Choosing the right mattress is exceptionally important for overall health. The average consumer spends over forty hours every single week lying on a mattress. If that mattress is too firm, too soft, too lumpy, or unsupportive, serious health issues can result. Problems with the back, neck, shoulders, and hips can be caused by a cheap mattress or a mattress that has not been replaced in several years. Studies have linked insomnia and inadequate sleep levels to low quality mattresses. It’s clear that choosing a top-of-the- line mattress can have a dramatic impact on your health and your sleep patterns.
What, though, makes a mattress top- of-the- line or high quality? There are so many different mattress styles to choose from. Many consumers get overwhelmed when they start asking questions about mattresses, and begin the shopping process. Two popular mattress types include pillow top mattresses and alternative gel mattresses. These two mattress styles have undergone recent improvements that make both of them incredibly valuable options for improving your overall health. Which option, however, is the best?
Pillowtop Mattresses Offer Luxurious Softness
A pillowtop mattress is a regular spring mattress that is topped with a luxurious layer of soft down or artificial fillers. Higher quality pillowtop mattresses, of course, are filled with real down. Down is the soft feathers that can be found as insulation below the flight feathers on bird breeds like ducks and geese. Down is notoriously soft, and many people like to sleep on down pillows because this soft filler material conforms to the shape of their neck, head, and shoulders. The comfort of a down pillow has been expanded into the world of mattresses. Pillowtop mattresses feature a layer of soft down or artificial down across the entire surface of the mattress. This makes them as soft as a pillow.
Pillowtop Mattresses Are Easier to Maintain
Pillowtop mattresses may be easier to maintain than alternative gel mattresses because they aren’t filled with a semi-liquid material, and they don’t have all the risks associated with alternative gel mattresses. A pillowtop mattress can be cleaned with a regular vacuum hose attachment. The hose is directed slowly across the surface of the mattress, and dust particles, mites, and other contaminants can be easily removed. That said, it is thought that alternative gel mattresses may be more hypoallergenic than pillowtop mattresses, especially if a pillowtop is filled with real bird down.
Alternative Gel Mattresses Claim to Help with Mattress Cooling
Alternative gel mattresses claim to help with mattress cooling. A mattress topper that absorbs body heat may cause overheating for the consumer, and overheating has been linked to insomnia in numerous studies. The gel material that fills the top of an alternative gel mattress is supposedly designed to absorb body heat, and wick it away from the consumer. Alternative gel mattresses certainly do feel cool to the touch when you initially lay on top of them, but there is no evidence that these mattresses are capable of maintaining that cool temperature after prolonged exposure to a body.
Alternative Gel Mattresses May Deteriorate Over Time
One final risk of alternative gel mattresses is the potential for gel deterioration over time. There have been some suggestions that inexpensive gel fillers may break down after several years. This, of course, will eliminate a great deal of the cushioning effect achieved with these mattresses. Pillowtop mattresses, too, become unevenly distributed over time, which is why consumers should replace mattresses on a regular basis according to manufacturer recommendations.