If you've ever stayed somewhere with communal housing before, you are probably well aware that most of your room's furniture is old. Unfortunately, dormitories work in a very similar way. Though it's gross to think about, colleges usually won't replace dorm room furnishings unless they're severely damaged or dirty. This means that you could even end up using a mattress that several other students have slept on before you. Read this guide on how to properly use a mattress topper so you can mitigate this uncomfortable reality.
Why Use a Mattress Topper?
Before you can learn how a mattress topper is properly used, it's important that you first understand why you should have one. As previously stated, dorm mattresses are seldom ever replaced for newer models, and this means that the one you'll most likely end up sleeping on will be old, lumpy, and unhygienic. Mattress toppers help reduce the effect of these factors by providing an extra layer of padding between the top of the mattress and your sheets. The memory foam, or gel in some cases, will block any pressure from the hard mattress springs and make it easier for you to find a comfortable position.
Sleepyhead's mattress toppers come with a series of additional health benefits, including cooling and hypo-allergenic properties. These features help eliminate odors, keep you healthier, and maintain the correct body temperature for optimal sleep. This way, you have more power over the quality of sleep you're getting each night, as well as your health overall.
Setting Up Your Mattress Topper
Upon purchasing and opening your mattress topper, DO NOT USE scissors to open your mattress topper. Once removed from the packaging, allow it to lay flat for four to eight hours to expand fully. These products are often tightly packed into their boxes and require a bit of fluffing to return to their full volume. Then, remove all your sheets from your mattress and position the topper over it. A properly sized product will touch all four corners of the mattress without extending beyond the edge of the bed.
Our mattress toppers have a unique non-slip bottom, so you won't have to hassle with straps or a wrap that goes over your mattress.
From here, you can then put on your fitted sheet and the rest of your covers. If you want a bit more protection from the bacteria that could be in your dorm mattress, we recommend buying our clean copper topper. The copper topper is hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and mite and bed bug resistant.
Laying on Your Mattress Topper
Now, when it comes to properly using a mattress topper, it's important to note that comfort is key. Though the most preferred laying method is on your back to provide the spine with the most support, there is no "correct" way to lay as long as you're comfortable. A quality mattress topper will support your body no matter what position you decide to lay in and will equally distribute your weight accordingly. So, as long as your topper has been set up properly, you should be able to get a restful night's sleep. It is important to note, however, that it can take up to a few months for your body and spine to adapt to this new sleeping surface.
For more information on how you can optimize your sleep in the college dorms, reach out to Sleepyhead. Our dorm mattress toppers are specially infused with copper material—which adds additional supporting, odor-eliminating, and physical cooling properties to our products. These features make it much easier for you to get—and stay—comfortable so you can dream big and rest easy.