Sock or No Sock

We are often asked why we sometimes enclose the latex layers in a sock while other times choose not to.  There is a lot of misinformation about why the sock is used and we want to clear this issue up for the consumer.  The comment we hear most often from shoppers is that someone has told them the sock makes the latex last longer.  If you look at the design of the sock itself and the coverings used to make the mattress, this is not only counter-intuitive but completely inaccurate.  We have researched this nauseam with experts in the field and there is no evidence to back this claim up.  Even the manufacturers that use the sock make no such claims.
At Dormio we have mattresses both with the sock and without. The use or absence of the sock is for very distinct reasons.

Why we use the sock.

The sock has two main purposes.  On the manufacturing end, it makes handling of the latex layers much easier since moving the latex cores is eased by the slippery surface provided by the sock – latex without the sock tends to stick together.  Unfortunately this ease of movement is a detriment in some mattress designs, such as those with multiple 2 to 6 inch latex layers encased within one cover.  The other real reason to use the sock is to change the feel of the bed.  Latex mattresses are generally made of the same materials – latex, wool and cotton.  In order to ensure a broad selection of comfort levels that appeal to all consumers, various methods are used to adjust the feel and support of the mattress.  One of these methods is to put the latex in a sock.  This will firm up the mattress in those models where it is desirable and there is no concern about internal layers slipping.   Our Premium and Premium Plus lines both use the sock since we are looking to achieve a firmer mattress style overall in those lines.  The modular nature of the mattresses removes any worry of internal layer slippage.

The Ashton Mattress design shown is a perfect example of a mattress that works well with the latex sock.  Each layer of the mattress is separate within its own cover and our aim is to have a firmer core that is offset by the softer topper layers on top.

Why we don’t use the sock.

As I mentioned above, the sock presents a problem in mattresses featuring multiple layers all contained within one cover.  This is often referred to as a tight top design.  Here, if we used the sock, the internal layers of latex will be prone to slippage through day to day movement on the mattress.  This is a particular problem with dual sided designs and designs where multiple pieces are used within the same layer.  Like tectonic plates, the layers can move around and sometimes slide underneath one another leaving lumps in the centre or gaps in the centre with lumps around the side of the mattress.  To avoid this problem, our mattresses that have multiple layers enclosed within a single cover are left without the sock allowing the natural adhesion between the latex layers to hold the pieces all together.  This ensures a nice even sleep surface throughout the life of the mattress.  We can readily demonstrate this action at the store when you come by.

stratusThe Stratus Mattress pictured is an excellent example of when the sock is not a good idea.  First the great flexibility in comfort levels precludes the need for the sock to firm up the mattress.  Second, the number of layers would not hold together properly if the sock was used.

Is a latex mattress made with the sock better or worse?

The answer is that you have to know when to use the sock and when not to. The sock doesn’t reflect better quality and if used incorrectly (such as in a multi layered unit within one cover) then the sock becomes a problem because of the shifting.  This is multiplied several times over when as many as 6 pieces of latex tiles are used to form one layer.  One has to look at the overall design of the mattress to see what works best.

Sleep and Weight Loss

You work out religiously. Your diet is locked down better than an MMA fighter cutting weight for a fight (or so you think.) Your pants are still too tight. Why? One possible and much overlooked reason is lack of proper sleep. Studies show that when you are tired, your frontal lobe loses some of its ability to control impulse actions and exhibits impaired decision making. Your brain also starts looking for rewards to make you feel better. So maybe you indulge just a bit more than you actually think. That doesn’t tell the whole story though. The impact of hormones on weight control is better understood all the time. Leptin tells you when you are full and Ghrelin tells you when to eat. Studies show that a lack of good sleep causes your Ghrelin levels to increase and Leptin levels to decrease. Couple that with an increase in Cortisol (the stress hormone) telling your body to conserve energy and you have a perfect storm for a little more around the middle. Unfortunately, you can’t use this as an excuse to get a cool 10 hours an night though, a study out of Quebec found that people who sleep 5-6 hours or 9-10 hours where 35% and 25% more likely to experience weight gain than the people who slept 7-8 hours. So get a solid 8 hours of sleep and you will be surprised at the benefits.

