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3 Things in Your Mattress That Might be Making you Sick

Your mattress is the most important piece of furniture in your house. Let’s face it, what other article in your home do you have as much contact with as your mattress?

The average person spends 6-8 hours every day in their bed. That’s about ⅓ of your life! The mattress is also the only piece of furniture where your face is literally inches away breathing whatever is inside it.

It’s hard to say what is inside every mattress, but there are 3 things that can be found in about 95% of mattresses, (especially within the mainstream and online companies mattresses), that can have a negative effect on your health. If you are sensitive to chemicals or have immune system issues, these are the 3 things I would avoid in your mattress:

 

  1. Polyurethane Foam. – Since the 1970’s polyurethane replaced cotton and natural rubber as the go-to material for padding inside mattresses. It is very inexpensive to make and very easy to mass produce. However, since polyurethane is a petrochemical, it is laden with chemicals that can and most usually do off-gas.
  2. Glues/Adhesives– On average, the typical mattress has anywhere from 2-7 layers of padding. To keep these layers from shifting, mattress companies usually glue these layers together. The problem with gluing these layers together are the many chemicals that are found in adhesives. In some cases, you can still smell the glue many days after it has been delivered.
  3. Chemical-Based Fire Retardants– Since 2007, a federal law was passed that mandated every mattress must pass the fire test. While that law might have solved one problem it opened up the door to a host of many other problems regarding people’s health. A couple of the dozens of chemicals that are used in most fire retardants are Formaldehyde and Antimony Trioxide which have both been shown to be carcinogens.

 

If you have a mattress from a typical mattress retailer or if you purchased online, the chance that you may be sleeping with some of these chemicals is high. But, there is an alternative to your typical mattress. The solution to this problem is an all-natural mattress free of the potentially harmful chemicals listed above. Mattresses where natural materials like natural rubber/latex, cotton and wool are used instead of synthetic foams. Natural latex comes from the rubber tree where the liquid from the tree is used instead of petroleum. Not only is latex a lot healthier but it also is much more durable. The average latex mattress lasts 2-3 times longer than a traditional mattress.

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Split vs. Undivided King: Which Adjustable bed Base is Right for me

adjustable bed base split king

On your quest for the best mattresses for adjustable beds and adjustable bed bases, you’re bound to come across a variety of options, born out of years and years of this innovative bed’s evolution. There is variety, not just in terms of the bed’s features and special requirements, like in the case of the infirm, but also in terms of size and the number of people it can accommodate. You’ll just have to decide for yourself, but it’s safe to say that the adjustable mattress base king size is bound to offer the most flexibility in terms of adjustment. We’re here to present you with two excellent options: adjustable bed base – split king mattress combo, and adjustable bed base paired with the undivided king mattress.

Adjustable bed base, split king variety is perfect for couples with different preferences

The split king adjustable bed base consists of two twin XL mattresses, each of which are designed to deliver personalized comfort to each sleeper. In other words, you and your partner might be in it for better or for worse, but the sleeping arrangement that only one of you likes – no dice! Adjust the bed’s position and firmness to your own unique preferences and going to bed will be your favorite part of every day.

Undivided king-sized adjustable bed base – ideal for couples who think alike

Unlike the adjustable bed base split king option, the divided king size mattress on top of an adjustable bed base is meant for people who do not need two separate sections with independent adjustment. The lack of this feature makes the undivided king adjustable bed base the more affordable alternative, but not one lacking in luxury. The bed is still made up of two parts – one for the head and the other for the foot of the bed. The bottom line is – you’ll still have a spacious bed that you will love!

Mattress Makers: adjustable bed base split king or undivided king – we’ve got you covered!

If you are a firm believer in quality sleep with extra comfort and luxury, whether you sleep alone or share the bed with a partner every night, do yourself a favor and choose the adjustable bed base. Split king or undivided king – it’s up to you. No one can guarantee to you that a single choice is ideal for you, so you’ll just have to visit Mattress Makers and give both options a try! Either way, a king size mattress will make you feel like royalty night after night. Here at Mattress Makers, we’d love to be the last thing on your mind before you drift off to sleep, so give us a call, or better yet, visit us today!

Off-Gassing… What is it and Should I be Concerned?

What Is Off-Gassing

When it comes to mattresses, off-gassing refers to the chemicals from the foams, glues, and fire-retardants that are being emitted into the air. Specifically, the types of materials that are found in mattresses are acetone, benzene, formaldehyde, and methylene chloride. Such chemicals are named VOCs, (Volatile Organic Compound). These are emitted as gases from the solids that are derived from the mattress. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors, (up to 10 times higher), than outdoors. So it gives off a very distinct smell, most say it resembles the smell of cleaning supplies or a, “new car smell”.

 

Should I Be Worried About Off-Gassing?

