It is important to protect large investments and give them due consideration; that includes mattresses and bedding. Your bed and everything on it are a large part of your life. You may not spend a lot of time thinking about it, but you sleep on it (hopefully) eight hours a night. That’s roughly 2,944 hours per year that you spend in bed. Now, you need quality sleep during those hours, because how rested you are affects job performance, relationships, and health. In that regard, your mattress and bedding are a big deal. Consider that when buying a mattress—get one you will be truly happy with so that you can be at your best during the day. Since mattresses are expensive and fairly central to your nightly routine, don’t forget to buy a mattress protector. It will keep your mattress free of creepy crawlies, discourage allergens, and save your mattress from spilled drinks and pet accidents. You can get similar protection for your pillows too. Give thought to all of your bedding. Make sure that your blankets and pillows aren’t impairing your ability to sleep. You are justified in splurging on luxury bedding—remember how much effect sleep and your bed have on your life.

Mattress toppers can transform a mattress. If you aren’t happy with your current worn out mattress but aren’t quite ready to invest in a new one, a mattress topper is the solution. You can purchase ones that are firm, soft, or a nice balance. There are many materials to choose. Here are a few and why they are worth it:

1.     Foam. You can purchase these toppers in a variety of thicknesses and even get ones with massaging ridges. Most of them are fairly inexpensive, even for large beds, and are the easiest option if you want your mattress to be softer.

2.     Memory foam. This is the choice for people with bad backs, chronic pain, or those who love luxury. Memory foam is just the right marriage of soft and firm and forms to your body.

3.     Quilted. These add some softness but not enough to displease the people who enjoy their firm mattresses. They are great for mattresses that are wearing out on top, extra protection, and that little bit of added comfort. They are also inexpensive and usually machine washable. This is a great option for kids’ beds.

4.     Gel mats. These are perfect for hot summers. Some of them are even designed to cool. These are the choice for people who generally overheat and women going through menopause. You will feel like you are on a comfy waterbed.