Why buy a Dormio Organic Latex Mattress?
This is the third in a series of posts outlining the problems with traditional mattresses, and why we believe Dormio Organic Latex Mattresses are the best sleep solution available today.
Hypoallergenic is a term thrown around a lot today. But what does hypoallergenic mean? From Merriam-Webster:
“having little likelihood of causing an allergic response”
That is what most of us think of when we encounter this word. If we break the word out though, it becomes a little less clear.
1. Under or below
2. Lower / at a lower part
1. Causing allergic sensitization
What I am getting at is most people assume hypoallergenic means a product is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. However, it can just mean less likely to cause an allergic reaction — but less likely than what? Less likely than the extremely allergy inflaming product next to it? Is it 99% less likely or 10% less likely to cause a reaction? This ambiguity allows many products to tout that they are better because they are hypoallergenic but without any back up of why or how they can make that claim. The main allergens encountered in the bedroom are dust mites, mold and pet dander. A previous blog post covered mold in detail: http://dormio.ca/index.php/2014/04/why-buy-a-dormio-organic-mattress-part-2/. Pet dander is tough. Some folks would much rather suffer with allergies than move their fur babies out of the bedroom and we understand because we love our pets too. Dust mites are the worst offenders and something a Dormio organic mattress will virtually eliminate. Dust mites are creepy little guys that are part of the spider family and almost impossible to see with the unaided eye.
They live for one to three months and each female can produce 40 – 100 offspring. If left unchecked, the population in a mattress or pillow can grow to the millions. Traditional mattresses and pillows provide the perfect setting for successful dust mite growth with an abundant food supply of skin flakes from our bodies and lots of trapped moisture to keep them hydrated. They can squirrel themselves away under the ticking and happily munch away at the buffet we inadvertently provide. Of course, along with munching comes elimination and it is their fecal pellets that cause allergic reactions. In the course of a lifetime a dust mite will produce an average of 2000 fecal pellets. Once a dust mite has run her course, she will die and leave behind an exoskeleton which can also cause allergic reactions. Add up the numbers and there is no wonder people are waking up with allergy symptoms. Some of the most often seen reactions are itchy mouth or throat, stuffy nose, post nasal drip, headaches, coughing, sneezing and most disturbing are asthmatic issues such as shortness of breath, wheezing and chest pain.
A Dormio organic mattress prevents the dust mite population from growing to unmanageable levels. The first level of protection is the high quality of our organic cotton covers. This helps to prevent skin flakes from getting down into the lower layers to provide a source of food. The second level of prevention is the organic wool. Wool is inhospitable to dust mites for 3 reasons: One, it contains a waxy substance called lanolin which repels dust mites; two, the three dimensional corkscrew nature of the fibers does not create a hospitable place for them to live; three, wool’s dry porous nature eliminates their source of moisture. The last layer of protection is the latex itself. The open cell nature of latex allows huge amounts of air flow keeping the mattress dry and dust mites thirsty. Add it all up and you can sleep on your Dormio Organic Mattress knowing there aren’t a million little friends living with you.
While the dust mites won’t live in the mattress they can still keep a small population on top which is why Dormio offers a large number of natural mattress protectors that can be washed regularly all while maintaining the integrity of your natural sleep solution.
Don’t forget pillows. The dust mite population can explode quickly in pillows. Dormio offers 60 different pillows made from organic wool, washable wool, organic latex, buckwheat and kapok. All these fills are excellent for keeping dust mite population down.
So in closing, Dormio Organic Latex mattresses are: chemical free, mold free and truly hypoallergenic. All that plus they are super comfortable and will offer perfect support for years to come. Comfort will be next week’s blog so please stay tuned and remember: Dormio mattresses are different by design!