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Weight and Your Mattress

There are many factors to be considered when picking out the perfect mattress. What you may not know is that one of the biggest ones is a person’s weight. Narrowing it down to which mattress will suit you best can be difficult, especially if you’re heavier than the average person. To make it easier for you, we’ve consulted our sleep specialists on what you need to think about when choosing your mattress.




Both hybrid and foam mattresses are great options for heavy-set sleepers. Foam mattresses can be either really soft or really firm and provide great support. Be sure to look for a mattress with an open cell structure, or cooling cover to prevent overheating. A hybrid mattress is another great choice. These mattresses will have slightly more bounce, airflow, and edge support.

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Weight Limit:


Mattresses have a weight limit. Before purchasing, make sure you look into the weight limits of both the mattress and the bed frame you are looking to purchase. You want to make sure your mattress is able to support you or else you may end up with unnecessary pain and a sagging mattress.




Generally, a medium to medium-firm mattress will be best, but this largely depends on the type of sleeper you are and your weight. The heavier you are, the more sinkage you will experience. Look for something between a 4 and 7 on the firmness scale and don’t forget to consider your sleep position. (See: How to Choose the Perfect Mattress for Every Sleeping Position)


High-Density Foams:


One of the biggest myths surrounding mattresses is more layers means a better mattress. What you actually want to look for is a mattress with high-density foams, which will prevent the mattress from breaking down over time and give you the support you need. Height and layers won’t help longevity.


Breathability/Cooling Layers:


You want a mattress that won’t cause you to overheat at night. While foam mattresses tend to sleep hotter, most have breathable layers. As a general rule, spring or hybrid mattresses sleep cooler than foam mattresses. If you are going with a foam mattress, be sure to look for mattresses that have special cooling features, such as the OkiOki Ice Yarn cover. A lot of companies boast about gel foams or cooling layers but a cooling cover is the best way to prevent overheating. It is not only a barrier between you and the warm foams but also the layer closest to your body. A thick, taut cover will also help your mattress last longer. You can order a free sample of the OkiOki Ice Yarn Zip Cover with the below link.

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What size mattress you want depends on if you are sleeping solo or with a partner. You want to be sure it will be easy to get in and out of bed. If you’re sleeping solo, a full or queen is a good size. If you’re sleeping with a partner, you’ll want to look at a King or California King.

As far as the height of your mattress, you don’t want one that is too high making it difficult to get in and out of bed. A taller mattress or a mattress with more layers does not mean it’s better. It’s more important that the mattress uses high-density foams that will support you. Consider the combined height of your foundation and mattress just to make sure it will be easy enough for you to get in and out of bed.

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Still need assistance? No problem! Call one of our Sleep Specialists at 1-833-OkiOki1

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