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Important Mattress Terms to Know Before You Buy One

There are several industry terms for different types of mattresses and it’s common for a buyer to get confused with them. Terms like, “eco-friendly mattress”, “natural mattress” or“organic mattress” may seem similar, but they are very different. When you go to buy a mattress for your family, it’s important that you make an informed decision.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the difference between these mattresses so that you can make the right investment for your needs.

Eco-Friendly Mattresses

 This term is often used for mattresses made from plant based foam. However, there are no regulatory bodies to state what materials may or may not be used in this type of mattresses.  This means that the mattress may not be as green and nature-friendly as you may think. Most eco-friendly mattresses available in the market are composed of polyurethane foam.

Polyurethane foam is a polymer that’s created by linking large molecules of isocyanates with modified oil molecules called Polyols. Thepolyolsare either partially or wholly derived from plant oils. The plant oils are usually extracted from soy beans, coconut, canola, palm kernel, castor beans, peanuts and other seeds. Polyols are also derived from petroleum or petrochemical-based products.

Since there isn’t any regulation, many eco-friendly mattresses use bio-based polyurethane foam made from compatible blends of plant oil-based and petrochemical-based polyols. In such cases, the mattresses aren’t really eco-friendly options.

Natural Mattresses

The term “natural” can be misleading. The mattress may be partly natural or all-natural, made with materials like cotton, latex, wool, etc. But, this doesn’t mean that the components are not exposed to chemicals during production and processing. Also, partly natural mattresses will come combined with synthetic materials. If you opt for this type of mattress, make sure to check out certifications to backup their claims.

Organic Mattresses

This term is used for mattresses that are wholly composed of natural components, this includes the core, padding and ticking. The natural components are also chemical-free as they’re not exposed or treated with any chemicals while rearing and processing. A high-quality organic mattress also doesn’t have fire retardants and synthetic batting materials (Batting is a soft material that is meant to cover the springs or coils of a mattress so that they don’t poke you).

An organic mattress is a healthier and safer option for your family. It promotes health, lifestyle and good sleep. The natural, chemical-free components eliminate the risk of exposure to toxic chemicals that can trigger severe health concerns, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and various forms of cancer.

Be aware that unlike food, textiles and finished products aren’t regulated to assess how much organic materials were used in its construction. When you’re looking to buy an organic mattress for your family, check for its certifications from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) or equivalent bodies.

Now that you know the difference between the important mattress terms, pay attention to the mattress label before buying.  If you’re looking to buy a 100% organic mattress in Toronto, visit Dormio Organic Beds.  We offer only certified organic mattresses with limitless customization according to your needs. You can also visit our showrooms in Mississauga and Vaughan. Call us at our toll-free number 1-855-535-8687 to make a shopping appointment.

How do they produce Organic Wool?

At Dormio, Organic Wool is an important part of our mattress “recipe”. 

 

 We use wool for several reasons:

1)     Insulates to keep you warm in the cold but stay cool in the heat through moisture control.

2)     Provides natural dust mite resistance.

3)     Is self-extinguishing.

4)     In thicker layers, creates a unique cloud like feel for sleepers.

What do we mean by Organic Wool?

 

All of the wool used in Dormio Mattresses has been certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).  Organic Wool differs from mass production wool in many ways, starting in the pasture, right through final production. 

Mass produced sheep are pastured on pesticide laden fields and often fed GMO feed.  Residual amounts of the chemicals used for dipping (external pest control) are found in the final product.  On the other hand, organic sheep must be fed organic feed or enjoy foraging in the organic pasture.  Farmers are obligated to maintain herd number management that does not exceed the natural capacity of the land.  This is important and it prevents overgrazing that negatively impacts the livestock, wild flora and fauna and can eventually lead to desertification. Proper pasture management will also contribute to a farmer’s integrated pest management program.  Since chemical parasiticides are not available, farmers employ tactics that manage, rather than try to eradicate parasites and pests.  Soil organism activities, correct species selection and competition, crop rotation and, enhancing the natural cycles of the area are just some of the techniques employed. 

Mass produced wool is cleaned (scoured) using harsh detergents or acids.  A far better process is the use of hot water, gentle soaps, and, biodegradable detergents and degreasers.  This results in a softer final product, exhibiting residual protective lanolin and more of the natural qualities of wool. 

 

Without a doubt, Organic Wool is the better choice both for health and the environment. 

