The development of memory foam revolutionized the bedding industry more than any other innovation in the past 100 years. The therapeutic value of memory foam mattresses has become widely known along with its unique ability to prevent motion transfer across the sleep surface. These characteristics have won many die-hard fans and converts are joining the ranks daily.
But not everyone has been ready yet to cross over completely from the distress of traditional internal spring mattresses to the ultimate comfort and support of memory foam. For those consumers there is still a viable option for getting some degree of the famed memory foam body contouring experience without going all in. Memory foam mattress toppers provide relief to internal spring mattress users through a layer of memory foam that is laid on top of the existing mattress.
This method will not provide the full memory foam experience but it will blunt the painful effects of pressure points that develop where the body comes in contact with metal springs pushing against the sleep surface. This option has become popular as well in recent years; however, some people complain the toppers sleep too warm for their tastes.
While it is true that, by nature, memory foam will sleep warmer than a traditional mattress due to the high density characteristics of the foam. However, that does not mean you have to choose between temperature comfort and physical comfort when using a memory foam mattress topper.
Here are some tips for keeping cool with a memory foam topper:
- There are specially designed “breathable” memory foam toppers that help circulate air through small holes or grooves to keep body heat from building up.
- A simple cotton or wool cover over the mattress and topper will also help in creating a buffer between the memory foam and the body. Wool has the added advantage of absorbing moisture while continuing to insulate.
- Maintain a room temperature of about 65 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature has been determined by experts to be the optimal sleep condition.
- Sheet quality can also play a big part in properly controlling the mix of air and body temperature. In general, cotton sheets will breathe better than synthetic alternatives. Beyond that, cotton sheets with a high thread count will do better at mitigating warmth penetration than lower quality sheets.
- Wear light weight pajamas and avoid heavy covers. This may seem obvious but it’s worth repeating since many people neglect to consider their own dress as a contributing factor to not being able to keep cool with a memory foam topper.