A mattress topper is a thick layer of cushioning that is placed on top of a mattress (under the fitted sheet). Toppers enhance comfort and support by changing the level of firmness of a mattress. They also provide a more luxurious feel on a new or existing mattress; as long as the existing mattress is not sagging, worn-out, or in need of replacement.
The purpose of a mattress topper is to enhance the sleep experience. Toppers provide cushioning and support to key pressure points throughout the body, thereby helping to reduce aches and pains for a more comfortable sleep.
An additional benefit of a topper is that it slows down the normal wear and tear of a mattress, thereby extending its lifespan.
You may consider a topper when you want to improve the feel of your bed without having to replace the mattress.
Mattress Toppers Vs Mattress Protectors
Although mattress toppers and protectors share some features, they are not the same.
Protectors merely keep spills, sweat, and other impurities out of your mattress, which could ruin the bed and mattress underneath.
Mattress toppers serve a dual purpose – they protect your mattress while providing additional support which makes your bed more comfortable to sleep on.
3 Types of Mattress Toppers:
Toppers are available in a variety of materials. Memory foam and regular polyurethane foam are the most common types of toppers.
Fortunately, there are better alternatives like wool and organic latex and pure wool toppers. Unlike memory foam, these toppers do not pose a risk to your health because they do not off-gas harmful chemicals.
1. Memory Foam Mattress Toppers
Memory foam is often a popular option; however, most people don’t know that memory foam contains toxic chemicals.
The main chemical compound found in memory foam is Polyurethane; a derivative of petrochemicals. Petrochemicals release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) due to a natural process called off-gassing.
VOCs are toxic; in fact, studies have illustrated the link between various cancers and long-term exposure to VOCs. They can also negatively impact your sleep quality, as irritants often cause allergic reactions and headaches.
According to the Sleep Foundation (2022), “VOCs are an unavoidable part of polyurethane foams, even those that contain a percentage of green materials”.
To find out more about the harmful side effects caused by exposure to petrochemicals used in the manufacturing of memory foam, click here.
Memory foam is often not suitable for hot sleepers as it tends to retain heat. Mattress toppers that contain pure wool are the best solution for temperature regulation. Temperature regulation has a direct impact on the quality of your sleep.
2. Latex and Wool Mattress Toppers
Latex not only contours the body; it also provides ample pressure relief. Furthermore, it offers sufficient bounce to allow for easy mobility.
The Dunlop method is the trusted process for manufacturing truly pure, unadulterated organic latex. Naturelle only uses certified Dunlop produced organic latex because of it is purity, durability, and longevity.
Alternative latex manufacturing processes (including Talalay) commonly produce “natural latex”; despite the fact that they contain mostly synthetic materials! Natural latex is not the same as pure or organic latex.
Naturelle’s organic latex and wool toppers contain a generous 50mm slab of organic latex and are covered in a unique blend of Merino and British Shetland sheep’s wool.
The total thickness of our latex and wool toppers is 70mm.
3. Wool Mattress Toppers
Wool is unique in its ability to regulate temperature. It draws moisture away from a person who is too hot; while being able to provide insulation for those who get cold at night. Temperature regulation makes wool toppers suitable for both warm and cold seasons.
Wool is breathable and its ability to help regulate temperature makes it a sought after product.
Naturelle’s wool toppers are made from a unique blend of Merino and British Shetland sheep’s wool.
The total thickness of our wool toppers is 50mm.
Naturelle’s Mattress Toppers
Naturelle’s toppers do not contain polyurethane foam. In fact, none of our products contains synthetic materials, and they are naturally hypoallergenic.
100% Certified Natural Fabric encases our mattress toppers. This fabric is manufactured specifically for Naturelle. It is a blend of cotton, bamboo, viscose and eucalyptus fibres.
All Naturelle products are mould, mildew and dust mite resistant; thanks to the unique properties of pure wool and organic latex. This reduces the risk of exposure to irritants that cause common allergies. The result is a better night’s sleep.
Why Buy a Mattress Topper?
Before you decide to invest in a mattress topper you should first determine what issues you have with your current mattress.
It is always best to invest in a new mattress if your current mattress is worn-out. In other words, a mattress topper can not rescue a mattress that needs to be replaced.
The average mattress should be replaced every 8 – 10 years; especially if it contains polyurethane foam.
Naturelle mattresses are expected to last more than twenty years; in fact, they carry a minimum 25-year warranty. Furthermore, all wool in Naturelle products carries a lifetime guarantee.
People are becoming more aware of the harmful effects caused by long-term exposure to polyurethane foam. As a result, Naturelle’s toppers are sought after as they provide a barrier to polyurethane mattresses and potential exposure to VOCs.
At Naturelle Beds, we take your health and sleep seriously. Furthermore, our exclusive range of products is free from harmful chemicals. Our products also carry the following certifications:
Above all, your health matters. Why not invest in the purest, most comfortable, sleeping surface in the world? Shop online today.
Sleepfoundation.org (2022). Is Memory Foam Toxic? Available from: <https://www.sleepfoundation.org/mattress-construction/is-memory-foam-toxic>. [Accessed April 2022].