5 Tips to Find the Perfect Mattress for Couples

Choosing the best mattress for you and your partner is tricky. Individual specifications such as firmness levels, motion transfer and various other factors need to be taken into consideration. A couple can have different sleep preferences; meaning it’s common for one person to sleep well while the other person to stay away due to discomfort.

It’s a fact that a good night’s sleep is essential for good physical and emotional health. The stress of poor sleep can take a toll on even the best of relationships. Waking up with body aches and back pain, soreness, reduced energy and a grumpy mood is draining. Since a mattress is the basic foundation of a good rest, you need to select it very carefully.

Here are some key points you should consider when purchasing a mattress as a couple.

  1. Get the Right Size

Sometimes, there isn’t much space left when two adults try to stretch out comfortably, even if you have a full-size or double bed. This is because a full-size bed offers double the size of only the average sleeping space for two people. Opting for a king-size mattress is a better option, especially if your partner is tall and you have the space to place one in your room. Don’t forget to measure the dimensions of your room before going to buy the mattress.

  1. Look for Great Support

A good quality mattress provides even support to your body in different sleeping positions. Proper support is required to maintain a neutral spine alignment. However, couples resting together exert more pressure on the mattress which is why an ideal couple’s mattress should have individual weight distribution for each side. If one person is heavier, choose a mattress that offers excellent support and quality material to sleep on. This will ensure zero downward slopes in the middle of the mattress when the heavier partner rolls, thus eliminating interference with the support while you sleep.

  1. Check for Motion Transfer

Prioritize finding a mattress with little motion transfer so you won’t be woken by your partner’s movements. Studies show that the average person moves about 40 to 60 times when sleeping. If a mattress can’t dissipate or absorb movements like tossing, turning or rolling, it isn’t a perfect mattress. Memory foam mattresses provide great support and motion absorption, but they have a distinct feel that’s not perfect for everyone. An organic latex mattress is the better alternative.

  1. Focus on Comfort and Safety

These are two of the most important factors to consider when buying a mattress. Choose a mattress with a medium firmness with equal support and pressure relief for your body weight, type, and sleeping positions.

Most conventional synthetic mattresses are treated with toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, pesticides, dyes and flame retardants. They can cause allergies and various other health hazards like cancer when exposed to your body for a long time. An organic mattress is free from toxic chemicals and it also has antimicrobial properties. It’s a healthier and safer option for you and your partner.

  1. Customize Your Mattress

A couple’s mattress that offers dual comfort through customization is perhaps the best choice for you. This type of mattresses allows you to adjust the thickness and firmness level on both respective sides so that neither you nor your partner compromise personal comfort. At Dormio Organic Beds, we offer limitless customization for organic latex mattresses. Our Premium Collection, Premium Gold and Premium Plus Collection offer dual comfort, internal layering and zippered covers to adjust the respective sides of the mattress according to your needs.

Keep these tips in your mind when you go shopping for a couple’s mattress. A great mattress will help you relax and sleep better and turn your bedtime into the best time of your lives!

A good nights sleep is an absolute essential to our health

With a good nights sleep being an absolute essential to our health it’s no wonder everyone in the mattress industry continues to come up with innovative mattress designs that are meant to provide you with a better night’s rest.

For many years mattress manufacturers have been reinventing our sleeping surfaces with different materials for the tried and true inner spring mattress design. Then came the revolution of memory foam for mattresses. All of them garnered their share of followers and devotees and found themselves inside the sleeping quarters of homes across the nation. Some of the designs provided more support and comfort than others but all contain many chemicals. To achieve the ultimate sleep system, it is essential that the mattress be both comfortable, supportive and free of toxins and chemicals. Given the choices of mattresses available and their potential chemical hazards, most people ask “Is the comfort and support factor more important than the healthy clean sleeping factor?” For some this may seem a difficult question but I think the honest to goodness true answer is both. No compromises to either are necessary.

You might be wondering to yourself, “Is there a mattress that can be both comfortable and supportive while at the same time remain healthy, organic and an environmentally green choice?” You bet  there is! The good people at Dormio Organic Beds have been hard at work tackling what was once a contradiction in the industry. Here we have created the solution and are offering it up in a range of options. The Dual Support Natural Latex Foam Mattresses are supportive, comfortable and free from chemicals and toxins.

