or rolling around on it to add some gentle pressure. Don’t stand up and walk around, though—this kind of concentrated pressure can damage springs and other materials.

5. Troubleshoot before you call it quits: Still feeling uncomfortable after these steps? There are reasons your mattress might not be performing to your expectations that don’t require you to start at square one. For example, if your foundation is old, it may not be supporting your mattress adequately. If the mattress feels too firm, a topper may be all it needs to eliminate pressure points. If you’ve purchased an adjustable mattress, you may not have found the exact right setting for your needs yet. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the company you purchased the mattress from—they may have additional tips to help.

At IDLE Sleep, we give our customers a full 120 days to try out their new mattress, because we’re confident that once you’ve had a chance to experience one you’ll never send it back. Our

mattresses are built with the highest-quality materials and the latest in foam and cool-sleep technology to give you restful sleep for years to come. Ready to find out which IDLE Sleep mattress is right for you? Click here.

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