How To Choose the Best Mattress When Overweight

bedVarious factors come into play when looking for a good mattress: firmness, sleeping position, health concerns, size and shape. Experts recommend finding a bed that supports the body in a neutral position i.e. it allows proper alignment of the head, shoulders, heels, and the bum. Mattresses that are too firm mount pressure and misalign the curvature of the spine; if they aren’t too firm they cause exhaustion and aches in the body. The right mattress provides a good night sleep. It does not create unnecessary pressure on the body.

While weight isn’t a concern when choosing a good mattress, plus-size people require beds that have different functionality and design needs compared to leaner people. During the last few decades, mattress manufacturers barely made provision for heavier people. However, with more people reporting lower back aches, obesity, and other chronic illnesses, different types of mattresses have been made to accommodate them. Heavy-weight people are particularly compelled to look for beds that adjust to their weight and allow comfortable sleep:

Several mattress reviewers recommend:

  • ·10-14 inch mattresses for plus-size people weighing between 200-250 pounds for overall satisfaction.
  • 12-14 inch mattresses for plus-size people weighing 250-300 pounds.
  • 14-inch mattress for those 300-450 lbs.

Here is a list of the best mattress types for fat people:

1. Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses are known for their durability, buoyancy, firmness and uniform support throughout the bed. They are made from natural or synthetic rubber. High- quality latex mattresses provide ample support, hold up longer than polyurethane foams and allow moderate contouring.

Heavier folks should look for 9″ thick latex mattresses (all-latex) with no springs or other foams. All its layers should be made of latex material and should be detached for easy replacement when the wear out. Local dealers don’t always stock all-latex mattresses thus the need to buy from online retailers.

2. Innerspring mattresses

Innerspring mattresses remain a consumer’s favorite to date mainly due to their bouncy nature. The spring core (body of the interior) comprises hundreds of steel springs or built-in coils that are individually enclosed to prevent wearing out or popping out of the mattress.

For extra comfort, users should pair the mattress with a topper that features a wide variety of materials ranging from pillows to memory foam depending on the individual’s preference. Buyers should however rid of the idea that the more the coils, the more the comfort; experts advise innerspring mattresses with a coil count above 90.

Plus-size people looking to buy this type of bed should look for innerspring mattresses with two inches of firm blended, medium or high-density memory foam; it allows easy to getting in and out. Innerspring mattresses that don’t have fluffy pillow are more durable. This kind of bed is also ideal for people with back pain.

3. Memory foam mattresses

Also known as memory mattresses, they have recently grown in popularity due to their ability to adjust to different weights. Memory foam mattresses come with toppers that are temperature-sensitive thus individuals may find them cold and hard when lying down.

As the mattress reacts to the body temperature, it gets warm. Additionally, the contour fits the individual’s body shape adding extra comfort. Though pricier than spring mattresses, they are ideal for plus size people and folks suffering from pain in the joints and relieving pressure.


· Memory foam mattresses mold to the shape of the body as the weight shifts throughout the night.

· It reduces pressure points thus relieving body aches.

· It absorbs movement; if sleeping with a partner, you aren’t likely to get disturbed.

· The mattress, however, is not ideal for people suffering from chronic fatigue or muscle pains.

4. Hybrid mattresses

They feature the latest products in sleep technology and are the best mattress types for fat people. Hybrid mattresses provide 50/50 ratio of comfort by combining enclosed innerspring and layers of memory, latex or visco-elastic foams. They have plenty of features found in innerspring mattresses: a better flow of air from the coils, improved compression and edge support. Thus hybrid mattresses minimize the cons found in foam and coil mattresses while focusing on their benefits.

Since hybrid mattresses provide more support than the typical memory foam mattresses, beds using hybrid mattresses make sleeping, reading or watching television a more relaxed experience. They are a good fit for overweight people looking for a more holistic mattress experience compared to the regular single latex, memory foam or gel options. The unique features about hybrid mattresses include:

  • Enclosed coil technology: that minimizes movement caused by tossing and turning thus providing restful sleep.
  • Luxurious fabric cover: that protects the mattress and provides a more comfortable surface for sleeping.
  • Infused layers of memory foams: allows the body to adopt a comfortable sleeping posture.
  • Gel-infused memory foam: it minimizes the mattress’ heat retention caused by the body and diffuses it away.

· Edge support adds to the sleeping surface of the mattress.

5. Air mattresses

This is what most of us think when we hear air mattressess.... But it's not what we are talking about here.These are not blow-up mattresses. Air mattresses are higher-end air beds that resemble conventional standard innerspring mattresses but utilize air-filled chambers instead of coils. Air mattresses are ideal for plus-sized people as well as patients with spinal cord injuries who remain in bed for extended periods to avoid skin breakdown. Couples that have differences in individual preferences for comfort and firmness should also use air mattresses. Like memory foam mattresses, users may add air toppers for extra comfort.

While the best mattresses depends on an individual’s preference the mattress should:

  • Provide enough level of depression support.
  • Allow 4-7 on the firmness scale.
  • Provide adequate support to the head, neck, spine, and hips.
  • Provide comfortable rest.

When to change your mattress

Mattresses are designed to last a lifetime. However, over time the body changes so that the mattress that was once comfortable wears you down several years down the line. Additionally, mattresses collect mites, dust, fungus and germs that can cause allergies and disrupt your sleep patterns. Experts recommend changing a mattress every 0-5 years after buying a new bed. Note that the best mattress is the one that allows the body to get enough rest regardless of the kind of mattress you’re lying on.