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Why a Mattress Topper Can Be a Game Changer

A mattress topper can improve your sleep in many ways. But what is it?

Generally it is put on top of a mattress to not only protect it but also add comfort to it.

Sometimes, the terms “mattress topper” and “mattress pad” are used interchangeably. Though similar, they are not quite the same. Mattress pads are much thinner and mainly offer protection, whereas mattress toppers, since they are thicker, do both - offer protection and add comfort.

There are many reasons why you might consider getting a mattress topper, ranging from simply adding extra cushioning to giving your body support when it's recovering from an injury, surgery, or illness.

Click on the different tabs below to start learning more about mattress toppers!

Man stretching early in the morning on mattress

What kind of mattress toppers are there?

If you start looking for a mattress topper now, you will find, there are many different ones to choose from. Just trying to find the right material for your perfect mattress topper can be overwhelming, so here is a general overview on what you could encounter while searching!

cotton

Cottonhas great breathability as it is natural. Picking up a cotton mattress topper can be a good idea if you are especially prone to allergies. However, it tends to not be quite as durable as other material choices, as it tends to wear down fast, especially if used daily. 

Woolbeing another natural textile, can be a good choice as it can absorb the heat of our bodies very well. It’s also resistant to mites and mold. Last but not least its durability is quite good. The only downside being they can be pricy to get hold of.

wool
latex

Latexis also great for keeping mites and bacteria at bay. Its lifespan can also be quite impressive! Overtime with regular use, you will however notice the material aging. In terms of price it is also on the more expensive side, prices going up depending on thickness.

Memory foam 

is a more modern alternative.
It can “remember” its original shape and bounce back. This gives it a prolonged life, while at the same time adjusting to your body. It can also absorb excess movement, giving you and your partner a more restful night's sleep.
Even though a standard memory foam topper is prone to retaining heat, there are ways to engineer it to be better at cooling, so you can still enjoy the other advantages of memory foam!

memory foam
bamboo and charcoal powder

An example of this would be gel-infused memory foam or bamboo charcoal foam.
Bamboo charcoal is a great choice for people with allergies since it controls odors, excess moisture, and regulates temperature.
Inside gel-infused memory foam you will find gel microbeads. The gel microbeads create more breathable foam since they enhance air circulation. In short, you stay cooler while sleeping. 

Egg cratemattress toppers are popular as they are very breathable. And thanks to the bumps and dips you find on it, it can relieve pain and pressure so you can sleep comfortably. Bonus points, they’re flexible, making it easy for you to pack them up should you need/want to!

egg crate mattress topper

How to pick the right mattress topper?

This is a question you will probably ask yourself when you start researching different kinds of mattress toppers. To pick one that is right for you,  consider some of these things. It might get you a little closer to picking the right choice.

How do you usually sleep? 

If you usually sleep on your side, more pressure is put on your hip and shoulder. To keep your spine straight, a soft but firm mattress topper would work best.

If you usually sleep on your back, you will need a mattress topper that has the flexibility to curve with your spine. In this case, a memory foam mattress topper would be an option to consider.

As a stomach sleeper, you will want a more firm mattress topper. By sleeping too soft the spine can bend backward into an uncomfortable position, causing pain and discomfort the next morning. Try aiming for a thinner mattress topper, like this 2-inch mattress topper.

woman sleeping in bed no backpain

Which size should the mattress topper be?

Consider the size of your bed and its height.
If a bed sits low, a mattress topper can compensate. If your bed already is at a comfortable height, consider how much height you want to add!

Be aware of weight – yours, and that of the mattress topper. Since you will have to handle the topper periodically to take care of it, you should make sure you can do it easily.

Check the "How to take proper care of your mattress topper" section for more information on that.

Your weight matters as well so that you can take full advantage of your mattress topper. If you sink in too deeply into the mattress topper, you might not fully benefit.

If you’re a smaller person, you could aim for a 2-inch topper. A 3-inch topper would be perfect for women over 165 pounds and men over 185 pounds. A 4-inch topper would be perfect should you weigh more than 250 pounds. Or if your mattress is rock hard and needs all the softening it can get!

Remember, the weight and size will change both the feel and height of your mattress!

How old is your current mattress? 

A mattress past it’s prime tends to become softer and less supportive of your spine. This means it will be difficult to maintain good spine posture at night.

A mattress topper can be a cost-efficient choice to restore the comfort level of your old mattress.

But if your mattress is extremely lumpy, even a mattress topper won’t be able to even everything out, not to mention there are added health risks when using a mattress that is too old. In that case might want to consider changing your mattress altogether, it’s not worth risking your health just to save a few bucks now. It will cost you more later. 

