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.
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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/organicbeds/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!
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:
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!
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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!
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