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How to Properly Clean your Memory Foam Mattress or Topper

Monday, May 13th, 2013

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Many people are excited to receive their high quality memory foam mattress or toppers, but become concerned when they first get them because they often give off a distinct smell after manufacturing. Have no fear. This is perfectly natural and while some individuals have sensitive olfactory senses, the smell is not an indication that there are any kind of dangerous chemicals in your mattress. We’ll break it all down for you; why it smells, and how to properly clean your memory foam mattress or topper.

Memory foam is made of polyurethane and this is why when it’s brand new it often has a distinct chemical-like odor. This smell has been described by some as being similar to fresh paint. Because it smells like this many individuals worry that they’re inhaling toxic fumes or chemicals, but this is not necessarily the case. Yes, the smell is produced by the type of material creating the highly dense and elastic material, but the gas emissions from the types of products creating the material are so small that they’re harmless.
Letting your new memory foam mattress or topper air out once you first get it will help considerably. While it airs out it will have a distinct odor that may fill a majority of the room at first, but be assured that this will start to go away, and eventually leave all together.

There are far more positives to owning a memory foam mattress that outweigh the negatives to be concerned about the smell. So many health issues can be resolved including joint and muscles aches, problems with the spinal column, and because the foam doesn’t allow for dust mites or mildew it controls allergies and asthma incredibly well too.

If you do find that you’re a little more sensitive to the smell than others there are ways to properly clean your mattress. It’s very important that you don’t clean your mattress like any other materials or fabrics you’re used to cleaning, which often include water-based cleaners. In fact, cleaning memory foam is done with a dry-cleaning technique that’s very simple and will remove any moisture to continue helping the memory foam from harboring bacteria and mildew.

Using baking soda and allowing for it to sit and absorb odors, moisture from sweat or body oils can refresh and keep your memory foam lasting much longer than any other type of mattress or pillow. For a great visual guide on how to clean your memory foam check out this video below!

How to Clean Memory Foam

The Strangest Sleep Disorders Ever!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

For many people, a good night’s sleep is a given. However, for those suffering from a sleep disorder, a restful night’s rest is anything but the norm. While everyone is likely to experience insomnia at one point in their life, some people have to deal with strange sleep disorders and can only hope for a full night of sleep.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is probably one of the most well known sleep disorders. Individuals with narcolepsy experience excessive daytime sleepiness and can fall asleep instantly and without warning. This includes falling asleep at the most inopportune and even downright dangerous times like driving, walking, working and having a conversation.

Narcolepsy

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Nocturnal Eating Syndrome

Imagine waking up in the morning, walking into your kitchen, and seeing a half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich that wasn’t there the night before. If you live alone, you may wonder if a burglar snuck into your house for a late night snack. However, the answer to this mystery may be a little closer to home – you suffer from nocturnal eating syndrome (NES). Individuals with NES are known to get up out of bed, eat or drink something and return to bed without ever waking.

 

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Fatal Familial Insomnia

Insomnia is irritating but fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is downright deadly. This ultra-rare genetic condition has only been identified in a handful of families worldwide. FFI usually strikes during middle age and the results are devastating. Individuals with FFI have the complete inability to sleep. The body and mind slowly degenerate and eventually a patient with FFI will slip into a coma and die.

Fatal Familial Insomnia

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Sleep Paralysis

Individuals that suffer from sleep paralysis experience partial or complete paralysis right before falling asleep or immediately upon waking from sleep. This inability to move can cause quite a bit of panic in patients that have yet to be officially diagnosed. Imagine waking up in the morning and not being able to move your major muscles. That is scary and most people wouldn’t think, “Hey, this is a sleep disorder, everything will be OK.” Instead, thoughts would turn to worst-case scenarios like a brain tumor. The good news is that prescription medicine can eliminate this strange sleep disorder.

Sleep Paralysis

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Terrifying Hypnagogic Hallucinations

If sleep paralysis wasn’t already scary enough, some patients also experience terrifying hypnagogic hallucinations that coincide with their paralysis. These hallucinations typically include an absolutely frightful character that would petrify even the most hardcore horror movie fan. Not everyone that experiences sleep paralysis suffers from these hallucinations and terrifying hypnagogic hallucinations can occur without accompanying paralysis.

Terrifying Hypnagogic Hallucinations

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Brugada Syndrome

Sleep paralysis and terrifying hypnagogic hallucinations are scary but not life threatening. Brugada Syndrome, on the other hand, is deadly. Brugada Syndrome, also known as sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome (SUNDS), typically strikes young adults. A seemingly healthy individual goes to sleep and has an unexpected and fatal heart attack, never to wake again. Much is still unknown about this disease but it is more prevalent in people of Asian descent.

