You wake up in the morning with your back throbbing and realize that you can’t remember the last time you didn’t have back pain. You lay in bed a little longer, waiting to see if it will go away, but it doesn’t. You finally drag yourself out of bed and make your way to the kitchen to start your day, hoping things will feel better by lunchtime. And at first, they do — you get through the morning without too much pain, but by the afternoon you’re back where you started.

What is a mattress topper?

A mattress topper is a thin layer of padding that sits on top of your existing mattress. Whether you’re dealing with back pain or just want extra support, adding a mattress topper can make your life much more comfortable. And, even if you don’t need an additional layer, they’re great to have on hand when the company comes over. Because they add an extra layer of comfort and warmth while only taking up a few inches at most, they can also help your bedding last longer.

How does it improve sleep?

Sleeping on a mattress topper can help you deal with back pain—and improve your sleep as well. When you use a mattress topper, your body won’t sink as far into your mattress, helping you support and align your spine without handling overstuffed. And if there are any issues with uneven or lumpy areas on your current mattress that are contributing to back pain, putting down a thin pad will even things out until you can get around to buying a new bed.

How does it help relieve pain?

Some mattress toppers are made from memory foam, which helps support your body so you’re not using as much muscle to keep your back in alignment. Memory foam conforms to your body and takes on its shape, providing even pressure across all areas of your back. You’ll have a smooth surface to lie on without tossing and turning, which will help prevent unnecessary strain on your muscles.

Are there different kinds of toppers?

There are three main kinds of mattress toppers on the market: memory foam, fibre, and hybrid. Each has different benefits and drawbacks, so you’ll want to consider how much money you want to spend as well as how your back feels when you wake up before making a purchase. Here’s a quick rundown of what each kind is good for

Are there any downsides?

Probably. You should read mattress topper reviews and look out for any complaints about short-term or long-term health effects that could be a byproduct of using a mattress topper. As with all purchases, you’ll want to make sure that there’s a strong return policy in place so that you can easily exchange your product if you don’t feel like it’s working for you.

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