Dormio Power Bases

Dormio Power Bases
Power Bases, also called adjustable beds, are not just for the elderly and sick anymore. Today’s models have more powerful reliable motors, advanced wireless remotes with programmability and smartphone integration. They are also stylish with furniture grade colour and fabric options, skirts and matching headboards.
There are many health benefits to be gleaned from a powerbase. Most people think of relief for chronic orthopaedic issues but that is just the start. Acute injuries can heal faster since elevation of the injured area is be easier thereby helping to reduce bruising and swelling. Circulatory problems can be improved because the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to move blood quickly. Many people report improved digestion and a reduction in snoring and sleep apnea. A power base will also be an indispensable friend during pregnancy.
Just as important as the health benefits are the lifestyle benefits. In today’s 24/7 work culture more people are finding that work doesn’t go away just because it is bed time. So if you are working why not be comfortable? Working on a laptop or surfing the net on a tablet in bed is so much easier and more enjoyable if you can adjust you position properly. Trying to balance on a pile of pillows or leaning against a hard wall at a 90 degree angle can be a thing of the past. New advanced massage with wave and pulse features, timers and soft awake alarms are other wonderful options.
At Dormio we have several power base options available so we definitely have one for your needs and budget.

Moisture Control in Mattresses and Bedding

Moisture control in mattresses and bedding.

Often overlooked by traditional manufacturers, moisture control in mattresses and bedding is probably the most important factor in creating a successful sleep environment.

When we sleep we perspire.  If that moisture remains next to our body we get clammy and hot.  Often to alleviate this issue we will throw off the blankets causing the moisture to evaporate quickly and cooling us so fast we get a chill.  Then we repeat the process over and over destroying any hope of a decent night sleep.

To ensure the comfort of our mattress and bedding products we use two natural fibres – Wool and Alpaca.  I will expand on Alpaca later but first let’s look at why wool is great for moisture control.  Wool will continue to feel dry even when it has absorbed 30% – 50% of its weight in moisture.  Capillary action (wicking) moves the moisture along the fibres and away from your body.  Wool has a very fast drying rate so it releases the moisture that has been drawn away from you into the air keeping you warm and dry; not hot and sweaty.  Alpaca’s fibre is hollow and it works like wool but even better with faster drying and better capillary action.  It does not contain lanolin which we love for its antibacterial and anti-dust mite properties so we use Alpaca in pillows and duvets, blended with 30% to 50% wool.

In closing, research with tell you there are many synthetic wicking fibres on the market today.  They are used in sportswear and some traditional mattresses and show excellent capillary action. Unfortunately tests show they do not offer the quick drying ability of wool and also have the problem of trapping fats and bacteria in the fibre pores resulting in odour.  Most of us have purchased these high tech garments and have been stunned by the seemingly impossible to remove smell after just a few workouts.  Manufacturers combat this problem by adding even more chemicals to combat the odour – something none of us need in our chemical soaked environment.  This is why we have no doubt Wool and Alpaca are the best fibres for moisture control in mattresses and bedding.

Why buy a Dormio Organic Mattress Part 3

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:
Hypoallergenic:
“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.
Hypo:
1. Under or below
2. Lower / at a lower part
Allergenic:
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.

dustmite
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!

Dormio 100% Natural Latex is now Certified Organic by G.O.L.S!

Dormio natural latex has always been 100% natural.

Now we are proud to announce our latex has been Certified Organic by the Global Organic Latex Standard Control Union (or G.O.L.S.)

From their website:

“The “Global Organic Latex Standard”, GOLS in short, is the newly introduced standard for sustainable processing methods of latex products from organic raw materials. This mainly addresses the standards which need to be maintained with relevance to processing, manufacturing, packing, labeling, trading and distribution of latex products. In addition to the use of organic raw material, this standard also concentrates on aspects such as human health, safety and welfare, and environment in the manufacturing process of latex products”

It is the same extremely comfortable, supportive chemical free latex but now we have an extra little bit of peace of mind for our customers.

More details regarding the standard can be found here:

http://cogent.controlunion.com/cusi_production_files/SISI_files/FL_013112101637_Global_Organic_Latex_standard_1_0.pdf

Why buy a Dormio Organic Mattress? Part 2.

