Improving Your Mattress

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A couple of months ago, I was not enjoying my sleep because of my mattress. I rolled, tossed and turned and my husband slept through it all. However, after getting a mattress topper for my mattress, my sleep has greatly improved since it has enhanced the comfort on our mattress.

The market is rich with all manner of mattress toppers and distinguishing the best from mediocre can be quite hard. Eventually, the kind of a topper that each person chooses is mostly influenced by his or her personal choice and preference. However, there are some tips that you can use when buying your topper so that you can find your own comfort for tonight.

Here are some of my best tips:

The Material

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The material making the topper is a crucial consideration because it essentially affects all the other factors such as comfort, breathability and durability among others. This means that it is the most important factor to consider when you go to buy your mattress topper.

Below are the major materials that are used to make mattress toppers and their pros and cons.

Latex toppers – Latex toppers are incredibly durable and allergens resistant. The only downsides of such toppers are that they are not aesthetically pleasing and are quite expensive.

Cotton toppers – Cotton toppers are highly breathable, hypoallergenic and they are machine washable. However, they are not very durable as they wear down quickly after constant use.

Woolen toppers – Woolen toppers are very warm, making them ideal to use in the cold seasons. They are highly durable and resistant to allergens. However, they are very expensive.

Featherbed toppers – These toppers are soft, light in weight, durable and comfortable. They are also naturally heat regulating, keeping you cool and fresh during summer and warmer when it is cold.

Memory foam toppers – These toppers are very comfortable since they conform to the natural shape of your body. They are long lasting too. However, they are less breathable thus accumulating more body heat, which tends to compromise the comfort especially when it is hot.


Some mattress toppers have a strong unpleasant chemical odor when they are new. The odor, however, diminishes with time. If you are the sensitive type that cannot be able to tolerate the odor for a few weeks, it is highly recommended that you get a topper that does not smell at all. Alternatively, to enable your topper to stop having the strong odor much quickly, you can leave it in a place with a lot of airflow for some days.

The perfect fit

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To ensure that you do not go to the market and come back with a topper that will not fit your mattress, make sure that you are certain about the size of your mattress first before making your choice. You would rather actually buy a bigger topper since you can be able to reduce it to a smaller size. If you buy a smaller topper than your mattress, it will not only look funny on your mattress but it will also compromise your comfort.


Some toppers tend to move about on the mattress especially if they have a smooth surface and again, toppers are not fixed onto the mattress. To alleviate this, a more textured topper will have more stability on the mattress as compared to the very smooth ones and you can have a refreshing nap. An anti-slip topper or mattress cover can help to reduce the topper’s mobility.