There’s nothing better than falling into a comfortable bed at the end of the day. But if your bed isn’t as comfortable as it could be, then chances are you might struggle to go to sleep. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to change that.
Keep in mind that everything from your mattress to your linens to your pillows can have a major effect on your comfort level at night. That’s why buying high-quality products for the bedroom is so important.
Check out our top 14 hacks to help you create a cozy bed that will give you a good night’s sleep.
1. Try out a mattress topper
A mattress topper is a large piece of padding you put on top of your mattress. This extra layer provides additional support and changes the feel of your mattress. Toppers are a great way to change the feel of your mattress without having to buy an entirely new bed.
Mattress toppers come in a variety of different materials, including memory foam, latex foam, and graphite-infused foam. Each material has unique benefits. For example, a memory foam mattress topper can add a layer of contouring to a firm mattress.
2. Choose the right bedspread
From comforters to duvet covers to quilts and other light blankets, there are plenty of bedspread options on the market.
Your body temperature throughout the night has a major impact on what type of bedspread you should use. If you sleep hot, you’ll want something with good temperature regulation. If you get cold, something like a down comforter may be better.
Some people change their bedspread based on the seasons, using something lighter in the summer months and something heavier in the winter months. (Learn about the differences between quilts vs. comforters and comforters vs. blankets to find out which type of bedspread is right for you.)
3. Get a heated blanket
If you tend to get cold at night, heated blankets can make your bed feel more comfortable. A heated blanket allows you to regulate your body temperature throughout the night with an additional layer of warmth.
This hack might not be for everyone, especially if you’re a hot sleeper. But if you run cold at night, this could be a great way to add comfort.
4. Buy a mattress pad
Many people confuse mattress pads and mattress toppers. However, these are two distinct products with two separate uses.
A mattress pad is primarily used as a mattress cover and goes under your bed sheets, providing additional protection against stains, spills, and allergens. A mattress topper, on the other hand, is typically used to change the feel of your bed.
Mattress pads can be made from a few different materials. Depending on which one you choose, it may be able to enhance the comfort of your bed.
A cotton mattress pad, for example, will be soft and plush, while a feather mattress pad will add a layer of warmth and some softness. However, they won’t completely change the overall feel of your bed.
5. Upgrade your bed sheets
Bed sheets can also play a major role in how comfortable you feel at night. It’s best to choose a sheet material based on your body temperature at night.
For instance, if you sleep hot, percale sheets or linen sheets may work best for you. But if you’re on the colder side, consider opting for flannel sheets—they’re much thicker and retain heat.
Thread count is also an important aspect to think about when buying a new sheet set. Often, the higher this number, the softer your sheets will be. Just note that thread count only applies to cotton sheets.
Finally, decide whether you want both a top sheet and a fitted sheet or if you prefer just using a fitted sheet. (Here’s how to keep a fitted sheet from slipping.)
6. Purchase a new pillow
There’s nothing worse than resting your head on an uncomfortable and flat pillow. Investing in a new, high-quality pillow can make your bed feel more comfortable.
Your body temperature and sleeping position play into the type of pillow that’s best for you. For example, if you sleep hot, you should make sure your pillow is breathable. In this case, look for a pillow with a cover made out of a moisture-wicking material, like cotton.
You should also look for a pillow that properly supports your neck throughout the night. This can help reduce neck pain. A memory foam pillow is a great choice to help alleviate neck pain.
If you prefer something that feels more responsive, a latex pillow may be best for you. If you like something on the softer side, you’ll probably want to go for a down filling instead.
7. See if your box spring needs replacing
Your box spring can affect how comfortable your bed feels. Box springs are commonly used for innerspring mattresses to provide an additional layer of support.
If the support slats get damaged, your mattress could start to sag—and that means it won’t be able to support your back and hips as well throughout the night. A new box spring or foundation may help.
8. Add extra support if needed
Similar to replacing a broken box spring, you can add extra support to your foam mattresses to help reduce sagging and improve your comfort.
