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Choosing the Best Mattress for a Heavy Person

Choosing the Best Mattress for a Heavy Person

No matter your height, size or sleeping style, everyone deserves a good night’s sleep. But if you’re overweight or obese, you will have very specific needs when it comes to choosing a mattress.

If you are carrying a few extra lbs and reading this, you need a mattress that gives you the right support so you can have a comfortable and restorative night’s sleep. Otherwise, you’ll be waking with aches and pains, and without the energy you need to go about your day.

In this guide, we help you find the best mattress for heavy people.


Get Support

If you weigh over 200lbs, a firm mattress is the best option to ensure that you’re given the support needed for a good night’s sleep. Because a heavier person will put more stress on a mattress over its lifetime, it’s important to get one that doesn’t give too much.


Orthopaedic mattresses are designed to promote stability and firmness, so if you suffer with aches and pains you will be well-supported. These mattresses also boast a reflex foam layer which adapt to your body shape and bounce back against you, providing supportive spinal alignment and removing the possibility of the dreaded sag.


Maintain that Body Temperature

Waking up in the middle of the night sweating is expected during rare UK heatwaves, but if you’re suffering in peak winter, you should consider a mattress that includes cooling properties.

If you’re a hot sleeper, then you might prefer a spring-based mattress over a memory foam type, as memory foam retains warmth slightly better. Nevertheless, there will be orthopaedic and memory foam mattresses often come with special cooling features, such as this Cashmere 3000 pocket sprung mattress.


Look out also for gels such as Laygel which boast low heat retention rates or Milk Protein and Aloe Vera which help to prevent a build-up of moisture. Air vents are also important because they work to expel stale odours and promote maximum airflow. Air vents are usually strategically placed towards the border of the mattress.


Invest in Thickness

The thickness of a mattress is often overlooked, but if you’re on the larger side then it’s important to consider. Look for a mattress with a thickness of at least 12” and up. This level of thickness will provide a high level or compression support whilst also helping to prevent sagging or sinking from taking place.


Take Guests and Partners into Consideration

It’s common sense, but when choosing a mattress always consider combined weight. For instance, if you have two people sharing a bed with a combined weight of 26 stone, that’s 364 pounds and falls into the heavier mattress category.

It may seem like common sense, but your weight will also affect how the mattress feels to you – a 17-stone sleeper will find a mattress much softer than someone who weighs 12 stone. That’s why each of our mattresses comes complete with a firmness rating tool that allows you to input your weight (and your partner’s), to see how it will feel to you.


Put in a Tall Order

If you are on the tall side, always go for the biggest mattress model dimensions. In the case of Happy Beds, our Super King Size option is recommended for those 6ft and over.


Play the rotation game

Rotating your mattress regularly can make it last up to 5 years longer than a static mattress. Despite this, lots of people are either unaware or ignore this advice.

No matter your weight or height, it’s recommended to flip (or rotate if it’s a memory foam) your mattress once a month. This is particularly important if you sleep in a pair. Rotate your mattress 180 degrees so that the headboard is at the foot and vice versa. This alleviates the pressure and also reduces the likelihood of your bed wearing out.


Time’s up on poor sleep

If you're struggling to get a good night's sleep due to the issues raised in this piece, it may be time to replace your mattress. Shop our range of mattresses today and reclaim your precious forty winks.

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