Purchasing a mattress is a big deal. Once you buy a new mattress, you’re usually be sleeping on it for years. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you get a high-quality mattress that suits your specific sleeping needs.
Using a mattress that doesn’t suit your sleep preferences will make it harder to fall asleep, stay asleep, and achieve the deep sleep you need to wake up feeling good every morning. Similarly, a good mattress will support your body, and make falling asleep easy.
While people often spend time figuring out which mattress is a good fit for them, something that often gets overlooked is mattress accessories. If you think about it, a mattress is a foundation for your sleep. Of course, you need a good mattress in order to sleep soundly, but it doesn’t end there.
There are all types of mattress accessories, like mattress toppers, for example, that change the feel of the bed, along with sleep apps that can help you fall asleep faster. If you want to achieve the best sleep possible, it’s worth taking some time to learn about mattress accessories.
Below, we’ll highlight basic mattress accessories, mattress support, and other less common mattress accessories you can use to improve your sleep every night.
Common mattress accessories are the basic type of accessories you may think of when you think of mattress accessories. Below, we’ll go over each one to help you understand how they affect your sleep.
A good mattress topper can be a game changer, especially if you want to fine tune the feel or thickness of your bed. Most mattress toppers change how your bed feels by altering its firmness level. For example, if you have a soft mattress that is too soft, adding a high density mattress topper that’s a firm or medium-firm mattress topper will give your mattress extra support to make the bed as a whole feel more firm, and eliminate the feel of a too-soft mattress. On the same note, if your bed is too firm, you can choose a softer, plush mattress topper that will increase the comfort of your bed to make the bed less firm.
If you’re looking into mattress accessories, we highly recommend starting your search with one mattress topper. You’ll probably find that choosing a new mattress topper is enough to significantly improve your sleep.
Mattress toppers come in a variety of types, materials, and thicknesses. Each type of mattress topper will provide a different feel. Sometimes people stick with whatever material their mattress is made of for their topper, but this isn’t a hard and fast rule. The best mattress toppers are those that match your sleep preferences, and are made from high quality materials.
If you have a memory foam mattress, and like the material, you can opt for a memory foam mattress topper. Memory foam toppers are usually on the softer side, and provide a similar feel to memory foam mattresses. Memory foam mattress toppers generally feel plush, and have a lot of give, allowing you to sink into them, similar to a memory foam mattress. But, you can also find high density memory foam toppers that provide more support. So, if you prefer memory foam over other types of mattresses and toppers, a memory foam mattress topper may be the best mattress topper for you.
Wool toppers provide a little bit of cushioning on top of your mattress. Usually, they make the bed feel softer, rather than more firm. Wool mattress toppers may be the best mattress toppers for those with allergies or sensitive skin, because they are hypoallergenic, making them resistant to dust mites and other allergens.
Down mattress toppers provide extra cushioning to the bed, by adding a luxurious layer of down. They are often more expensive, and aren’t ideal for those who sleep hot, but many people find them comfortable because they are usually a puffy mattress topper. However, you may need to maintain them by shaking them out to eliminate any bunches that can form.
Latex mattress toppers are extremely versatile. Many people consider them the all-around best mattress toppers as far as material goes. Latex toppers come in a variety of thickness and firmness levels, making them a great option for everyone. Natural latex toppers do not retain heat like memory foam toppers, keeping you cool throughout the night. Also, natural latex is hypoallergenic, making latex toppers great for anyone with allergies. You can easily choose the right firmness and thickness to receive the support and comfort you desire with a high-quality natural latex topper. They come in a range from Soft to Firm and high density mattress toppers.
The best latex mattress topper is a little bit different for everyone, so make sure to select the right firmness level and thickness.
Pillow top mattress toppers are toppers that have a specific material stuffed into a cover. Pillow tops can come in a variety of forms, like down, wool, and feather. If you want a puffy mattress topper, pillow top mattress toppers are great. They aim to increase comfort, while also providing additional support. Pillow top mattresses, on the other hand, are mattresses that have a plush layer stitched into the top of the mattress that acts the same as pillow top mattress toppers.
If you’re looking for the best latex mattress topper that is a high quality, eco-friendly mattress topper, try the Eco Terra 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper. This latex topper is made from Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certified natural latex, to ensure the high quality of the material. Natural, organic latex is more durable and more supportive than synthetic latex, plus it’s healthier and more eco-friendly.
