How to protect your mattress and pillows
Last updated: June 2023
Do I need a mattress protector?
Although mattress protectors are an optional piece of bedding, we highly recommend purchasing one. As mentioned, they are designed to be an extra layer between you and your mattress, which can stop sweat, dust, and food spills from seeping into your mattress. As a mattress protector can be easily removed and washed, they are much more practical, especially if you have a memory foam mattress, which needs to be protected from liquids and cannot be cleaned as easily.
What are the different types of mattress protectors?
Mattress protectors mainly vary by their fabrics and different styles offer different benefits – whether that be for anti-allergy or repelling liquids. Here are the different types of mattress protectors we have at Dreams:
|Cotton||Pure cotton mattress protectors are naturally breathable so they’re great for keeping you cool. They’re also machine washable and naturally soft.|
|Anti-allergy||For those who suffer from asthma or allergies, an anti-allergenic or hypoallergenic mattress topper is a great investment as it will help to minimise common irritants that exacerbate symptoms.|
|Waterproof||Most mattress protectors are water resistant but not all are fully waterproof. Having a waterproof design will protect your mattress from accidental spillages or night-time accidents – especially useful for young children. Mattresses are to be kept dry as any moisture can lead to the growth of mould which is an irritant for allergy sufferers.|
What are the different types of mattress topper?
Mattress toppers mainly vary by their filling and different styles have different benefits – whether that be for comfort, to alleviate aches and pains, or to help make your mattress last longer. The best mattress topper for you very much depends on your personal preferences. Here are the different types of mattress toppers we have at Dreams:
|Memory foam||Memory foam moulds to the contours of your body and ‘hugs’ you for utmost comfort. If you have a mattress that’s feeling a little too much on the firm side, then a memory foam mattress topper may help to give pressure relief.|
|Cooling||If you tend to overheat throughout the night, a cooling mattress topper is a great way to help regulate your temperature and keep you comfortably cool. Some TheraPur® toppers are made with Outlast® technology, a thermo-regulating material that helps you remain at a comfortable sleeping temperature. As the fabric absorbs, stores, and releases heat to maintain a comfortable temperature, this is a fantastic year-round investment. This versatile topper is also reversible with a soft and firm side – both sides feature thermo-regulating technology.|
|Quilted||A quilted mattress topper is great for adding an ultra-soft finish to your mattress. Lightweight and often machine washable, these toppers are a practical option.|
|Latex||Latex mattress toppers are made from an elastic material that responds to the movements of your body, cushioning you throughout the night. These toppers are best for those who toss and turn a lot in their sleep.|
|Woollen||Woollen mattress toppers are made from natural wool and are especially beneficial to those who suffer from allergies as they are less likely to exacerbate symptoms.|
What's the best mattress topper for my sleeping position?
Due to pressure points and the risk of a numb arm and spine misalignment, side sleepers are best suited to softer mattress toppers that give cushioning and allow your body to sink slightly into the mattress. We recommend a memory foam mattress topper if you’re a side sleeper.
Getting the right support for stomach sleepers can be difficult. Someone who sleeps on their front requires support to prevent their torso from sinking into the mattress and arching their back too much, but also a softness to cushion chest and hips. We recommend a firm, but cushioning Latex mattress topper for front sleepers.
Sleeping on your back is beneficial for your spine’s alignment as it’s easier for you to remain in a neutral position. Compared to side sleepers, those who sleep on their back require firmer support to prevent their midsection from sinking in. We recommend a thinner mattress topper for back sleepers so that the support of your mattress remains prevalent.
What are the different types of pillow protectors?
Pillow protectors mainly vary by their fabrics and different styles offer different benefits – whether that be for anti-allergy or keeping you cool. Here are the different types of pillow protectors we have at Dreams and their benefits:
|Cotton||Cotton pillow protectors are great for their natural properties including breathability and softness. They’re also easy to care for as they can be machine washed.|
|Hypoallergenic||Hypoallergenic pillow protectors are great for keeping allergy sufferers shielded from common irritants.|
|Cooling||Cooling pillow protectors help to keep your temperature regulated throughout the night. This means they will keep you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold.|