No matter your age, sex, occupation, or location, it’s vital to get a good night’s sleep. Proper sleep makes it easier to focus, concentrate, and be productive, and it ensures your energy levels stay high. Quality rest also helps with factors such as hormone fluctuations, weight gain, stress levels, and mental health.
If you struggle to get to sleep or stay that way, or if your sleep quality varies throughout the week, you may need a new mattress. Sometimes, though, all it takes to boost your rest is to add a well-made mattress topper to the mix. Follow a few useful tips to buy the best product for your needs today.
One of the first things most shoppers consider is the price. There are toppers in a wide variety of price points these days, so there’s something to suit most budgets. Do keep in mind, though, that you’ll usually get what you pay for, with the higher-end toppers providing more comfort.
The least expensive products tend to be made from polyester or plain egg-crate foam, or sometimes cotton. The toppers that set you back more come in wool, memory foam, and latex, as well as some other rarer materials.
Many people prefer a firmer mattress topper if they want more support for their back and limbs, or if that’s the general feel they prefer. If you’re in this category, opt for products made from latex or memory foam as these better hold the shape of a body and support natural posture.
However, if a soft feel is your cup of tea, choose down or cotton toppers, or lower-density memory foam products. The less costly toppers also tend to add merely an extra layer of soft material, so it could be all you need.
Thickness and Density
Consider the thickness of a topper, too. The chunkier a topper is, the more plushness it will provide, which is helpful if you’re trying to make an older mattress feel more comfortable, or if you’re a side sleeper. Thicker mattress toppers also make a bed warmer, so they’re perfect during the winter months.
Also, factor in density. How compact the mass in the object is affects how much support you receive from a topper. The higher the density, the more support you enjoy. If you’re looking to get some relief from pain and discomfort as you sleep, choose a topper with a density of four pounds of material per cubic foot. For most people, though, a density of three pounds works well.
In today’s market, you have a considerable choice when it comes to topper materials. As mentioned above, you can choose from products made from latex (both synthetic and natural options), memory foam, egg-crate foam, cotton, and wool. However, there are also quality alpaca toppers available, and products made from polyester, or goose and duck down or feathers.
Choosing a material right for you involves thinking about factors such as price, thickness, density, firmness, effects on body temperature, comfort, allergies, durability, ease of cleaning, and more. Weigh up the pros and cons of different materials before buying a topper.
Do you have sensitive skin or allergies? If so, keep this in mind as you shop. Some materials are more hypoallergenic than others and more resistant to mildew, mold, mites, bed bugs, etc. The best options for those with sensitivities tend to be wool, alpaca, and natural latex. Plus, toppers made from natural and organic materials, involving the use of fewer chemicals, tend to be better on the skin and health in general.
If you sleep with a partner who tosses and turns a lot, or if you’re a light sleeper, pay attention to how much motion isolation a topper provides. While you can buy a mattress that helps in this regard, you’ll get even better rest if you add a topper to the mix that limits movement. For instance, latex and memory foam products helpfully reduce the transmission of movement from someone else in the bed.
Always check the warranty on a product. A mattress topper with longer cover indicates that the manufacturer backs its creations and has taken steps to increase the durability of its designs. Many toppers have a two-year warranty these days, but some have only 12 months while others can get as high as five years.
Buying a mattress topper that suits all your needs takes a little time and effort, on top of the money spent. However, add one to your bed today and you should soon notice that you’re sleeping more deeply and for longer due to the added comfort and support.