Out here on the ranch we take in new horses every now and then. When they’re as stubborn as all get up from day one we call them cold-backed. I’ve never met a horse I couldn’t break and in many ways a mattress is very similar. You may get your new bed and at first it might feel like sleeping on flint stones or the hard Wyoming Earth. Just like that one-time bangtail who eventually becomes the star of the stable, have faith that your mattress will break in and give you a great sleep as well.
The Cotton Needs to Settle
Cotton is a soft material good enough for our britches, socks, and other items we hold near and dear to our bodies. It is also used as the main softening agent inside of a mattress. When the cotton is first laid in the bed it’s soft and fluffy like the sheep down on the back nine of the farm. Of course as you sleep on the bed over time that cotton will settle in and provide relaxing comfort. It’s important to note you should rotate your crumb incubator on a regular basis so that cotton doesn’t develop pockets.
Your Body Needs to Adjust
If you’re up before the roosters because you can’t sleep on your new bed, don’t be so anxious to jump the mattress manufacturer. In fact there’s likely nothing wrong with the mattress itself, it could just be your hard-working bones adjusting to sleeping on something that isn’t as hard as the marble Earth. You need to give your body some time to recalibrate your bones and the first few weeks on a new mattress are like a gestation period.
You May Need a New Boxspring
One of the main reasons your new mattress might not feel like the one in the showroom is because you’ve kept your old box springs. It’s tempting to save a few shills by replacing only the mattress but all you’re really doing is increasing the wear of the bed. The mattress will start to contort to the boxspring like a dog running with the pack so it’s important to get the whole kit and caboodle when buying a mattress set.
Showroom Mattresses are Softer
One thing you’ve gotta remember about showroom beds you’ve been trying out is that folks have been climbing all over them for months. The beds on display are used and abused more than a wolfer recovering from a whiskey binge and thus will feel softer than your new bed. The good thing is, your new bed will conform to that feel after using it a couple weeks so be patient.
If It Doesn’t Improve, Get a Comfort Exchange
One of the nice fallbacks of buying from a trusted mattress company is the ability to have a comfort exchange on your bed. If after three weeks or so you’d like the bed made firmer or softer, manufacturers can open her up for surgery and either add more cotton and foam for softness or firming pads for a harder bed.