Top 4 Signs That Your Mattress Is Too Firm

Sleep is essential for health. It refreshes your mind and body and prepares you for another productive day. However, many times, it seems that sleep has the opposite effects. Instead of waking up fresh and energized, you get up feeling groggy and with an aching body. While there can be several reasons for it, a firm mattress is one of the most common ones. Read on to learn more about identifying if it’s the mattress that’s causing the problems.

Following are some of the key signs that your mattress is too firm and needs to be softened or replaced:

1.     It Doesn’t Sink At All

No sinkage is often perceived as a sign of a good mattress. But that’s not true. While all new mattresses may feel a little firm, a good mattress is one that gradually softens up, sinks in, and conforms to your body. This creates a comfortable sleeping surface and keeps your spine properly aligned during sleep.

It may take a few weeks for a new mattress to provide a good sinkage. However, if yours isn’t sinking in at all even after several weeks, it’s a sign that your mattress is too firm.

2.     Your Sleep Quality is Affected

We often take the difficulty in falling and/or staying asleep as part of getting used to a new mattress, which is entirely wrong. A good mattress helps improve sleep quality. If yours isn’t doing it and has led to an increased tossing and turning and distorted sleeping patterns instead, it could be due to your mattress being stiffer than it should be.

An extra firm mattress can make it difficult to fall and/or stay asleep, resulting in morning grogginess. It can also lead to several health issues in the long run.

3.     You Wake Up With a Stiff, Aching Body

If your mattress is causing muscle and joint stiffness and body pains instead of making you relaxed, your mattress is likely too firm. Complaints of knees, neck, and shoulders stiffness and pain are common with sleeping on an extra firm mattresses. They can also cause and exacerbate back pain. This may sound strange to many as sleeping on a firm mattress was long considered a way to relieve back pain, but modern research has shown that highly stiff mattresses can cause strain on your back, leaving you worn out.

4.     Numbing or Tingling in Limbs

Since an excessively firm mattress does not contour to the sleeper’s body, it doesn’t take the pressure off your joints and limbs; the parts that interact with the mattress the most. This leads to tingling and/or numbness in the arms and feet.

If you often find yourself waking up with a dead arm or a numb leg, ever since you got the new mattress, it hints towards the wrong firmness.


While your mattress shouldn’t be too soft, an overly firm mattress is equally (if not more) harmful for your body and health. It not only reduces your sleep quality but can also lead to multiple health problems. Therefore, it’s important to buy a quality mattress and look out for the telltale signs of an excessively firm mattress.

At Wolf Mattress, we understand the importance of a mattress in your life. Backed by 146+ years of industry experience, we offer mattresses with just the right amount of firmness that you need to sleep comfortably and wake up feeling fresh and energized. Explore our mattress collections to find the right fit for yourself!

Wolf Mattress

American Made Since 1873

3434 S. Maplecrest Rd.

Fort Wayne, IN

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