The recent escalation in health complications emanating from unhealthy sleep has triggered a global outcry. It is for this reason that we flexed our muscles and dived deep into the mattress industry in an attempt to offer you some ideas on how to make an air mattress more comfortable. Although this type of bed is most commonly used as a temporary setup, perhaps for guests or whilst camping, even if used for a short period of time there are fringe benefits from obtaining maximum comfort from your purchase. Below we discuss and recommended the 7 top methods which can be done very easily and sometimes with no added cost:

Our Top 7 Tips

1. Proper Spreading of Bed Sheets and Covers

An air mattress (also commonly known as an air bed) is literally air inflated into an enclosed structure made in the form of a mattress or bed. Therefore it is worth noting that there is air inside, which is bound to get warm when the weather is hot, and cold when the weather is cold. Nights usually get cold and for that reason, the air will too as those nights fade. Ensuring that proper spreading of bed sheets and bed covers shall assure that one does not have to have to bear with these temperature changes.

2. Place It On Soft Surface

Placing the mattress on soft surfaces is yet another way to improve comfort levels. This is because the vinyl bottom layer does not augur well with hard surfaces such as hardwood floors which would make your sleep quite uncomfortable. For this reason, one ought to place it in a strategic position on a soft surface like a rug or a mat in order to get quality sleep.

3. Add A Topper To Your Bed

Adding a topper to your bed is yet another way to improve comfort. This ensures that you do not sleep on the somewhat hard or rubbery surface which is sometimes cheaper versions feels somewhat uncomfortable. The topper will maximize the comfort of your sleep surface based on which type you use, whether it be memory foam or latex.

4. Place On A Box Spring Or Platform

air mattress on bed frame

Placing it on a box spring adds comfort, and ensures that you can get out of bed fast and with the least effort due to the overall raised height. This is, therefore, another way recommended if at all one wishes to enjoy a great night’s sleep.

5. Use A Pillow On It

The health benefits of using a pillow when sleeping can never be overstated. For this reason, one should ensure that they always have a good pillow when sleeping in order to enjoy proper spinal alignment. This goes a long way in curbing the risk of experiencing neck and backaches which are quite stressful, to say the least. Pillows can range dramatically in price but it’s not a good idea to buy cheap quality ones which will certainly not offer the right support, nor will they last very long. Check our pillow section for some recommendations based on your needs.

6. Use The Wall

It is a wise practice to always have a headboard whichever type of bed you use. Commonly a headboard prevents pillows and other bedding from falling off as one is asleep. In general, air mattresses will never come with a headboard due to their compactness and flexible design. Therefore one should aim to move the bed closer to the wall for best results ensuring maximum comfort.

7. Inflate Or Deflate

Built-in pump for air bed

Having the right amount of inflation for your air bed is yet another way to ensure the sleep surface is either soft and plush, or nice and firm. Having too much air inside will make it too firm, whereas having too little will make it too soft. Nowadays, if the bed has a built-in pump, this fine-tuning can usually be tweaked with the single turn of a knob.

It is, therefore, time we put some of these basic practices in place to curb the catastrophic repercussions resulting from unhealthy sleep once and for all.

6 thoughts on “How To Make An Air Mattress More Comfortable”

  1. Thea van der Ven

    I would like to purchase a SOUNDASLEEP DREAM SERIES air bed with built in pump in FULL SIZE. Is it available? You only mention Single and Queen.
    Thank you.

  2. What can I purchase to give an even firm surface. My air bed has dips in its texured design. I need to build up it’s surface it causes bumps in the mattress and affects the smoothness of the mattress causing an uncomfortable sleep experience.

  3. I have never used an air mattress before but I think it has a lot of benefits. Probably benefit for the temporary setup but also easy cleaning I guess. And I think this is super convenient for my current condition. I will be moving a lot, I can’t even imagine having to move with the stress of moving the mattress, so I think air mattress is my choice for now. Thank you for the tips, it obviously will help me sleep better!

  4. We are using a bambillo mattress topper on a single height queen sized in-built pump wanderer air mattress that’s sitting on our old bed frame. It’s permanently our bed now. Very happy with it.

  5. I just wanted to add my experience with an air mattress: Wow! It actually/probably saved my life. I couldn’t sleep flat for years due to hip pain so I was sleeping in a recliner. This worked well until after a few years of that, my tailbone parts were beginning to show signs of wear (and tear).

    So on a whim, I traded one of my recliners for an air mattress and thought I was in heaven. That actually only lasted one night after alternately freezing and sweating due to being too close to the air mattress material. Off I went to Costco, bought a 3inch foam topper and have never looked back – THAT was actually heaven! I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER “NORMAL” MATTRESS AS LONG AS I LIVE!!! Big Plus: VERY inexpensive, completely adjustable. Big Minus: too sensitive to ambient temps. BIG FIX: just put a few layers of material and a topper between you and the mattress and you too will be in heaven.

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