Topic: Mattresses

How to Choose the Right Density for Your Memory Foam Mattress

When buying a memory foam mattress, one of the most important things to consider is its density. Density plays a significant role in determining the quality, durability and comfort level of your mattress. If the density of your memory foam mattress is not appropriate it will affect your sleep as well as health. Many buyers fail to understand the concept of density and end up buying just another mattress which is neither comfortable nor durable.

Today’s post discusses the concept of density and how to choose the right memory foam mattress for you.

What’s Foam Density?

The density of memory foam determines the firmness of a mattress. It is expressed in pounds per cubic foot (lbs/ft3). For instance, if the foam density of a mattress is 5 pounds per cubic foot, it means that every foot of foam weighs 5 pounds. Denser foams mean more material is used to make the mattress and it will provide greater support to the person sleeping on it. However, the firmness of foam is not dependent on its density.

Which One to Choose?

Broadly speaking, memory foam mattresses are available in three densities, low, medium and high. The most suitable density depends on what the buyer wants.

Memory foam with a density of 3 pounds per cubic foot or lower is called low-density memory foams. They feel softer than other mattresses and allow you to sink into it. This density is ideal for people who want a nice soft bed at an affordable price as less foam is used to build the mattress. People with a tight budget often opt for low-density foam mattresses but too much sinking into the mattress can affect your sleeping posture.

Medium density memory foam has a measurement of 4-5 pounds per cubic foot. It offers a perfect combination of comfort, durability, and support at reasonable prices. These mattresses allow you to sink without much resistance thus offering a comfort and support to your back while sleeping. It’s a good option for an average sleeper. Consider a medium density memory foam if you’re a first-time buyer.

High-density memory foam measures 6 pounds per cubic foot or more in density. Most of the mattresses available in the market are high-density foam as they offer excellent durability and support. They’re a little expensive compared to other mattresses but provide more support and firmer base foam for greater comfort. It also has stiff support to your back and molds according to your body to relieve pressure joints. If you’re suffering from a backache and want to improve your blood circulation, then high-density memory foam mattresses are the best bet for you.

Consider the foam’s density before buying a memory foam mattress. It plays a vital role in determining the level of support and comfort you get while sleeping on the mattress. If you’re not sure about the density, then buy organic mattresses made of all natural ingredients that allow you to sleep with comfort.

Is Your Mattress Causing You Back Ache?

Back ache can often inconvenient and perplexing as its origin is never straightforward.  If your daily routine is always the same, what is the reason for it? The answer may be as simple as your mattress.

How can you tell?

There may be several causes for back ache, so it can be rather difficult pointing out exactly what’s causing it. However, there are a few clues which may point you in the right direction. The first sign is when your back starts aching. Stretching once you’ve woken up may provide some relief. This is a major sign that your mattress is causing harm to your physical well being. Also, if you wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself shifting to find a comfortable position, you should start to suspect that your mattresses may be the problem. Ideally, they should be changed within 8-10 years.

Picking out a good quality mattress

Different people tend to have different preferences. This makes it particularly difficult to find a mattress which suits their needs. A good way to go about it would be to select one that is neither too soft, nor too firm. A firm mattress may put pressure on specific pressure points resulting in misalignment, whereas a soft one will permit your body to go downwards into it, resulting in bad posture while asleep. This can be a leading reason for your back aches.

It’s always a better idea to invest in superior quality. Current financial times might make this difficult, but think of it as a one-time investment. It’s a rather important piece of furniture in your home since you spend considerable time on it. Never be thrifty when it comes to investing in a mattress.

Is getting an adjustment preferable?

A chiropractor could give you a wellness adjustment. It’s a good idea to get one before shopping for a mattress. It may help you maintain a better body posture and provide support to your body while you’re asleep. A chiropractor can also provide with preferred positions to maintain while sleeping, and also give a recommendation what is suitable for your needs. It is advisable to seek guidance from a chiropractor since they’ve probably had other patients who have suffered from the same conditions as you.

What other steps can be taken?

Changing your mattress should be your priority. A habitual mini-stretching session can also be incorporated into your routine. Try to do a few after you’ve woken up and before you’re to sleep, as this will help your spine become more flexible. It is helpful to practice some positions for sleeping from which you can benefit. Most experts will tell you it’s best to sleep on your side, and placing a small pillow between both your legs. Ths will provide support to your lower back and hips. There are pillows available, which help diminish the back and neck ache while you’re sleeping.

It’s advisable to change your mattress to get rid of any pain in your back. Sleeping is an extremely important part of your daily routine, and mustn’t be compromised. Invest in a mattress which will help your body relax and rest peacefully. Before you purchase, it’s worthwhile to try them out and see which one best suits your needs. You mustn’t be hasty while doing so, as a bad choice may result in you having long-term issues with your back.

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!

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 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!