Do I need a mattress topper?
At The Sleep Store and Mores’ showroom in Ashford in Kent we are regularly asked if customers require a mattress topper and so this article will hopefully help to guide you through the process of deciding, whether you are considering a new mattress or looking to enhance an existing mattress.
WHAT IS A MATTRESS TOPPER?
A mattress topper is an additional comfort layer that is added to a core mattress to increase longevity and also increase the comfort of the mattress.
The problem is the market is flooded with hundreds of different mattress toppers, some are brilliant and some way below par for the job. You can find toppers everywhere from bespoke bed shops to discount shops meaning that there is a huge variety of offerings. Prices vary greatly and in some cases the only option you’re presented with is what size you want rather than the depth or firmness of the topper!
With mattress toppers one size does definitely not fit all.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A MATTRESS TOPPER
Firstly you need to make sure it complements the bed you have and is of the necessary depth to have any real benefit, At The Sleep Store and More we have a range of stand-alone toppers that can be bought separately to fine-tune your existing mattress. We offer hybrid memory foam, hypoallergenic, natural wool and natural latex mattress toppers.
As a rule, of thumb, the correct mattress topper can make a great mattress into a fantastic one. On the other hand, a topper can make a bad or unsuitable bed, much more bearable.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A MATTRESS TOPPER?
The benefits of using a mattress topper can be split into two categories, increasing comfort and increasing the longevity of the mattress. They are an excellent way of increasing the life of your bed and providing you with flexibility. Let us go into a little more detail on the benefits of mattress toppers.
- Providing additional comfort layers
If you choose to sleep on a core mattress without adding an additional topper, it will not be too long before the softer top component compresses under your bodyweight and the mattress will become discoloured through perspiration. Adding a topper gives another layer which will compress before the mattress; giving you more comfort but ultimately a layer that can be easily turned and rotated.
- The longevity of the mattress
Moving on to the longevity of the mattress we need to tackle the uncomfortable subject matter of sleeping directly on your mattress. This means there is nothing there to combat the three main enemies to your mattress:
- Body Perspiration – On average the body releases up to two pints of moisture each night. This is through sweat, breathing and other fluids. The only place for this to go is into the covers, duvet and ultimately your mattress. A mattress topper allows you to stop sweat and perspiration from reaching your core mattress. So even though the topper and covers will still absorb perspiration, it is far cheaper to remove, wash or even replace these than the entire mattress.
- Dead skin and bacteria – These will inevitably end up on the closest layers to the body and by using a topper again you can keep these away from your mattress.
- Undue settlement and indentations – eventually foams and natural upholstery materials will compress somewhat this normal settlement of the upholstery and will occur to a greater or lesser extent on all mattresses. By using a topper, you ensure that the top layers take any sag and not the mattress. It also allows you to replace the topper should you need to, ie if your body weight increases significantly pushing the original suitable mattress towards its limits. Ultimately it will allow you to replace the top layer or tweak the mattress feel later on.
The additional benefits you get from utilising toppers will, in the long run, pay dividends, it allows your mattress to stay newer for longer and provides you with increased comfort. When the topper has taken all it can after the barrage of nightly activities, it is a small expenditure to replace as necessary rather than reaching the stage where the complete mattress requires replacement.
CAN A LATEX OR FOAM TOPPER BE USED ON A POCKET SPRUNG MATTRESS?
The answer is yes. It will change and soften the top layer of the pocket sprung mattress but any quality mattress topper should be suitable for a pocket sprung mattress. The type of topper you choose will determine the extra comfort it provides.
TOP 5 MATTRESS TOPPER FACTS
- A suitable mattress topper will protect your mattress from the three evils.Body perspiration, dead skin/ bacteria and indentations/ settlement issues.
- A high-quality mattress topper will provide additional comfort layers,providing you with an even more comfortable and forgiving mattress.
- A mattress topper will help extend the life of a mattress, especially a no turn Memory foam mattress as you can turn and rotate the topper to reduce compression or wear. It can also be replaced more easily and cost-effectively than the entire mattress.
- Usually, the topper is made of the same or similar material as the mattressie memory foam with a memory foam topper vs natural wool pocket sprung bed with a wool or cashmere topper. This is to keep consistency with the mattresses comfort and response levels. However, there is nothing to stop you from experimenting with different topper materials.
- A mattress topper can make a good bed fantastic, and make a bad bed much more bearable!
A mattress protector should be the very least of your efforts to help reduce the damaging effects of sweat and other fluids during your time spent in bed. A mattress topper is a great way to increase the comfort layers of your mattress. They also help to reduce the wear and tear put on your core mattress. A good rule of thumb is to match the materials of the topper to those within the core mattress though this is not mandatory. If you need more help why not have a look at the mattress toppers in our shop for details of our range.