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Benefits of a Cooling Mattress Topper

Your body goes through many changes when you sleep. Hot and cold temperature changes affect your sleeping patterns, and too much of either can cause problems with maintaining a peaceful, uninterrupted slumber. Cooling mattress toppers can help to regulate body temperature and can be built into the construction of a mattress or purchased as an additional accessory. 

Materials in a Cooling Mattress Topper

Cooling mattress toppers include standard materials you would expect for comfort, but some modern materials as well, such as:

  • Latex - typically more expensive, but well known for its natural breathability as well as its durability
  • Gel - though sometimes labeled as cooling gel, toppers are usually gel infused with other materials such as memory foam
  • Memory foam - as memory foam is known to trap body heat, these are usually infused with other substances such as copper, gel or charcoal to minimize heat build up
  • Polyfoam - improves airflow, but as one of the most cost effective materials polyfoam develops body indents more easily than others

Can You Get Sustainable Materials?

There are options for sustainable materials when it comes to cooling mattresses and mattress toppers. Wool, cotton, and latex, for example, are sustainable. These are standard in many cooling mattress toppers available all over the world. However, there are also more sustainable options available. For instance, some mattress toppers also come with verified materials such as bamboo and don’t contain VOCs.

Benefits of a Cooling Mattress Topper

Cooling mattress toppers work by using the materials to dissipate or diffuse the body heat of the sleeper and keep it from transferring into the surface and the core. So, a cooling mattress topper can take your sleep to another level. But what does this mean? Some of the key benefits of a cooling topper for your foam or hybrid mattress include regulated body temperature, deeper and more meaningful sleep, and even lowered energy costs. 

Energy Savings

Cooling mattress toppers regulate heat in a much more efficient way. And this is true whether it is hot or cold. For instance, they indeed keep you cool in summer or when your room is hot. But they also provide more warmth in winter. Because of this, you can lower energy costs. You won’t need to crank up the AC in the dead of summer when trying to sleep on a cooling mattress topper. And there is a reduced need to keep the heating on when sleeping during the winter.

Improved Health and Wellbeing

Because of the way a cooling mattress topper works, there are health and wellbeing benefits that come with them. Of course, the improved sleep quality directly affects your overall health and helps enhance daily life. This includes a more relaxing sleep that contributes to reduced fatigue. Over time, this enhances your life for improved overall wellbeing as the benefits grow to include more focus, reduced stress, and a decrease in the anxiety that comes with poor sleep.

Consider Try Before You Buy

There are many brands and cooling mattress products to choose from and they are all different. Many review sites can offer their opinions, and reviews from genuine customers are a great source of information. But everyone is different, and what works for someone else may not work for you. Therefore, it is a good idea to take advantage of any try-before-you-buy or worry-free trials if they are available. This way, you get to experience the mattress topper and its impact first hand before committing longer term.

How to Find the Right Cooling Mattress Topper

Before you consider trying or buying a mattress topper, consider some key areas based on your individual needs:

  • Assess the materials used that offer the best cooling properties for your needs.
  • There is often a good range of affordability, with complex materials costing more.
  • Choose a topper that has the right firmness for your general sleeping position.
  • Consider a pressure relief mattress with memory foam if you experience sores.

The cooling and heating system of each topper is what sets it apart from others. All brands have different ways of keeping you cool or warm, and this dictates the materials used. Some materials work better than others, and they will also affect the pressure of the mattress topper.

The temperature and sleeping environment matters when you are trying to get a good night's sleep. A cooling mattress topper may be a good investment to enhance your current mattress or as an add-on when considering a new mattress.

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