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Getting Comfortable with Your Mattress

Selecting a mattress can be a task those most of us only have to carry out (if we're lucky) once every 10 years, however, as new and improved, and even eco-friendlier designs surface, this "task" may arrive sooner than expected. How do you select the right mattress for your needs? This can depend on a variety of preferences; soft or firm, allergies, size, and whether you opt for eco-friendly mattress constructed of sustainable materials.

Soft vs. Firm

In general, there are several options when it comes to the softness or firmness of a mattress. Most options include, soft, firm, and medium, with some offering layers of both. It is usually recommended that some back sleepers and stomach sleepers opt for a firm mattress, while soft mattresses are recommended for side sleepers. If you are an avid back sleeper, selecting a medium mattress may be your best bet. Additionally, many types of mattresses are available that offer alternative sleep comfort styles including memory foam, air mattresses, and even adjustable mattresses that allow you to adjust the softness and firmness depending on your alternating sleep patterns.

Allergy Considerations when Selecting a Mattress

Allergies can ruin a restful sleep for some, thus selecting a mattress that is resistant to allergens can prove to be vital for those who suffer from allergies and have asthma symptoms. Dust Mites more specifically, "dust mite droppings" are one of the top allergens that trigger asthma symptoms and can aggravate one's allergies.

Amongst allergy and chemical sensitive consumers, selecting a mattress that is made from organic materials, and is free from toxins can be an additional comfort. Latex mattresses are among top ranking mattresses that are mold and dust-mite resistant.

Additionally, pillow and mattress covers can assist with allergen reduction. Many of these covers are specially designed, and labeled as "dust-mite proof". Although you can purchase covers and pillowcase covers separately, some mattresses include these covers that are specifically designed for the mattress you have selected, which is not only convenient, but can save you money.


In general, selecting a size that fits your needs is one of the simpler mattress decisions. Most people have beds they are comfortable with, and only need to locate a mattress that fits within their bed's design. The most common mattress sizes are; twin, full, queen, and king. Additional sizes include twin XL, and California King. Most retailers offer specs and dimensions, but unbeknownst to some consumers, mattresses can vary slightly, even by a 1/4 inch! This could pose a problem for those with existing beds, in particularly older model, and vintage beds. Measuring your bed's exact size from height and length to width, and then comparing them to the sizes of your retailer's dimensions may prove to be a minimal task that can offer a hassle-free mattress purchase.

Eco-Friendly Mattress Options

Some of the top eco-friendly mattress options include:
  • Organic Natural Latex Mattress
  • Eco Memory Foam Mattresses
  • Organic Cotton Mattresses
Organic natural latex mattresses, as mentioned above are naturally mold and dust-mite resistant. Latex mattresses also offer 33% more pressure relief than traditional memory foam mattresses, and are generally free from formaldehyde, VOC's and other chemicals. Some of the more high quality organic latex mattresses are also odor free. Many consumers who are allergen sufferers opt for the latex mattress due to the multitude of allergy-free / chemical-free attributes that organic natural latex mattresses have to offer.

Eco Memory Foam Mattresses are constructed from a plant-based (bamboo) substituting a portion of petroleum for oil extract from plants, and in turn reduces the use of non-renewable resources, and offers an environmentally friendly alternative to polyurethane. Eco memory foam mattresses offer a uniquely comfortable attribute in that the foam itself supports the contours of your body, in turn relieving pressure points and improving circulation. Eco memory foam also features breathability, and works with your body's heat, making it an excellent alternative to traditional memory foam mattresses.

Organic cotton mattresses are free from harmful chemicals that may disturb a restful night's sleep. Many organic mattresses are constructed using 100% organic wool fire barrier, which is naturally flame-resistant, and layers of organic cotton batting. According to Send2Press Newswire, the Environment California Research and Policy Center presented evidence that linked PBDE (polybrominated biphenyl ether) fire retardants to learning disorders and ADHD in children, so purchasing an organic cotton mattress that features a natural wool fire barrier may prove to be an excellent choice when selecting crib and toddler mattresses. Besides its chemical free properties, organic cotton mattresses are one of most natural selections when compared to traditional mattresses that can contain polyurethane and polyester.

When selecting a mattress, you want to make the right choice for not only your comfort, health, and the health of the environment, but also your budget. Many mattresses include a warranty, be sure to ask your retailer the details of your warranty, including the manufacturers contact information so that you can better protect your investment. Mattresses can be a fairly large investment, but by doing research beforehand, and selecting a mattress that fits your needs (and fits your bed), you will are more likely to enjoy your mattress for years to come.


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