When you sleep on a brand-new memory foam pillow, you might think it feels hard. But these pillows actually mould to your body shape, so if it feels stiff, you just need to break it in.
The easiest way to soften a memory foam pillow is by warming it up. Because these pillows are designed to fit your body, they adapt to your body’s temperature too, which is much warmer than room temperature. Learn how to quickly heat your pillow plus other alternatives with these three tips.
3 tips to soften your memory foam pillow
1. Warm up your pillow
Around 15 minutes before bed, warm your memory foam pillow with an electric blanket or a hot water bottle. This will heat your pillow enough so that it feels softer and more comfortable.
Alternatively, you can try warming your pillow by placing it near a radiator. Make sure your pillow doesn’t directly touch the radiator as it can burn.
2. Squeeze your pillow
If you don’t want to wait for your pillow to heat up, give it a gentle squeeze before you go to sleep. After squeezing, lie down in a comfortable position with your head and neck against the pillow. The memory foam will expand, adapting to your body shape.
3. Let the memory foam adapt
To break in a memory foam pillow, you’ll need to wait for it to mould to the shape of your head and neck. Your pillow will naturally get softer over time, so if it’s not too uncomfortable, try letting it adapt to your body. Heating will speed up this process, if you can’t wait.
Why do you need to break in a memory foam pillow?
The structure of memory foam means it can work for any person, because its constructed to mould to your shape when heat and pressure are applied. To make the most of your pillow, you need to break it in so it’s a perfect fit for your body.
How long does it take for a memory foam pillow to soften?
You can soften a memory foam pillow in 15 minutes by heating it, or even less than if you simply squeeze it. Without these methods, your pillow should break in naturally in under a week as it adapts to your body’s temperature and shape.
Always follow the manufacturer's guidance, these articles are provided as general advice.