how to break in a tempurpedic mattress
Kristina Davis

Want to be in on the secret on how to break in a Tempurpedic mattress fast and effectively?

Do you look forward to buying a new mattress but do not want it to feel hard and stiff? I got you!

Don’t be like me who waited it out for about 3 weeks, just for it to break in completely. I’ll teach you everything from start to finish, and for you not to be bothered by its newness.

You can break in a Tempurpedic fast and effectively by applying constant pressure on the mattress regularly, increasing the temperature in your bedroom temporarily, and using the right sheets and protectors.

Breaking it in with your intervention is good, but, what is the usual timeframe for memory foam mattresses to break in and become softer?

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How Long Does It Take to Break In a Tempurpedic Mattress?

how long does it take

All Tempurpedic mattresses have their own break-in periods, they’re not all equal.

Typically, the breaking-in point of these mattresses is around 30 days. Some can go up to 45, and the worst could reach up to 90.

I can say that I’m lucky per se, given the fact that the quality of the mattress I bought was good, and so, I didn’t have to wait for more than 30 days.

Moreover, the break-in time frame depends on many factors, the most important of which is the type of foam or mattress.

Spring Mattresses

Also commonly referred to as innerspring mattresses, these are the mattresses that have springs to provide added support to the mattress.

the spring mattress

Along with it, they have an extra-plush material to increase comfort. The usual time for the breaking-in of spring mattresses is about a month or 30 days.

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Latex Mattresses

The most expensive, but with the fastest breaking-in timeframe are Latex mattresses.

These are the mattresses that are made from the combination of reflex foams or springs with latex foam to create a more comfortable and softer surface.

The breaking-in time of these mattresses is about 2 to 15 days.

Hybrid Mattresses (Memory Foam)

Last, but most definitely not least are hybrid mattresses or memory foam.

They’re the most comfortable type of mattress you’ll ever use, but the downside is that they’re the longest to break in.

the memory foam

It’s made from a combination of polyurethane foam, gel-infused foam, cotton, latex, and even cashmere. The breaking-in period is typically about 60 days.

Regardless of the mattress type you have, are there any tips to break it in faster and more urgently?

What things can you do to adjust or soften it up according to your comfortability?

7 Tips on How to Break In a Tempurpedic Mattress Effectively

You can achieve a proper break-in of your Tempurpedic mattress naturally.

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My belief was that I shouldn’t overuse my mattress after purchasing because it can be worn out easier and faster – I thought wrong.

seven tips

It was, in fact, the other way around. So, here are a few tips and information I’ve gathered as regards breaking your newly bought Tempurpedic mattress in!

Give it a Few Hours to Breathe

The moment you receive your mattress, don’t put it to use immediately.

James Nguyen, a certified sleep expert from ZOMA Sleep suggests allowing your bed to breathe after taking it out of being vacuum-sealed.

Give it about 24 to 48 hours – even 72 hours for some to expand at their maximum. This will help loosen up the inner workings of the mattress and break in faster.

I allowed my newest and latest mattress about 2 days (48 hours) before I gave it a shot. It felt less stiff and it was more comfortable than I imagined.

Loosen it Up

loosen it up

After letting it breathe, it’s game time! Loosen it up! Walk, roll, or massage it from time to time to loosen up its interior.

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Doing this puts pressure on the mattress, which helps break it in faster and more urgently.

I usually let my kids roll on it for about 5 minutes daily until I get the right texture and hardness.

Doing this per day is usually enough to help it break in if you sleep on the mattress regularly, too.

NOTE: Just because it needs softening, doesn’t mean that you can have people jump or skip on it! Rolling, massaging, and light walking are the only things you should do.

Lie Down or Use It Every Night

Think about it, how will you be able to break your mattress or your bed if you don’t use it?

Use it as much as you can! If it permits, sleep twice a day!

Kidding aside, refrain from developing the habit of not using your new mattress. Myths about not using it are not true.

use it every night

There’ll be times when it’ll seem cozier and more comfortable to sleep on a couch if you don’t have an old bed – it will feel uncomfortable because of how hard it is.

Increase the Temperature in Your Room

Did you know that Tempurpedic mattresses and memory foams are temperature-sensitive?

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It’s sensitive to the extent that the hardness can change based on both the atmospheric and body temperature.

The colder the room is, the longer it will break-in. So, what you want is to increase the temperature of your bedroom.

Refrain from having a temperature of over 80 ° F (about 26.7 °C).

Set your room somewhere around 65 to 70 °F (about 18.3 to 21.1 °C). You may have to sacrifice a few nights of sleep, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.

Use the Correct Mattress Protector

correct mattress protector

Mattress protectors are covers or beddings that are on top of mattresses to protect them. It’s the one that sits below the bed sheets in hotels.

Choose a mattress protector that’s stretchable and flexible because it takes on the shape of the Tempurpedic bed.

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Most of the time, these would be the protectors that are made from highly insulating fabric.

Avoid choosing protectors that are compact and tightly fitted because they will restrict the air that goes to and fro the mattress.

That being said, you also need to consider the sheets you’re going to use. Make sure they’re breathable and that air can pass through them easily.

Refrain from using thick bed sheets because apart from the fact that they’re warm to the touch, they can lengthen your mattress’s time to break in.

Use Thin Mattress Toppers

thin mattress toppers

Although thick mattress toppers help you feel more comfortable when you lie down, it’s not ideal for new Tempurpedic mattresses.

Most mattress toppers are thick, which can restrict your body from bumping into the bed. Thus, it will restrict you from putting pressure on the mattress.

I typically use mattress toppers that are about 1 to 2 inches thin, regardless of whether the mattress needs breaking in or not. This thickness is enough and doesn’t usually hinder the mattress from softening.

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So, choose a thin, breathable, and soft mattress topper so you could sit or lie down comfortably even on your newly bought mattress.

Tip: You can use mattress toppers, but choose those that are thin, soft, and would only give you minimal support when you lie down on the mattress. 

Use the Correct Foundation

Last, but most definitely not least and probably one of the best tips I can give you is to make sure that the foundation you’re using is correct.

correct foundation

If the new Tempurpedic mattress you bought is a replacement for your old and broken innerspring mattress, then you need to change your foundation.

Note: The box spring default support of spring mattresses is not always compatible with all mattress types, especially Tempurpedic mattresses.

You want to use platform bed frames, slatted wood, or even Bunkie boards for your newly bought bed.

Do these things and never be worried about when you can comfortably lie on your bed without feeling stiff, hard, and uncomfortable!

How Do You Know That Your Mattress Needs to Break-In?

how to know mattress need breakin

There are a couple of signs that your mattress still needs time for it to fully expand and a break-in.

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These signs include, but are not always limited to:

  • You feel discomfort or pain in your neck, shoulders, or back in the morning
  • The mattress doesn’t follow the shape of (doesn’t contour with) your body
  • There’s less bounce on the mattress
  • It’s not comfortable and soft enough when you lie down

Give it time, patience, and effort – it’s not like it will break at the moment you use it and lie down on it!

Final Thoughts

This guide is a collection of various proven processes by homeowners worldwide about their take on how to break in a Tempurpedic mattress!

Say goodbye to stiff backs on mornings by intervening with the natural breaking-in process of your Tempurpedic mattress.

Do it in the best, fastest, and most convenient way possible!