Are you a side sleeper? Chances are, with time, you end up feeling stiff and sore. The reason behind the pain has less to do with you sleeping in that position—and more to do with your mattress.
A mattress topper can add years to your mattress, and its simple addition is one of the best ways to enjoy a better night’s sleep. Why pay hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars for a new mattress when you can make your current one feel like new again for under $200.
All it takes is a little know-how from an expert who’s been there—wink wink.
The High Cost of Mattress Replacement
I hope you’re ready for this, but let’s forget about outlandish fees or hidden costs, such as delivery and a product warranty.
Instead, focus on the most common and problematic claim: your mattress is wearing out.
According to a recent survey from Ikea USA, 35% of consumers plan to replace their mattress within five years — though 49% intend to keep it forever (Ha, I would too if I could).
But while a mattress replacement isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the cost of replacing a mattress is.
The Ikea survey found the average cost of a new mattress is $1,128 — an average that jumps to $3,072 when you add in delivery and setup (and doesn’t account for the cost of a new bed frame and mattress protector). And that’s the average.
According to Consumer Reports, the cost of a new mattress can vary wildly, from $600 to $6,000, depending on where you go. Some retailers offer financing, which can reduce the total cost.
Still, the average is $1,128, and $1,128 is a lot for a few inches thick. You know what I mean.
Every time I sleep on the mattress, the stiff, uncomfortable feeling I get when I get up in the morning is my body’s way of letting me know that it’s unhappy with the firm mattress I got.
It’s an expensive feeling, too.
In my quest for the perfect mattress, I spent many nights lying on my mattress, reading, researching, comparing, all with a sore back.
Even if your mattress isn’t firm or uncomfortable, it still might not provide you with the support you need. Maybe you need a new one, or perhaps you just need a topper.
I was used to the idea of buying an actual mattress, but after reading the various theories about mattress toppers, I decided it was time to try one. So, I did about seven months ago.
I got this Tempur Pedic because I was hesitant to try some online brands. They also offered a Valentine sale, which netted me $119 less, so I was sold. Just because the price was almost identical after the sale, you all know Tempur Pedic quality should be better.
Why Your Mattress Needs a Mattress Topper?
Sleep is one of those things that Americans absolutely need. Unfortunately, the quality of the sleep we get is questionable. Ha.
Sleeping on a mattress that no longer suits our needs can cause all sorts of problems, from aches and pains to depression and weight gain. As soon as I got out of my 20s, I found that waking up on the wrong side of the bed was plenty of pain.
If you’re in the market for a new mattress, consider a mattress topper. Mattresses are expensive, and toppers are relatively inexpensive, so adding one to your bed is relatively inexpensive in the grand scheme of mattress shopping.
How Toppers Work
They add a layer of comfort to your bed, which can make the difference between a good night’s sleep and tossing and turning all night. Mattress toppers can also extend the life of your existing mattress, adding years to its life by allowing you to get at least a couple more years of use out of it.
There are several different types of mattress toppers
Some are made of memory foam, while others are made of latex foam.
Memory foam mattress toppers are a popular choice, but they can be somewhat expensive. If you’re looking to save money, latex foam mattress toppers might be the answer. These toppers contour to your body, providing just the right level of support.
Latex foam mattress toppers typically cost about 50% less than memory foam toppers. They also provide better bounce, which can make for a more comfortable sleep. Latex foam toppers, however, usually provide less support than memory foam mattress toppers.
If you’ve found yourself with a mattress that’s too soft, a memory foam mattress topper might be what you need.
If you want the best of both worlds, look for a hybrid mattress topper. These toppers consist of foam and memory foam, so you’re getting the best of both worlds.
Tummy sleepers, consider latex mattress toppers because they provide ample support to keep your back from getting too sore.
Back sleepers and side sleepers, consider memory foam mattress toppers because they let you sink into them and prop up your body, which helps relieve pressure points.
Reasons to Upgrade Your Sleep
A mattress topper provides a layer of softness that can relieve pressure points and allow you to sleep more comfortably. It’s also helpful in recovering from joint aches and pains, like back and neck pain.
When I first said this $200 topper was the best money I’d spent, people looked at me like I was crazy. Lol. Like, I must be kidding because they just spent $4,000 on a new mattress and the pain they got is even worse than before. Lol. Somehow, it’s a joke that a topper that costs so little money is so great.
I usually see my chiropractor every two to three weeks, and sometimes weekly if I have a problem with a client. My small “stature” means I have to take steps to avoid misalignment during work as I bend in all sorts of awkward positions. (Ooh, baby)
But now, after seven months with the mattress topper, I honestly don’t have to go to my chiropractor anymore. I just like to do so for maintenance, and he’s able to alleviate my carpal tunnel pain.
But anywho, toppers make mattresses more breathable. It can make for cooler, more comfortable nights. When I sleep cooler, I sleep better, especially in the summer heat.
Firm mattress conspiracy
I think we’re stuck on the firm mattress problem. Personally, I believe it’s a trillion-dollar capitalism conspiracy.
Hear me out. If your mattress gives you back pain, neck pain, or some other down there pain, you can go to your healthcare provider or find a chiropractor, buy a better pillow, or find alternative options to help with the pain, right?
You then end up with a growing list of bills, extra pills to take, things the doc tells you to buy, yada yada yada. At the same time, a solution to a simple problem is just a mattress topper.
It’s a conspiracy because every single manufacturer and business owner prospers from your pain. The more pain you have, the better for everybody. Lol. Because everyone benefits from it.
That’s enough of my theory. If you’ve been sleeping on the same mattress for years, you might be thinking that a topper is a waste of money. After all, mattresses are designed to be durable. Why should I buy a topper?
However, the truth is that a topper is an inexpensive and straightforward way to upgrade your bed. (It won’t necessarily affect how durable your mattress is). And when you’re able to upgrade your bed, your pain should go away, and you can sleep better.
I really like the way the mattress takes the pressure off my back when I sleep, and it feels like my body is sinking into it. The only complaint was that the first week of sleeping on this mattress topper was hot because the product tried to adjust my temperature.
Not a great night’s sleep lately? Take a look at your mattress. It could be the last thing you have been buying before your much-needed holiday.
But it may be time to give your bed a refresh so you can actually enjoy it. With a mattress topper, you add years to the lifespan of the current mattress and improve your sleep so much so that you can jet off on holiday sooner! And say bye-bye to body aches.
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