How to get a good night of sleep and why it’s so much more important than mattress toppers

So you’re thinking about buying a new mattress topper. Perhaps you’ve just bought a new mattress, or maybe you’re thinking about buying one and you’ve heard mattress toppers are a good way to extend the life of your mattress and add that extra bit of comfort to your nighttime routine.

You’re right; mattress toppers are great. But they are not the be all and end all of mattress health. In this article, we hope we can point you in the right direction, or convince you that investing in a proper mattress is a better way of spending your money.

What is a mattress topper?

A mattress topper is a slip of padded material that sits on top of your mattress. It’s typically held in place by pieces of elastic. Mattress toppers can increase comfort, regulate body temperature, and offer extra support.

Don’t confuse mattress toppers with mattress protectors; they’re not the same thing. Mattress protectors protect your mattress from damage, whereas mattress toppers are an extension of your mattress and are supposed to increase your level of comfort.

Are there any cons to mattress toppers?

There are some cons to mattress toppers, but what those are depends on the type of mattress topper you buy. Latex toppers, for example, are expensive, can be hot, and are sometimes an allergen. Memory foam mattress toppers often come with a strange odour and can make turning over difficult, especially if you’re older or if you have problems moving. Polyester blends don’t offer a lot of cushioning and tend to compress with use. Feathers can be noisy, and feather shafts can poke through the material and make them uncomfortable. Wool can be hard to find and expensive.

It’s all about weighing up the pros and cons and finding the right mattress topper for you, but only do that if you really need one.

So should I buy a mattress topper?

If you have an old mattress, a mattress topper might give you additional cushioning support. It might give you a year or so before you need to completely replace your mattress.

If your mattress is too firm and you’re not in a position to change it, a mattress topper will act as a cushion.

There are certainly benefits to buying a mattress topper if you’re seeking extra comfort or a good night of sleep. But mattress toppers are not a miracle solution. If you’re struggling to sleep because you’re not comfortable, you should look at the overall cause of discomfort; your mattress.

What should I look for in a mattress?

There’s only one answer to this; high quality. If you’re looking for a mattress that properly supports your body and leaves you feeling refreshed and well rested in the morning, you need to look for a good quality mattress. Do this and there might not be any need for a mattress topper at all.

Look for mattresses made from natural materials. Avoid cheapness if you can and opt for finance options instead. Shop from companies will sterling reviews and who can give you lots of information about your mattress and how it was made. Companies that offer a guarantee or warranty are always a good option, because this means that they have faith in their mattress and how long it will last, and that is a really important indicator when it comes to quality.

If I have a new mattress, will I need a mattress topper?

Probably not. Mattress toppers are there to increase your level of comfort. If you have a brand new mattress, we would hope that it will be comfortable enough that you won’t need a mattress topper.

Don’t confuse mattress toppers and mattress protectors. If you’re looking to protect your new mattress, you’re looking for a mattress protector, which is a different thing. Mattress protectors are often waterproof and are designed to prevent fluids, oils, allergens and dust mites from penetrating. They protect your mattress from damage, and you from nasties you might be looking to avoid. They’re a good idea if you have a brand new mattress.

There are some products on the market that act as mattress toppers and mattress protectors.

What if I need a new mattress but can’t afford one? Is a mattress topper a good alternative?

Perhaps. Mattress toppers are usually comfortable. Their purpose is to make you feel as though you are sleeping on a softer surface. But why not cut out the middle man? If cost is your concern, Ely Mattresses offer a 0% interest free finance option. You might find that you don’t need it because, despite our luxury materials, our mattresses are very affordable.

Our mattresses are handmade in the UK and are made from all natural materials, including wool and horsehair to regulate body temperature and absorb moisture. They come with a ten year warranty.

To talk about your mattress needs and discover if an Ely mattress is for you, please contact us.


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