Sleepless nights cause a wreck!Â
Yes, one sleepless night is enough to raise all the havoc in the life of peace and sanity.
Affecting our mood, productivity, energy, and thereby consuming all the goodness of our day, sleepless nights are no less than a nightmare!
But what could be the reason for these night terrors?
Many day-to-day activities affect our night schedule. Most noticeable issues like staring at electronic gadgets for hours before sleep and having heavy meals in the evenings can affect the quality of slumber.Â
Although these causes seem to be the only ones, the most common issue to blame, the most probable one that can be harming your sleep could be your favourite mattress!
Yes! Sleeping on a mattress that is both uncomfortable and not the best suited for your body can be the cause of your exhausting days, tossing and turning nights.
Now, do you need to replace your expensive mattress?
No, there seems to be a simpler solution to your problem - A mattress topper!
Mattress toppers (also known by the names of mattress overlays and pillow toppers) can make the ultimate difference in your sleep experience, aiding you to get that most needed dose of sleep.
Based on the comfort you prefer, you can choose from a myriad of design and material options. (although choosing the best mattress topper for your dorm room or bedroom can be difficult).Â
So, is a mattress topper only a piece of a comforter or does it have any other purposes?
Grab a cup of your refreshing drink and letâ€™s get into the details.
The purpose of a mattress topperÂ
So, what are mattress toppers in the first place?
Mattress toppers are removable layers of foam that usually goes on top of the mattress. Mattress toppers are usually used to augment the lack of comfort, cushioning, and support of the mattress.
Instead of investing in a new mattress, which is considered a costly expense, one can go for a mattress topper to solve the limitations of the mattress and thereby get the firmness that you want for your body.
Well, is this the only purpose of a mattress topper? No - Continue reading to understand the three purposes of mattress toppers in detail.
- Mattress protection
Not satisfied by the fact that your sheet is the only layer that is covering your mattress? Well, toppers can solve your problem. With the right mattress topper choice, you donâ€™t have to worry about you spilling your morning bed coffee on your mattress.
And letâ€™s face the fact - Cleaning a mattress topper or replacing a mattress topper is much easier than cleaning or replacing the mattress itself.Â
What more? A mattress topper can save your mattress from bacterias, dust mites, and act as a barrier to protect it against your dead skin cells.
So, definitely a worth considering option if you plan to protect your mattress for long years.
- Pressure reduction
Do you regret buying a mattress that is too firm for your body? A too-firm mattress can put more pressure on the pressure points of your body and can cause extremely uncomfortable feelings.
And thatâ€™s when you need a mattress topper to reduce the pressure on the pressure points. As mattress toppers have an evenly distributed fill, they provide maximum fluffiness and comfort.
- For extending the lifespan of a mattress
Even if your mattress is not new, you need to spend on a good mattress topper to prolong the lifespan of your existing mattress. A mattress topper will aid to make your memory foam mattress softer and look younger by ten folds.
A mattress topper will become a long term investment because it will save you from buying a mattress frequently. Your mattress can suffer from indents, sagging and losing its primary shape due to constant tossing and turning.
So, buying a mattress can prevent this situation and be a good partner to your mattress.
Different types of mattress toppersÂ
Just like a mattress, a mattress topper is made of different materials. There are some pros and cons to each type of topper and hence one needs to understand the difference between each before proceeding to buy one for their household.
- Memory foam topperÂ
Probably the softest material next to sliced bread! Available in different thicknesses, it offers a good balance of support and comfort. As a memory foam mattress does, a memory foam topper conforms to the shape of the body.
It also evenly distributes the weight of the body and hence offers great cushioning and helps align the spine. Furthermore, a memory foam mattress topper reduces partner disturbance through motion isolation ability (A great choice for frequently disturbed couples)
But, are you on the fence about the disadvantages of a memory foam topper like the â€˜sleep hotâ€™ scenario and â€˜sinkingâ€™ feeling beating the advantages of a memory foam topper?
Then the next option might be the one for you.
- Cotton and polyester blend topperÂ
Looking for a cheaper mattress topper? These types of mattresses are a â€˜steal a dealâ€™ option for sure!Â
If you have a feather allergy but want the feeling of sleeping on a feather topper, without compromising on the softness and the breathability, cotton and polyester blend topper is a way to go.
Although, you need to remember that these toppers wear down easily, and are unable to offer long term comfort and support.Â
- Latex toppers
Made from a natural material, these toppers are naturally resistant to bacterias and dust mites. If you are solely on the look for a hypoallergenic and an antimicrobial mattress, this must be your choice without a doubt (Note - Only for those without latex allergy)!
Due to the natural material it uses for manufacturing, it falls on the expensive spectrum. But itâ€™s worth the money spent as it offers a great motion isolation property that can aid those people suffering from arthritis and joint pains.
- Wool toppers
One of the expensive toppers in the market. Yes, but keeping that aside, these toppers are thermal regulating and provide softness and support. The main advantage of these toppers is that it feels cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Wool toppers are also hypoallergenic. But they are very rarely found.Â
- Feather toppersÂ
And here comes the softest of all toppers in the marketplace. It mimics the characteristics of a feather filled duvet. But this mattress is not for people with feather allergies.Â
One more disadvantage to this mattress topper is that it can get lumped at one side, reducing its capability to offer support. But, it surely is a good option for people with budget limits.Â
Memory foam mattress toppers
Now that we understand the different types of mattress toppers, letâ€™s dedicate most of this guide to learning about memory foam mattress toppers.