Bunkie boards are a great option. These pieces of plywood sit underneath your mattress and on top of the support slats on your bed frame. They can be used on almost any type of bed frame to reduce sagging and add comfort.
9. Lower your body temperature
It’s frustrating to not be able to fall asleep because of night sweats or overheating. You can help lower your body temperature by using gel-infused products, such as mattresses and pillows.
You can also get bed sheets, bedspreads, and pillowcases made with lightweight materials (like cotton or linen) to help with airflow when you’re in bed.
10. Try a body pillow
A body pillow is a great tool for people who could use extra support for their back and hips. If you’re a side sleeper, sleeping with a body pillow between your legs can help with spinal alignment and relieve back pain.
Increasing your spinal alignment allows you to sleep more comfortably—and reduces aches and pains in the morning.
11. Make your bed in the morning
Making your bed each morning is a great habit to help you start the day off fresh. Research shows a clutter-free environment can help minimize stress so you can get a good night’s sleep.
Follow this advice on how to make and style a bed for your most comfortable sleep yet.
12. Consider getting a headboard
A headboard, especially an upholstered headboard, can help you comfortably sit up in bed with your back still supported. This means you can wind down for the night, enjoying a quiet activity such as reading in bed.
You can find plenty of high-quality upholstered headboards on the market. If you’re on a tight budget, you can also DIY a headboard. All you need is a staple gun, fabric, padding, and a wooden board.
13. Accessorize your bedroom
Accessorizing your bedroom can make you more comfortable in your space. This, in turn, can help your bed feel more comfortable as a result.
Decorative throw pillows and throw blankets are an easy and inexpensive way to show your personality while also adding additional comforting elements so you can get a better night’s sleep.
14. Invest in a new bed frame
Your bed frame should offer the right amount of support for your mattress type. For example, latex and memory foam mattresses perform well with a platform bed that has slats close together. Innerspring mattresses tend to work well with a box spring.
You can also get an adjustable bed base, which will allow you to customize the position you’re lying in.
Most comfortable mattresses for each sleeping position
Changing your mattress type based on your sleeping position may help your bed feel comfortable throughout the night. People normally sleep either on their side, back, or stomach. Some people are combination sleepers, changing their position throughout the night.
The mattress type that’s most comfortable for you will vary depending on your preferred sleep position. Here’s how to choose the most comfortable mattress for your sleep position.
Side sleepers need more cushioning under their hips and shoulders than other types of sleepers. This often means their mattresses should be on the softer side, allowing their shoulders and hips to sink into the mattress for additional comfort.
The best types of mattresses for side sleepers include:
- Memory foam mattresses
- Latex foam mattresses
- Some hybrid mattresses
Look for a mattress that measures in-between soft and medium on the firmness scale.
Back sleepers are lucky—if you sleep on your back, you can sleep on almost any type of mattress. However, it’s important to choose a medium-firm mattress so your back and hips are comfortable and supported.
The best types of mattresses for back sleepers include:
- Memory foam mattresses
- Innerspring mattresses
- Hybrid mattresses
- Latex foam mattresses
You should be able to find any of these mattress types in medium-firm.
Stomach sleeping generally isn’t recommended because it puts more pressure on your neck and back, which can result in pain. But if you feel the most comfortable sleeping on your stomach, look for a firmer mattress for optimal comfort. Anywhere from medium-firm to extra-firm is ideal.
The best types of mattresses for stomach sleepers include:
- Innerspring mattresses
- Hybrid mattresses
These mattresses offer the firmest sleep surface so your pressure points will be well-supported when you lie on your stomach.
Check out Saatva’s high-quality mattresses and other bedroom accessories
A comfortable bed is key to getting a better night’s sleep. You can make your bed feel more comfortable by following our top 14 hacks.
Ensuring you have the right mattress and bed accessories for your sleep style can also do a world of good when it comes to your comfort in bed.
Now that you know what works best for your sleep position, browse Saatva’s wide range of high-quality mattresses and bedding to find your perfect match. You can also take our mattress quiz to discover which mattress is right for you.