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What is the best type of mattress for a heavy person?

Pocket spring mattress

Our range of pocket spring mattresses is one of our top suggestions for heavy people thanks to their provide durable support, even weight distribution and pressure relief. The individually wrapped coils move independently of one another, so the mattress surface can conform to your body shape for total body edge-to-edge support. What's more, these individual springs retain the rigidness for much longer by comparison to an open coil innerspring mattress.

Innerspring mattresses

Open coil or innerspring options are usually also a good mattress for heavy people because they generally come in firmer mattress support tensions. As we explain below, the best mattress for heavy people should consist of a medium firm, firm or extra firm mattress support firmness in order to adequately support you throughout the night. Innerspring mattresses are frequently firmer or orthopaedic in nature, however, the structure of the spring system is not as durable in comparison to a pocket spring mattress. This is because it consists of a continuous wire that runs from side to side to form the entire spring system, and due to this, we advise couples who share a bed to avoid this type of mattress. The continuous coil causes 'roll-together', where the mattress loses its structure and causes the core and surface to dip in the centre, in addition to its edge-to-edge support not being as effective as its pocket sprung counterpart.

Hybrid mattress

Hybrid mattresses are a brilliant option for heavier people because you can benefit from two different types of mattresses that are fused together. Utilising pocket springs or an open coil spring system as the support base, a hybrid mattress usually combines a comfort layer consisting of memory foam, latex, or gel foam. For reasons that we explain below, we principally recommend that heavier statures avoid mattresses with an aspect of memory foam or gel foam. Instead, a hybrid mattress that uses latex foam is much more effective, providing a bouncy comfort layer that's incredibly durable and breathable.

What mattresses should a heavy person avoid?

Memory foam mattresses

There are certain sleeping solutions that heavy people should avoid because their structure cannot adequately support body weight for a long period of time. For example, a memory foam mattress could lose its integrity after a couple of years of usage, which is significantly lower than the average lifespan of a mattress. The incorporation of other memory foam mattresses such as high-density foam or reflex foam can also eventually lose their structure under prolonged use with a heavier stature. Similarly, cooling gel memory foam will react in the same way too. For all hot sleepers, a memory foam mattress should be avoided in general due to its strong heat retention properties, minimal airflow and breathability.

Mattress topper

Much like memory foam mattresses, a mattress topper can quickly deteriorate after a short amount of use. Mattress toppers aren't designed to provide the main support of your sleeping solution and usually consist of soft support tensions, which is generally not a mattress for heavy people that is recommended. Usually comprising synthetic fillings or a support foam, mattress toppers can temporarily provide effective pressure relief and make your sleeping solution feel comfier but can often mask deteriorating support in the base. If you're due a mattress upgrade, we certainly suggest opting for a brand new supportive mattress in order to avoid waking up with aches and pains due to lack of support.

Consider your sleeping position

Your preferred sleeping position can affect which mattress firmness you need. Read below to find out which one is most appropriate for you.

Side sleepers

A medium firm tension is the best mattress for heavy people who are preferred side sleepers. Usually, softer or medium support is suggested because the mattress surface will provide cushioning to the shoulders and hips, ensuring your spine is properly aligned throughout the night. But with this being said, heavier statures are better suited to a medium firm mattress because you will still receive the support you need and you can expect greater mattress longevity.

Back or stomach sleepers

If you prefer to sleep on your back or stomach, we recommend firmer or extra firm support which you can find in our pocket sprung, hybrid and innerspring mattresses. When in this sleeping position, extra support is needed to promote proper spinal alignment, although with this being said, stomach sleepers are naturally placing extra strain on their lower back. If you can't stray from sleeping on your stomach, we certainly recommend a mattress on the firmer end of the spectrum to ensure you receive maximum support.

Combination sleepers

The best mattresses for those who sleep in a multiplicity of sleeping positions is one of a medium firm support. The sleep surface is neither too soft nor too firm to support proper spinal alignment when sleeping on your side, stomach or back.

What mattress brands feature these options?

Because there is a wide range of options available across the categories described above, the best mattresses we recommend include some of the UK's most trusted brands. Including Silentnight, Relyon, Dunlopillo, Hypnos, Sleepeezee, JAY-BE and so many more, you can be sure to find the sleeping solution right for you and the way you sleep.

Why purchase with Mattressman?

Shopping with Mattressman couldn't be any more simple and convenient thanks to our services. You can be on your way to super sleep on a quality mattress in no time thanks to our speedy next working day delivery. We can take away your old mattress too, ensuring it's repurposed and recycled in the most environmentally-friendly way possible, so you don't have to worry about disposing of it yourself. Lastly, you can add two-man delivery to your order at checkout, and this ensures that our delivery team will bring your new sleeping solution to your bedroom of choice.