Sleeping is one of the best stress-relievers to date and we’re very privileged to be able to sleep anytime we want to, and when I say anytime, I mean At Home, and not at work!
Let’s say you come home from the office, dog tired and looking forward to lay your dead tired body on that welcoming bed, but the moment you lie down, you get an uncomfortable feeling in your shoulders and pain in your lower back because of a bad mattress, then you think of buying a new mattress, but then again, buying a new one would mean spending a lot of money.
So what option do you have?
Well, a mattress topper will do the trick! It’s cheaper and adds more comfort to your droopy mattress that you bought ages ago.
Out with the old and in with the new, they say. But if you can’t afford a new mattress, then choosing a comfortable mattress topper for your bed will suffice and will definitely give you the best value for your money.
If a mattress topper doesn’t ring a bell to you, then let’s get to know what it is and what it does.
What Is a Mattress Topper?
From the word itself, a mattress topper is a cushion you put on top of your old mattress or beneath the fitted sheets. It’s totally removable and cleanable by machine or by hand.
Mattress toppers give comfort and an additional ‘pillow’ feel when you’re sleeping. In addition, it can mitigate pain and pressure in the shoulders, hips, and lower back. So if users aren’t satisfied with their current mattresses anymore, they go for mattress toppers.
What are the Benefits of a Mattress Topper?
Mattress toppers definitely improve your sleep. Old mattresses can sag and will have indentations due to wear and tear but mattress toppers will act as a buffer.
With the right thickness, density, height, weight, and material, a mattress topper will give a more stable support for your neck and back and alleviate pain and pressure points as it aligns with your spine, therefore, keeping you safe from backaches.
Because it covers up the mattress, it somehow extends a mattress’s lifespan. So you get comfort and protection from your mattress topper, it’s two for the price of one!
How to Choose a Comfortable Mattress Topper?
Aside from material, price, noise reduction, maintenance, and warranty, choosing a comfortable mattress topper depends on sleeping positions and body weight.
Before getting your hands on that elegant memory foam mattress topper queen, try to figure out which of these are you when sleeping:
When you sleep on your side, the irregular arch in your spine puts pressure in sensitive areas. The toppers you need should slump beneath these areas to straighten the spine and possibly alleviate pressure.
If you weigh less than 130 pounds, then maybe getting a softer and lower-density mattress topper will suit your need. If you’re more on the plump side, over 130 pounds, then a firmer mattress topper is perfect for you.
If you mostly sleep on your back like me, you need a mattress topper with a higher density because your position might cause your back and hips to droop, and if it’s an extremely firm mattress topper, you’ll end up in a position with a gap in between your head and lower back.
It’s not only uncomfortable but it puts a lot of pressure on your spine when you sleep all throughout the night in that position.
If you’re a light sleeper and weigh around 130 to 230 pounds, choosing a slightly less firm topper will suit your fancy and heavy sleepers usually prefer an insignificant firmness on the topper.
Lastly, if you sleep on your stomach, a slightly firm topper with lower density should suit you because this position usually causes your hips and pelvis to slump, therefore, misaligning the spine, putting more pressure on it. Uh-oh, you definitely don’t want a sore back when you go to work the next day. This type of mattress topper is perfect for individuals of all weight sizes.
Now that we’ve tackled the different sleeping positions, let’s move on to size. Because it sits on top or beneath your mattress, both should be made for each other! Measure your mattress before buying a mattress topper, choosing the wrong size might cause sliding beneath the surface or you might end up buying new sheets!
Choose The Right Type of Mattress Topper
Choosing the right type of mattress topper depends on your personal preference and is broken down into several factors like odor retention, softness, thickness, maintenance, and longevity.
The memory foam mattress topper is by far, a household name in mattress toppers! It comes with a steep price but you get softness and comfort, and you can choose from a variety of different thickness and densities. Not only does it reduce pressure on sore joints but it also reduces a lot of motion on the bed.
The latex mattress topper is the most durable of all toppers! Although it’s the most expensive out of the whole bunch, it can last up to 30 years. Not only that, it’s very friendly to the environment!
The feather mattress topper’s best feature is softening a firm mattress. And because of this, it gives you a fluffy feel when you’re sleeping. It has a beautiful design which doesn’t trap body heat, so it remains comfortably cool during your slumber. Although it requires a lot of shaking as maintenance, this is definitely one of those toppers that will leave you feeling relaxed after a long day at work.
A wool mattress topper is 100 per cent natural and environment-friendly,and natural-made toppers are excellent in softening and regulating heat. This is hypoallergenic, dry, and airy because wool absorbs moisture from the environment or sweat (from god-knows-where) so it’s totally smell-free!
The fiber mattress topper is the cheapest above all toppers and its absolute softness support for firm mattresses makes it a popular choice for sleepers who want to feel like they’re sleeping in a cloud.
Not only does it reduce the pressure points in sensitive areas like your neck, hips, back, and shoulders, it’s also free from chemical odors and it controls body heat and flow. It does need regular maintenance by hand because machine washing them can cause lumpiness.