If you find yourself tossing and turning during the night in search of comfort, it’s probably an indicator that your mattress is either too soft or too firm for you. That Goldilocks moment and the realisation that you’ve found the perfect bed is easier said than done an unfortunately, almost all of us have encountered an uncomfortable night’s sleep at one point or another. If this relates to you, continue reading and discover how you can enhance your night’s sleep and overcome a mattress that is too firm.

So, what do I do if my mattress is too firm?


Okay, this applies more to pre-purchase than dealing with your existing mattress, but we can’t stress just how important it is to research to make an informed decision. Your sleeping position determines which tension is best suited; for side sleepers, a soft, medium or medium firm mattress is recommended to provide cushioning to the hip and shoulder, whereas firm and extra firm mattresses are best suited for front and back sleepers as the firm sleeping surface can ensure even weight distribution and healthy spinal alignment. If you’re reading this and thinking- ‘I sleep in all these positions throughout the night though’, fear not- our medium firm mattresses strike the perfect balance between a mattress that is neither too soft nor too firm. Check out our ‘What mattress tension do I need?’ blog for further insight into mattress tension suitability; with these valuable tips and insights, we hope you’ll never have to endure an uncomfortable mattress again. 

What To Do If Your Mattress Is Too Firm
Bed too firm? You may want to replace your mattress

Replace your mattress

We recognise that mattresses can be expensive and understand why you may be reluctant to replace yours. However, upgrading your mattress could be worthwhile if your mattress is showing signs of wear and tear or significantly impacts your sleep night after night. Whilst a firm mattress is great for front and back sleepers, as mentioned above, it can be uncomfortable for side sleepers. The importance of finding a suitable mattress cannot be understated; research outlines how comfortable mattresses are ‘necessary to support the spine curvature naturally and to delete unnecessary body movements; therefore a comfortable mattress should facilitate higher sleep quality.’

Bed too firm? – Invest in a mattress topper

Small margins, perhaps, but a mattress topper could be a cost-effective solution for a better night’s rest. Mattress toppers are placed on top of the mattress and provide an additional comfort layer and potentially a softer sleeping surface. As Tom’s Guide explains, ‘whilst you’re waiting for your new bed to soften up and adapt to your body, the topper will provide a softer comfort layer that prevents you from waking up feeling sore’.

What To Do If Your Mattress Is Too Firm

Don’t rush into anything

It’s important that you allow for an adjustment period with your new mattress, give yourself a window of between 30 and 90 days and then reassess the suitability of your new mattress. Hopefully, you’ll be pleasantly surprised and notice a difference. It’s important to keep in mind that as your old mattress has conformed to your body type, it ‘might be a while for your body to consider the new mattress to be as comfortable as the old mattress.

Rely on Mattressman

We know it’s not always easy to find your perfect mattress; with such an array of tensions and fillings, you’d be forgiven for feeling a tad overwhelmed. That’s why at Mattressman, we offer a 60-night sleep trial with any mattress purchased alongside a mattress protector. Therefore, if your new mattress is too firm, you can replace it with a softer mattress. With Mattressman, not only can you expect fantastic quality at an even better price, but you can also take comfort in knowing that you don’t have to settle for a mattress not suited to your sleeping references and requirements.