Navigating the Canadian Mattress Market

Posted on 30 June 2021
Navigating the Canadian Mattress Market

Choosing a great mattress requires research and dedication. Although online mattresses are on the rise, there is nothing better then visiting a showroom and trying the different options in person. Sunshine Mattress Co. is located in Toronto, displaying the full selection of products on the floor. The showroom is quiet, clean and has an air of total relaxation, making it easier for you to notice the subtle and dramatic differences between the mattresses.

The first step is to discuss some of these questions with your partner, as you will most likely refer to these answers when shopping:

What are your current mattress concerns?

This is an important question, especially if your previous experience was not good. This is also the time to discover mattress materials as it can contribute to the concerns you are experiencing. For example, someone who experiences numb fingers or sore shoulders in the middle of the night would not want to get a firm spring mattress as it is likely the root of the problem. The most common concerns we hear about are allergies/chemical sensitivities, motion transfer/disruptions and discomfort. The materials that make up the mattress are probably the most important area of exploration. The many different materials being used in todays mattresses will have a list of advantages, which for some, will be disadvantages. Also keep in mind that there are lots of marketing gimmicks when it comes to 'natural' mattress alternatives. It's important to ask specific questions and to avoid such false claims to avoid dissapointment. The best thing to do is look for genuinely certified products instead.

Pay attention to your sleeping patterns and habits?

In most cases, tossing and turning is related to discomfort because the way that each person sleeps will have an impact on the level of softness that would be best for comfort. For example, someone who sleeps on their side will require something softer than someone who sleeps on their back and stomach. By minimizing the sleep disruptions caused by discomfort, you will improve your overall sleep patterns. In addition to sleeping position, each person's body type and weight will determine the level of firmness that is recommended. For example, someone who is 200 lbs would require a firmer support compared to someone who is 100 lbs. Since comfort and support are the two most important aspects when choosing the right mattress, make sure that the salesperson is informed so that the appropriate recommendation can be made. Sunshine mattresses are designed with an internally split layered system so that each customer can focus on their individual needs and preferences, so this means you will not have to compromis again!

What is your budget?

The average mattress should be replaced every 7-10 years, but different materials have different durability and estimated lifespans. Memory foam mattresses, for example, may only last a few years while latex foam mattresses can last well beyond a decade. With that in mind, longer lasting materials like latex will cost more then cheaper, synthetic materials. Mattresses that are mass produced will have a lower price tag, but will always have a large margin which means you can likely bargain for a better deal. When a mattress is made in smaller batches, it is made with exceptionally high standards and is not sitting in a warehouse for long periods of time. 


Finding the store that sells your perfect mattress becomes easier when you have a clear idea about your needs and budget. If you are specific on materials, make a list of questions prior to your visit so that the experts can guide you further. Don't be afraid to challenge the answer if you are not satisfied, after all, you spend one third of your life in bed, don't take it lightly!

 

How To Create a Relaxing, Sleep-Friendly Bedroom

Posted on 8 June 2021
How To Create a Relaxing, Sleep-Friendly Bedroom

A good night's sleep is necessary to set us up for a successful and healthy life. However, it is not only the bedding pieces that portrays the dreamy overview of your bedroom, but you also need to take care of other features. Worried where to start from?  Maybe start with a small amount of decluttering. Add a few plants and some organic bedding to add an aura of comfort and peace to your sleeping space. Then, gradually work up to bigger items like rugs, sofas, organic rugs, a natural mattress and organic duvet cover. Here are some tips to a relaxing, dreamy bedroom!

Mattress:
We spend one-third of our lives resting in bed, so choosing the right mattress matters a lot. Organic mattresses are made with many materials, including latex, organic wool and cotton. Mass-produced mattresses may contain toxic elements like flame retardants, synthetic latex or foam, or other unkown materials that can lead to sleep disturbances and health issues that get worse with age. Select a mattress that feels good without compromising comfort, while also creating the healthiest and safest environment in which to breathe.

Furniture:
When it comes to your bedroom furniture, ditch the big-box stores and find something made from natural materials with a natural finish. Furniture made from woods like spruce, grey pine, solid birch, maple and cedar are usually safe, but make sure to ask about toxic stains and varnishes used during the manufacturing process. Rugs are also commonly made from synthetic materials such as polypropylene, nylon, or polyester. To eliminate exposure to toxic VOCs, it's best to choose a natural rug such as jute, wool or cotton. 

