Update!! I am so excited about this!! I think I MIGHT have actually found a REAL long term answer for all you poor sleepers.. because you are sleeping in a canoe of a mattress.
(and it’s not buying a whole new mattress)
I came across a product call Mattress Helper. It’s basically a long foam piece that you put under your mattress (kind of like my pillow idea.. but longer and more consistent in shape. It has very good reviews on Amazon so you may want to check it out. It is more expensive that that pillow fix (below), but you might find it is the right fix for you.
Check out Mattress Helper on Amazon. But you can still see my almost as awesome $9 fix below.
So about 4 1/2 years ago we did a home addition and were able to get a king sized bed. I was so excited!! But not so excited when after only 3 years our mattress developed “cavernous” (felt that way) indentations where we slept. It was horrible. You could even see the indentations when you made the bed, it would never look smooth and pretty- just lumpy.
Call about your warranty, you say? ..yeah we did that and found out the the indentations have to be almost 2 inches deep (with no one laying on the bed). Um.. do you know how deep that is? Needless to say the manufacturer did not care about our pain or horrible night’s sleep or our sagging mattress.
But my mom did care so she bought us a new mattress. We awkwardly tested the mattresses in the store (it’s weird trying to decide if a mattress is comfortable in a store where everyone is looking at you), told the salesperson about our problems and were assured that a new mattress would be fantastic. So my mom bought us one that was on sale for around $1000 and a few weeks later it was delivered.
I felt good.. so nice to not be sleeping in a hole…fast forward a few weeks, yes.. around a month:
Honey.. does it feel like we are sleeping in holes again..
Um, yea.. you noticed it, too?
That didn’t take long. So we call the store.. they referred us to the manufacturer.
Bed Lady: Thanks for holding, how can I help you?
Me: I tell her my story..
Bed Lady: Oh, I am sorry, ma’am.. but that is normal.. all beds “contour” to your body.
Me: So the holes would have to be almost 2 inched deep?..
Bed lady: Yes, ma’am
So we had the bed for only around a month and it was as bad as the prior bed that took 3 years to get “holes”.. $1000 wasted- why not have kept the old sagging mattress?
So we have been sleeping on terrible sagging mattress #2 for a year while thinking about buying a new one. But what if same thing happens again and we will waste another $1000 to get a mattress that doesn’t sag?
So I started researching a fix on “how to fix a sagging pillow top mattress“. There was not much, I mostly just found other people in the same boat as us, getting terrible nights sleep in lumpy beds (that they paid a lot of money for) with manufacturers not caring and not doing anything about it because of their iron clad “warranties”.
The only thing I found where these “balloons” that you can blow up under your sagging mattress to “pump up” the area that is sagging. But I read the reviews and although they were decent I think the ones that were not as good had some pretty valid points such as getting holes in them and losing air. This makes sense when you have a king sized mattress laying on top of a balloon all day and then add two people at night. So that is a no-go.
But it got me thinking, how to fix a sagging mattress?.. what else could go under the the mattress to boost up the sag? What about flat pillows? So I gave it a shot.. and you know what? It worked!! The flattest pillows in the house where the girls so we just bought them new ones (which they were very happy about) that cost $4.50 each (hence the $9 price tag on the fix).
Over the 2 weeks the pillows have been there I have had to work with them a bit, lifting up the mattress and shifting them slightly a few times for the best “fit”. But I think that I’ve got it now and it is way better then it was.
I can’t yet say it’s perfect, but I will take a significant improvement any day. And, obviously, from experience we are not guaranteed a perfect bed even if we go out and buy a new mattress, so for now, this works.
Have you slept on a sagging mattress? Did you just buy a new one or did you find a fix that worked for you?
I recently had someone comment below about natural rubber (nr) latex mattresses and how the are SO much better than the cheapo materials that most mattress companies use. So I did some digging and sure enough that is what I came up with, too!! The consensus is that nr latex mattresses wear much better and sag less than regular mattresses.
So do your own research on it, I found one place on line that sells them, keetsa.com. Their prices are actually quite reasonable and they offer free shipping. (you can also get them on Amazon for the same prices)
Again.. no guarantees.. but maybe a nr latex mattress is your answer. it might be mine!
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