10 Easy Ways to Make Your Air Mattress More Comfortable

If you’re new to sleeping on an air mattress, it’s safe to say they can take some getting used to. No matter whether you splash out on an expensive air mattress, they’re still not always the best thing for providing you with a quality night’s sleep.

However, not all is lost because this guide has got you covered.

You’ll be pleased to hear that there are many steps you can take and accessories on the market that can enhance your sleep quality when sleeping on an air mattress, whether temporarily or permanently.

Let’s see what your options are.

Most Comfortable Types of Air Mattress

Most Comfortable Types of Air Mattress

Before we talk about adding more items to your air mattress, one of the first things you should consider is the quality of the mattress itself.

For instance, an air mattress with internal coils can offer more support and mimic the feel of an actual mattress. At the same time, mattresses raised off the floor by a bed frame can also give the illusion of climbing into a real bed.

The problem is, trying to find an air mattress of high quality that feels like your bed at home can come with a high price tag.

So, what do you do when you have a standard air mattress to enhance your comfort level and help you sleep peacefully?

Let’s find out some more.

How to Make Your Air Mattress More Comfortable?

Below are some things you can do to quickly adapt your air mattress to suit your comfort needs, as well as some accessories you can buy online that will improve your air mattress cushioning.

1. Sleeping Surface

Sleeping Surface

One easy thing you can do to ensure the comfort of your air mattress is to place it on a flat, smooth surface. For instance, if you’re going camping, and your bed will lie on rough, uneven ground, it won’t do your back any good and cause you to wake up during the night feeling discomfort.

You can put a piece of carpet, rug, or even an old duvet underneath your mattress for a softer sleeping surface.

2. Box Spring Frame

Box Spring Frame

Adding a box spring bed frame to the underneath of your mattress could make it feel more substantial as a bed. It also makes getting in and out of bed much easier, as opposed to getting off the floor, which would benefit anyone suffering from back pain.

3. Using a Headboard

Using a Headboard

Placing your air mattress against a wall with a headboard can stop the annoying occurrence of your pillows sliding down the back of the bed while you’re asleep. You can purchase some air mattresses with headboards included.

4. Avoid Overloading

If you’re heavier, you should be cautious when buying an air mattress and check the weight allowance. Suppose a user is particularly heavy and sleeping on a low-quality, lightweight mattress.

In that case, it can cause sleep disturbance and discomfort, not just for the user but whoever might be sharing the bed with them.

5. Mattress Toppers

Mattress Toppers

Adding a mattress topper to your air mattress is a surefire way to increase its comfort levels. Not only can they make it feel more comfortable, but it’s also a great way to add an extra layer of support.

You can pick mattress toppers up for an affordable price, too, so it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to get a good night’s sleep.

6. Regular Maintenance

Regular Maintenance

Neglecting the maintenance of your air mattresses can result in an uncomfortable night’s sleep. Before and after each use, check it for bubbles, leaks, or weak seams, and see any repairs as soon as possible.

7. Comfortable Pillows

Comfortable Pillows

A good-quality pillow can make a world of difference to how well you sleep, especially if you suffer from neck or shoulder pain. Memory foam mattresses offer a lot of support and help to keep you in a comfortable sleeping position all night.

8. Noise Reduction

Noise Reduction

Air mattress users often complain about the noise of sleeping on air mattresses, which many of us, I’m sure, are familiar with. The constant squeaking and creaking can be highly frustrating. To avoid this, you can add sheets or blankets to the surface of your mattress.

9. Over/Under-Inflation

One of the most common reasons people experience discomfort when sleeping on an air mattress is because they haven’t been adequately inflated, a bed that’s too firm, or sinking and sagging isn’t going to provide you with a good night’s sleep.

Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions regarding inflation. But as a general rule of thumb, you should inflate your air mattress to around 90% of its capacity.

10. Choosing the Right Bedding

Choosing the Right Bedding

Choosing the right kind of bedding to sleep in on your air mattress can significantly improve how well you sleep. Air mattresses can make you feel quite hot when you sleep, so it can be worth investing in some high-quality cotton bedding to regulate your temperature and keep you cool and comfortable.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few questions we get asked about enhancing the comfort of an air mattress for a better night’s sleep.

How can I make my air mattress softer?

Adding a mattress topper or using a thick blanket or comforter can provide extra cushioning and make your air mattress feel softer and cozier.

What can I do to prevent feeling the cold air from the mattress?

Placing an insulating layer such as a foam pad or blanket between you and the air mattress can help to minimize the feeling of cold air and provide additional warmth.

How can I reduce the noise and movement on an air mattress?

Placing a non-slip mat or rug underneath the air mattress can help to stabilize it and reduce any sliding or movement. Additionally, using a mattress cover or fitted sheet can help to quieten any noise caused by the PVC surface.

The Low Down

Sleeping on an air mattress can be trial and error, and you might have to try a few solutions to enhance the comfort before you find what works for you and get a restful night’s slumber. So don’t hesitate to try all the solutions in this guide, and don’t lose faith.

Before you do anything, however, check the product specifications of the air mattress you buy. Look at the size, weight, and material, and check out other user reviews to see if the mattress is right for you.

Sarah Wagner

I'm Sarah Wagner, and I founded Sweet Island Dreams in 2022. It's a blog dedicated to helping people mental vacation virtually anytime they want. By providing information about the best sleep of your life, I help people drift away to paradise without ever having to leave their bed!