As consumers grow more conscious about the use of chemicals in consumer products, they become aware of the health implications of organic food and farming. A lot of us already use organic baby food, toothpaste, household cleaners and other consumables.
But what about our bedrooms? It is important to choose a mattress that's safe and comfortable, especially for children, who can spend 10 to 14 hours a day sleeping. When you buy organic mattresses, pillows, and duvets, you create a cozy and healthy sleeping environment for yourself and your loved ones. However, choosing the best organic mattress and bedding can be challenging since there are so many materials, brands, sizes, and varieties. Here are a few tips to make your selection easier.
1. Check the Materials
Although a traditional innerspring is the most common mattress material, they are made of springs or coils that obviously are not organic. Many synthetic bedding products contain harmful chemicals like carcinogens which are known to disrupt hormones and cause cancer. This is also true for mattresses, especially memory foam or synthetic foam mattresses. By choosing organic, non-toxic bedding materials, you can provide your family with a safe, chemical-free sleeping environment.
If you are choosing to go organic, always opt for 100% natural bedding materials like cotton, wool or latex. Look for unbleached organic materials with organic fill and dyes to avoid chemical exposure.
Wool is ideal for duvets and pillows due to its natural temperature-regulating abilities. Its tiny pores absorb perspiration and help you stay cool and comfortable. Wool can easily hold up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp or sweaty. It also acts as a natural insulator in the winter to help you stay warm. You can enjoy sound sleep despite the seasonal variation in temperature.
Latex is another popular organic material, but there are different types, including synthetic, natural, certified organic and blends. Choose only organic latex certified to the Global Organic Latex Standards to ensure safety against chemical and toxic hazards.
2. Consider Your Sleeping Position
Aside from the material, you also need to consider your sleeping position when choosing your organic mattress and bedding, especially pillows.
Side Sleepers Side sleepers need a mattress that lowers tension and pressure points during sleep while also providing the right level of support. Organic latex with Soft on top is ideal for side sleepers because they distribute your weight across the bed and eliminate unnecessary pressure and body ache.
As for the pillows, the thickness can be determined by how broad your shoulders are. The centre of your neck and nose should form a perfect line and be completely supported by the pillow.
Stomach Sleepers Stomach sleepers usually have more back, shoulder and neck pain compared to other types of sleepers. This is because they often twist their necks to one side while sleeping which also misaligns their spine. There are many ways you can sleep train into a different position, we are happy to elaborate if this is you!
The right organic pillow for a stomach sleeper should be neither too thin nor too thick just something in between. If it is too thick, it can make your neck stiff and sore; if it is super thin, you may have to use your arms to support your neck.
Back Sleepers Sleeping on your back is supposedly the best position for spinal alignment and overall health. It is highly recommended for those who suffer chronic neck pain or poor circulation. A slightly medium to medium-firm organic mattress is ideal for back sleepers.
Back sleepers also need to choose pillows with medium loft and firmness. A pillow that is too thin or soft can make your head lean back further, while a thicker pillow can push your head forward. Both can cause back and neck pain.
An organic latex mattress works for all sleeping positions. This is because it helps keep your spine in perfect alignment no matter your posture while giving you full body comfort and support.
3. Consider Sustainability
Latex can be tapped without destroying the tree or creating pollution, unlike other types of mattresses. To make a queen size latex mattress, it will take a whole day's output of 12 acres of rubber trees. The same number of trees tapped for a queen size mattress will over the course of one year remove 143 tons of carbon dioxide from the air. This same 12 acres of rubber trees will keep 8 rubber tappers employed too, creating important jobs in areas where jobs may be scarce.
Wool is the most sustainable of all organic bedding materials. It's an eco-friendly material that doesn't harm the environment when it's harvested, and since fur grows back, its fabrication does not involve any non-renewable resources, nor does it off gas or cause pollution.
Both materials are completely biodegradable and toxin-free. In other words, what is good for the environment is always good for your health.
4. Ensure Comfort
The outer material of the mattress will dictate the overall comfort, softness, and quality of your mattress. The production of polyester uses harmful chemicals, including carcinogens, and if emitted to water and air untreated, can cause significant environmental damage. Although it is less energy intensive than nylon to produce, it still requires more than double the energy of conventional cotton to produce.
Choose only organic cotton certified to the Global Organic Textile Standards to ensure safety against chemical and toxic hazards.
The weave of the material also influences these factors. For example, if you sweat a lot at night, wool mattress toppers can wick away moisture to ensure you are cool and comfortable. They also ensure proper airflow and provides warmth in winter.
5. Consider Ease of Use and Cleaning
Organic Mattresses made from 100% Latex tend to be heavier then a conventional mattress. Check to see if your mattress can be disassembled, this makes it easier for future transport, plus you can likely rearrange the layers inside to avoid body impressions.
While some bed sheets and toppers can be machine washed, others are not, making a layer of protection super important. Small spills can be quickly wiped off or spot washed, and natural sun light for deodorizing and maintaining freshness. With proper care, occasional cleaning, and the use of mattress protectors, you can retain their looks and functionality.
