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Adjusting To A Firm Mattress

May 8, 2023   By Clarisa Mcdonald

If you’re trying out a memory foam mattress for the first time, you might be surprised that it isn’t soft. Despite its ability to mould to your body’s shape, memory foam feels firm to the touch and is something that may feel unusual at the beginning.

If you’re used to sleeping on softer mattresses and suddenly decide to switch to a firmer option like the Ecosa Mattress, you might need a few nights to adapt. Don’t worry, as, with all new beds, it just takes a bit of adjustment and going through a break-in period before you start reaping all its benefits and completely forget about your old mattress.

Today, we take a look at how you can have a better experience transitioning from a softer mattress to a firmer one so that you can get on your way to that perfect night’s sleep.

Why Go Firm?

Contrary to the belief, a soft sleep surface isn’t necessarily the most comfortable experience. Indeed, they might feel great when lying down to just relax or nap, but soft mattresses don’t offer the same amount of support as firmer ones.

So, even if your mattress feels like you’re lying down on a cloud, you might not have a heavenly feeling when you wake up in the morning. 

Memory foam mattresses are designed to be firm to provide proper support to your spine, alleviating lower back pains and being soft on pressure points. Firmer mattresses also aide in achieving a neutral spinal alignment during sleep, which can help promote good posture.

Likewise, firmer memory foam mattresses accommodate most sleeping positions – providing a perfect balance of comfort and support whether you’re a back sleeper, a side sleeper or even one of the few stomach sleepers.

How Do I Adjust?

The easiest way to adjust to your new mattress is to simply keep on sleeping on it. Allow your body to get accustomed to the firmer mattress feel, and see from there if it’s something you can eventually appreciate.

If you find it difficult to sleep on a firm mattress even after a few nights, don’t fret! There are a couple of ways for your new mattress to feel softer, and they’re all easy to do.

Break in Your Mattress

Memory foam mattresses that come straight out of the box are usually firmer than they’re supposed to be, and that’s normal because of the material and compression.

It can take up to a day to fully reach its decompressed size. But, the good news is that there are ways you can break in your new mattress and speed up the process so that it would feel softer while retaining the overall firmness and benefits.

Feel free to walk on your new mattress to compress it a bit and break in the memory foam material. This can help get it to its true feeling. You can also place some heavy books on the surface of your new mattress to weigh it down more evenly.

Compared to innerspring mattresses or latex mattresses, memory foam beds may take a longer break-in period due to the density of the foam material, but nonetheless, this is compensated by the durability of the mattress and the long-term support it gives your body as you sleep on it through the years.

Lounge in It

A firm mattress will still be cushioning and supportive. Spend as much time as you can in it to get used to it, even when you’re not sleeping. Take naps on the mattress, or sit on it while you watch TV. Let your body weight do the work of breaking in your new mattress.

Flip It

One of the unique features of the Ecosa Mattress is its adjustable firmness level. Here at Ecosa we understand that every person has their preferences on mattress firmness, which is why you can switch between medium, medium-firm and firm.

Try the firmest setting on your first couple of nights and see if you can sleep comfortably with that setting.

If you can’t adjust after a week, flip the mattress again to the medium-firm setting, then onto the medium. Trying out different adjustments allows you to find the best mattress firmness for your body type and for your preference.

Use a Topper

For some people, the medium setting on the Ecosa Mattress may still feel firmer than what they want, and there’s a way for you to add a softer comfort layer on top of your existing mattress which can provide better pressure relief and body contouring, especially for side sleepers.

You can add an Ecosa Mattress Topper to your mattress to make it softer. The G-7 Gel Memory Foam in the mattress topper offers extra support for your back while giving it the dreamy plush feel that you’re looking for in softer mattresses – this. provides a great balance of support while not neglecting the user’s comfort level.

Let Time Work for You

Any new mattress, especially when you change the firmness level won’t automatically feel like the right mattress – you really have to let the course of time work on getting it to its best comfort levels (usually, it takes about 2-4 weeks). So if you find yourself struggling, keep at it for a few weeks, and you might be surprised at how good it starts to feel.

Mattress companies like Ecosa offer a 100-night trial period for their mattresses, so if you find that a firmer mattress isn’t for you, you can get your money back.

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Sleep Tight 

Among all the types of mattresses and different mattress materials, we find memory foam has the most benefits when it comes to comfort, support, and durability. A firm bed might feel different in the beginning, but most people will adjust to it and come to love it in the long run.

With a little patience, you’ll begin to reap the benefits of sleeping on a firm mattress, and you might even find yourself asking yourself why you haven’t switched a long time ago.

It is our firm belief (pun intended) that once you’re adjusted, and your mattress has broken in, you’re off to a good night’s sleep, night after night.

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