Is your mattress not quite hitting the sweet spot? Perhaps it lacks support, breathability or body-hugging comfort. A mattress topper could be the perfect bedtime solution and alternative to replacement. Though with us all wanting different things when it comes to a comfy night’s sleep, it is important to know what you are looking for. From the types available to the various benefits they offer, here’s how to find the best topper for your mattress.
What are mattress toppers?
Mattress toppers are a single layer of foam or other material that can be added to your mattress, providing additional comfort and support. They are often used by those whose mattress is getting older or not providing the great night’s sleep they were hoping for. Mattresses vary in quality and benefits and a topper is a great way to ‘top up’ anything they are lacking. If your mattress needs a pick-me-up, a topper could be a comfy way to go.
What types of mattress topper are available?
Mattress toppers tend to come in four main types; memory foam, feather and down, microfiber, and latex. Each provides a different feel and level of support, depending on what you are looking for. Memory foam, for example, can offer stronger support with a firmer surface, while down can add more cushioning. However, memory foam can cause overheating, so when choosing this type of topper, it is important to choose one that offers additional cooling technology to combat the heat. Like the Hyrdo-Foam™ we use in our Bamboo Memory Foam Topper.
Microfibre mattress toppers can lack breathability, while latex toppers can be a bit pricey and a little too firm depending on your sleeping preferences. Speaking of which, knowing these can help steer you in the right direction to choose the best topper.
What factors should you consider when choosing a topper?
To get the best night’s sleep and fall in love with bedtime, get clear on the following before choosing your topper:
What is your sleeping position?
Whether you are a front, back, or side sleeper can affect what topper would be best for you. Side sleepers might want to consider a memory foam mattress as this moulds to your body, providing optimum support if you toss, turn, and flip sides throughout the night.
Softer surfaces can be better for front sleepers, while back sleepers benefit from medium-firm surfaces. This prevents the body from dipping too deep into the mattress.
Are you a hot sleeper?
If you tend to overheat at night, you want to make sure your mattress topper is made of naturally breathable materials and provides additional technology to regulate body temperature for fresh sleep. Bamboo makes a great choice as it is naturally thermoregulating, moisture-wicking and antibacterial to keep you sleeping smoothly and waking up sweat-free and refreshed.
Do you require orthopaedic support?
If you are looking for a mattress that provides additional orthopaedic support, an advanced memory foam topper could work best. The uniquely adaptive foam will respond to your body shape, providing optimum neck, hip and spinal alignment. This can help to prevent neck and back pain that can be caused by having an inefficient mattress.
What are the benefits of a mattress topper?
Adding a topper to your mattress can help put the joy back in bedtime. Here are some of the dreamy benefits they can provide;
Extra support – Having sufficient support and proper alignment while you sleep is key to staying pain-free, keeping your spine healthy, and remaining fit and active. If your mattress does not provide orthopaedic support, a topper can be a great way to upgrade bedtime.
Comfort – We all have different ideas of comfort when it comes to sleep. While some like a soft mattress, others prefer a firmer sleep surface. If you are not happy with the feel of your mattress, a topper can be a great way to up the comfort without the hassle of switching.
Thermoregulation – With mattress toppers like our Bamboo Memory Foam Topper providing additional technology to regulate body temperature, they can be a great way to keep bedtime fresh and breathable. Again, not all mattress toppers are breathable such as down and latex in particular. You want to make sure your topper is made of natural fabrics and is designed to combat overheating.
Inexpensive upgrade – Switching mattresses can be a great move to improve your sleep, though if you have not had your mattress for long or are on a budget, it might not be the way to go. A topper is an easy way to provide all the comfort and support you are craving without the price tag. The question is, which one is best for you?
What is the best mattress topper and why?
Choosing the best mattress topper really depends on what you feel your current mattress is lacking. A memory foam topper made with a breathable fabric could tick all the boxes. Memory foam naturally contours to every sleeping position while natural materials like bamboo and cooling technology combat overheating keeping you cool, fresh and comfortable all year round. To ensure the best fit, make sure you go with a brand with top reviews and that offers a free home trial. This will have you well on the way to top bedtimes without losing a wink of sleep.