Mattress Types

May 22, 2013 by  

Who would have ever thought 30 years ago there would be such a dizzying array of mattresses and bedding to chose from today. The thought of deciphering which mattress is right for you can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help make sense of all the noise.

According to WebMD, to start, says Arya Nick Shamie, MD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, the mattress needs to support your body in a neutral position, one in which your spine has a nice curvature and your buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head are supported in proper alignment.

“If the mattress is too firm, it will push on those main pressure points and take you out of alignment,” Shamie tells WebMD. “If it’s too soft, those pressure points won’t be properly supported, so your whole body flops back.” Both of these scenarios can lead to an achy morning.

The Difference between ‘Organic’ and ‘Eco-Friendly’ (Part 1)

May 22, 2013 by  

Mattresses today aren’t like the ones manufactured forty years ago. Now they come to us manufactured with chemicals that include flame retardants, petroleum based foams, plastics, vinyls, fungicides and pesticides. If you have an allergy to any of these chemicals then you will want to search for a ‘certified organic’ mattress or in some cases an ‘eco-friendly’ mattress.


‘Eco-friendly’ and ‘green’ are not regulated terms, however, the term ‘organic’ is. There is no exact definition for eco-friendly, but we commonly understand this to mean a product that does not harm the environment (including people) When it comes to an eco-friendly mattress you want to look for the following traits:

  • No VOCs
  • Zero-Emissions Manufacturing
  • Made of Renewable Resources
  • Natural and Organic Materials
  • Durable to Reduce Waste

According to Sleep Junkie, currently, there are a few eco-friendly mattress options on the market: 100% natural latex, plant-based memory foam, and improved innersprings. There are several differences between them in terms of cost, longevity, and price. The materials used in beds also have an impact, with naturally-derived textiles proving more desirable.

Natural Latex Mattresses

I Love Better Sleep - Natural LatexAll-natural latex is derived the hevea brasiliensis tree, and minimally treated to produce the foam material used in latex mattresses. This type of bed continues to be a favorite among green aficionados as manufacturers utilize renewable harvesting processes and low-impact manufacturing. Ideally, the latex liquid can be harvested for 25 years or so while the tree continues growing and benefiting the atmosphere. All the while, subsequent generations are growing and old trees become eco-friendly wood products. As long as the material is made in with no toxic additives and fillers, natural latex is very healthy, VOC free, highly durable and biodegradable. Latex can be a little more expensive then other types of beds, but the tradeoff is that this material holds its shape and can last 20 or more years.  In addition to being healthy, latex is also comfortable, ranking second behind memory foam with satisfaction averages around 80%.

Mattress Terminology

May 15, 2013 by  

Many different factors go into allowing you to get better sleep at night. Everything from bed size, to comfort and temperature levels. Below is an easy mattress and bedding terminology reference guide.

Bed Frame/Base
Refers to the frame or type of platform the mattress set will be resting on. All queen and king size mattress sets need a frame that is either metal with a center support bar and vertical center leg or on a headboard/footboard system, a minimum of 5 slats (1” x 6”) with a vertical center support.

Border Wire
A heavy wire that forms the perimeter of a mattress and/or box spring. The border wire is attached to the outermost coils, providing shape and form for the mattress and/or foundation.

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