It’s common knowledge that a good night’s sleep is essential for productivity and alertness. But were you aware that it’s also essential for good health? Studies show that those who get less than five hours of sleep a night or whose circadian rhythm is interrupted are more prone to diabetes and other health issues.
If you’re a plus-size individual, a mattress that’s inadequate for your size or weight can have a negative impact on your sleep.
There are three mattress types that larger sleepers should consider.
- Latex Mattresses - Latex is the most durable mattress material on the market today, and it provides superior support for overweight and obese users. The downside is that they’re also among the priciest mattresses, so expect to pay at least $1,000 for a good one. The upside is that the mattress should last much longer than other types, even if you are obese. Keep in mind, too, that the firmer the latex, the more durable the mattress will be.
- Memory Foam Mattress - These mattresses are less expensive than latex, and you can find high-quality memory foam mattresses designed to hold more weight. Just make sure that you select one made from high-density memory foam rather than layers or zones with cheaper, less-durable foam.
- Single-Coil Spring Mattresses - You can find supportive spring mattresses, but make sure that the coils are separated rather than held together with screens or other technology. This allows each coil to move independently, reducing the chance of all coils collapsing together due to excessive weight.
While most foams and mattresses don’t have maximum weight capacities, foundations and adjustable beds do. It’s important to ask your salesperson about the load-bearing limits listed by the manufacturer. Some of the best options include bariatric beds, reinforced beds and low bed frames.