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Mattresses For Heavy People: A Comprehensive Guide

Heavier individuals weighing over 16 stone (224 pounds) typically require a firm mattress. When choosing a new mattress, heavier individuals should consider factors like firmness, mattress thickness, edge support, and responsiveness.

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How To Store A Mattress Topper: Top Tips

You can store a mattress topper either rolled up or flat. Keep it in a clean, dry, and cool environment above ground level. Regularly check for signs of damage, moisture, or pests.

Mattress advice

Young woman sitting on the edge of the bed feeling back pain after sleeping in bed

Can A Soft Mattress Cause Back Pain?

A soft mattress conforms to the body and can provide effective pressure relief. However, an overly soft mattress can cause misalignment and contribute to back pain.

young couple sleeping together in bed

Can You Buy A Half And Half Mattress?

A half and half mattress is ideal for sleeping partners of different weights or with different comfort preferences. It allows each partner to have their side of the bed in their preferred firmness, so there’s no need to compromise on sleep.

Young couple operating adjustable bed in mattress showroom

Can You Use Any Mattress With An Adjustable Base?

Adjustable beds require a mattress that can easily bend and conform to the shape of the bed as it moves. While some mattresses are compatible, others are not designed to bend or fold and may be susceptible to damage.

Mattress care

Man unrolling new mattress on slatted bed frame

Can You Sleep On A Mattress While It Is Expanding?

A mattress can take between 2 to 72 hours to fully expand. It’s recommended that you let it reach its full dimensions before using it, as sleeping on it during expansion may impact its feel and performance.

Hand pressing down on memory foam mattress

Can You Turn A Memory Foam Mattress?

All mattresses, including those with memory foam, tend to settle, especially under body weight. That’s why it helps to occasionally rotate your memory foam mattress to even out the wear.

Bedding advice

White memory foam mattress topper attached to beige mattress

How To Store A Mattress Topper: Top Tips

You can store a mattress topper either rolled up or flat. Keep it in a clean, dry, and cool environment above ground level. Regularly check for signs of damage, moisture, or pests.

Bed bug infestation on mattress

Do Mattress Protectors Prevent Bed Bugs?

A fully encased mattress protector covers the entire mattress, creating a barrier that can prevent bed bugs from penetrating or escaping it. However, mattress protectors won’t completely eradicate bed bugs. Using a mattress protector with other preventive measures can help minimise the risk of bed bug infestations and maintain a clean, comfortable sleeping environment.

Woman placing thick mattress topper on mattress

How Long Do Mattress Toppers Last?

The typical lifespan of a mattress topper is between 2 and 5 years, depending on the material quality, construction, usage, and how well the topper is maintained.

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