Is your memory foam mattress hard when cold? Memory foam is temperature-sensitive, which means it can be affected by different temperatures in your bedroom. There’s no need to be concerned as this is completely normal, and your mattress will soon soften-up once in contact with body heat and weight.
In this blog, discover why memory foam has a firmer surface when cold and why it’s nothing to worry about.
Does Memory Foam Get Hard When Cold?
Memory foam is a temperature-sensitive material, so the feel of it is influenced by the temperature of your bedroom. If it’s a bit nippy in your room, your memory foam mattress will feel firmer. But this will quickly change.
When you lie down on your memory foam mattress – even if it’s in a cold room – you will feel the foam reacting to your body heat almost immediately. Quickly, the memory foam will soften and mould to the contours of your body. So, even if the foam feels firm at first, this will change when you lie down.
This is one of the many benefits of foam for healthy sleep. As the foam reacts and softens around your body, this helps to relieve pressure points, support the natural curve of your spine and make your bed feel luxuriously cushioning.
How to Warm Up a Memory Foam Mattress
Warming up your mattress can help to soften it faster. You can do this by;
- Turning up the temperature in your bedroom
- Keeping the windows closed
- Using the warmth of your body to naturally soften the surface
Why Does My Mattress Feel So Firm?
It’s simply the way that memory foam is. It’s a temperature-sensitive material that works in partnership with your body heat.
This is the very reason we don’t recommend using an electric blanket or hot water bottle with your memory foam mattress. These heat sources will interfere with the adaptive memory foam and possibly disrupt your sleep quality.
My Bed is Too Firm - What Can I Do?
If your new bed feels too firm, there are ways to make your memory foam mattress softer;
- Gently knead the surface by kneeling or rolling on your mattress
- Sleep on the mattress for a few weeks to wait for it to soften naturally
- Use a memory foam mattress topper for extra cushioning and support
Breaking in your new memory foam mattress shouldn’t take long as the materials in the foam are specially designed for comfort.
The most important consideration is to find the right mattress firmness level for your sleeping needs. For example, a stomach sleeper will need a firmer surface to minimise spine curvature, while a side sleeper may need a soft mattress to provide extra comfort around the shoulders and hips.
Testing a New Memory Foam Mattress
It’s really important to bear this information in mind when you’re testing a new mattress. It’s impossible to gauge how a memory foam mattress feels if you lie on it for a millisecond and then leap back up again.
We know that lying on a mattress in a bed shop probably isn’t your idea of an enjoyable shopping trip, but if you’re going to spend your money well on a mattress which is perfect for you then you need to lie down for a good 5 – 10 minutes. Get comfortable and allow the memory foam to soften around you… let it work it’s magic!
If you can’t get to a shop, we also offer a 100-night sleep trial on selected products to give you enough time to adjust and decide if the mattress is right for you.
Remember, we help hundreds of people every week to find the perfect mattress for them.
Find Your Perfect Memory Foam Bed
Ready to enjoy all the benefits of a newly bought mattress? We have a different type of mattress and memory foam topper for every size, preference and sleeping position. All manufactured to the highest possible quality and sold at affordable prices.
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