Why buy a Dormio Organic Latex Mattress?

This is the second 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.

Mold is a very popular topic today when people talk about how their environment affects their health.   It isn’t a new problem though.  There are instructions for dealing with mold in homes within The Old Testament (Leviticus 14.)  Since the 1970’s black mold has been fingered as a leading cause of “sick building syndrome.”  Today’s tightly sealed homes can allow mold a much better chance of gaining a foothold and spreading like wildfire in your home.  People can spend thousands of dollars eliminating mold from a bathroom or basement not realizing they are lying down on a mattress filled with spores every night.  Symptoms of mold exposure include headaches, skin irritations, throat irritations, flu symptoms and fatigue, just to name a few.  It can be worse though, in Cleveland in the mid 1990’s several infant deaths from unexplained lung bleeding were tied to black mold exposure.

Mold needs moisture to thrive.  Our bodies release a constant flow of moisture at night through transpiration – that is sweat to you and me.  This moisture has to go somewhere and unfortunately the foams and synthetic fibres that make up today’s mattresses hold onto moisture giving mold a wonderful environment to grow.  In fact, as the industry moves to memory foams and denser foams to compensate for cheaper coils, the problem is exacerbated because people tend to sleep warmer on those substances increasing nightly sweat output.

A Dormio Natural Latex mattress on a proper foundation will allow you to sleep at night without worrying about mold growing beneath you.    An excellent thermal regulator, our Organic Wool maintains your body at it’s preferred temperature reducing the amount of sweat generated.   Also, our Organic Wool wicks any moisture away from your body.  Then the air moving through the open cell structure of the Natural Latex below frees that moisture out into the air. Your mattress remains dry and mold free.

No chemicals, no mold and unparalleled comfort together in one mattress will give you the best, safest night of sleep you have ever had.

Dormio Organic Latex Mattresses are Different by Design!

Why A Dormio Natural Latex Mattress?

Why buy a Dormio Natural Latex Mattress?

This is the first in a series of posts outlining the problems with traditional mattresses and why we believe Dormio Natural Latex Mattresses are the best sleep solution available today.

Today our world is awash in chemicals.  Daily exposure to chemicals takes many forms; pesticides in our food, pharmaceuticals in our water, VOC’s from plastics and synthetics in the home – even the interior fittings of our car.  Today’s homes are so well sealed that while we save money on heating and air conditioning,  we also seal in all of the VOC’s released by synthetic materials as they off-gas. Acute reactions to these chemicals include eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea/vomiting and asthma.  Chronic exposure can increase risks of cancer, endocrine disruption, liver damage and chronic inflammation just to name a few.  So while we can’t eliminate exposure to these chemicals, making smart choices can limit how much our bodies absorb.

The gasses released by traditional inner spring, foam and especially memory foam mattresses are a soup of toxic chemicals that your body takes in not only through breathing but are absorbed directly through your skin.  This list includes chemicals such carcinogens such as benzene and naphthalene.  While manufacturers no longer use PentaBDE as a fire retardant, they are very nebulous about what has replaced it citing proprietary formulas.  Industry insiders suggest they have moved to fire resistant fibres and resins that are known to contain other carcinogens such as formaldehyde and antimony oxide.

With a Dormio Natural Latex mattress, you can reduce your daily chemical exposure by 1/3. Our mattresses have no synthetic fibres or synthetic latex blended into the latex so you are assured of a safe chemical free sleep. We use organic wool as our fire retardant so there are no worries about any mysterious proprietary formulas.

No chemicals and unparalleled comfort together in one mattress will give you the best, safest night of sleep you have ever had.

Dormio Natural Latex Mattresses are Different by Design!

Dormio Toronto Store

Tuesday April 8th, the store is finally open and the weekend has come and gone.  Our grand opening of the Toronto store has successfully happened.  Our grand opening specials will continue and the celebration will go on for several more weeks.  Look for our newsletter in the next few days with more specials and bargains.
Our new store has the same look and feel as our Mississauga/Oakville store, making shopping for your new mattress an easy and enjoyable experience.
Our Toronto Store will be managed by Lance Hunter.  Lance is not new to the industry and customer satisfaction is what drives him.  Drop by to say hello and check out what we have done.  We think you will be impressed.