Now to explain further we will answer the question that many ask. “What is a latex mattress and what makes it so comfortable and supportive?

Natural latex foam is an extremely environmentally friendly material made with the hevea milk from the rubber tree. Hevea milk is the “milky” tree sap from a rubber tree. It’s extracted in the same manner as maple syrup from maple trees here in Canada. It is a highly renewable resource. Natural latex foam is a long lasting material and the latex foam mattresses we offer are made using 100 percent Dunlop latex and come with a twenty year warranty.

Latex mattresses are not a brand new invention. They have made a resurgence in popularity as a new generation has now discovered them and here’s why:

Latex is a true green product and stays naturally clean.

Latex is durable and always bounces back quickly to its original form, providing you with continual support as you move.

Latex’s exceptionally long life span means less environmental impact. Longer lasting products equals fewer transportation and manufacturing impacts on our environment

Latex is able to immediately conform to your body shape without having to wait until it has been softened up by your body heat to conform, such as the case in chemical based memory foams. This reduces pressure points and tossing and turning throughout the night.

Latex doesn’t transfer motion. You and your partner will not be disturbed by each others movements.

Latex is breathable and natural.  Latex’s tiny holes enable it to both expand and contract with your movements, keeping you at a more constant and comfortable temperature.

Dormio has designed and displays the most complete line of latex mattresses available anywhere in Canada.

All crafted in Canada, the Dormio mattress collections are designed for supreme comfort. Not just for today and tommorow but for many, many years.

All of the Dormio mattresses have zippered covers. This means you can open up the casing and re-arrange the layers to change the feel and support of your mattress. Since latex mattresses outlast all other types, we believe this to be a key factor when deciding which mattress to buy. Buy it for today because it feels right, but also buy it for the future because the mattress can be changed as you and your needs change.

In addition to natural latex, we make extensive use of organic wool. Organic wool is crucial, as this allows us to avoid the application of hazardous chemicals such as fire retardants. Wool is a natural flame extinguisher and it meets fire regulations naturally.  Wool also gives and added layer of “plushness” and controls the temperature in our beds. All the wool we use is completely organic.

Natural latex, paired with organic wool is the ultimate in sleep comfort. You have the choice to modify the feel of your mattress anytime as your needs change. Oh and did we mention that the majority of our mattresses offer dual zoned comfort? The mattress can be made to feel the same on both sides but it can also be customized by each side to meet your requirements. Make the left side a bit firmer than the right if you need.

Our many years of experience and our many happy clientele let us know that the Dormio line up is the best on the market. Contact us by phone or come by and visit us at one of our three Greater Toronto Area Showrooms.

Our contact details can be found at http://dormio.ca/contact-us/

Sleep Healthy

Is it time for a new pillow?

Waking up with a tight, stiff or achy neck even after a full nights sleep?  Do you suffer from allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, red, itchy eyes?  It could be time to consider a new organic or natural pillow.

Feather filled pillows can contribute to allergy symptoms unless the feathers have been thoroughly cleaned by having all the dander and microbes washed out?  These feather filled pillows are susceptible to hosting large populations of dust mites.  This requires a strict and routine cleaning schedule, often involving professional dry cleaning.

A perfect complement to your luxury bed or luxury mattress is an organic wool pillow with an organic cotton cover which not only stays naturally clean, but it is also hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. Mould and mildew cannot exist in this environment because there is no moisture retention. Wool will naturally expel moisture during your sleep.

If you like the feeling of a pillow with feathers because you can bunch it up to suit your sleeping position, then try a shredded latex pillow.  It offers you a similar consistency and possesses the same hypoallergenic benefits of an organic wool pillow.  Dormio’s premium organic shredded latex pillow have a removable organic cotton cover to facilitate ease of cleaning further helping you to maintain a healthy sleep environment.

See the following additional tips for choosing the right pillow.

Choose pillows that are:

Designed to assist the spine in keeping a natural alignment.

Designed with the ability to be fluffed so as to fit the specific contours, shape, and sleeping position of the user.

Designed to support different sleeping positions: Back sleeper, side sleeper, stomach sleeper.

Designed to cradle and support the head.

Designed to provide tactile softness.

Designed to eliminate pressure points.

Designed to allow facial air circulation.

Designed as hypoallergenic.

Dormio Organic Beds…naturally better

The best selection of natural and organic quality mattresses and organic bedding in the greater Toronto area!