What To Expect From A New Mattress

What to Expect From Your New Mattress

Expect body impressions.

Many of today’s top-quality mattress use extra-plush foams and fibers to create comfort layers designed to cradle your body and relieve pressure. After the first few weeks you sleep on your new mattress with these extra comfort layers, you will likely notice some body impressions. Body impressions are where the mattress has slight indentations where you lie at night, on the surface.

These impressions are normal.

They indicate that the comfort layers are conforming to your body, as they are supposed to do. Body impressions are not sign that something is wrong with your new mattress.

King and queen size beds often develop a hump in the middle of the mattress where no one sleeps.

This is very normal and not considered a defect. Your mattress will naturally remain firmer where you and your partner don’t sleep. If you and your partner do not sleep in the center of your bed, the center will remain firmer than the sides where you sleep. That’s why it is  common for mattresses to develop a hump in the middle. Almost no one sleeps in the middle of the bed!


I think my body impression is too deep. How do I know if I have a problem?

Here is a diagram depicting what is considered normal, and what is not normal:
body impressionIf your body impression or the entire mattress is sagging more than 1 ½” on an inner spring, or 3/4″ on memory foam, there is a problem. Contact the manufacturer to discuss your options.

How can I stop from developing a deep body impression?

There are a couple things you can do to improve the longevity of your mattress. First make sure to rotate your mattress from head to foot. We recommend doing this every few weeks for the first few months. Then rotate once with the seasons. It is also a good idea to take naps, or snuggle with your family in the center of the bed as frequently as possible. This will allow for even wear of the mattress. Also, make sure you have a solid support system for your bed such as The Bed Beam or the Elm-211.

Although body impressions may be unsightly to some, unless they are deeper than the warranty allows and causing discomfort, they’re harmless to you and your bed.

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