Your mattress gives you support and comfort while you sleep, and your bedding is the star of the bedroom. There’s another important component to the well-made bed however, one that generally receives little attention, and goes unseen. That extra component is a mattress topper. Though not absolutely necessary, a mattress topper can help keep you cozy, regulate your body temperature and offer extra support through the night.
A well-chosen mattress topper can even give you an extra year or two before having to replace a mattress that's past its prime. Here's a few things to consider when shopping for a mattress topper.
Don’t Confuse Mattress Toppers with Mattress Pads or Mattress Protectors
A mattress topper, as the name suggests, sits on top of your regular mattress to add extra cushioning. A mattress protector is a thin, protective covering -- often waterproof -- that prevents fluids, oils, allergens, and dust mites from penetrating into the mattress. And although the term mattress topper is often used interchangeably with mattress pad, the two are actually slightly different products. Though most mattress pads do offer a bit of cushioning, they are generally thinner than the typical mattress topper. Many mattress pads combine the function of mattress topper and mattress protector by protecting the mattress from stains, fluids, allergens and dust mites.
while adding comfort.
Your best plan is to use both a mattress topper and a mattress protector. Place the mattress protector OVER the topper to help hold it in place, and protect the topper from body fluids and dust mites. Just be sure you choose a mattress protector deep enough to fit the combined height of your mattress and the mattress topper.
What are the Benefits of Using a Mattress Topper?
As mattresses age, they can lose their cushioning support. A mattress topper won’t restore your mattress to its glory days, but can significantly increase your comfort, allowing you extra time before needing to purchase a new mattress. Be aware, however, that a topper won’t help a mattress with a saggy middle.
Alternatively, if your new mattress is just a bit too firm for your liking, a soft mattress pad will act as a cushion. Plus, mattress toppers made from memory foam or latex relieve pressure on your joints, providing sweet relief to those with arthritis or other painful skeletal conditions.