Going organic is a small step towards reducing global warming and ensuring the long-term health of our planet. But cost can be a constraint when it comes to investing in natural products. While it's true that organic bedding is more expensive than conventional bedding, the long-term benefits are worth the investment.
Often considered a grudge purchase, most people struggle far too long on an old mattress, sacrificing their health and productivity. Your mass produced mattress will not last forever. In fact, the expected life span of a spring mattress is only 5-8 years, yet we regularly have customers coming in who are replacing their spring mattresses at only 2-5 years.
Are you getting a reasonable amount of sleep but still waking up tired & achy?
This could be a sign that your old mattress is no longer providing you with the proper support for a good night's sleep. If don't feel refreshed after waking up, it could be time to get a new mattress.
Does the old mattress sag or is there now an impression where you sleep?
If you and your partner are rolling in toward the center of your bed or either of you just can't seem to find a comfortable position to sleep in, then it's time to consider a new mattress.
Do you wake up with a stuffy nose and pressure in your sinuses?
Your nasal congestion could be caused by dust mites, seasonal allergies, pet dander, or chemicals in your environment. Now is the time to learn about the harmful materials in mass produced mattresses and make that swtich.
A Sunshine Organic Mattress is not only a great investment in your health, it is a luxury mattress that doesn't have a ludicrous price tag like some on the market. The quality of the natural materials used in all of our mattresses is of the highest quality, whether you love our simple yet luxurious 8" Mattress, or the incredibly plush, yet supportive 11" Mattress.
Partners love our mattresses because motion transfer is never a problem and each partner can choose the firmness level that works best for them, no need to compromise!
The service you will find at a Sunshine Mattress Co. is uncomparable to what you would experience in a big box store. We take the time to explain our philosophy, materials and product design. There is no rush and you have the time to experience the mattresses at your leisure. We provide constructive feedback on how your body interacts with each model, helping you choose the perfect mattress for you. Some people like a firm mattress; some like a soft one; others, like Goldilocks, prefer somewhere in between. Sunshine Mattress is all about personal preference. If you're comfortable, you have a better chance of sleeping well.
Trust us, we are Sleep Experts!
Just like any other industry, there are loose regulations associated with some certification companies and a lot of greenwashing that happens in the mattress world. It's important to ask all the right questions, do your own research and consider which mattress is best suited. We believe the best customer is an educated customer, which is why all of our staff is well-informed.
Here are some of the common certifications used here in Canada.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS)
Some certifications are useful and offer peace of mind, while others mean virtually nothing or could be disguising a potentially harmful material you wouldn't knowingly choose.
Lets take a closer look...
GOTS - they cover detailed ecological and socially responsible textile manufacturing guidelines for the entire supply chain with independent certification. This certification is the gold standard of organic fibers and is certainly one to search for if it is important for you to be organic. This qualification suggests that no harmful chemicals are introduced in the manufacturing or processing of the fibres. Processing must also be committed to strict environmental and employment concerns in order to protect employees and the earth.
GOLS - is the first global standard for organic latex and is regulated by Control Union Certification. To earn the GOLS certification, a product needs to "contain more than 95% certified organic raw material." For latex goods, this certification is one to look for and is important. In order to guarantee purity and consistency, select latex products that have the GOLS seal, as impure latex may have negative health implications. GOLS establishes a clear path and procedure on the route from field or farmer level to the certified organic latex product manufacturer. Among other factors, manufacturers that are given approval to produce organic products under the GOLS logo have to follow mandatory social and environmental regulations.
GreenGuard - is a third-party governing body that tests and certifies materials used in building products, furniture, and other items to ensure better indoor air quality. This certification means the product has no greater than 1/100 of the currently published ACGIH® Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) and that the product has met specific guidelines determined to be safer. GreenGuard conducts product testing only for chemical emissions. They specifically measure the evaporation of chemicals that act as a gas at room temperature. GreenGuard does not consider manufacturing or supply chains; it only checks the final product provided for certification.
Oeko-Tex - certifications for Oeko-Tex and Eco-Institut require safety testing of hazardous substances and VOCs in materials used to manufacture such goods. STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX ® comes from a stand-alone examination of raw, semi-finished and finished textile items at each stage of production. This qualification applies to the individual products and does not measure the finished product.
CertiPUR-US - is a foam certification alliance comprised and operated by those in the foam industry. This certification checks for the use of already prohibited chemicals and tests for VOCs to the limits set by the foam producers. Although it's definitely better than nothing, it seems biased as the certifier works in the foam industry and sets the safety standard making the findings less valuable compared to other certifications who are solely focused on consumer protection. CertiPUR does not test for intake or skin contact therefore being certified does not necessarily mean that the product is 'safe' or 'non-toxic'.
There's so much knowledge out there, and it can be difficult to find out what's true, embellished, or a lie. Now that you know more about certification, you can feel confident when making purchasing decisions, especially for mattresses. As consumers, we have the power to choose the purchase healthy, sustainable products with known materials and meaningful certifications.
