Most people tend to believe that air mattresses are only to be used when camping or when visitors come to town.
However, some people do use air mattresses often, even nightly.
This does beg the question of if air mattresses offer the required level of support to sleep well and if they last long enough to be used every day.
Buying an air mattress instead of a regular mattress can you save money, however, is purchasing an air mattress for your kids to sleep on every night a good idea? This article aims to address some of the troubles a parent might run into with their kids sleeping on an air mattress long-term.
There will also be tips on how to make air mattresses more comfortable so that they can be used night after night.
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One concern that most parents have when their children sleep on air mattresses is temperature control. This is because trying to regular your body’s temperature can be tougher when sleeping on an air mattress.
This is due to the fact that most air mattresses are manufactured using synthetic materials like vinyl which do not breathe well.
This lack of breathability makes it harder for the body to disperse heat generated over the night, which then results in the air becoming trapped and getting hotter leading to an uncomfortable night when the weather is hotter.
Conversely, during the winter, the air inside becomes cool and that could cause you to feel cold.
The most effective way to ensure that you or your children can combat the issues is to simply have a sufficient barrier between your body and the air mattress’s surface. This can be done using cotton sheets during the summer and a mattress topper during the colder months.
How can an air mattress be made comfortable?
Create a Headboard
Having a headboard is not just an aesthetic feature for the bedroom. It can help you ensure your cushions remain in place while providing you with something you can lean against. For optimum support, it is best to position your headboard against a wall.
Creating a headboard can be one of the most seamless ways to develop a traditional mattress and bed feel.
Get a mattress topper
Mattress toppers can really make the difference when it comes to how well you sleep at night. This is because they add a supplementary layer of support and cushioning which can also help to regulate your body temperature.
Get a cot or a mattress stand
This is especially important to ensure you remain warm during the winter. When the air mattress is close to the ground, the more likely your kids will get cold. That is why you have to place a barrier between the floor and the air mattress to ensure you are comfortable at all times.
Regularly Reinflate The Mattress
You must regularly check your air mattress for sagging, so you can re-inflate as needed. As a rule of thumb, you should inspect your air mattress every third day to ensure that it has a sufficient amount of air in it. You can even keep the pump close to you to ensure that pumping the bed is not a chore.
Turn it into an “actual” bed
If there is something that makes all difference when it comes to sleep quality, it is the bedlinen. Using an air bed for a long period of time means that you have to consider using bedding that is not only comfortable but luxurious.
This means you have to ensure your children sleep on the best quality sheets within your budget. You should also get them a comforter and pillows.