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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 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!

Interesting read on asthma

Asthma is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Treatment of acute symptoms is usually with an inhaled short-acting beta-2 agonist. Symptoms can be prevented by avoiding triggers, such as allergens and irritants, and by inhaling corticosteroids.

Because much allergic asthma is associated with sensitivity to indoor allergens and because Western styles of housing favor greater exposure to indoor allergens, much attention has focused on increased exposure to these allergens in infancy and early childhood as a primary cause of the rise in asthma. Primary prevention studies aimed at the aggressive reduction of airborne allergens in a home with infants have shown mixed findings. Strict reduction of dust mite allergens, for example, reduces the risk of allergic sensitization to dust mites, and reduces the risk of developing asthma up until the age of 8 years old. However, studies also showed that the effects of exposure to cat and dog allergens worked in the converse fashion; exposure during the first year of life was found to reduce the risk of allergic sensitization and of developing asthma later in life.

Observational studies have found that indoor exposure to volatile organic compound (VOCs) may be one of the triggers of asthma. Even VOC exposure at low levels has been associated with an increase in the risk of pediatric asthma.

Home factors that can lead to exacerbation include dust, house mites, animal dander (especially cat and dog hair), cockroach allergens and molds at any given home. Perfumes are a common cause of acute attacks in females and children.

Symptoms occur or worsen in the presence of:

  • Exercise
  • Viral infection
  • Animals with fur or hair
  • House-dust mites (in mattresses, pillows, upholstered furniture, carpets)
  • Mold
  • Smoke (tobacco, wood)
  • Pollen
  • Changes in weather
  • Strong emotional expression (laughing or crying hard)
  • Airborne chemicals or dusts
  • Menstrual cycles

Dormio Organic Beds…naturally better

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What You Eat Affects How You Sleep !!!!

We’ve all heard of warm milk’s magical ability to send us off to dreamland. Dairy foods contain tryptophan, which is a sleep-promoting substance. Other foods that are high in tryptophan include nuts and seeds, bananas, honey, and eggs.

Carbohydrate-rich foods complement dairy foods by increasing the level of sleep-inducing tryptophan in the blood. So, a few perfect late night snacks to get you to sleep might include a bowl of cereal with milk, yogurt and crackers, or bread and cheese.

If you struggle with insomnia, a little food in your stomach may help you sleep. Keep the snack small. A heavy meal will tax your digestive system, making you uncomfortable and unable to get to sleep.

Avoid high-fat foods, research shows that people who often eat high-fat foods not only gain weight, they also experience a disruption of their sleep cycles. A heavy meal activates digestion, which can lead to night time trips to the bathroom.

An evening cup of coffee might disrupt your sleep. Even moderate caffeine can cause sleep disturbances. Also try to avoid chocolate, cola and tea. For better sleep, cut all caffeine from your diet four to six hours before bedtime.

Some over-the-counter and prescription drugs contain caffeine, too, such as pain relievers, weight loss pills, diuretics, and cold medicines. These and other medications may have as much or even more caffeine than a cup of coffee. Check the label of non-prescription drugs or the prescription drug information sheet to see if your medicine interferes with sleep or can cause insomnia.

Alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, but you may also experience frequent awakenings, less restful sleep, headaches, night sweats and nightmares. If you’re consuming alcohol in the evening, balance each drink with a glass a water to dilute the alcohol’s effects. For a good night’s sleep, avoid alcohol four to six hours before bedtime.

Lying down with a full stomach can make you uncomfortable, since the digestive system slows down when you sleep. It can also lead to heartburn. Make sure to finish a heavy meal at least four hours before bedtime.

Protein, an essential part of our daytime fare, is a poor choice for a bedtime snack. Protein-rich foods are harder to digest. Try to skip the high-protein snack before bedtime and opt for a glass of warm milk or some sleep-friendly carbs, like crackers.

While it is a good idea to stay hydrated throughout the day, try to curtail your fluid intake before bed. You’re sure to have interrupted sleep if you’re constantly getting up to go to the bathroom.

Also avoid nicotine, as it is a stimulant, with effects similar to caffeine. Avoid smoking before bedtime or if you wake up in the middle of the night.

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Best selection of natural and organic quality mattresses and bedding in the Toronto area!

 

What makes a mattress “healthy”?

“Healthy” in this context implies good support for your body (including proper spinal alignment), minimization of pressure points that cause discomfort, and materials that are free of chemicals that can pollute your indoor air and impact your health. Studies that have shown rapidly increasing levels of pollutants in breast milk and umbilical cord blood have caused many people in the past decade to wake up to the health risks of environmental toxins that are ubiquitous in our industrial age society. While Europe has moved ahead in recent years with tighter controls on the manufacture and use of toxics, most other countries lag behind. Only a few hundred of the more than 80,000 chemicals in use in the United States have been tested for safety…Many known or suspected carcinogens are completely unregulated…to a disturbing extent, babies are born”pre-polluted”. In the case of mattresses, chemical flame retardants are a particular concern, as they can comprise up to 30% by weight of the plastic foams used in mattresses.

We all need to practice the precautionary principle for ourselves. We spend one third of our lives in bed. Therefore, one of the ways we can minimize our chemical exposures (and resulting body burden) is to sleep in as clean an environment as we can, allowing that significant time period when we are asleep to be restorative rather than detrimental.

Dormio Organic Beds…naturally better

Best selection of natural and organic quality mattresses and bedding in the Toronto area!