I remember when I had problems picking up my children due to back pain and stiffness. I remember tossing and turning all night trying to find a comfortable position so that I could try to get just a few hours of sleep. My husband was laid off, so buying a new mattress was just not at the top of the list, so I started shopping for mattress toppers. Reviews that I have read gave me great insight as to what to look for and how to make the right choice for me.
Typically when one envisions a mattress pad, they think of the new memory foam technology. I have to say that I would not use anything other than the memory foam. I’ve had down toppers, those old foam pads that you used to take camping, egg crates and just about everything else under the sun, but the memory foam pad I have now is excellent. One side is flat that opposite side is like an egg crate, so you can flip it to suit your preference.
You need to know a little about memory foam before you go out and buy just any old mattress toppers. Reviews can give you some information, but I found that most were lacking what I wanted to know. “How is this going to help me sleep better.” We’ve all seen the “metal coil spring, pressure point” commercial and the “jumping on the bed, glass o’ wine business,” but how do I choose which is right for me?
When ordering your mattress topper, be sure to consider the foam density, as this is a direct indicator of quality. Typically the denser the foam, the better the grade, but also the higher the price. Just like with everything else, you get what you pay for. I would not go with any of the budget memory foams because I have read that they just do not last as long or provide the same level of comfort.
Be aware though that reviews indicate that a lot of people prefer a medium “4 lb” density, which is what I use. They say that the 5 lb and up can feel stiff and not as user-friendly. I would not go with anything less than a 4 lb density, though. It stands to reason that a lower quality/density foams internal cells will begin to break down with lower quality pads and then won’t spring back with that hand print we are all used to seeing on TV.
OK, on that note, in case you do not know how memory foam works, here is a little breakdown for you. Memory foam is a visco-elastic polyurethane foam. The foam has been developed using an open cell structure. This means that each foam cell has holes that connect it to the next cell so when you apply pressure, the air pressure distributed to the neighboring cells.