Mattress pads come in many different varieties, and are used for purposes of hygiene, health or comfort. Mattress pads are thin (between ½-inch to 4-inch) pads placed over the mattress, and under the sheet of the bed. They are typically made from cotton, wool, memory foam or natural latex, all of which have different benefits.
It is a fact of life that we sweat, drool and shed skin all over our beds as we sleep. Having a mattress pad on the bed not only protects the mattress from absorbing what comes off of us as we sleep, but makes it easy to keep the bed hygienic, as mattress pads are machine washable. For parents with children who wet the bed, a latex-backed cotton mattress pad can really save the life of the mattress, and is easily washed. Mattress pads solely for hygiene purposes are usually thin, cotton varieties as stated on The Mattress Lady website.
Hypoallergenic mattress pads help reduce allergies from dust and dander. According to the Allergy Consumer Review, cotton is naturally hypoallergenic. Wool is also good for allergy sufferers and it has anti-allergen properties and is mold resistant.
Aches and Pains
Thicker mattress pads help reduce the morning aches and pains most people suffer from. The combination of a layer of softness on top of the firmer mattress beneath allows typical problem areas like knees, ankles and hips to get the proper cushioning without losing back support. Latex or thick wool mattress pads are ideal for this purpose.
Back Support and Cushioning
Foam core or latex mattress pads provide the dual benefit of giving back support as well as cushioning the body while sleeping. Memory foam mattress pads are popular for this purpose, as they evenly distribute the weight of the body through the mattress pad. Because there is less pressure on joints, there is less need for the body to change position during sleep; thus, better sleep quality is achieved as well.
The overarching benefit of any mattress pad is that it adds a feel of luxury to the bed. Having a layer of soft, cushiony material underneath the sheet is reported by the Allergy Consumer Review as adding a real touch of luxury to a night’s sleep. According to the Mattress Lady, we spend around a third of our days in bed, and adding a mattress pad to the equation can help improve sleep quality, and energy levels as well.