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Why buy an orthopaedic mattress topper?
Orthopaedic mattress toppers are designed to relieve joint and muscle pain. 💪
We explore exactly how they do this further down.
While an orthopaedic mattress topper can make you more comfortable, they are not a complete solution to aches and pains.
Multiple factors, including stress, the curvature of your spine and underlying muscle problems, can cause muscle and joint pain.
However, an orthopaedic mattress topper can help to reduce the pain and help you get a better night’s sleep.
Who is an orthopaedic mattress topper suitable for?
Orthopaedic mattress toppers are versatile and can help many people, including:
Those with back, neck or shoulder pain
An orthopaedic mattress topper can help you get a better night's sleep if you suffer from back, neck or shoulder pain.
We dive into how this type of topper alleviates aches and pains above. ☝️
Back and front sleepers
There are firmer orthopaedic mattress toppers on the market, such as the Simba Hybrid Topper, which provides targeted pressure-relieving support.
If you’re a front or back sleeper and your mattress is too soft, we recommend adding the Simba mattress topper to make it firmer. 🧱
This topper has a combination of foam and pocket springs, which are characteristically firmer than pure memory foam toppers.
Many orthopaedic toppers are on the softer side and better suited to side sleepers.
The Panda orthopaedic memory foam mattress topper is ideal for side sleepers needing more sinkage for optimal spine alignment.
The topper is actually made from orthopaedic-approved memory foam, so even though it’s on the softer side, it still provides excellent support. 🎉
The Panda topper is well-suited to side sleepers with back, joint or hip pain.
As we’ve discussed, most orthopaedic mattress toppers contain memory foam.
Memory foam retains heat, making your sleeping surface feel warmer than a traditional mattress. 🔥
For hot sleepers, memory foam is probably too hot and uncomfortable, even with a breathable cover.
However, if you run cold or live in a very cold environment, a memory foam orthopaedic topper, like the Tempur one, could support your spine and keep you warm.
Can you wash an orthopaedic mattress topper?
Most orthopaedic mattress toppers have a machine-washable removable cover, such as the toppers from Tempur, Simba and Panda.
But if you spill your morning coffee or experience night sweats, you may need to wash everything on your bed.
In that case, it’s easy to unzip the cover on your mattress topper and pop it in your washing machine on a low heat.
Just bear in mind, it can be quite difficult to get the cover back on the topper after you have washed it, so we don’t recommend washing it all the time. 🧼