Another thing, since the topper is not a fixed part of your mattress topper, it could move around. This is easily fixed though, since there are mattress toppers that come with straps that let you attach the topper to the mattress itself, ensuring that your topper won’t slide or move away from its intended position. 

What is the best mattress topper for back pain?

woman waking up with backpain

Back pain or other medical issues like neck pain, joint pain, or excessive sweating can deprive you of catching some z’s.

Since you release your full body weight on the mattress on a surface for hours, it is vital that it can support your body adequately.

Your spine has natural curves in it, any push or pulls, even slightly because the mattress that is too soft or too firm, will put unnecessary pressure on it. Keeping the spine bent in an unnatural position will lead to discomfort in the morning.

But that is not the only issue a mattress which is too firm for you can have – it can also cause joint pain as it will put extra pressure on other areas such as your shoulders, hips, knees, and your side.

Similarly, a sagging or lumpy mattress can cause neck pain. Of course, your pillow plays a bigger role here, but the mattress still affects where your body is in relation to your head. Try switching out your pillow to a flatter one, if you are experiencing neck pain.  With this pillow, you can customize the stuffing to fit you!

If you have ever experienced night sweats, you will agree that it’s not the greatest way to wake up the next morning. You can fix it by wearing loose pajamas made with breathable fabrics like cotton and linen, switch out your sheets for some lighter fabrics, or opt for a cooling mattress topper.

Or all of the above to wake up feeling refreshed in the morning. 

How to take proper care of your mattress topper?

Generally speaking, there is not very much you need to do to keep your mattress topper in shape. Regular maintenance and spot cleaning will go a long way.

  • Get in a habit of checking it for stains, wear or odors, and take care of any stains immediately. 
  •  If your mattress topper is the same on both sides, consider flipping it now and then to distribute wear to both sides
  • Finally, whenever you wash your sheets, let your mattress topper air out, ideally exposing it to direct sunlight. This will help with neutralizing unpleasant odors in the topper

Since a mattress topper won’t fit in your washing machine, prevention should be your priority to ensure you can enjoy it for as long as possible!

Did you find what you were looking for? Check out our new collection of mattress toppers!

Use the discount code SweetSleep15 to get a 15% discount on your next order!

Why a Mattress Topper Can Be a Game Changer

Man stretching early in the morning on mattress

A mattress topper can improve your sleep in many ways.
But what is it?

Generally it is put on top of a mattress to not only protect it but also add comfort to it.

Sometimes, the terms “mattress topper” and “mattress pad” are used interchangeably. Though similar, they are not quite the same. Mattress pads are much thinner and mainly offer protection, whereas mattress toppers, since they are thicker, do both - offer protection and add comfort.

There are many reasons why you might consider getting a mattress topper, ranging from simply adding extra cushioning to giving your body support when it's recovering from an injury, surgery, or illness.

What kind of mattress toppers are there?

If you start looking for a mattress topper now, you will find, there are many different ones to choose from. Just trying to find the right material for your perfect mattress topper can be overwhelming, so here is a general overview on what you could encounter while searching!

cotton

Cottonhas great breathability as it is natural. Picking up a cotton mattress topper can be a good idea if you are especially prone to allergies. However, it tends to not be quite as durable as other material choices, as it tends to wear down fast, especially if used daily. 

wool

Woolbeing another natural textile, can be a good choice as it can absorb the heat of our bodies very well. It’s also resistant to mites and mold. Last but not least its durability is quite good. The only downside being they can be pricy to get hold of.

latex

Latexis also great for keeping mites and bacteria at bay. Its lifespan can also be quite impressive! Overtime with regular use, you will however notice the material aging. In terms of price it is also on the more expensive side, prices going up depending on thickness.

memory foam

Memory foam

is a more modern alternative.
It can “remember” its original shape and bounce back. This gives it a prolonged life, while at the same time adjusting to your body. It can also absorb excess movement, giving you and your partner a more restful night's sleep.
Even though a standard memory foam topper is prone to retaining heat, there are ways to engineer it to be better at cooling, so you can still enjoy the other advantages of memory foam!

An example of this would be gel-infused memory foam or bamboo charcoal foam.
Bamboo charcoal is a great choice for people with allergies since it controls odors, excess moisture, and regulates temperature.
Inside gel-infused memory foam you will find gel microbeads. The gel microbeads create more breathable foam since they enhance air circulation. In short, you stay cooler while sleeping. 

egg crate mattress topper

Egg cratemattress toppers are popular as they are very breathable. And thanks to the bumps and dips you find on it, it can relieve pain and pressure so you can sleep comfortably. Bonus points, they’re flexible, making it easy for you to pack them up should you need/want to!

