Q: "My back hurts: my bed is too hard. I don't know whether I should buy an eggcrate convoluted mattress overlay or a memory foam topper. I have a queen sized bed. How thick should it be? What are the pros and cons?" Thanks. Diana
Answer: Convoluted mattress overlays or eggcrate overlays are fairly lightweight: most sizes come in 2 inch
, 3 inch
or 4 inch pads
. In fact they are considered disposable by many hospitals and nursing homes who provide them to patients as dry pressure pads. If you use a waterproof cover such as the Rest-Guard Queen Waterproof Mattress Cover
, the overlay can be used for years.
Convoluted bed pads are widely used for bedridden patients or those with diabetes for prevention and treatment of decubitus ulcers. A convoluted surface gives both better weight distribution and better air circulation. Sleep is more comfortable, too. Persons with chronic back problems or invalids usually choose the thicker, 4 inch pads.
We sell only medical grade foam pads in 2 inch, 3 inch and 4 inch thicknesses designed to meet the requirements of HCPCS code: E0199. for use as a dry pressure pad . Most sizes come in twin, full, queen, king and California king.
Memory foam toppers are dense and heavy. A queen topper can weigh 37 pounds or more. Unlike convoluted foam, memory foam (visco-elastic foam)is temperature sensitive. At lower temperatures, memory foam gets harder; at higher temperatures, it is softer. An electric mattress pad allows our king bed to be comfortable in winter: the queen bed with a similar memory foam pad is like sleeping on a brick in winter. Quality memory foam toppers are expensive. So weight, hardness and price are concerns.
I recommend that you base the thickness of the eggcrate pad on these factors: (1) Depth of mattress plus overlay your current sheets will handle. Or are you willing to buy new fitted sheets? (2)Your weight: the heavier you are, the thicker the topper you will need. (3)Current medical problems: a thicker topper will give better air circulation and more pressure relief.
I hope this helps with your decision.