How to Make an Air Mattress More Comfortable

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If you own one of the best eco-friendly air mattresses that James tested recently, you've probably found that they're incredibly comfortable right out of the box.

However, if you have an older or lower-quality air mattress, you might find that it's not quite as easy to sleep on as a high-quality organic latex or memory foam mattress.

If so, then don't worry! There are quite a few things you can do to get a better night's sleep.

Today I'll show you how to make an air mattress more comfortable, and even make it feel just like a real bed, with these top air bed sleep hacks.

Ensure the Air Bed is Properly Inflated

properly inflating an airbed

Air beds are a great option for comfortable sleeping, whether you are camping or just need an extra bed for guests. However, it is important to make sure that you have a properly inflated air mattress in order to get the most comfort from it.

If the bed is too soft, you will find yourself sinking into it and may end up with backache. On the other hand, if the bed is too firm, it may be uncomfortable to sleep on and could cause you to wake up with sore muscles. And if you try to force too much air inside, you can damage the valve or even burst the mattress.

The best way to achieve optimal comfort is to inflate the bed until it is firm but still allows you to sink in slightly when you lie down. Once you have inflated your air mattress properly, you will be supported while still being able to enjoy the plushness of the mattress.

Raise the Mattress Off the Ground

If you've ever slept on a tall air mattress, you know that they can be quite comfortable. But sometimes the lower ones can become too cold in the winter, or too hot in the summer.

One way to improve the comfort of an air mattress is to raise it off the ground. This will help to insulate the mattress from the cold ground - particularly beneficial if you're camping or using the mattress outdoors.

On a hot night, it also allows air to circulate underneath, keeping you cool and comfortable all night long.

Another benefit of raising an air mattress off the ground is that it will be less likely to develop mold or mildew. If you live in a humid climate, raising your air mattress off the ground can help to keep it mold-free.

What can I put under my air mattress?

There are a number of things you can put under your air mattress to raise it off the ground.

  • One option is to use an air bed frame. These frames are designed specifically for air mattresses, and they provide a sturdy platform that elevates the mattress above the ground.
  • Another option is to use a folding cot. Cots are typically used for camping, but they can also be used to raise an air mattress off the ground. When folded, cots take up very little space, making them a great option for dual use rooms.
  • If you have one already, you could use a foam pad. These are available in a variety of thicknesses, so you can choose one that will give you the desired amount of elevation.
  • Or try regular pillows. Lay them underneath the mattress until you achieve the desired height
  • Finally, you can also use a box spring. Box springs are traditionally used to support mattresses, but they can also be used to support an air mattress.

Place the Air Mattress on a Soft Surface

Soft surfaces, such as a carpeted floor, are often more comfortable than harder surfaces like a concrete floor. The air mattress will help to distribute your weight more evenly and will conform to your body more, providing support and comfort.

Additionally, the extra cushioning will help to reduce the impact of any movements you make in your sleep, so you're less likely to be disturbed by your own tossing and turning.

And if you tend to get hot when you sleep, an air mattress on a soft surface can help to regulate your body temperature by allowing air to circulate more freely around you.

All of these factors combined can make for a more comfortable and restful night's sleep.

Set It Up as a Proper Bed

Think of your air mattress as an inflatable bed, and treat it just like you would a normal bed.

In that way, you will naturally add the various elements of comfort that your regular bed has, and that you might be missing without even realizing it.

Use a Headboard (Or Push Against the Wall)

If you're using a mattress stand or box spring with your air bed, consider adding a headboard to it. A headboard can add a touch of style to an otherwise plain air mattress, and it can also be useful for propping up pillows

If you're using an inflatable bed on the floor, push it up against the wall and use that in lieu of the headboard. It's not quite as comfortable to lean against, but it can still do the job of supporting your back if you want to sit up in bed.

Use a Mattress Topper

mattress topper on airbed

The advantages of using an organic mattress topper on an inflatable air mattress are numerous.

First, mattress toppers add an extra layer of comfort, which is especially important if you are going to be sleeping on the mattress for an extended period of time. A memory foam mattress topper will offer a soft sleeping surface that molds to your body shape and helps you sleep comfortably.

