Many people have considered having a memory foam mattress due to the benefits it ca provide for those with joint problems, medical conditions or even just restless sleep patterns. But the biggest problem with a full mattress can be the cost. However, a memory foam mattress topper can be the best of both worlds – the benefit of the memory foam but the reduced cost of a topper.
What is a topper?
Memory foam is a substance that was discovered in the 1960s by NASA to use in airplane seats. It has evolved to be used in helmets and then into beds and other applications. It works with the temperature of your body, which warms it up and allows it to mould to your shape. When you get out of bed, it cools down and returns to its original shape, ready to mould again afresh the next night. Therefore, it doesn’t sag or dent the way a normal mattress does.
A topper is a layer of memory foam that sits on top of the mattress, under the bed sheet. There are a range of thickness and densities available to combine with your mattress and give all the benefits of the memory foam.
The main thing to remember is that the topper can only work with the mattress you put in on so if your mattress is badly sagging or has dents in it, then you may not feel the benefit of the topper. The solution can be to get a new mattress of an original style and add the topper to it, which will still likely be cheaper than buying a full foam mattress.
Memory foam is particularly recommended for people with back problems, stiffness in the joints, numbness in limbs or just generally being unable to get comfortable at night. It is also great when you buy a mattress and find it is harder than you thought or is more uncomfortable than you want. People suffering with sleep disorders are often recommended by medical practitioners to get a memory foam topper to help deal with their condition.
Density and thickness
There are two measurements that are used in defining memory foam toppers. Density is the one that has the most effect on the price and also the most effect on how the foam works. It is measured in pounds per cubic foot and higher density toppers have a longer ‘memory’. This means that they stay in the moulded shape of your body for longer and return to flat slower.
Thickness is the other measurement and the general rule is that the higher the density of a topper, the thinner it can be while it still does its job. If you like a firm sleeping surface, then at least a 2-inch topper is recommended with a high density such as 4 lbs/cubic foot. This is also a good fit for people who like to sleep on their fronts to avoid them sinking too deeply into the mattress and feeling uncomfortable.
For people who shuffle a lot during the night or for those who prefer side or back sleeping positions, a three-inch topper with a lower density can be ideal.
High End2.5″ Lucid® by LinenSpa Gel Infused Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper with Removable Bamboo Cover 3-Year Warranty
This topper is available seven sizes including Full, Queen and King Sized and is a 2.5-inch Lucid Gel infused foam that is designed to capture and distribute heat. It is also ventilated to allow air to flow and to stop temperature building up too much while the open-cell technology used prevents permanent impressions. It is finished with a removable bamboo soft cover and comes with a three-year warranty.
Economic4″ Lucid® by LinenSpa Memory Foam Mattress Topper 3-Year Warranty
This is a 4-inch thick memory foam topper that is naturally resistant to dust mites as well as being friendly on people who have allergies. The memory foam is designed to give the best comfort and relief on pressure points while the open cell formation allows air to flow. It comes in seven different sizes and has a 3-year warranty.
Budget3.3 Cloud9 Full / Double 3 Inch 100% Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress Topper
This topper is made from Visco Elastic’s memory foam and is designed to make you feel like you are floating on a cloud, being so comfortable. It is non-toxic and made in the USA as well as coming with a 20 year limited warranty from the manufacturer. It is available in six major sizes including Full, Queen and King sized.
Selecting the right memory foam topper is a combination of how much you can afford to spend on it and what type of sleeper you are as to what will suit you best. Once you know these things, it is easy to pick the best topper for your bed and enjoy a great night’s sleep.