The bed in the hotel I am staying at has the rigidity of wood! It gave me a terrible night as I woke up every hour or so with loss circulation in my limbs. Even after spending the whole night in bed, I feel more tired than when I went to sleep!

The only trick I know is to sleep over the blanket, which I folded in two, but in a place where its 37C during the day, the blanket offers very little padding.

What else can be done to improve sleep on a hard bed?

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    Rock hard mattresses are common in SE Asia. Locals are used to sleeping on thin straw mats on hard floors, so really firm mattresses seem normal to them.
    – user13044
    Apr 10, 2017 at 2:42
  • I was going to say that since this is also a common problem while camping, you might find something on the Outdoors site, but I had a look and their most similar question just has a lot of people suggesting expensive camping mat type products. Hopefully someone here will suggest something possible somewhere that doesn't have a soft mattress in a cupboard, when you're already there and cant buy/bring something! Apr 10, 2017 at 14:18
  • Here's a pretty hilarious related question on the Productivity site of all places: Sleeping on the desk (the most comfortable and simple method). Especially the cartoon in answer #2... Apr 10, 2017 at 14:30
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    Ask for more blankets?
    – JonathanReez
    Apr 10, 2017 at 14:34
  • @Tom - Yesterday I looked to add more blankets and I'm not sure this can even be called a mattress! It's hollow (no filling, no springs, foam, etc) and has no bottom. Just a frame and top. Only the top is so rigid that it does not bend even with 90kg on top of it!With 4 blankets over at least I did not lose circulation but I still woke up aching.
    – Itai
    Apr 11, 2017 at 1:42

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I don't think there's any easy answers here. I'd complain to the hotel if the bed was really that hard. And if you are finding this a regular problem, then maybe bringing along an extra soft layer might be an idea. The small inflatable camping mats pack down pretty small.

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    Indeed. It was unusually hard but they offered 4 blankets the next night and then added a foam over it on the second. Great service in Vietnam! My hotels before and after had firm beds but none of them was that hard. The inflatable mat seems like a fantastic plan-ahead idea.
    – Itai
    Apr 13, 2017 at 14:09

Complain to the hotel as soon as possible - it may be a fixable problem.

Some hotels have especially firm mattresses available on request. I once got one of them by accident. I complained, and the next night my bed was much more comfortable.

  • Yes, I did. Apparently, I got the soft one! Now I have a pile of blankets under the sheets, so we'll see how it turns out.
    – Itai
    Apr 10, 2017 at 15:48

@daamsie already mentioned the inflatable camping mats, another option is a summer sleeping bag. They can be compressed to a very small size (especially the ones with down feather), their weight is below 1 kg.

  • Something that can be highly compressed isn't likely to offer much padding.
    – ceejayoz
    Apr 11, 2017 at 21:11
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    Yes, I agree with @ceejayoz. I think most people use an air mattress under a sleeping bag.
    – Itai
    Apr 13, 2017 at 14:05

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