How To Calibrate Sleep Number Bed: 8 Easy Steps

How to calibrate sleep number bed? Sleep number beds are adjustable air-filled mattresses with individualized settings for each side of the bed.

The more people on one bed, the more likely you will need to calibrate your sleep number setting. One of the biggest complaints I hear is that they can’t get a good night’s sleep.

Whether it’s because their partner keeps them up or because their mattress doesn’t provide adequate support, everyone has experienced the struggle of waking up tired and groggy.

If this sounds like you, then today, we’ll talk about calibrating your sleep number bed so you can finally get a full eight hours!

What Is A Sleep Number Bed?

A sleep number bed is an adjustable air-filled mattress with individualized settings for each side of the bed. This way, both people sleeping on the same bed can adjust their half to fit their unique support preferences.

How Does A Sleep Number Work?

The sleep number bed senses your weight and adjusts accordingly (with two separate chambers under each side of the bed), so you can get the perfect level of support.

AIR is pumped into your side(s) of the mattress, which means you will get maximum comfort and minimal heat loss throughout the night.

How To Calibrate Sleep Number Bed?

Unfortunately, if one person needs a higher number for their side to get proper support, it won’t be possible for both people to sleep equally well.

how to calibrate sleep number bed
how to calibrate sleep number bed

You’ll need to calibrate your sleep number bed settings to get the best results (and your best night’s rest). Here are some easy steps on how to calibrate a sleep number bed:

Step One

Check the manual to see any instructions for calibrating your bed.

Step Two

Please turn off the power and unplug the bed from its electrical outlet.

Step Three

Find a flat surface at least 4 feet high in a room with no air conditioning or heating vents. 

Step Four

Make sure that you have a partner who is willing to help you with this process! They’ll need to lie in bed while you change the settings.

Step Five

Find out what your partner’s sleep setting is. Flip over your side of the mattress and look at the number that shows up on the remote control for half of the bed (if there is one). This number indicates their sleep number setting.

Step Six

If your partner’s sleep number is lower than yours, you’ll need to set your site higher so that there is a better balance between the two sides of the bed.

However, if their number is higher than yours, you should keep your side at its current setting and let them dial theirs down a bit.

Step Seven

After you’ve adjusted your side of the bed, give it about 30 minutes to an hour before checking again. This gives the mattress time to fill with air and adjust to your new setting. 

Step Eight

Repeat this process until both sides of the bed are relatively even when it comes to sleep numbers.

If you find that one side is still too high or too low, only adjust the settings in small increments (about 5-10 numbers at a time).

Remember that no two people will ever have the same preferences, so try to avoid getting frustrated if you can’t get it perfect right away.

How Frequently Should I Calibrate My Sleep Number Bed?

You will want to calibrate your sleep number bed once every few weeks (or whenever the mattress starts to lose its firmness) to ensure that both people sleeping on the bed are getting exactly what they need in terms of support.

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If you suffer from back pain, then I would recommend setting up an appointment with a chiropractor.

They can help you find the best sleep number for your preferences and give you exercises that will strengthen your back, which should put less weight on your mattress over time.

Your chiropractor may also recommend using a soft-style orthopedic pillow or sleeping without one at all.

Also Read: How Is A Sleep Number Bed Put Together

The Benefits Of A Calibrated Sleep Number Bed

A calibrated sleep number bed is very important if both people in the relationship suffer from back pain or other sleep-related health issues.

The main benefit of calibrating your sleep number bed is that it helps maintain great spinal alignment, leading to less tossing and turning during the night.

If you are single, you may still find benefits to calibrating your sleep number bed. For example, if you are a back sleeper, having an elevated number will give you the support you need while lying on your back.

If you are a stomach sleeper, however, you’ll want to lower this number so that it’s closer to zero so that there is less weight pushing down on your stomach, which can lead to acid reflux & gastric discomfort.

If you are a restless sleeper, then this number will also affect how easily you move around in your sleep.

If your sleep number is too low or too high, then you may find that it’s difficult to turn over or that one part of your body gets stuck in the sheets as you rotate from one position to another during the night.

Why You Should Get A New Mattress Every 8 Years?

A new mattress can help keep the spine in tip-top shape by providing the perfect amount of support for your body weight.

This is especially true if you wake up feeling sore, which could indicate that your current mattress is too soft or firm.

If you suffer from back pain, then I recommend replacing your mattress every 8 years.

However, if you aren’t in pain, I recommend waiting until your mattress starts to sag in the center.

Suppose you try and compensate for this by putting a board under the bed frame or flipping your mattress over (which is not the same as rotating the mattress).

In that case, you may end up reducing its lifespan and spending more money than necessary on mattress maintenance.

How To Take Care Of Your Mattress And Keep It Clean?

If this is your first time buying a mattress, I recommend that you purchase a mattress pad to protect it from spills or body fluids.

This will also help keep the mattress clean for longer because it will be easy just to take off and replace it when you need to wash it.

I have found that the color of your sheets can sometimes bleed onto the mattress, which can lead to permanent stains if not treated right away.

This is why I usually buy white sheets and change them every few weeks not to become discolored over time.

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If you spill something on your mattress, then you’ll want to blot any excess liquid up with a towel or paper towel as quickly as possible.

Then, you’ll want to spray the area with a disinfectant and let it stand for about 15 minutes so that it can break down any proteins or oils in the liquid.

After this, blot up the area again if necessary, and then lay a towel down on it to extract all of the moisture from within the mattress.

You want to make sure that the mattress is completely dry before putting it back on your bed because mold & bacteria can begin to grow if it’s still wet after a few days.

If you have a moisture extractor, this will be much easier because you’ll be able to extract all of the water from within the mattress, preventing mold from growing in the future.

Tips For Choosing The Right Size Mattress For Your Bedroom

If you have a small room, I recommend getting a queen-size mattress because it will give you more space when compared to a full or twin.

This is also the ideal size for couples who want to be able to move around in their sleep without disturbing each other’s rest, although this may require that you purchase two twin XL (extra-long twin) mattresses and place them side by side on your bed frame.

If you have a large bedroom, however, I recommend that you get a king-size mattress because it will help make the room feel more spacious and allow for extra storage space underneath if needed.

This is especially true when compared to buying two full-size mattresses and placing them next to each other on your bed frame.

A queen-size mattress with a pillow top is also ideal for couples who want extra space but don’t have an unlimited budget for their mattress purchase.

On the other hand, if you have more money to spend, I recommend getting two twin XL mattresses with a pillow top to provide extra comfort and help reduce the pressure on your hips and shoulders.

If you’re a side sleeper, I recommend getting a plush mattress to soften the feel of the mattress and keep pressure off of your shoulder & hip areas.

If you’re an average sleeper (you sleep on your back or your side), I recommend getting a plush mattress to soften the feel of the mattress and keep pressure off of your shoulder & hip areas.

The Bottom Line

A Sleep Number Bed is an adjustable air mattress that applies varying pressure levels to the body so you can adjust your degree of firmness.

This allows you to get a more comfortable and personalized night’s sleep – without having to wake up midway through the night because it feels like you’re sinking into a hole!

The different adjustments are achieved by using remote controls or apps on mobile devices, which means adjusting your bed at home has never been easier.

And now, thanks to this article from our blog, we’ve also shown how easy it is for those who want their perfect level of comfort but don’t know where to start with sleep number beds.

Have any questions about what kind of adjustments you can make? We’d love to answer them. There is always a Sleep Number Bed expert standing by, and we want to help you get the best night’s sleep of your life!

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