The Eco Terra 100% Natural Latex Mattress toppers come in every size, including from Twin to Queen size topper all the way up to California King. Furthermore, you can choose between Soft, Medium, and Medium-Firm to fine tune the feel of your mattress. Also, select between 2” and 3” to choose your desired thickness. Do you want an organic, breathable cotton cover on your topper? No problem, Eco Terra allows you to easily add an organic cotton cover for superior comfort. Our customers would agree that this is one of the best mattress toppers available.
Mattress toppers and mattress protectors are often confused, but they are markedly different. Mattress protectors are bed accessories that encase, or sit on top of a mattress. They provide a barrier between the person(s) sleeping on the bed, and the mattress itself to protect it from spills, dirt, dust mites, mold, and wear and tear. Mattress protectors are a great idea for anyone who wants to extend the lifespan of their mattress.
If you’re looking for a mattress protector, pay attention to the material. For example, cotton mattress protectors are breathable, soft, and lightweight, making them ideal for hot sleepers. Down feather mattress protectors are soft and plush, but they are not ideal for hot sleepers. There are also polyurethane, vinyl, and polyester mattress protectors available. The material of the mattress protector may affect how waterproof it is, how much heat it retains, and the feel of your bed.
Think of a mattress pad as the middle ground between mattress toppers and mattress protectors. They provide some protection, but not as much as a mattress protector. Also, they slightly change how the bed feels, but not as much as a good mattress topper will.
Having the right pillow is essential to a good night’s sleep. If you’ve ever slept in a hotel, and found the pillows too firm, soft, small, or large, you may have had trouble falling asleep, and woken up with neck pain. A good pillow, on the other hand, supports your head and neck, and makes falling asleep much easier.
Pillows come in every kind of material from down, memory foam, latex, feathers, wool, cotton, polyester, and more. Once you’re satisfied with your mattress, take some time to find the right pillow for you.
For example, Eco Terra offers a 100% natural latex pillow. It provides a light and fluffy feel, while supporting your head while you sleep. Plus, it’s made with a high-quality organic cotton cover and organic latex, which doesn’t only provide a luxurious, supportive feel, but gives customers a healthy, organic sleep as well.
Regardless of how comfortable your current mattress is, you need great bed sheets in order to feel comfortable at night. The best sheets are different from person to person. For example, hot sleepers should look for breathable sheets to keep them cool through the night. Lightweight organic cotton sheets are great for people who sleep warm at night. If you’re a cold sleeper, consider linen or flannel sheets. Keep thread count in mind, but remember that thread count is everything when it comes to bed sheets.
Weighted blankets are another common mattress accessory, although they’re not for everyone. Weighted blankets are great for people that suffer from anxiety, and find relief from the added pressure that weighted blankets provide.
If you like the feeling of being hugged by a soft latex or memory foam mattress, you’ll find that a weighted blanket provides a similar sensation, may help you fall asleep faster, and sleep through the night.
Mattress foundations are essential to support your mattress, especially if you sleep on a memory foam mattress or a latex mattress. Improper support can lead to a sagging mattress, and expedited degradation, therefore it’s important to use the right mattress foundation.
Eco Terra’s Natural Wood Mattress Foundation is a great option for every kind of mattress, particularly latex and memory foam mattresses. This mattress foundation is crafted from organic spruce wood and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton.
Mattress foundations are usually placed on top bed frames. Bed frames lift the mattress up from the floor, which makes getting into bed and keeping your bed clean much easier. Bed frames can come with additional features, like side panels, headboards, and foot boards, but these additions are optional, and not necessary.
Eco Terra offers a stable, noiseless, bed frame, called the Quiet Balance Bed Frame, that supports a high weight capacity. If you’re looking for a quiet, high quality bed frame that’s built to last, check it out!
In addition to the common and supportive mattress accessories that we discussed above, there are a whole host of other features that can help you sleep at night. Below, we’ll go into some of the most popular mattress accessories that are used to achieve better sleep.
A white noise machine is a simple and effective way to upgrade your sleeping experience, and improve your sleep environment. For light sleepers, or anyone who lives in a loud apartment, house, or street, noise can be a serious obstacle to good sleep. White noise machines play a variety of preselected noise. Oftentimes, you can choose between noises of nature like the wind, waterfalls, or heavy rain in a forest. This simultaneously makes your sleeping environment more peaceful, while blocking out outside noise.
Some people prefer guided meditation or a sleep story instead of white noise. Luckily, there are apps available, like the Calm app, that feature a wide range of guided meditation and stories that are designed to help listeners fall asleep.
