What Is A Mattress Pad?
A mattress pad or a mattress topper is a type of layering material that is placed on top of our bed’s mattresses (usually with fitted sheets) to increase cushioning as well as protecting our mattresses at the same time. Typically, a mattress pad is added to protect mattresses from accidental spills and other forms of mess which can cause stains and can potentially decrease the mattress’ longevity. Other than that, it is usually added to provide another soft layer between the user and the mattress (since some mattresses are not that comfortable to sleep with).
Mattress pads are made from various materials such as cotton, foam, polyester, and other smooth fabrics which are comfortable enough to sleep on. Some modern types also make use of memory foam to provide additional support to the person’s body upon sleeping and prevent any strains which are often caused by improper positioning of the body during sleep. Moreover, visco-elastic foams are also added to hospital beds and other medical institutions to relieve any pressure-related pains caused by lying over long periods of time.
Overall, the main purpose of adding a mattress pad is to provide utmost comfort and cushioning to make the person feel “weightless” and conditioning the body to a deep slumber.
Mattress pads are made of different types to accommodate the needs of every individual. In other words, these pads are created for a specific purpose. Here are the most popular mattress pads being used today:
1. Electric (heated type)
This pad uses electrical power to head up the pad and provides warmth to the person. It follows the same concept as the electric blanket, but the only difference is the user is heated from below. Electric pads are often heated before use (pre-heated), but some people prefer to sleep with it while turned on.
2. Memory Foam
This type of pad is specifically designed to contour the shape of the person’s body to provide optimum support during sleep and displace any undue pressure from all over the body. Memory foam pads are usually 3 inches thick and can perform better with memory foam pillows.
This type of pad employs the use of magnetic technology as emitted by disc-shaped ceramic magnets. Magnetic pads are ideal for individuals who are suffering from insomnia, arthritis, and other forms of bodily pain because of the therapeutic effect it brings every time a person lies in it.
4. Egg Crate
This pad is named as such because it looks like an egg crate. The design of the foam provides a softer layer when placed over a tough mattress. A person who is experiencing arthritic pain can also find relief when sleeping with this pad because of its therapeutic abilities. It’s also effective when paired with egg crate foam pillows.
This type of pad is perfect for people who have kids at home especially, toddlers. In this stage, kids are often seen jumping on mattresses and peeing on it during night time. So it’s better to use these pads as latex can protect the mattresses from unwanted stains (pen, pee, poop, etc.) and keeps the mattress free from smelly odor at the same time.
Sometimes called ‘feathered pads,’ this type of pad is best used to make the bed feel warm and cozy.
Difference Between A Mattress Protector and A Mattress Pad
Some people think that Mattress Pads and Mattress Protector are just the same. But in reality, they are 2 entirely different products with different functions. Unlike a mattress pad, a mattress protector is thinner, less absorbent, and is not necessarily comfortable to sleep with. And though they are both built for protecting our mattresses, a mattress pad is also designed to provide comfort for the user while the mattress protector is focused plainly on the protection aspect (less on the cushioning aspect) particularly, on the prevention of dust mites, bed bugs, and other irritants from infecting your sleeping place.
Another feature that is found only in mattress protector is that they are designed to snug around the mattress with ease. That’s why they are made according to the standard dimensions of mattresses in use today. Moreover, they are made of vinyl or plastic fabrics which can cause noise every time you turn around during sleep.
Here are some of the mattress pads products we can recommend you to check out: