If you wake up feeling stiff or with back pain, your mattress may be the cause. A mattress that is too hard can cause this kind of discomfort and affect the quality of your sleep. But before replacing your mattress, you should know that there is a solution to make it more comfortable: adding a mattress topper.
What is a mattress topper?
As its name suggests, the topper is placed on the mattress to make it more comfortable while protecting it from wear, thus increasing its lifespan. If you think your mattress is the cause of your back pain, the addition of a mattress topper on a mattress that is too hard—or too soft—may solve part of the problem.
Why is a mattress that's too hard not recommended?
When shopping for a mattress, look for firm or semi-firm models that feel comfortable and provide good support. While a firm mattress may provide better support than a soft one, a mattress that's too hard could also have the opposite effect. In fact, according to the Association des chiropraticiens du Québec, “a mattress that’s too hard could lead to unpleasant pressure points, making it difficult to sleep,” while a mattress that’s too soft will cause too much pressure on the spine, head and pelvis. But beware: a mattress that is too hard for one person may not be hard enough for another!
Which topper should I choose for a mattress that is too firm?
There are almost as many types of mattress toppers as there are mattress models; it's best to shop around to find the one that will meet your needs and your budget! The type of mattress topper you choose could depend on what you're looking for: a firm topper will provide a little more support for a mattress that you feel is too soft, while a soft topper will make your mattress more comfortable without sacrificing the support it provides. You will also have to choose between a thin or thick topper, depending on the type and quantity of materials used (memory foam, viscoelastic foam, latex, bamboo, feathers, etc.).
Protecting the mattress from dust and sweat makes the bed more comfortable and therefore provides a better sleep: the mattress topper has many qualities!
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