In this article I’m going to talk about why your mattress is starting to break down. Why is it getting that dip?
One of the main reasons why people replace their mattress is because their mattress is starting to get that nice sinkhole in there, that dip.
Why Do Mattresses Sag?
One of the big misconceptions that people have why their mattress is sagging or breaking down is that a lot of people think that it’s happening in the springs, in the coil system.
A lot of people want to avoid any springs because they think springs break down faster.
Most of the time that’s not the case.
The big part that’s breaking down faster, at least the main reason, that we see is the comfort layer is breaking down, the padding on top.
The three main parts to a mattress is the support layer, the comfort layer and then the cover. And the comfort layer is where we see the mattress really starting to dip.
The reason why seems pretty obvious.
If you’re sleeping in one spot of the mattress night in night out, over time the foam loses the elasticity. The padding on top of the mattress just fails to come back.
Especially if you have a really thick mattress with a lot of layers, they’re gonna start to break down pretty quick.
Most mattresses these days are not flippable. They are single sided and a lot of times people don’t rotate the mattress like they should.
Rotating your mattress is better than doing nothing. But if it’s a single sided mattress, you’re still just going back and forth in the same part and that is starting to wear out.
Also though, if you don’t have a good mattress protector on the bed, one of the main reasons why foam in mattresses break down faster than they should is because of the oils in our skin and the sweat.
When moisture, sweat, perspiration gets into the foam that is going to cause the mattress to break down quite a bit faster than one that has been protected with a good mattress protector.
So if you’re if you’re sleeping on the same part of the mattress without a mattress protector on it, you’re going to notice that your mattress is gonna be either softer in that one spot or it’s just gonna flat out start to dip.
This happens even with really expensive mattresses that are over two or three thousand dollars, because those are the ones that have more of the comfort layers on top. Those tend to break down even a bit faster than ones that are more minimal.
When replacing your mattress, keep in mind that most of the time it’s not the springs that are breaking down. It’s going to be the foam on the top.
So what I do recommend to prevent that is getting a good mattress protector and rotating the mattress. And if you’re just buying a new mattress, those with springs are going to hold up quite a bit longer than one with just foams at the bottom.
If you can, get one with good quality materials, or a double-sided mattress that you can flip. Because when you flip a mattress, you’re gonna get at least double the life of comfort on your new mattress. And also use a good mattress protector.
Those are gonna extend the life of the mattress.
Rotating it, flipping it, get a good mattress protector, try to sleep on the whole surface of the mattress too if you can.
Those are my recommendations on on maximizing the life of the mattress and making sure that your mattress does not sag prematurely.
Also look at the quality of the materials. Make sure that you have a good quality materials that are being used in the mattress.
Less is more! Make sure there’s not a whole lot of layers in the mattress. If so, it’s going to break down pretty quick.
What I also recommend is not to get another polyurethane mattress. They’re basically all the same. They’re made with a really low density polyurethane foam on the top layer.
This looks amazing right when you get it and it might be really comfortable for six months to a year, but then it will start to cave in and will start to have indentations and body impressions, which means it won’t support you as much.
You’ll be waking up more with aches and pains, especially if you’re experiencing joint pain and things like that.
Or if you’re an athlete, you need to have a comfortable supportive surface at night.
You also need to support your mattress properly. A lot of early compression or softening is related to improperly supported mattresses.
What works well for an innerspring isn’t the case for a latex mattress. Not all frames are built to support the weight and flexibility of latex. Even the expensive ones don’t always work.
A common question is will a natural latex mattress soften or sag. If you’ve been doing research online, you’ve seen people showing off a 30 year old mattress. This is more the exception than the rule.
Latex can last beyond ten years sometimes but there are a lot of factors that affect the performance and durability of a latex mattress.
One factor is height and weight.
For example, a man can be 6′ 4” and 230 pounds and his wife can be 5′ 10” and 130 pounds. Her side of the mattress will last longer than his side. Men’s body density is higher so he puts more stress on the mattress than she does.
He will see more softening and more compression on his side of the bed.
Keep in mind that any mattress, no matter how well it is made, won’t look the same or be as smooth or flat as the day you got it. Nothing lasts forever. Even the best materials. All materials soften and sag over time.
Latex has half the rate of a conventional material.
The normal compression in a traditional mattress is an inch and a half to two inches. In latex mattresses, you should see about three quarters of an inch in ten years.
Latex will soften 15% over a 10-year period, whereas conventional materials can soften 30% or more.
The softening and compression will occur where heat, moisture and weight are applied. This is where you sleep. So the mattress will feel firmer where you don’t.
Simple Ways to Fix Sagging Mattress Issue
Once you start feeling your bed is slowly turning into a hammock and is causing neck or back pain, here is a really cheap way on how to fix a saggy mattress.
If you’re not in a position to get a new bed or can’t afford a new mattress, all you need is an ordinary bath towel or a blanket.
Take off any sheets and bedding material you have on you bed. Take the towel or blanket and fold it in half or fourths, if you need more support.
Place it on the bed where your hips usually lie. It’s crucial to get it in this spot since your hips are the heaviest part of the body, and tend to sag the most into the mattress.
A common towel or blanket in this spot will help lessen the amount of sag, while reducing the amount of irritation to the back from bad spine alignment. You should have more back and pelvic support at and less pain.
This can be used in all sleeping positions because it increases support for the heaviest part of your body, the hips.
Another way to fix a saggy mattress is buying a product called Bed Boost. This sleep system revives your old saggy mattress instantly.
Just slip Bed Boost between your saggy mattress and box spring and pump it up. Bed Boost quickly inflates giving your mattress a boost.
Bed Boost uses airlift technology to fill in saggy dips and evenly distribute your weight, reducing discomfort all over your body. It contours to your individual shape for better support.
The durable design is so strong it can even support 700 pounds.
Those are my tips on how to deal with sagging mattress.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.