You spend weeks researching what kind of mattress you should buy. Making phone calls, reading blogs, even exchanging emails with manufacturers to make sure your allergy needs are being met. Finally after painstakingly filtering through the literally hundreds of beds that you’ve either read about or tested, you find the one that you think is perfect for you.
After convincing your partner it’s the right choice, you make the purchase. At last the answer to your prayers arrives to your door, and you set it up in your bedroom. You have never been more excited to sleep in your entire life. After an entire night of test driving your new bed, you wake up with the regretful feeling that you think you might actually hate your new mattress.
Waking up sore on a new mattress
Waking up sore is probably the most common problem people have with their new mattress. Believe it or not, it’s actually a good thing.
Your body is used to sleeping on an old mattress that has probably been supporting you in all the wrong ways. Once you’ve corrected this with a new mattress, your body is finally being supported correctly. Your muscles and bones are working together correctly after a long time thus causing you soreness.
The best way to explain this is to compare it to working out. Let’s say you haven’t been in the gym for over a year and now you decide to start running, or lifting weights. For the first few days your body is going to be sore because it’s not used to the new yet necessary activity.
The good news is that much like after working out for a few days, the soreness from a new mattress will also disappear.
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What else to expect with a new mattress
Now that you have a basic understanding of why your body may not react so well to a new mattress initially, here’s what else you may experience with your new bed:
– Tough time falling asleep
– Tossing and turning
– Waking up in the middle of the night
– New Mattress smell
Although all of these experiences will go away after a few days, you may not want to get your new mattress during an important work week, just like you wouldn’t buy a pair of brand new sneakers the day of a big race.
How long is the “Break In” period?
This varies from person to person. Some people have the best sleep of their life on the first night. However this is more the exception than the rule.
For most people it should really just take a few days. This is more common with active individuals or people whose weight is near average.
Others may require 2 to 4 weeks before their bodies fully adapt to their new sleep surface.
A very small percentage of sleepers may require one to two months before getting adjusted. If after two months you still find your mattress uncomfortable then I would start seriously looking at the return policy.
Good Luck, and Sleep Well!