Choosing a memory foam mattress is not difficult if you have an unlimited budget. But what if you only have a modest budget and cannot afford a whole new bed? Rather than settling for a cheap memory foam mattress which might be of inferior quality (or a fake), you might be better off getting a good quality memory foam topper. Memory foam toppers are something like thin mattresses, but made of visco elastic polyurethane foam (memory foam). They are best used on top of a regular firm mattress.
A memory foam or Visco Elastic Foam is a unique kind of foam that adjusts its firmness or softness to temperature providing even support to the varying body contours while at rest.
What this means is that every square inch of the body occupies a space on the foam, allowing conformability, lessening pressure points. Reduced pressure points in turn result to better quality of sleep.
A memory foam mattress topper is usually 2” thick or more, depending on one’s comfort requirements. Distributors of this bedding material normally recommend 2” thick foams for customers who have small to medium body built. Heavier customers are advised to consider thicker foams for the right conformability.
When should you change your memory foam topper?
In theory, a memory foam mattress pad and a memory foam mattress should both last 20 years. However, caution is – how hard do you use it? For example, if you weigh 200 pounds and thrash around in your sleep I wouldn’t bet on it lasting even 10 years.
Just because the manufacturer says it can last 20 years does not mean the memory foam topper can maintain its comfort level that long. Once all those old niggling aches and pains that used to plague your body returns, that is when I would change my memory foam pad if I were you.
Keep in mind that memory foam toppers (in fact any kind of polyurethane product) will start emitting organic chemical fumes as they start to age. These fumes could be irritating to some people. When do these fumes start coming out? That depends on the particular formula of memory foam as well as the temperature to which it is subjected. For instance, if your mattress is subjected to 100F heat 24 by 7, it is going to degrade faster than a mattress that spends all its time in a sub-80F environment.
Before you use your memory foam topper
All bedding products in the USA are required by law to have anti-flame treatment. This is doubly the case with memory foam bedding products, which are even more highly-inflammable than usual. That means any reputable manufacturer or seller of memory foam mattresses and toppers is going to put their product through many times the usual dose of flame-retardant chemicals. So before you use your memory foam topper, it is a good idea for you to air it outside your home for a few days … maybe even a week or two if you are sensitive to the fumes from those flame-retardants.
Tips for getting the most out of your memory foam topper
Memory foam is very dense, so mattresses and toppers made from this material tend to feel warm when you sleep on them because there is no internal airflow. This may be good in winter but could be rather uncomfortable in summer. If your memory foam topper feels too warm, you may want to try sleeping with a thinner blanket at night.
Older formulations of memory foam are temperature sensitive and could be rather hard when the temperature is cool. Since this would defeat the purpose of buying a memory foam mattress topper, you can try warming your mattress pad with a hot water bottle (wrapped in a thick towel) or an electric blanket (set low). Remember that many memory foam product manufacturers issue warnings against subjecting their products to high heat. However, as long as you can still hold the hot water bottle or electric blanket comfortably with your bare hands, it should be fine.
Unlike other types of mattress filling, memory foam cannot be washed or cleaned if you spill something on top of it. Your memory foam topper is not cheap, so to protect your investment you should buy a memory foam mattress cover for it. However, this is mainly to help protect it from your sweat. It would not offer enough protection if you were to accidentally spill your mug of warm cocoa on it – so keep away from your bed when drinking or eating anything.
Choosing the Best Thickness of Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Before deciding the correct thickness of a mattress topper memory foam, it is necessary to check the condition of the present mattress. The topper’s thickness will depend on it. The memory foam topper can enhance the comfort on the mattresses that are in comparatively good condition. However, mattress toppers may not work with those mattresses, which are lumpy, too soft or have detectable sags. The density of the toppers is also important as it influences the degree of comfort and its durability. Generally, a memory foam mattress topper that has a density of 4 lbs. will be more comfortable and last longer.
Normally Mattress Toppers come in a variety of thickness:
- Thin Mattress Topper
- Medium thickness Mattress topper
- Thick Memory Foam Toppers
Selecting the Best Thickness of Memory Foam Mattress Topper Thickness
The best thickness of the foam topper will give the body the correct degree of comfort it needs and a nice sleep as well. However, there are some important considerations for the best thickness of memory foam mattress toppers.
Thin Mattress Toppers
These mattresses are normally 2 inch thick and easy to roll for storage. A thin topper can be the best, if it is to be used for traveling or the person does sleep on the foam topper often. A thin mattress topper is perfect for a person who sleeps on their stomach and it will keep them from sinking deeply into the bed surface.
This thickness is ideal for a person who sleeps on their side and back or for those who have the habit of sleeping in a number of positions. A 3 inch foam topper is normally the best for such people as it will evenly disperse the pressure of their body. The sleeper will not have a stiff neck or aching muscles when they wake up. These toppers with 3 inch thickness and 3 to 4 lbs density can be the best option for those people who like a soft surface to sleep on.
Thick Memory Foam Toppers
If someone wants a comfortable and completely firm bed, a 4 inch memory foam topper is best for them. It is particularly suitable for those who have discomfort on their hips as well as the bony areas of the body. These mattress toppers can easily conform to every shape or curve, and relieve the pressures, which can cause bone, joint and muscle pain.
Generally, for the higher density, a thinner pad can provide enough support. If one uses lower density foam, one will require selecting a thicker foam pad to get sufficient body support.
A 2 to 3 inch memory foam topper for mattress reduces the pressure points, provides a great amount of comfort to most people for a better sleep and causes less pain and aches. These are also affordable.
The above tips will help to choose the best memory foam mattress topper. However the user should select memory foam topper that best suits them.