Sunshine Mattress Co. products are proudly certified by GOT and GOLS - because we care about you and the enviroment.
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As many women enter pregnancy, they are faced with many physical issues including cramps. morning sickness, nausea and sleep disruption. All of which become physically draining as their bodies go through a lot of changes to accommodate the growth for their new bundle of joy. Expecting mothers should take special care of the amount of sleep they are getting and making sure that their sleeping posture is maintained. For many moms-to-be, sleeping troubles can be fixed by following a few simple tips.
Avoid fluid intake at night - frequent urination is common in pregnant women, especially during the first trimester. The increased bathroom visits are a big reason for sleep disruption at night, that's why many women will consume plenty of fluids during the day and will cut down before bedtime. It will help reduce late night trips to the bathroom and ensure that you get a peaceful sleep.
Stay active - nightime leg cramps become worse in the third trimester, keeping you awake and in discomfort. To avoid painful leg cramps, exercising regularly can definately help - unless your doctor advises against it. Walking, swimming, stretching or any other activies that you are familiar with can improve blood circulation, therefore reducing leg pain.
Sleep on an Organic Mattress - they are soft, supportive and hypoallergenic, thus providing a comfortable and safe sleeping environment for mom-to-be. Many women develop allergic symptoms during their pregnancy that can be triggered from chemically-treated synthetic mattresses. Sleeping on a hypoallergenic organic mattress made of natural materials such as wool or latex will help maintain a comfortable body temperature and will avoid allergic reactions caused from chemical fumes.
Sleep on your left side - it helps in giving proper blood flow to the fetus, uterus and kidneys and nutrients to your placenta. That said, because your liver is on the right side of your abdomen, sleeping on your left side keeps your uterus away from that large organ and reduces the pressure the baby puts on your organs, thus helping with heartburn issues. If sleeping on your left is uncomfortable, try using pillows, one under your knee and another under your belly.
- Take naps - t's important that your body is being rested, especially if you are not getting enough sleep at night. Improper sleep at night can make you feel tired throughout the day. Consider taking a 20-30 minute nap during the day, but don't snooze for more than that, as long naps can make you feel even more tired and confuse your normal sleep cycle.
At Sunshine Mattress Co. we are happy to help expecting mothers maintain good quality sleep with our organic mattress, pillow or duvets. We can introduce you to a sleep system that is designed to change as your body changes, while also introducing you to our Baby and Kids Collection. Visit our Showroom and feel the difference of Sunshine Mattress!
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Latex mattresses are one of the most popular types available, they are a healthier, more comfortable and of course the better alternative to synthetic memory foam.
Here are some reasons why you'll love them.
Comfort is one of the most important factors when it comes to buying a mattress. After all, you want a good sleep, and latex mattresses deliver the ultimate comfort by conforming to your body so you get a soft sinking feeling accompanied by buoyant support.
Natural latex is a highly durable material that tends to last longer than other mattress materials like synthetic foam. The natural resilience of organic latex mattresses allows them to instantly return to their original shape after compression. Latex mattress will last for 15-40 years , significantly longer than the average of the other beds of 5-10 years. This ensures that less mattresses and fabrics are used and discarded.
Natural latex comes from hevea brasiliensis trees which are tapped as they continue to grow, live and clean the air. Sustainable latex farms use a cyclical system to ensure that new trees are always planted to replace trees at the end of their lifetime. It is biodegradable and recyclable. At the end of its time as a mattress, the latex content can be recycled and ultimately degraded if it is put in a landfill.
Unlike conventional synthetic mattresses, which trap dust and moisture and promote the growth of dust mites, moulds and other allergens, latex mattresses are naturally antibacterial, dust resistant and antifungal. Chemical odour is a common issue with synthetic mattresses, whereas organic latex mattresses are chemical-free, which is why they do not off-gas. The hypoallergenic properties make them a great option for people with allergies.
Latex is highly responsive to body weight, which helps to reduce relieving pain pressure points. This promotes correct alignment of the spine, as the heavy parts of the body fall into latex like hips and shoulders. The lighter parts, such as the head and the neck, maintain the natural curvature of the body. This reduces pressure on your back and neck and increases circulation in your blood.
They Don't Transmit Movement
Latex mattresses have a natural resilience that ensures the movement on one side of the mattress is not transferred to the other. Combined with our internal layering design which gives each sleeper control of the firmness, you'll forget that your partner is sleeping next to you!
Latex has a natural, open-cell structure that encourages air flow. During the production, natural latex mattresses are punctured by pinholes placed at regular ventilation intervals. This breathable design helps to create a temperature-neutral atmosphere that keeps you cool and relaxed at night. In short, buying a latex mattress means that your sleep is not disturbed by built-in heat as its breathability dissipates warmth and moisture.
You can select your level of comfort based on your weight and sleeping position. Both Adult Sunshine Mattresses are available at varying levels of firmness from Soft to Firm to help you get the right level of support. For example, a firm mattress is best suited for stomach / back sleepers, whereas a soft mattress is a better option for people who sleep on their sides.
What are you waiting for! Come check it out for yourself!
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