VOCs, (Volatile Organic Compound), can have short-and long-term adverse health effects. Some side effects of the off-gassing are irritation in the eyes, throat, and nose, and it may cause asthma. Just as comfort is subjective, chemical sensitivity is subjective as well. It varies from person to person. It really boils down to how chemically sensitive you are. Some people are very chemically sensitive where in they would need a completely natural mattress. To some other people, this issue not a priority. But for those of us that want to be responsible consumers, this is good information for us to have handy.

 

Is there any solution?

Yes! There is a solution, if you love the feel of memory foam or a polyurethane foam, Certipur is your answer! Certipur is a non-profit organization that serves as a certification program that tests polyurethane foams to give consumers confidence in the foam they’re buying. They have rigorous standards placed on foam producers. Part of their standard is that they do not accept any foam made with Mercury, lead, other heavy metals or made with formaldehyde. Here at Mattress Makers we only use foam that is certified by Certipur. The other option, and most preferred, is buying Latex! It’s a natural material with no harmful chemicals! It lasts 3 to 4 times longer than foam and it sleeps cool! These are the two options that are available for consumers that are worried about chemicals.

 

All in All

As we learned, off-Gassing is the the result of VOCs being emitted into the air. Those VOCs are the toxic chemicals that are used to make the mattress, which we learned can be harmful for either the short or the long-term. There are solutions though, first with Certipur. The second and most preferred option is Latex, its a natural material with no harmful chemicals, lasts 3 to 4 times longer than foam and sleeps so cool! This information was provided in order for you to make an educated purchase, but it’s ultimately it is up to the sleeper to decide if they find it a priority to sleep naturally.

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Bibliography

 

Memory Foam-Pros and Cons- https://www.themattressunderground.com/our-articles/memory-foam-pros-and-cons.html

Why Some Mattresses Sleep Hotter Than Others

Do you suffer from sleeping hot? Did you know that there are many factors in determining the heat retention of your mattress? That is what I investigated in order to condense the information for you here today! In my research, 3 themes were consistent, join me as I explain how mattress firmness, the weight of the sleeper and the mattress type have an influence on how hot one sleeps. Welcome to the one stop shop for Heat Retention.

Mattress Firmness and Heat Retention

First up is how mattress firmness affects the heat retention. The level of firmness your mattress is directly correlates to how temperature sensitive it will be. Meaning a firmer mattress will sleep cooler. The reason a firmer mattress will sleep cooler is because the temperature of the bed is linked to the airflow capability of the mattress. A firmer mattress is less forgiving to the persons curves. A plush or soft mattress will significantly fold or bend to meet the persons curves. When this happens, the airflow around the person is restricted. When the airflow is restricted the mattress will have a higher degree of heat retention.

Sleeper Weight

Next, we see how the weight of the sleeper is correlated, too. People that are on the heavier side of the spectrum have a tendency to sleep hotter. It has to do with the principle of airflow we looked at earlier. A heavier person is going to sink more into a mattress than a lighter person will. That action of sinking will restrict the airflow thus making the mattress retain heat creating the perfect conditions for a hotter bed. Also, when a heavier person tosses and turns around at night, they require more energy to move than a lighter person does. As we know remember junior high, energy is heat and that heat is transferred to your mattress.

Mattress type: open cell vs closed cell

Lastly the type of material that a mattress is made of is a substantial indicator of how hot the mattress is going to sleep. Traditionally, some mattresses sleep hotter than others. That is dependent on how the material is structured; if it is open or closed cell. Let’s look at the difference between open and closed cell structures.

Open cell vs closed cell

When it comes to open cell vs closed cell materials, the biggest difference comes from how the cells are composed. In open cell materials the cell walls have been broken allowing air to fill up the material, thus conducting airflow through the material that allows the sleeper to sleep cool. Closed cell materials are best used as insulators, as the unbroken cell walls become highly effective in not letting substances pass through it. Meaning the sleeper will sleep hotter.

Summary

All in all, heat retention is caused by a mixture of these three factors: 1. Mattress firmness 2. Sleeper weight 3. Mattress type: Open cell vs closed cell. In learning about these aspects, you’ll be more prepared for your next purchase of a new mattress, or have more insight on your current mattress.

Bonus Tips

As an extra, here are 4 tips you can use today to help you sleep cooler

  1. Use 100% Cotton or Tencel sheets for the summer as they offer greater breathability and moisture wicking.
  2. Use lightweight covers or protectors on your mattress made of natural, breathable fibers, (as opposed to ones made with polyester or other synthetics that retain heat).
  3. Uncover part of your body, as your blood circulates it will cool the rest of you body.
  4. Stick to natural materials in your mattress such as Natural Latex.

If you want to check out some of our coolest mattresses check out our Natural Latex Mattresses 

If you need some cool sheets, find it here by checking out our 100% tencel sheets

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Sources

 

Sleep Like the Dead- http://www.sleeplikethedead.com/memory-foam-hot.html

Open cell vs Closed Cell- https://www.thesleepjudge.com/open-cell-vs-closed-cell-foam/

Sleep Junkie- https://www.sleepjunkie.org/bed-too-hot-or-too-cold-find-a-solution/