Sleep Healthy,

When should I replace my old mattress and what do I replace it with? Making a switch after sometime, make it a good one!

If you are sick and tired of replacing your fairly new mattress because of premature sagging and lack of support, you are not alone. Today’s traditional mattresses are not lasting very long and gradually get worse daily as you sleep on it. Many people keep going through many mattresses, and want to finally settle down with just one. That almost sounds like dating rather than courting or marriage. Many get discouraged because they keep buying mattresses that don’t last very long, sag prematurely or just don’t provide the level of support that’s needed.

Sleep loss is a growing problem. We all recognize the sensation of satisfaction after one gets up from a deep/dead-to-the-world sleep. Unfortunately this sensation eludes most people. Too many in our society are too familiar with how it feels to lose valuable sleep, tossing and turning all night because the mattress keeps you awake.  So what is one to do!!

If your mattress is keeping you up, the time to replace it is NOW.

A natural latex mattress is an organic option. These organic mattresses will provide comfort and support for at least 20 years.  Latex is extremely elastic, resilient and durable unlike other foam or pillow top mattresses which give out, cave in, sag or bottom out in very short periods of time. A good natural latex mattress forms to the contours of the body and it quickly regains its original shape over and over and over. As a matter of fact a natural latex mattress will keep its original shape for 20 or 30 years. However, when shopping for a latex mattress, one has to be careful that it is natural latex and not synthetic or blended latex. Many claim that the mattress is 100% latex. One has to ask if it’s natural to ensure they are choosing a mattress with no harmful chemicals or toxins. Only natural latex is resilient and durable.

At Dormio we specialize in organic latex mattresses. All of our latex mattresses are made with natural latex, not synthetic or blended latex. One of the main benefits of a latex mattress is the fact that if produced correctly has the ability of being an ultimate option for an organic sleep system. Buying a blended or synthetic mattress is like buying a “gold chain” which not real gold but just gold plated. Browse our list of products on our site or visit one of our showrooms and experience what a healthy and organic sleep is all about. We will be more than glad to assist you and explain the pro and cons of various types of benefits in the market.

Sleep Healthy,

What is a Zippered Design?

zippered design

We take the zipper for granted; it has become one of the most commonly used inventions on Earth. We build all Dormio Organic mattresses with zippered covers.  Without it we would just be another mattress.  The zipper is 100 years old, and billions of people rely on it every day for various reason. You’ll find zippers on everything from jackets, pants, boots, backpacks, tents and luggage, to purses, pencil cases and now on your Dormio mattress.

The concept of a zipper got its start when an American, Elias Howe, earned a patent in 1851 for his Automatic Continuous Clothing Closure. His idea was ahead of its time, but Howe was so busy with his other inventions (including the sewing machine, which would later make zippers much easier to install) that he never got around to commercializing the radical new type of sliding fastener. It wasn’t until many years later that Whitcomb Judson came up with something called the Clasp Locker, and later the Judson C-Curity Fastener. Unfortunately, his invention could be tricky to close, and sometimes would open by itself. As a result it wasn’t very popular with the general public. The idea might have disappeared all together and left us all living in a button-down world until a Swedish electrical engineer named Otto Frederick Gideon Sundback, who had immigrated to the United States took Whitcomb’s design back to the drawing board and came up with the system of tiny interlocking teeth now known as the zipper.

In 1913, the zipper, then called the “separable fastener” was patented. The Lightning Fastener Co. in St. Catharines, Ontario, of which Sundback was president, started manufacturing the new fastener, but it took a few more decades to really grab the world’s attention.

Here are some zipper facts:

The zipper was originally used in footwear and bags for holding tobacco.

One of the first big customers was the U.S. military, which used zippers in gear and uniforms issued to World War One troops. Zippers made it much easier to put on your pants if one was in a hurry.

The children’s clothing and adult fashion industries didn’t start using zippers in great numbers until the 1930s.

Zippers really took off in 1937, when they caught the attention of a number of French fashion designers.

