How To Tell If Your Mattress Is Too Soft or Firm?

A few months ago, I went mattress shopping. In one particular instance, I went to lie down, and the mattress was so soft and comfortable that I almost fell asleep in the store! I felt like I was sinking into a cloud. 

I thought about how my back often felt sore in the morning and wondered if my mattress was too firm. So I got up and tried a firmer option, and it felt like I was lying on a board. 

I quickly realized that finding the perfect mattress is all about finding the right balance of firmness and softness. But how can you tell if a bed is too soft or too firm? Here are a few tips:

How To Tell if Your Regular Mattress Is Too Soft?


A few signs will tell you if your mattress is too soft. It may be time for an upgrade if you struggle to get in and out of bed or wake up feeling groggy and sore.

Additionally, if you find yourself constantly changing positions throughout the night to get comfortable, or if you prefer sleeping on your couch or floor, it's likely that your mattress needs to be firmer.

5 Signs Your Mattress Is Too Firm

Waking up feeling refreshed and well-rested is one of the best parts of starting the day. But if you're regularly waking up with aches and pains, it could be a sign that your mattress is too firm.

A firm mattress can cause discomfort in your back, neck, and shoulders and even lead to numbness and tingling in your arms and hands.

 Likewise, if you find yourself tossing and turning all night long, it's also a sign that your mattress is too hard. And if you have no problem sleeping in a hotel or guest bed but always wake up feeling tired after sleeping in it, it may be that your mattress isn't contouring to your body.

How To Fix a Mattress That Is Too Firm?

 A firm mattress is better for your back because it keeps your spine in alignment while you sleep. But sometimes, firm mattresses can be too firm, making it difficult to get comfortable. If your mattress is too firm, there are a few things you can do to make it more comfortable:

  1. If your mattress istoo firm, try adding a mattress pad or topper. A topper will help soften the mattress's surface and make it more comfortable to sleep on.
  2. Check the temperature of your room. It can make your firm mattress feel even firmer if it's too hot or too cold.
  3. Break in your mattress by sleeping on it for a few nights. This will help to soften the materials and make them more comfortable.
  4. Rotate or flip your mattress every few months to evenly distribute wear and tear.

Issues That Can Influence Your Mattress Preference?

Before you go out and purchase a new mattress, it's essential to consider what your needs are. Your weight, for example, will affect your ideal mattress's firmness or softness.

If you're on the heavier side, you'll want to opt for a firmer option to support your body weight. If you're lighter, you may find that a softer mattress is more comfortable.

Injuries can also influence your choice of mattress. If you have chronic pain or are recovering from an injury, you'll want to opt for a mattress that offers firm support. Firm support will help to prevent further pain and provide you with the comfort you need to heal correctly.

If you share a bed with a partner, their sleeping habits can also impact your decision. For example, if they toss and turn throughout the night, consider a firmer mattress that won't shift with their movements. On the other hand, if they sleep soundly, a softer mattress may be just fine.

Your age can also be a factor in choosing a new mattress. As we get older, our bodies change, and we may find that we need different levels of support than we did when we were younger.

For example, a young person who sleeps on their stomach may need a firmer mattress to prevent back pain, while an older person may prefer a softer option for added comfort.

Finally, it's essential to consider your activities when choosing a new mattress. If you lead an active lifestyle, you'll want to ensure that your mattress can provide the support you need.

Firmness Vs. Support

Firmness measures how the bed's surface feels when the sleeper lays down. Support is a measure of how well a mattress supports the body to help maintain proper spinal alignment.

How Is Firmness Measured?

Firmness is an important consideration when choosing a mattress because it affects how comfortable it will be. Firmness is typically measured on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being incredibly soft and 10 being extra firm.

Most mattresses fall in the middle of this scale, between 4 and 7, which is generally considered the most comfortable range.

Benefits of a Firm Mattress

  • More supportive
  • Sleep cooler
  • Easier to move around

Disadvantages of a Firm Mattress

  • Not as much pressure relief
  • Generally less comfortable

Benefits of a Soft Mattress

  • Superior pressure relief
  • Generally more comfortable

Disadvantages of a Soft Mattress

  • Sleep warmer
  • More challenging to move around
  • Less supportive


What You Can Do If Your Mattress Is Too Soft?


One option is to flip the mattress over. This will often give you a firmer sleeping surface. If that doesn't work, you can add a mattress topper. They are available in various materials, including memory foam and latex.

Another option is to incorporate plywood boards into the bed frame. This will provide extra support for the mattress and prevent it from sagging. You can add a center support bar to the frame or place the mattress on the floor.

Finally, keep your room cooler at night. A cooler environment will help firm up the mattress and make it more comfortable to sleep on. You may need to invest in a new mattress if all else fails.

How To Make Your Firm Mattress Softer?

First, give your mattress time to adjust to your body. This process, known as "breaking in," and can take up to a few weeks, but it is essential for getting the most out of your mattress.

Once your mattress has had time to adjust, you can try applying extra pressure with your body weight or using a tennis ball to massage the area around your hips and shoulders.

You can also increase the room temperature, which will help soften the mattress's material. Finally, if everything fails, you can always flip your mattress over or add a soft mattress topper.

It is important to note that besides weight and age, sleeping positions can also influence your choice of mattress.