Breaking Down the Benefits
Don’t let the terms used to describe mattress features get lost in translation. From comfort to longevity, these features play unique roles in the construction of your mattress. Understanding how each one impacts your sleep experience is important in your purchase decision.
Coil Count is the primary source of support for standard innerspring mattresses. There are varying types of coils – hourglass individually pocketed, offset, independent Bonnell and continuous wire. The number of coils has an impact on durability and comfort. One type of innerspring is called a “micro coil,” designed to be used in the comfort layer of the mattress.
They are made from thinner wire and have more coils. Research shows that micro coils are more durable than materials like memory foams and polyurethane foams, because of their resiliency. A mattress with micro coil technology boasts a longer lifespan of comfort.
Firmness is subjective for each sleeper, and it is important that you take the time to test each mattress for yourself to determine what level of firmness is best for you. A mattress that is too firm does not provide the necessary relief for pressure points when you lay down. It is important you pay attention to your hips and shoulders.
If a mattress is too soft, your body will sink into the surface, making it difficult to shift positions. The best balance is a mattress that supports the natural curve of your spine.
Motion Transfer is an important feature to consider because it has an impact on everything from uninterrupted sleep to sex to marriage. A foam mattress minimizes the disturbance of a co-sleeper, but it also absorbs motion, making sex more difficult.
There is no bounce or give in a foam mattress, creating motion isolation, but also limiting movement. Determine what your priorities in bed are so you can choose a mattress that meets those needs effectively.
Temperature Regulation in a mattress is a key component of a good night’s sleep. Certain fillings carry heat differently. Mattress toppers that use foam or latex can hold in body heat, causing you to sleep hot. Gel is sometimes infused into a foam layer to help the mattress breathe better.
Edge Support is designed to keep you from sliding off the bed when you sit down to tie your shoes or have a quick chat. Manufacturers create this additional layer of support with thicker wire and more coils or with firm foam.
The Lifespan of a mattress is determined by the quality of its ingredients and construction. On average, a mattress lasts anywhere from six to eight years. The resiliency of its components play a significant role in its longevity. Micro coil technology has proven to be superior to foam in durability over time.
Global Organic Textile Standard, the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. A product that has the GOTS label ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers; a product with the label ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers.
CertiPUR-US confirms that the foam in a mattress meets specific criteria for physical performance, indoor emissions and environmental stewardship. It assures the consumer that the foam does not contain ozone depleters, formaldehyde, mercury or lead, or any unsafe flame retardants.
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