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Are you just about to lie down for a quick nap or a good night's sleep or maybe just Netflix and Chill!! And notice that your mattress in forming a crater.
Don’t worry!! You are not alone, it’s natural to find a sagging mattress especially if you sleep in the same place all the time as the pressure is not being evenly distributed.
Mattresses can become accustomed to pressure over time and this can cause a cratering like effect to occur, in order to prevent that from permanently damaging your mattress, check out this article to what you can do to protect your mattress from sagging. It’s ideal to inspect your mattress often say one every 2 months so that you can avoid it from forming a crater.
Before you learn how you could stop your mattress from sinking, you should probably know the top reasons this happens…..so that you prevent it from happening the next time.
One of the top reasons for a crater-like occurrence on a mattress could be that the mattress was not laid on an even surface. Another one is that you have been sleeping in the same spot for too long!!
Some of the other prominent ones include liquid dispersion, too much direct sunlight or aging foam. You should always check the quality of the products you are buying. Mattress sagging is a very common issue and even though it’s unavoidable for it to happen, you can still prevent it.
What is a cratering effect on a mattress?
A mattress sagging or cratering effect is usually caused by body impressions. These are more common than you can imagine and may make you sleep uncomfortable. This effect looks like a slight deep cave-like effect on your mattress which might have been caused by your body’s pressure. This usually happens when you sleep in the same spot for a long time, slowly you will notice that a cratering effect is forming on the mattress. As you may notice, the most common spots for the sag like effect in your mattress has occurred in the spot you sleep every day. The constant pressure applied in that area causes wear and tear of the coils/springs in your mattress.
Something you would never find down the center of the bed- no one usually sleeps there, do they! Na, not very comfortable is it?
Also, keep in mind that you should not sleep on a sagging mattress- clearly- because not only it causes neck or back pain but also other health-related problems along with contributing to poor sleeping quality. Think about it- you spend quite a bit of time…..more or less about 8 hours every night on your mattress! Wow!! that is about one-third of your life! All so that you can get a good night’s rest. This is why choosing the right mattress and taking care of it is very important for your overall well-being.
Check out our step by step guide to fixing your sagging mattress-
Step 1- Flip your mattress at least every 6 months
Rotating or flipping your mattress over every 6 months can help with even weight distribution throughout the mattress. Keep in mind most mattresses, these days do not require flipping! So, the other option is to simply rotate them. The best way is to check with the manufacturer. Making it a habit to flip your mattress on a consistent basis is a good idea even if it may not seem to be sagging. This helps keep the original shape of the mattress for longer. A good way to remind yourself of this is to put a reminder on your phone or mark it on your calendar.
Sleep in a slightly different place each day, like on the edge of the mattress towards the inside of the bed. This would help put pressure evenly on the mattress and increase the lifespan of your mattress. Even after flipping make sure to switch your sleeping sides once in a while in order to prevent too much pressure forming on one side of the mattress. In case, your mattress does not have a two-sided flipping option, you could simply rotate the mattress to the other side or you could switch sleeping spots with your partner.
Step 2- Check for support under the mattress
You can check by removing the mattress from the bed and placing it on the floor to feel the support level compared to the bed. Check below the bed for any foundation issues, maybe the placement of the mattress is not correct or there could be an unnoticeable curve or bend in your bed, that maybe need fixing. In this case, try to lay the mattress flat on the floor, and then inspect the basis of your bed as well as the mattress. If you still feel unsure, let the mattress lay on an even surface (floor) for a few nights.
In many cases, this can be resolved by replacing the foundation of your bed with a new plywood sheet. Using plywood won’t fix the sinking permanently but it can be an effective momentary measure. You should also try checking your bed’s box spring. A poor box spring can also lead to sagging, best is to check the condition of bumpiness on your mattress.
Ask yourself….. do I really need a box spring??
A box spring is not an essential item for bedding. You may need one if you are using a metal-framed bed or a bed with a basic support structure such as one with just a simple rim surrounding area. In this case, you should consider a box spring to provide adequate support to your mattress.
Many manufactures suggest you get a box spring to provide ample support for your mattress. The best way is to check the warranty requirements that come with your purchase. If you are investing in a good quality mattress, it’s sometimes better to invest a little more while you can, so that you can save yourself a few more from making another costly purchase. Box springs and mattress foundations not only help provide your mattress with a more stable and fuller presence but also give your room a bolder look.
Keep in mind to not use your old mattress with a box spring as that would not make much of a difference. Box springs are for providing long-term support to your mattress, nut if you use it with an old soft mattress it won’t be ideal for a comfortable sleep.
Going for a full metal framed bed is also a good idea as it can help provide adequate support for your mattress. Metal is more durable than wood and can last for way longer than a wooden bed frame.
Step 3- Use a mattress topper
Try using a mattress topper on your existing mattress to give you more support. The most common type of mattress toppers includes Gel Memory Foam bed toppers, Wool Mattress Pads, and Featherbeds. Mattress toppers not only give you a softer feel but also help protect your bed from dust mites and allergens. The mattress toppers help give additional support to your mattress and make your bed feel like new again. Keep in mind this may not be a permanent solution if your mattress is very old!
You should use a mattress topper/ pad on top of your mattress. There are lots of different kinds of mattress toppers available in the market for you to choose from. Some of the other common mattress topper materials include memory foam, Gel Memory Foam, wool, and down/ feathers. If needed for a deeper cratered effect, you should invest in a thicker memory foam option that can cover the surface of your sagging area. In case you are a hot sleeper, you could also check out some options of mattress toppers that focus on your specific needs. Some mattress toppers are known to provide cooling for hot sleepers.
Another advantage of buying a mattress topper is that you can easily replace it with a new one if it gets old and rundown; which is way cheaper then buying a brand new mattress.
Step 4- Put a pillow below the sagging area
An easy fix for the sagging is to simply use a pillow, obviously of the appropriate size, this would help cover the cratered area. in case, your mattress had a huge sagging area this quick fix might not work. Try to use a small pillow or you could also put some cotton/ fabrics below the affected area to cover the sag. Sometimes just one pillow might not be enough for this purpose, in this case, it’s best to use a combination of both pillows and blankets. The more support you can provide to your mattress, the better it is.
Getting a cratered effect on your mattress can not only be uncomfortable but could also deter with the look of your room. This pillow hack is one of the simplest and cheapest solutions when it comes to a sagging mattress. Using a pillow to fill your sagging mattress might only be a temporary fix and cannot be trusted as a long-term solution.
Step 5- Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to your old mattress ☹!
Yes, you read that right!! It is time to let it go…Consider investing in a new mattress. Most mattresses only have a certain life span of 5 to 15 years and like most things need to be replaced if you find it comfortable to use. You’ll know it’s getting old when you find yourself tossing and turning in the middle of the night or get a sudden neck or back pain. Struggling to fall asleep or waking up with too much tossing and turning could mean that it’s time to change your mattress.
Over time, the spring or foam in your mattress loses its resiliency; some springs may also lead to squeaking and creaking noises, which might disturb your sleep. A sagging mattress could also lead to insomnia, along with other body pains. Sleeping on a bad mattress can prove to be a fundamental risk to your health, both in the short term and long term. Remember, your health and well-being should be your priority.
Even after making all the necessary upkeeps, mattresses have a lifespan and maybe it’s time for you to bid a farewell to your mattress. Your mattress should be changed every 10-12 years conditional to the quality of your mattress. It should provide you with a comfortable experience so that you can wake up fresh.