Choosing the perfect mattress can be a real challenge. There are as many mattress types as brands on the market.
Moreover, if you’re a plus-sized sleeper, finding the right one requires some knowledge to ensure good sleep and health.
In this guide, your hybrid foam mattress specialist, Polysleep, will shed light on how to choose a hybrid mattress for a heavy person.
What type of mattress is best for a heavy person?
When it comes to mattresses, plus-size people have different needs than the average person. You need a mattress that offers edge-to-edge support, provides additional targeted support in key areas (such as around your hips and midsection), is breathable, and promotes adequate spinal alignment while you sleep.
As you explore your options, you might find yourself asking a wide range of questions. This is especially the case with so many different types of mattresses to choose from.
Memory foam has often been dismissed for larger bodies because they’re too “soft” to provide adequate support. However, there are some with appropriate firmness ratings. They tend to be quite costly, though, and some users claim that they sleep hot.
Latex is a popular choice for heavy sleepers as it provides exceptional support, motion isolation, temperature regulation, and pressure point relief.
Innerspring mattresses are the best-known mattresses on the market today. However, they must be purchased with caution when intended for someone on the heavier side. Indeed, some springs are not able to provide adequate support to larger people.
Hybrid mattresses offer two or more different foam or features. With their multiple layers, hybrid foam mattresses, like our Zephyr, are designed to support larger frames, making them an excellent choice.
One of the many questions that people are asking is: “Is a hybrid mattress good for heavy people?” The answer is “Most likely”. The right hybrid mattress for a heavy person can be the perfect choice to provide the comfort and support that are essential for a great night’s sleep.
How to choose a hybrid mattress for a heavy person?
When selecting the best hybrid mattress for you, there are a few considerations to take into account. These include factors such as:
No one wants to replace their mattress every few years, so look for a mattress with longevity. The mattress warranty can give a clue, so look for a warranty of at least 10 years.
One of the main problems heavier people experience with mattresses is a lack of support.
So, the best mattress for heavy people includes targeted support. This means the mattress has a denser center to offer more support to the hips and torso, and less in the shoulder areas.
This helps to achieve better spine alignment as you sleep.
Regardless of the mattress type you buy, opt for a mattress on the thicker side as opposed to thinner.
A mattress that is at least 10 inches thick should do the trick.
Larger people are often concerned about feeling like they’re sinking into their mattresses or like the mattress is going to swallow them whole.
If you’re on the heavier side, you may sink into a softer mattress more than with a firmer mattress.
Firmer mattresses offer the greater support and durability needed by a plus-sized sleeper.
Mattresses with no edge support can make it difficult to get in and out of bed.
It’s a good idea to select a hybrid mattress with an edge support frame that prevents it from flattening when you sit on the edge.
Heavy sleepers have a higher risk of developing a buildup of pressure in key areas, like their shoulders and hips.
Choose a mattress that offers reactive foam to provide you with pressure relief.
Zero Motion Transfer
If you sleep with a partner, a mattress that offers zero motion transfer can help you avoid disturbing your bed partner if you tend to move or toss and turn at night.
You don’t want hot air and moisture trapped close to your body while you sleep.
Choosing a mattress that offers greater breathability allows air to flow through, keeping you cooler and dry throughout the night.
Some larger people tend to sleep hotter than average. A cooling mattress helps to avoid excessive nighttime wakefulness related to heat.
Some mattresses offer specific cooling features, such as open cell foam, worth considering.
Do mattresses have weight limits?
Most mattresses are designed with specific “ideal” weights in mind. Check with the mattress manufacturer if this is a concern of yours.
But, with roughly 25 percent of the Canadian adult population qualifying as obese, the demand for mattresses for heavier people is growing, so mattresses with higher weight limits are available.
Polysleep’s mattresses for plus-sized people
The beauty of choosing a hybrid mattress for a heavy person is that they often combine the advantages of two or more materials (2+ types of foam, or foam and coil) to create one mattress.
For example, Polysleep’s hybrid foam mattresses combine polyurethane foam and hybrid viscoelastic foam for outstanding support. Each layer has medium to high density to ensure their longevity. The Zephyr even comes with an organic Nanobionic cover and an advanced gel foam layer.
Also, these mattresses offer temperature regulation, a high density support frame and perfect ventilated and antimicrobial properties.
Plus, both the Polysleep or the Zephyr have a firmness rating of 6.5/10 and 7/10, respectively, which means they’re medium firm.
To conclude, Polysleep’s mattresses are perfect for people weighting up to 250 lb. Above all, we recommend you choose a firmer mattress.
Sleeping tips for heavier sleepers
Did you know that chronic insomnia is closely linked to weight gain? If you’re consistently not getting a good night’s sleep, you could be exacerbating the problem.
Your first mission, once you have found the perfect mattress, is to get the best night’s sleep possible. These tips will help you do just that.
Exercise during the day can be vital to helping you get the sleep you need at night. You don’t have to run a marathon, but taking time during the day to walk outside for several minutes can have a significant impact on your sleep quality.
Make sure you exercise a few hours before going to bed, in order to maximize the benefit and avoid disrupting your sleep instead.
Eating too much or eating the wrong foods, especially too close to bedtime, can create substantial discomfort that disrupts your sleep, including acid reflux and heartburn. Avoid this with smaller portions and less acidic foods.
Reduce the temperature in your room
The best way to get a good night’s sleep is to avoid overheating while you sleep. A hybrid mattress for a heavy person is a good start, but reducing the temperature in your room can also be a game changer.
Consider a sleep study
Obstructive sleep apnea can cause critical sleep disruptions throughout the night. A sleep study can help diagnose this condition and identify potential treatment options to consider.
Who knew that a hybrid foam mattress could be such a difference maker when it comes to better sleep for heavier people?
Choosing the right mattress can make a huge difference, especially when done in combination with the sleep tips mentioned above.
Use this guide and tips to choose the right hybrid mattress for your unique needs.
And, if you have difficulty choosing between different hybrid mattresses, we’re doing a series of comparison between our competitors and brands. Check it out.
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