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What type of mattress is best for heavy people?

We are all different, and each person requires different mattress compositions in order to get the best pressure relief, and therefore, the best sleep. If you are a heavier person, then you want to find a mattress that can provide proper support to your body.

You may fear that because of your weight, a standard mattress cannot give you the much needed support. But this is not true. Most of the best mattresses for heavy people come standard with extra support features in areas such as upper back, neck, back, and leg area.

Although there are a wide variety of mattress brands, types, and compositions, selecting a suitable mattress for a heavier person is actually quite straightforward. We should also specify that ‘heavier’ means someone who weighs about 230lbs or more.

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If you are on the heavier side, you should look into medium firm to firm mattresses, which have a strong pocket coil foundation and various layers of dense, but pressure relieving foams. The foams may include high density foam, gel memory foam and last but not least, natural latex.

Heavier people apply more pressure to their mattress, and therefore, it helps to have a highly durable mattress that can provide support with a warranty of at least 10 years. When looking for a good mattress, a few of the key factors you should look for include:

– Must be comfortable and durable so it can last for a long time

– Layers of foam for support

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– Thickness (the thicker, the better)

– Edge support

– Cooling capabilities

Pocket Coils

Pocket coil mattresses are the go-to solution for heavy people. However, pocket coils do come in various forms. Pocket coils come in different gauge numbers which typically rank from 12-15. The lower the number, the thicker and stiffer the coil is. Heavier people should definitely look into mattresses with pocket coils with a gauge number of either 12 or 13. These coils also tend to last longer since they are thicker and it takes a much longer time for them to wear out.

Now, although pocket coils provide fantastic support, nobody sleeps directly on top of the pocket coils themselves. All pocket coil mattresses come with various layers of foams above them, and the best foam option is determined by the person sleeping on it. The two best pressure relieving foams are gel memory foam and natural latex. These foams, whilst available in medium firm, typically will not be available in an extra firm.

So we would recommend natural latex and gel memory foam for heavier people who like to sleep on their sides. Combined with a stiffer pocket coil base, these foams will provide just the right amount of ‘give’ for a side sleeper so that they can feel the mattress slightly curve around their hips and shoulders. Too firm of a mattress is not suitable for a side sleeper, and especially a heavy side sleeper, since this could make them feel like their shoulders and hips are ‘fighting’ against the mattress.

For back or stomach heavy sleepers however, the firmer the mattress, the better. This can be achieved with a stiff pocket coil base and layers of high density foam. High density foam is less forgiving compared to natural latex and gel memory foam and will provide less of a contouring motion at the sleep surface.

To put it simply:

– Heavy Side Sleeper: Natural latex and gel memory foam with stiffer pocket coil base<
– Heavy Back and Stomach Sleeper: High density foam and stiff pocket coil base

Natural Latex

Natural latex deserves its own section since it is by far the most durable and pressure relieving foam out there. Now, although we recommend the combination of pocket coils and foam, the only exception for no pocket coils is if you have a mattress with a good chunk of natural latex.

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Now bear in mind, this will not be firmer than a medium firm since the natural latex does not come in an extra firm form. So this would be ideal for a heavier person who is also a side sleeper and looking for a very comfortable, supportive, and durable mattress. One of the best examples of this kind of mattress will be the Dreamstar Natural Escape Firm.

Best mattresses for heavy back or stomach sleepers:

Dreamstar Chiro Firm
Dreamstar Orthosupreme

Best mattresses for heavy side sleepers:

Simmons Beautyrest Black Madison
Dreamstar Prestige Firm

People who carry extra weight have a harder time getting a good night’s rest. That’s why mattresses that are specifically designed for heavy people should be found on the market. Here at Sleep Masters Canada, we offer a variety of high quality products so you can get a good night’s sleep. Browse our website or contact us if you need any assistance in finding the right mattress for you.