Organic Duvet Cover and Sheets:
Since sheets and duvet covers are in direct contact with your body, they need to be given special attention. For ultimate temperature regulation, choose a duvet filled with wool and cover it with an organic cotton cover. It's best to stick with 500 thread count or below, this will while maintaining breathability which is important if you want to benefit from the Organic materials your covering. And at the very least, please stay away from polyester.

Pillows:
Pillows filled with good quality materials such as wool, cotton or latex will eliminate your allergy symptoms while also elimating pain in your neck and shoulders. Although down-filled pillows are popular, they do not breath as well nor do they last as long, this is why we only source materials which will perform high while maintaining a dry, clean environment.

Live plants:
Indoor plants don't just look good they can make us feel good, too. NASA has done extensive studies of the role of houseplants in cleansing the air, their studies have shown that certain houseplants are exceptionally good at cleansing the air (a few of our favourites are the Snake plant, Chinese evergreen and Peace lily). In addition, plants can also increase your productivity and mood while reducing stress and fatigue. 

Non-Toxic Paints:
When you are setting up your dreamy organic bedroom, you will also have to take into consideration the hazards of the paints you choose to colour your walls. Wall paints used to use lead and other harmful chemicals. Always choose non-toxic paints or if you want to get creative, wallpaper!

Purify air:
The air flowing into your bedroom should of course be clean and there are various ways to boost air quality in your bedroom. Key among them is getting an air purifier to eliminate toxins to create a healthy ambience. Air machines will also help with dust and pollen, perfect for those spring/fall months when windows are open. 

Opt for essential oils instead of candles:
Essential oils are a natural and healthy alternative to candles. When you burn paraffin wax candles inside your bedroom, their chemical emissions reduce air quality and cause health issues or reactions. Among the chemicals emitted are formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, furans, dioxins and acrolein. Ditch the candles and try essential oils to create an eco-friendly ambience in your bedroom.

Next time you plan to refresh your bedroom, consider using organic materials which are cultivated without the use of any harmful insecticides or pesticides.

This is one of the best solutions to healthy living.

 

Why choose Organic bedding for your kids?

Posted on 1 May 2021
Why choose Organic bedding for your kids?

Babies sleep for nearly 16 hours a day. During that time, they are busy building strong nervous and immune systems. While this growth is rapid, there's a risk of things going wrong, especially when there are toxic elements in their environment. Child mattresses are typically made from synthetic materials, which are treated using highly toxic fire retardants. These chemicals off-gas and expose your children to high levels of hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Constant exposure to VOCs has been known to cause asthma, lung infections, respiratory diseases, allergic rhinitis, eczema, cancer and even SIDS in infants and children.

Why Are VOCs Dangerous to Children?

Volatile organic compounds are dangerous gas emissions released by household products like furniture, paint, cleaning solutions, and even car seats and strollers. Children may therefore be receiving constant and accumulative exposure to these VOCs both inside and outside their home. These gases are made up of a range of chemical compounds, most of which are known to cause serious health defects. According to the EPA, indoor air may contain VOC concentrations up to 10 times higher than outdoor air.
Children are particularly vulnerable to the harmful health effects of VOC exposure because they process pollutants differently than adults. They also breathe faster than adults, which means they inhale more air (including any VOC component) relative to their body weight.
Children are also more active and always busy exploring the world around them. This includes crawling, putting things in their mouths, and playing near the ground, which are likely to expose them to higher levels of VOCs.
Research shows that even minimal exposure to VOC emissions during pregnancy and in the postnatal period can harm infant neurological development. It can also impact immune and respiratory functioning (putting young ones at increased risk of asthma and allergy) and overall health and well-being.

Here are the top 5 reasons our customers make the switch to Organic...

1. They Allow for Safer Breathing
Many bedding products, particularly mattresses, contain harmful chemicals like carcinogens which disrupt hormones and cause cancer. By choosing organic, non-toxic bedding materials, you can provide your child with a safer, chemical-free sleeping environment.