If you’ve never tried guided meditation before, it is a form of meditation where an expert leads you through simple and easy visual techniques that help to calm your mind. They often use people that have calming voices to help you relax and fall asleep.
Similarly, sleep stories are bedtime stories that are great for children and adults alike. They are designed to keep your mind away from anxious thoughts, and lull you into a deep sleep.
Another great app is Headspace. Although known for its guided meditation, it also provides nighttime guided meditation and white noise that is soothing, and helps listeners to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Sleep trackers are another app-based sleep accessory that gather your sleeping habits, and other sleep-related data, while you sleep. Sleepwatch is one popular example of a sleep tracking app. It uses your apple watch to gather data, like hours slept during the night, heart rate, heart rate dips while asleep, and other factors during the night. It helps you to build a better picture of how well you’re actually sleeping.
Furthermore, you can add notes each night about different activities you did during the day or before bed to help you see how much certain activities or other mattress accessories are improving your sleep. This will give you the information you need to take actionable steps to improve your sleep in the long term.
Humidifiers are another popular sleep accessory, and for many people, they can work wonders to improve sleep quality throughout the night. This is because dry air, especially for people who live in dry climates, can dry out the skin and throat during the night. Dry skin and a dry throat can cause irritation and itchiness, which prevents deep sleep. Humidifiers add gentle mists of water vapor to the air to increase the humidity to a more comfortable level, allowing you to achieve better sleep during the night, and wake up more comfortably.
Essential oil diffusers are similar to humidifiers, except they dispel essential oil mists into the room, rather than water vapor alone. This is a great way to make your bedroom smell more pleasant, and help you calm down at night. Essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and peppermint are great at soothing and providing relief from anxiety. You can test out a variety of essential oils to find out which aromas provide you wit the greatest sense of calm. Then, before bed, turn your essential oil diffuser on, and watch how much faster you fall asleep.
Pillow sprays provide similar results to essential oil diffusers. But rather than filling the air in your bedroom with essential oil vapors, pillow spray targets your pillows. Gently spray your pillow with pillow spray before bed, and breathe in the calming scents and essential oils to relax as you fall asleep.
Fans are a great option for hot sleepers. Fans cool you and your room down throughout the night, without using an energy-intensive air conditioner. Also, consider using a fan if you live in a house or apartment where the temperature at night is too warm for you. For example, if you have roommates who like to keep the nighttime temperature at 65 degrees Fahrenheit, but you like it cooler at night, a fan is a great option. Plus, it naturally provides white noise to lull you to sleep.
There’s some evidence to suggest that taking supplements before bed can improve sleep. However, it’s best to check with your doctor before taking any supplements.
Magnesium is a mineral that is essential to maintaining healthy bones, nerve function, muscle function, and more. Studies show that a lack of magnesium can result in disturbed sleep. Therefore, taking magnesium supplements may help to benefit sleep by reducing disturbance, and increasing sleep duration.
Melatonin is a natural hormone that is used to regulate the circadian rhythm in the body. It is especially useful for jetlag, but also shows potential for helping people to fall asleep at night. Try taking melatonin an hour before bed if you have trouble falling asleep at night.
Valerian root is an herbal supplement that can be brewed in hot water to make an herbal tea, or bought and taken as a supplement. Multiple studies have concluded that taking valerian root can help people to fall asleep faster and sleep better at night.
A sleep mask is a simple, yet effective sleep accessory. If you’ve ever flown on a plane you’ve probably seen sleep masks. They cover the eyes to block out light, making falling asleep and staying asleep easier. Although sleep masks are great for travel, they are also useful if you have a partner that goes to bed after you, or has a bedroom window that faces the street.
If you’re looking to improve your sleep, of course we’d love for you to check out Eco Terra’s mattress products. The first and most important mattress product is, of course, the mattress itself. While mattress accessories can go a long way to improve your sleep, if you don’t first have a comfortable and supportive mattress that is suited to your sleep preferences, you’ll have a hard time sleeping every night.
Eco Terra’s Hybrid Latex Mattress is made with natural, organic latex, and a fabric-encased coil core, combining the benefits of natural latex with a modern innerspring mattress. It’s both supportive and luxuriously comfortable.
Plus, you can select between Medium and Medium-Firm, if you prefer a Soft mattress, we think you’ll be more than satisfied with the Medium mattress, coupled with our Soft natural latex topper. It’s an affordable mattress that is handcrafted in the USA with high-quality ingredients. While there is no single best mattress for everybody, we guarantee you won’t regret this purchase, so we provide a 90-night sleep trial with free returns.