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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Eggcrate or Convoluted Mattress Overlays for Pressure Relief and Better Sleep

Question about the 2 inch queen sized convoluted mattress overlay.

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 Protect-A-Bed Queen sized 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.

Sincerely, Barbara

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