Mattress Toppers: What’s Their Purpose and Why Should You Get One?

Sleep is very important – it takes just one sleepless night to realize the huge effect it has on our overall quality of life and well-being. It affects our mood, energy, productivity and the general ability to go out our day. Though there are various reasons why we might be experiencing a night of tossing and turning (such as the food and drinks we’ve had prior to sleep and the amount of time we’ve spent staring at our electronics in bed), sometimes it’s the bed itself that’s the one to blame.

Yes, sleeping in a bed that’s uncomfortable and not suitable for the way we usually sleep can be a real deal-breaker and the main cause for your exhaustion even after you’ve slept for eight hours. And although the bed is not one of those pieces of furniture that you can easily replace as often as you’d like, luckily, there is a solution to this problem – mattress toppers.

Also known as mattress overlays and pillow toppers, mattress toppers can make a world of difference in your sleep’s quality, helping you get that much-needed dose of z’s. Based on the comfort you’re after, you can choose from a variety of designs and materials. For instance, you can get a mattress topper made of natural bamboo fibre, one that’s made of a mixture of organic fabrics and synthetic, duck feather and duck down, or opt for 100% natural wool in pure cotton covers. Regardless of your choice, there are various benefits to investing in these exquisite pieces.

mattress toppers


Pressure Reduction

Sometimes, even after we’ve double-checked all the properties that the mattress we’re looking to buy has, we might end up buying a piece that’s just too firm for our body. This can easily make it uncomfortable to sleep in as it makes us feel the pressure on the pressure points. This is where mattress pads come in helpful as they provide the layer that’s needed to reduce this pressure. They are designed in such a way to evenly distribute the filling, providing maximum fluffiness and comfort. You might as well call them mattress extensions, as they are meant to fit over your bed, providing extra support with a layer of about 10-20 cm of thickness.

Mattress Protection

Ever felt like you should protect your mattress a bit more than merely covering it with sheets? Well, this is where toppers can help as well. With the right mattress pad, you won’t have to fret having breakfast in bed since the topper protects the mattress from stains. And also, let’s face it, it’s much easier to clean or replace a topper than the mattress itself. Furthermore, it serves as a protection and a barrier against dead skin, bacteria and indoor allergens, like dust mites.

bed with mattress cover


Extends the Lifespan of the Mattresses

Protecting your existing mattress against dust mites and spills, even if it’s not exactly new, will prolong its lifespan and will make it look as good as new for a longer period of time. Having this in mind, it’s safe to say that investing in a mattress pad topper means saving money in the long run as you won’t have to buy a new mattress that soon. Besides, the mattress doesn’t only lose its primary shape and starts sagging just because of your turning and tossing when sleeping which causes indentations. It also gets damaged by your body’s perspiration that’s released when sleeping. With a mattress topper, however, you can rest assured the mattress won’t absorb any of this moisture.

pillows above mattress cover


Things to Consider

Same as when buying a mattress, you should keep in mind that there are different types of toppers. For that very reason, it’s important to consider a few crucial factors when buying so that you choose a model that suits you and your bed the most. Sure, the price tag is important, but so is the filling and the material the topper is made from.

This is why it’s necessary to consider what kind of a sleeper you are, as not every topper will be suitable for your needs. For instance, if you’re a night sweater, you’ll benefit most from the breathability and thermoregulation that bamboo provides. Furthermore, people who are easily disturbed by their partner’s tossing and turning at night will benefit most by bedding mattress toppers that evenly distribute weight, such as down models. For those who need extra protection from spills and an extra level of comfort, wool toppers would do just fine. Last but not least, when looking to buy a certain model, don’t forget to check how easy it is to clean and maintain. If not specified on its label, contact the manufacturer.