Mattresses are especially important for heavy people, since obesity or overweight itself poses a lot of threat to the health of obese people. If sleep too is affected because of improper mattresses, it will further aggravate the health problems if any. So it is very important to choose the best mattresses available for heavy people to have a relaxed and peaceful sleep. Typically, the mattresses should not give any neck or back problems to the user.
Shopping for mattresses for obese people – Some facts
- The thickness of the mattress is one important factor to look for when heavy people buy mattresses. The thickness of the mattress should be at least 12”(people with normal weight of under 200 pounds can manage with mattresses of about 10” thickness). Thicker mattresses provide better support because of the pressure that their weight creates on the mattress.
- The firmness level is dependent on your sleeping positions like whether you like to sleep on the side, back or on the stomach. Most of the heavy people prefer medium to medium firm as these mattresses support their weight better and give them more support.
- Mattresses with better edge support are better for heavy people as it will help while sitting on the edge and also prevent sagging or collapse when sitting on the edge. Mattresses with coil-on-coil, spring, or a combination of these two will offer the best edge support.
- Heavy people need mattresses that do not retain heat. The mattresses that do not retain heat are memory foam mattresses, spring mattresses, latex, advanced open cell memory foam or some mattresses that utilise gel or other cooling agents. These types of mattresses are more comfortable for heavy people.
The best mattresses for heavy / obese people
Mattress manufacturers are now making heavy-duty frames, foundations and mattresses to suit overweight people. Some of the best mattresses are,
- Sleep Inovation’s Sure Temp 2,5” thick memory foam mattress has a thickness of 12” and is one of the best mattresses for heavy people. This also comes with a 20 year limited guarantee.
- Fresh Breeze 12-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress by Dynasty Mattresses is also one of the best mattresses for heavy people. It provides very good support and comfort for heavy people. It has a 3 inch thick ‘cool’ technology foam which provides a soft yet firm surface and also good air flow to keep the sleeper cool.
- Lucid’s 14 inch plush memory Foam Mattress has a thickness of 14 inches of which it has 1 inch of charcoal memory foam at the top. This is ideal for people with sensitive skin.
- Sleep Master 10-inch Memory Foam Mattress has only a thickness of 10 inches but the price is very competitive and it has a number of good features. It has three layers of memory foam for comfort and there is no off-gassing in this mattress.
These are some of the best mattresses a 300 pound to 450 pound person. These mattresses are designed to support these people better.
Some of the other popular mattress manufacturers are Loom & Leaf, Nest Alexander, Leesa, Saatva, WinkBed, Amerisleep Colonial etc. A Canadian made mattress Endy is also available which is suitable for people weighing over 200 pounds. All these brands have many of the features of an ideal mattress for heavy people.
The best mattresses for heavy people – Review
- Memory foam mattresses provides good contouring support and pain relief. It is especially effective if the memory foam is of higher density. The disadvantage of this mattress is that heavier people may sink and make their movement difficult. To overcome this problem, there should be a 7 inch support layer and a total thickness of a minimum 9 inches though 12 inches are the most preferred for people above 300-400 pounds
- Latex mattresses are strong and durable. They are cooler than memory foam mattresses. The advantage is that the latex foam need not be as thick as the memory foam mattresses. The disadvantage is that latex mattresses may create impressions which will make it difficult for obese people to move about.
- Air Mattresses for heavy people: Air beds have been seen to support weight and is generally well liked by heavy people. Some of the factors to be considered while buying an air mattress for obese people is that, the mattress has to be at a optimum height from the ground to enable people to get in and out of these beds easily. The air mattresses should be of good thickness and have a heavy duty label. The correct size of the mattress is important if it has to be shared. Air beds may also help people with a bad back. Built in pumps is an added advantage. Sleep Number, Sound Asleep, Serta all have good air bed for obese people.
- Water beds are also liked by heavy people. They should look for water beds which are strong and not look for only thickness
- Inner Spring mattresses rate lower than the above mentioned mattresses since they tend to sag more and hence become uncomfortable and cause pain. It also makes more noise when used by heavier people. Innerspring mattresses with a coil count of 600 or above for a queen sized bed is more comfortable for heavier people
- Futons mattresses are suitable only for heavy people who sleep on their side. The supporting frames will not support very heavy weight, but the mattresses are very firm and is liked by heavy people who like firm mattresses.
On the whole mattress manufacturers are concerned about the needs of the obese people and a number of leading companies are making mattresses for obese or heavy people to suit their needs. It is important for customers to buy quality mattresses which will last for at least 10 years.