Would you be surprised to learn that some medical professionals now believe that sleep is an effective way to combat obesity? Scientific studies have found a clear connection between inadequate sleep patterns and obesity, but many people still struggle to sleep soundly because their mattress and/or bed frame isn’t suitable for their weight. There are many other reasons that you may not get a solid seven or eight hours of sleep each night, but investing in a mattress that can support a heavy person is one of the simplest ways to improve your sleep and lower your risk of gaining weight in the future.
Best Mattress Materials for Heavy Sleepers
There are three mattress types that larger sleepers may consider:
- Latex Mattresses – Latex is the most durable mattress material on the market today, and it provides superior support for overweight and obese users. The downside is that they’re also among the priciest mattresses, so expect to pay at least $1,000 for a good one. The upside is that the mattress should last much longer than other types, even if you are obese. Keep in mind, too, that the firmer the latex, the more durable the mattress will be.
- Memory Foam Mattress – These mattresses are less expensive than latex, and you can find high-quality mattresses designed to hold more weight. Just make sure that you select one made from high-density memory foam rather than layers or zones with cheaper, less durable foam.
- Single-Coil Spring Mattresses – You can find supportive spring mattresses, but make sure that the coils are separated rather than held together with screens or other technology. This allows each coil to move independently, reducing the chance of all coils collapsing together due to excessive weight.
Bed and Foundation Options
While most foams and mattresses don’t have maximum weight capacities, foundations (the box that sits under the mattress) and adjustable beds do. It’s important to ask your salesperson about the load bearing limits listed by the manufacturer. Here are a few of the best options:
- Bariatric Beds: If you’ve slept in an oversized bed with a durable steel frame in the hospital or another medical facility, you may have already slept in a bariatric bed. The frames are designed from extremely strong materials, and many are adjustable for greater comfort. They are often fitted with thick, durable mattresses suitable for people of all weights.
- Reinforced Beds: These beds rely on heavy-duty, reinforced bases that are intended for heavier sleepers. Many are designed with pull-out drawers on the side of the platform. You still need to secure a mattress adequate for your body type.
- Low Bed Frames: Queen and king-sized bed frames that sit closer to the ground are good options if you’re investing in heavy-duty mattresses that can otherwise lead to an extremely tall sleeping surface. You still need to check the maximum weight capacity on the platform because they aren’t all designed for overweight sleepers. But keep in mind that beds that are too low or too high may be difficult for someone burdened with extra weight to get in or out of.
Studies have shown that people who receive five or fewer hours of sleep each night or who confuse their circadian rhythm by working and sleeping in varied shifts are more likely to develop diabetes and become obese. If you’re already overweight or obese, the first step to improving your health is to invest in a bed that supports your body and that allows you to sleep soundly. This means investing in a mattress for a heavy person along with a bed frame or platform that is strong enough to create a stable sleeping surface.
Not only will this keep you comfortable at night, but it could save you money in the long run. Keep in mind, however, that most mattress foams will compress sooner due to the pressure of the additional weight, so you may need to replace your mattress earlier than expected. Do your wallet and your waistline a favor by investing in a bed designed for your body type. You can then start tackling those lifestyle changes to combat obesity, starting with dedicated sleep and wake-up times.