How Can I Make My Bed Less Bouncy? Mattress Motion Transfer Explained!

How Can I Make My Bed Less Bouncy? Mattress Motion Transfer Explained!

May 02, 2023


Do you wake up any time whoever you share a bed with (significant other, doggo, cat…) rolls over, stirs, or gets up? You’ve got a bouncy mattress problem. We can help!

What is motion transfer in a mattress?

In researching a mattress you might have come across the term “motion transfer.” It sounds scientific, but it’s really a simple idea. Motion transfer is the measurement of how much movement is shared from one part of your mattress to another. Here’s a great example: it’s the middle of the night and you’re sleeping. Your 85-pound (super cute) rottweiler jumps on the bed and you get shaken awake, thinking it’s a 6.0 magnitude earthquake! That sensation of a too bouncy mattress is a great way to describe motion transfer. 

How can I make my bed less bouncy?

Look for a mattress that sports features designed to “reduce motion transfer” to help eliminate the shaking and waking and even the squeaky noises that can come with it. Here are three ways to reduce motion transfer and make your bed less bouncy.

1. Quick fix! Try a memory foam mattress topper.

Kind of like how putting a pillow over your ears at night helps drown out the sound of your partner snoring, a mattress topper can help dampen the bounciness. The extra layer of memory foam helps absorb some of the movement and reduces the rolling, shaking sensation. This is a great solution if you’re not quite ready to replace your mattress or are working on a tighter budget and need to fix that bouncy mattress fast. Our memory foam mattress toppers start at just $68 and also offer cooling benefits! Find out more in this handy Mattress Topper Guide.

2. Look for a mattress with individually wrapped coils.

When it’s time for a new mattress, look for one with individually wrapped coils. Okay great, but what does that even mean? When a mattress has individually wrapped coils, each of the springs in the support system are wrapped in their own individual “tube” of fabric so it acts like an individual column of support. Essentially, individually wrapping the coils allows them to move independently, rather than as one uniform entity that acts like a rolling wave. That’s the key to reducing motion transfer!

3. Hybrid mattresses are the way to go.

If you’re just starting your mattress search, consider going with a hybrid mattress. They combine two popular mattress designs, including springs inside for support and some bounce plus layers of memory foam on top for added plushness. This design naturally reduces motion transfer. Bonus! All Allswell mattresses are hybrids and have individually wrapped coils, so you can kiss shaking and waking goodnight! 

While pets play a part, motion transfer is a big deal for couples. If you and yours are in the market for a new, less bouncy mattress, the Best Mattress for Couples is a helpful article to read.

We know Allswell hybrid mattresses are a great choice, but don’t just take our word for it:

“The energy transfer is also great, or whatever you call not feeling when your 95-pound and 65-pound dogs get in and out of the bed without disturbing your sleep.” – Holly, sleeping on the Allswell Supreme

“When I or my husband move we don’t feel it now the memory foam keeps us from disrupting each other !” – Lauren, sleeping on the Allswell Hybrid Mattress

“If one of us gets up in the middle of the night we don't wake the other up because of the bed shaking.” – Alan sleeping on the Allswell Supreme