Brugada Syndrome

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Sources:

European Society of Sleep Technologists

Sleep Disorders Institute

National Institutes of Health

Picture History of The Mattress

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Evolution of The Mattress

How is Talalay Latex made?

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Latex mattresses have been around for quite some time. However, these mattresses are gaining popularity among the general public. Top quality all natural latex mattresses are more comfortable and longer-lasting than traditional mattresses. There are two kinds of latex mattresses: Talalay mattresses and Dunlop mattresses. Let’s take a closer look at how Talalay mattresses are made.

Talalay latex mattresses use the Talalay process to manufacture and produce the latex. This process uses the finest materials and produces the finest latex.

Complete Guide To Latex Bedding

Complete Guide To Latex Bedding

The Talalay process is as follows:
1. Rubber is taken from the natural rubber tree.
2. Liquid rubber is then whipped so that it becomes a foam-material. It is then poured into a mold.
3. The mold is closed and rods are inserts through the foamed rubber.
4. A vacuum is placed on top of the mold. This vaccum removes all air bubbles and pockets. It also distributes the rubber (in its liquid form) evenly throughout the mold.
5. The rods are turned on; they contain CO2 which freezes the rubber. This step is critical because it locks in the consistency.
6. Next, heat is sent through the rods. Heat provides an even temperature and delivers a consistent latex core that does not contain air bubbles, air pockets or uneven firmness.

The Talalay process does not use any chemical fillers or extenders in its products. There are a few products that are added to the rubber to convert it from a liquid to a solid material. These products are: soap, ammonia, zinc oxide and sulfur. There is a very small amount of these products in Talalay latex mattress, so these mattresses are still considered natural. Plus, the ammonia evaporates out of the finished product. The soap and the zinc oxide are washed out.

There are two main forms of Talalay latex: Blended Talalay latex and Natural Talalay Latex. Blended Talalay latex products contain 30 percent natural rubber and 70 percent synthetic rubber. Natural Talalay latex products do not use any fillers. These products use 100 percent latex rubber from the rubber tree. We use a Natural Talalay Latex top in our 9″ Talalay Latex Mattress.

The 5 Most Expensive Mattresses Ever

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

How much did you spend on your current mattress. What is the most you have ever spent on a mattress? Can you imagine spending thousands and thousands on a mattress?
Let’s take a look at the 5 most expensive mattresses/beds…ever.

1. Janjaap Ruijssenaars Floating Bed. The Millionaire Fair in Kortrijk, Belgium hosts extravagant products from all over the world. Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaar recently unveiled his floating bed. His goal was to create a usable product that didn’t use the standard laws of gravity. This floating bed uses magnetism to keep it suspended in mid air. The bed uses opposing magnets (obviously the magnets have to be industrial strength). The magnets allow the bed to float 40 cm off of the floor and can hold up to 900 kg. The full size bed costs $1.6 million. A bed that is 1/5 the size of the full size bed costs only $153,000.

Janjaap Ruijssenaars Floating Bed

2. The Vividus by Hastens. The Vividus has been the most expensive mattress for years. Those who have slept on the Vividus describe the experience as “sleeping on a cloud.” Swedish designs ensure the highest quality and most luxurious comfort. The cost of this “heaven-like” experience is $59,750.

Vividus

3. VI-Spring. The Titantic was the most luxurious cruise liner to ever sail. Its interior had the finest products, including the finest mattresses. The tragedy-bound ship came with Hypnos VI-spring mattresses. These days, the mattresses run between $8,000-$20,000. Can you imagine what they paid for the VI Spring back then?

VI-Spring

4. Hypnos. Hypnos is the most luxurious and prestigious British mattress company. The company is the only provider of mattresses for the British royal family. You can expect to pay at least $15,000 for these perfect, cashmere mattresses.

Hypnos

5. Duxiana is another Swedish mattress company. Duxiana is one of only three or four major luxury mattress manufactures. The cheapest Duxiana mattress costs about $4,000 while the most expensive is $8,700.

Duxiana Mattress

Now featuring a more affordable mattress by Rocky Mountain Mattress:

The Rendezvous 14″ is our most expensive bed and for good reason — this top-of-the line memory foam mattress boasts a comfort-evoking European Box Pillow Top, a velvety soft CoolMax damask, 100% natural latex, and 4 full inches of dense, high-quality 5-pound Bayer® Softcel™ Memory Foam.
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