2. They're Soft and Comfortable
Organic cotton fibres are softer than regular cotton ones because the latter are often drenched in chemicals that make them hard, rough and uncomfortable.
Likewise, using synthetic crib mattresses, sheets and blankets can lead to your baby becoming irritated and restless. The best way to keep them cozy is to switch to organic baby bedding.

3. They're Gentle on Their Skin
Your baby's skin is more sensitive than yours and readily absorbs chemicals that make their way into their bloodstream. Hence, it's important to choose organic products that are gentle on skin and safe for their health. Aside from being comfortable and resistant to dust mites and mould, an organic mattress is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. This means your baby will be at considerably less risk of developing skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis or eczema.

4. They're Better for Farmers
Along with being excellent for the environment and your baby's health, organic cotton is a good choice for the farmers who grow that crop. Since organic crop harvesting doesn't use any insecticides or pesticides, they don't inhale these toxins. Moreover, GMO seeds are expensive enough to send some farmers who grow these crops into debt. With 100% natural cotton, there are no such expenses.

5. There's Less Environmental Impact
Conventional cotton requires a lot of water and is sprayed with insecticides and pesticides which enter the soil and damage the vegetation. Their residue, meanwhile, leaks into and contaminates local water. This is consumed by birds and animals which can be poisoned if not killed. What's more, the plant's chemically-infused seeds are ingested by many animals, which can fall sick and even die. Organic cotton on the other hand is a comparatively healthy choice for both wildlife and the environment. Since no chemicals are used to treat it and the farmers use recycled rainwater, there's no contamination or wastage of valuable resources.

Price is the only drawback of the organic bedding you buy for your child. But the long-term cost to their health is far greater than the short-term expense.

 

Toxic-free Spring Cleaning Guide 2021!

Posted on 29 March 2021
Toxic-free Spring Cleaning Guide 2021!

Spring is known as the renewal period and if you're going into spring, you need to do so with a fresh and clean house. As usual, you don't need to use conventional cleaning supplies to make your home smell fresh and look clean. Based on a report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air pollution is among the top dangers affecting our environment and the majority of this pollution arise from the use of everyday cleaning products which we refer to as "indoor pollutants". This means that consumers like you have to look for alternate toxic-free cleaning products to clean your home and keep you and your family safe.

Here are a few toxic-free ways you can clean your home during spring.

Cleaning your household items
Since we are in spring and the temperature is warmer, you can leverage the power of the sun and take your throw rugs, curtains, blankets and hang them outside so the sun can shine on them. If dust mites are living in your furniture, curtains or carpets, the sun will help get rid of them. 

Get deeper!
Furthermore, you could vacuum your baseboards, air return vents and even the cotton on your mattresses; then keep them outside and watch the sun work its magic. For carpets, first sprinkle baking soda on them, let them stay for 30 minutes before you begin the vacuum process. Baking soda is a great natural cleaner, but as always, make sure to test on a small area first.

Create a Non-toxic all- purpose spray
To make this; you'll have to mix the following in a spray bottle and feel free to use anywhere!

1 cup distilled water
1 tablespoon unscented liquid castile soap (e,g. Green Beaver or Dr. Bronner's)
10 to 15 drops of essential oil (e.g. lavender, tea tree or eucalyptus) 

Take good care of your bed
Once you wake up every morning, leave your bed unmade to allow the moisture to disperse, this is the best trick to eliminate odors in your bedroom. I recommend doing this all year round, and if you can, crack a window! Next, remove all your duvet covers, mattress and pillow protectors and give them a good wash - air to dry! Wool toppers, duvets, pillows and the wool used inside mattress covers can be brought out into the direct sunlight and it will deodorize and sanitize all by itself;wool loves the sun! The shredded latex pillow is the only pillow that is best away from direct sunlight - but feel free to wash those and drip indoors to dry. and if you have a sunshine mattress, flip around the layers to ensure you're using it entirely.

Conclusion

It pays to clean your home with natural toxic-free products to maintain a clean bill of health and stay away from indoor pollutants.If you have old beddings that no longer serve you, this might be the right time to replace them with quality organic bedding.

At Sunshine mattress, we believe that good health begins with you! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions on how to maintain your Sunshine products.

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5 Tips For First-Time Organic Mattress And Bedding Buyers

Posted on 28 January 2021
5 Tips For First-Time Organic Mattress And Bedding Buyers

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.

 
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