When bedtime rolls around, aches and pains are the last things you want on your mind. Luckily, the right mattress topper can help to alleviate these and other ailments while you doze, creating a softer, more inviting bed in the process.
A poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that a comfortable bedroom — more specifically, a comfortable mattress, pillows, sheets, bedding, and room temperature — can greatly improve sleep quality.
That's good news, since failing to catch regular zzzs can negatively impact everything from your productivity and your memory to your judgment and your waistline.
A study by the University of California, Berkeley, for instance, showed that sleep deprivation is connected with brain degeneration and memory loss in older adults.
A separate study from the University of Colorado Boulder study explained that running on five hours of sleep a night caused study participants to consume an average of 6 percent more calories than their study counterparts, who slept for nine hours per night. “Just getting less sleep, by itself, is not going to lead to weight gain,” study leader and director of CU-Boulder’s Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory, Kenneth Wright, said. “But when people get insufficient sleep, it leads them to eat more than they actually need.”
When combined with the fact that a lack of sleep can also age your skin, dampen your mood, and even increase your risk of death through cardiovascular diseases, it becomes pretty clear that creating a good sleeping environment is essential to our wellbeing.
A mattress topper is the perfect place to start creating a better sleeping environment, breathing new life into older bedding with plenty of added comfort and support.
Mattress Pads vs. Mattress Toppers: What's the difference?
While mattress covers work to protect your bed from allergens, microbes, dust mites, and pet dander, mattress toppers provide extra cushioning to a mattress — even more so than mattress pads, which are usually thinner and designed to attach to your bed like a fitted sheet.
Toppers are typically several inches thick and sit on top of your mattress. They're made of a variety of materials, including cotton, memory foam, and latex, and range in size from twin to California king. You can also get them for cribs and children’s beds.
Choosing a Mattress Topper
Whether you suffer from chronic back pain or you are a side sleeper who needs to maintain a proper sleep posture, there's a mattress topper out there that will have you falling into a deep slumber in no time.
In addition to your specific sleep needs, you may also want to take cleaning instructions into account when selecting the perfect topper. While some can be placed directly into a washing machine, others will need to be hand-cleaned with a mild detergent that is suitable for delicate clothing. Typically, one part detergent to two parts warm water mixed in a spray bottle will provide the perfect solution to get your topper clean. Spray lightly with the mixture and gently hand wash it with a clean, dry cloth. Allow it to dry completely in a fully-ventilated area, as using the topper while damp can damage it.
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