A memory foam topper (also known as temper or viscoelastic polyfoam) is a type of polyurethane foam with viscoelastic properties, which makes it unique.
So, what does visco-elastic stand for?
Here visco means thick and sticky, while elastic symbolises the materialâ€™s ability to gain back its original size and shape. With this unique property, memory foam mattress toppers offer a unique feel and respond well to heat and pressure.
Due to the close body conforming properties of this topper, they provide great pressure relief and distribute the weight of the body evenly across the material. The material contours to each type of sleep curve and gives a â€˜deep hugâ€™ feeling.
So, what are the different types of memory foam toppers? Here are the three most common types -
- Traditional toppers
Traditional toppers use a closed-cell design to provide a dense and thick feeling to the sleeper. In the basic form, these toppers do not come with added cooling benefits, which might be a problem for most sleepers who hate the â€˜sleeping hotâ€™ scenario.
- Open-cell toppers
Open-cell toppers are less dense than the actual traditional mattress toppers. The open construction type, allows air to flow freely through the material and hence helps to keep the body cool.
- Gel toppers
Gel-infused memory foam toppers use some kind of conductors to pull away the body heat trapped due to the dense nature of the topper. The conductors can be either copper, gel beads, or graphite.Â
So, now you can choose the gel toppers to avoid the heat issue that comes with every memory foam topper.
Memory foam mattress topper lifespanÂ
The average lifespan of memory foam mattress toppers is only 3 to 5 years! Yes, you heard that right. And this is the case with high-quality memory toppers, while those made with cheap materials will only last for 2 years or less!
But the longevity of any mattress topper for that matter will depend on various factors. So, shall we discuss them? Letâ€™s go.
- Added weightÂ
If you are a plus size man or woman, you might need to take into consideration that more weight on the mattress topper can speed up the process of deterioration by adding extra pressure to the topper.
Although memory foam mattresses have a high-density base and high resilient core, this is not the case with memory foam toppers.Â
So, one needs to take this into account. Moreover, extra weight can also crumble up the open cells and cause damage to the mattress topper.
Okay, we will say it, the thicker the mattress topper material, the longer it will last. Thinner memory foam mattresses tend to wear down easily, while thicker memory foam toppers take time to break down.
Thicker memory foam mattresses also provide great comfort and support.
- Frequency of use
Are you using the memory foam topper for your guest bedroom or are you using it regularly?
The main reason why toppers will not last longer is that they tend to be used every night for 6 to 8 hours, which increases the chance of them wearing out due to the frequently added pressure.Â
So, depending on the frequency of the use, try to buy the best quality mattress for a longer lifespan.
- The condition of the mattress
Because toppers are laid above the mattresses, if your mattress is extremely old, bumpy, and is sagging at places, the mattress topper will also follow the lead of the mattress due to its contouring nature.
This can eventually ruin your mattress topper.
So, if you want to get the most comfort and support out of a memory foam mattress topper, make sure that you have a mattress that is not older than 7 to 10 years and is not showing the natural signs of deterioration.
Tips to make memory foam topper last longer
The way you clean your mattress topper can prolong the lifespan of your topper or can wear them down. Here are some methods to make your toppers last longer -
- Clean your toppers by vacuuming them once or twice a year.
- Spray the mattress topper with water and a detergent solution.
- Wash the mattress topper frequently.
- Use the technique of spot cleaning.
- Use top covers to protect the mattress topper and wash the top covers regularly.
Also, consider occasionally letting the memory topper have a sunbath, as it lets the topper breath, get new air, and remain fresh.
Always rotate the mattress to even out the filling. The recommended schedule is to repeat the process every week. This is very important if you and your partner have different weights.Â
Doing this process will ensure that one half will not wear faster than the other half and will help keep the mattress topper strong.
Sings to change your memory foam topper
Look for the signs your body is trying to communicate with you regarding the mattress topper. If you are feeling the same way as you felt before you brought the mattress topper or if you are feeling worse, maybe itâ€™s high time you change your mattress topper.
If the mattress topper is feeling too soft or too firm considering when you brought it, you may experience different kinds of problems like backaches and other aches due to misalignment of the body and spine.
Another quick way to tell if your mattress topper needs a replacement is by looking for permanent dents. If your mattress doesnâ€™t come back to its natural shape quickly, this is the sign you need to replace your mattress topper to avoid body pains.
Permanent depressions and indents in the mattress is also a reason to chuck them out or replace them with a new one. A worn-out mattress topper will cause a lot more body problems and will not offer the comfort and support it is supposed to offer.
Why is it important to replace your memory foam topper?Â
Memory foam mattress toppers are made of durable memory foam that is the same material found in memory foam mattresses. But memory foam toppers are a slim layer of memory foam unlike a mattress and hence they can wear down easily.
After a couple of years, the memory foam topper can have dips, bumps, and permanent indents. And a dipping topper, an uneven topper will only cause more bad than good for the body.
If you do not want to mess up with your sleep schedule, you need to replace your sagging and dipping mattress topper with a new one to get the same support and comfort that you used to enjoy.
Memory foam is a great material, but it comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. This viscoelastic foam is great for relieving pressure from the pressure points and for getting a â€˜cloud hugâ€™ feeling. But some people might discover that it can be too dense for them and too difficult to toss and turn.
We hope that this guide covered everything that you needed to know about mattress toppers, especially memory foam mattress toppers. Now, you can proceed to make a well-judged purchase. Please check our blog section for more knowledge on mattresses, sleep, and bedroom decoration topics.