Second, it helps to protect the air mattress from wear and tear. Most air mattresses are quite durable but due to their nature they can be more prone to damage than a regular mattress, so protecting them can help.

Third, mattress toppers can help to make the air mattress more comfortable in the winter months when the temperature is cooler.

Ultimately, using a mattress topper on an air mattress is a matter of personal preference. However, if you are looking for an added level of comfort or protection, then a mattress topper is a good option.

Use Proper Bed Sheets & Pillow

Because most people tend to think of air mattresses as a temporary measure, they are often used with a sleeping bag on top, even if they are being used indoors.

Instead, you might find it beneficial to set air beds up as if they were a normal bed and make them up using normal sustainable bed sheets and a proper pillow.

These naturally offer a more comfortable sleep than sleeping bags and can make a big difference when it comes to making your air mattress more comfortable.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it OK to sleep on an air mattress every night?

Whether or not it's "OK" to sleep on an air mattress every night is a question that doesn't have a definitive answer. It depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of the mattress, your sleeping habits, and any underlying health conditions you may have.

That said, there are a few things to keep in mind if you're considering making the switch to an air mattress.

First, air mattresses are generally less supportive than traditional mattresses. So if you have any back or joint problems, you may find them uncomfortable.

Second, they can be more prone to leaks and punctures, so it's important to choose a high-quality air mattress and inspect it regularly for any holes or tears.

Finally, air mattresses can sometimes be quite loud when you move around on them, so if you're a light sleeper, you may want to consider another option.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to sleep on an air mattress every night is up to you.

If you find it comfortable and convenient, go for it! But if you have any concerns about your health or comfort, it's always best to consult with a doctor or sleep specialist before making any changes to your sleeping habits.

Which side should you sleep on an air mattress?

Many air mattresses have a "smooth side" and a "fuzzy side." In general, you should sleep with the "fuzzy" softer surface facing upwards.

In this way, the bed covers will not slide around and it's also cooler to sleep on and won't make you sweat as much.

Can you put an air mattress on a box spring?

Yes, one of the ways in which you can make your air mattress more comfortable is to put it on a box spring and raise it off the floor.

This is fine to do, it won't damage your box or your air bed providing the two are the same size (don't try putting a queen size air mattress on a king size box, for example).

Can you put two air mattresses on top of each other?

Yes, it's fine to "stack" air beds by putting one on top of another. In fact, this can often provide an extra cushion underneath which can give you better sleep quality.

How can I make my air mattresses more comfortable?

It depends on exactly what your issue is, but the tips above can all help you make your inflatable mattress more comfortable.

Common issues are due to insufficient air pressure or placing the air bed on hard surfaces. Both of these are easily fixed.

Why does my air mattress make noise when I move?

Many people have issues with noisy air beds. This can be caused by the air inside moving around, or friction between a sleeping bag/sheets and the mattress, or between the mattress and the ground.

The best way to stop this is to keep the mattress inflated properly, and use a topper or quilted pads between the bedding and the air bed itself.

How much weight can an air mattress hold?

It depends on the make and model. In general, as long as you inflate it to the recommended pressure, a new air mattress can take at least 500-600lbs but you should always refer to the manufacturer's instructions to find the exact specifications.

Why is my air mattress so uncomfortable?

They don't have to be! There are many ways to make an air mattress more comfortable, so just follow the tips above to ensure that you or your overnight guests get a great night's sleep!

Why do air mattresses make you sweat?

They generally are not permeable and do not allow enough air to pass through as a traditional bed does. Using a mattress stand to raise the air bed off the floor can help to solve this issue. See above for more details on how to do this.

Can you really put a topper on an inflatable mattress?

Yes, you can! Using a topper can make all the difference to the comfort of an airbed, and help you get a good night's sleep wherever you are.

With her Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering (MSREE) from Oregon Tech, Steph is supremely well qualified to write on all aspects of renewable energy. She has already achieved a zero carbon footprint and her goal is to help as many other people as possible do the same. Her other hobbies include music, yoga, swimming and horror movies.
Stephanie Cole
With her Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering (MSREE) from Oregon Tech, Steph is supremely well qualified to write on all aspects of renewable energy. She has already achieved a zero carbon footprint and her goal is to help as many other people as possible do the same. Her other hobbies include music, yoga, swimming and horror movies.

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