How to pick the right mattress topper?

This is a question you will probably ask yourself when you start researching different kinds of mattress toppers. To pick one that is right for you, consider some of these things. It might get you a little closer to picking the right choice.

How do you usually sleep?

woman sleeping no backpain

If you usually sleep on your side, more pressure is put on your hip and shoulder. To keep your spine straight, a soft but firm mattress topper would work best.

If you usually sleep on your back, you will need a mattress topper that has the flexibility to curve with your spine. In this case, a memory foam mattress topper would be an option to consider.

As a stomach sleeper, you will want a more firm mattress topper. By sleeping too soft the spine can bend backward into an uncomfortable position, causing pain and discomfort the next morning. Try aiming for a thinner mattress topper, like this 2-inch mattress topper.

Which size should the mattress topper be?

Consider the size of your bed and its height.
If a bed sits low, a mattress topper can compensate. If your bed already is at a comfortable height, consider how much height you want to add!

Be aware of weight – yours, and that of the mattress topper. Since you will have to handle the topper periodically to take care of it, you should make sure you can do it easily. 

Check the "How to take proper care of your mattress topper" section for more information on that.

Your weight matters as well so that you can take full advantage of your mattress topper. If you sink in too deeply into the mattress topper, you might not fully benefit.

If you’re a smaller person, you could aim for a 2-inch topper. A 3-inch topper would be perfect for women over 165 pounds and men over 185 pounds. A 4-inch topper would be perfect should you weigh more than 250 pounds. Or if your mattress is rock hard and needs all the softening it can get!

Remember, the weight and size will change both the feel and height of your mattress!

How old is your current mattress?

A mattress past it’s prime tends to become softer and less supportive of your spine. This means it will be difficult to maintain good spine posture at night.

A mattress topper can be a cost-efficient choice to restore the comfort level of your old mattress.

But if your mattress is extremely lumpy, even a mattress topper won’t be able to even everything out, not to mention there are added health risks when using a mattress that is too old. In that case might want to consider changing your mattress altogether, it’s not worth risking your health just to save a few bucks now. It will cost you more later. Check here, to see what we have to offer!

Another thing, since the topper is not a fixed part of your mattress topper, it could move around. This is easily fixed though, since there are mattress toppers that come with straps that let you attach the topper to the mattress itself, ensuring that your topper won’t slide or move away from its intended position. 

What is the best mattress topper for back pain?

woman with back pain in bed

Back pain or other medical issues like neck pain, joint pain, or excessive sweating can deprive you of catching some z’s.

Since you release your full body weight on the mattress on a surface for hours, it is vital that it can support your body adequately.

Your spine has natural curves in it, any push or pulls, even slightly because the mattress that is too soft or too firm, will put unnecessary pressure on it. Keeping the spine bent in an unnatural position will lead to discomfort in the morning.

But that is not the only issue a mattress which is too firm for you can have – it can also cause joint pain as it will put extra pressure on other areas such as your shoulders, hips, knees, and your side.

Similarly, a sagging or lumpy mattress can cause neck pain. Of course, your pillow plays a bigger role here, but the mattress still affects where your body is in relation to your head. Try switching out your pillow to a flatter one, if you are experiencing neck pain. With this pillow, you can customize the stuffing to fit you!

If you have ever experienced night sweats, you will agree that it’s not the greatest way to wake up the next morning. You can fix it by wearing loose pajamas made with breathable fabrics like cotton and linen, switch out your sheets for some lighter fabrics, or opt for a cooling mattress topper.

Or all of the above to wake up feeling refreshed in the morning. 

How to take proper care of your mattress topper?

Generally speaking, there is not very much you need to do to keep your mattress topper in shape. Regular maintenance and spot cleaning will go a long way. 

  • Get in a habit of checking it for stains, wear or odors, and take care of any stains immediately.
  • If your mattress topper is the same on both sides, consider flipping it now and then to distribute wear to both sides
  • Finally, whenever you wash your sheets, let your mattress topper air out, ideally exposing it to direct sunlight. This will help with neutralizing unpleasant odors in the topper

Since a mattress topper won’t fit in your washing machine, prevention should be your priority to ensure you can enjoy it for as long as possible!

Did you find what you were looking for? Check out our new collection of mattress toppers!

Use the discount code SweetSleep15 to get a 15% discount on your next order!