In 1954, Levi’s introduced a special zippered version of its overalls called the 501Z, replacing the button-fly. The company eventually brought in zippers across its line of jeans, but not until the 1970s.

Once the airtight zipper was perfected in the 1950s, it found its way to the depths of the ocean on diving gear, into orbit and eventually to the moon.

NASA helped develop airtight zippers for fighter-pilot pressure suits and later adapted them for space suits, including the ones used for the Apollo 11 moon landing (Neil Armstrong’s zippers)

According to Fort Lauderdale’s Sun Sentinel newspaper, a local Sheraton hotel had a zipper more than 1.8 kilometres long built in 1988 as a promotional gimmick. The zipper was draped from a hot air balloon and then taken and wrapped around the hotel to promote its nightclub, called Zippers.

And finally Dormio Organic mattresses…..

If for whatever reason we need to change the feel and/ or support of your new mattress, it’s as simple as unzipping the cover and making the necessary changes. Even though we do our best to put together the best possible mattress for you, the only way to truly know if it’s 100% right is to sleep on it. So if your new mattress needs to be just a bit softer or just a bit firmer, no problem. We can make these minor adjustments right in your home.

Dormio would like to thank Elias Howe, Whitcomb Judson and Otto Frederick Gideon Sundback for making it possible to build our zippered mattresses.

If your new mattress doesn’t feel right, we’ll make it right………every time.

This article was written by John Aprile who is the President of Dormio Organic Beds. Dormio provides its clients with natural sleep options through its wide range of products such as organic mattresses, natural latex mattresses, organic pillows and sheets.

Where does the Rubber for Latex Mattresses come from?

Most of the world’s rubber comes from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia. These countries are all located in South-east Asia.

Brazil is believed to have provided the world with the first rubber tree, Hevea Brasiliensis, but Brazil no longer plays any significant part in the natural rubber trade. Seeds were exported from the lower Amazon area of Brazil to London UK by Henry Wickham, a local planter acting for the British Government in 1876. The seeds were germinated at the Tropical Herbarium in Kew Gardens, London later that year. From there seedlings were exported to Ceylon (Now Sri Lanka). In 1877, 22 seedlings were sent from Ceylon to Singapore, where they grew strongly, and the technique of rubber tapping was developed. This is the process of extracting the latex from the rubber tree. Basically, an incision is made into the tree and the product then flows out. It’s very similar to the process we use in Canada to extract the maple syrup from maple trees.

Prior to this, the trees had to be cut down before the latex could be extracted. As you can imagine the rubber tapping method is much more environmentally friendly.

By 1900, most of the techniques and agricultural practices required to establish large plantations had been developed. One key technique was bud grafting. This is essentially a cloning technique which ensures that genetically identical trees can be produced in unlimited numbers. The rubber industry often talks about high-yielding clones, or other types of clone; and this is the basis of that terminology.

Over the next 40 years or so, the British in Malaysia and the Dutch in Indonesia cleared large areas of the rainforest to create rubber plantations. Simultaneously, local farmers saw the opportunities of rubber cultivation, and planted small groves of trees to supplement their own income. This gives rise to two types of rubber plantations in most producing countries: the plantations and the smallholdings.

Smallholdings tend to produce solid rubber, while plantations are essentially large-scale farms, with professional management. Most latex comes from professionally managed plantations.

rubber tree

We hope this has explained where rubber comes from and how it’s extracted. This is the key component in our natural latex mattresses which is known as the core. The core is made up of natural latex which is extracted from rubber trees in an environmentally friendly manner. When looking for an organic mattress, consumers should be aware of how the organic mattress is formulated and what it exactly contains.

Unfortunately mattress manufacturers are not legally required to list what the mattress is made of (in terms of materials, toxins, chemicals, etc) so consumers have to do their own due diligence.

To assist our clients and to make their organic mattress shopping experience much more stress free and enjoyable we provide our clients with unparalleled knowledge. We explain each of our beds, how they are made and what they are made of. Our goal is provide our clients with a naturally better sleep and our product line speaks exactly that.

Browse our site to view some of our products or better yet, visit our showroom in Mississauga and lay down on our latex mattresses.

Sleep Health,