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Gordon Parker
1 Jun 2023, 10:38 AM

What is Mattress Settlement?

Hoovering a mattress

Mattress settlement is the process by which the materials in a mattress compress and conform to the shape of the body. This is a normal process that occurs over time as the mattress is used. However, excessive settlement can lead to discomfort and pain, and may even make it difficult to sleep.

What are the factors that contribute to mattress settlement?

There are a number of factors that can contribute to mattress settlement, including:

  • The type of materials used in the mattress. Mattresses made with softer materials, such as memory foam or latex, are more likely to settle than those made with firmer materials, such as innerspring or hybrid mattresses.
  • The weight of the sleeper. Heavier sleepers are more likely to cause mattress settlement than lighter sleepers.
  • The way the mattress is used. Mattresses that are used every night for long periods of time are more likely to settle than those that are used less often.

How can I prevent mattress settlement?

There are a number of things that can be done to minimize mattress settlement, including:

  • Turning and rotating the mattress regularly. This helps to distribute the weight evenly throughout the mattress and prevents any one area from becoming too compressed.
  • Avoiding sleeping in the same spot every night. This helps to prevent the mattress from conforming too much to the shape of the body.
  • Using a mattress topper. A mattress topper can help to add support and reduce the amount of compression that occurs in the mattress.
  • Buying a mattress with a warranty. This will protect you in case the mattress settles to the point where it is no longer comfortable or supportive.

What should I do if I am experiencing mattress settlement?

If you are experiencing mattress settlement, there are a number of things that you can do to try to improve the situation. Turning and rotating the mattress regularly, avoiding sleeping in the same spot every night, and using a mattress topper can all help to minimize settlement. If you are still experiencing problems, you may need to purchase a new mattress.

An imprint of a hand on a memory foam mattress

Additional tips for preventing mattress settlement

Here are some additional tips for preventing mattress settlement:

  • Choose a mattress that is the right size for you. A mattress that is too small will not provide enough support, and a mattress that is too large will be more likely to sag.
  • Buy a mattress from a reputable retailer. Reputable retailers will stand behind their products and offer warranties that cover mattress settlement.
  • Take care of your mattress. Avoid spilling liquids on the mattress, and keep it clean and free of dust.

By following these tips, you can help to prevent mattress settlement and extend the life of your mattress.

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