How to choose the right pillow

The right pillow can impact your life in meaningful ways. Unfortunately, most people don’t shop for pillows with fit and comfort in mind. One of the biggest pillow shopping mistakes made is choosing a pillow based purely on your bed’s size.

Just because you have a king mattress doesn’t mean you need a king pillow. Your body shape, size, and sleeping position should be what dictates your pillow, never the size of your bed.

Your pillow’s primary job is to align and support your head and neck with your spine. When you sleep, you are giving your neck a rest from its day to day strain.

Here are a few of the factors that should come into play when choosing a pillow that will properly support and align your spine.

Your Body Composition

Your body shape and weight distribution should factor into your pillow selection. A person with a more narrow frame and slighter shoulders needs a much flatter pillow than someone with a more substantial frame or broader shoulders, even if they both share the same sleep position.

If you are a large chested woman, you know that having a pillow that can support your upper body without your shoulders rolling into one another is amazing!

(Bonus: a well-fitted pillow helps prevent cleavage lines!)

If you sleep on your side, you only need a pillow loft that fills the space between your earlobe to your shoulder. Here is where body size and shape come into play. Some people have broad shoulders, some have long necks, some have squatty shoulders, and others have short necks. Using the pillow filling rule of thumb from the earlobe to the shoulder is always a good starting point.

Your Day Job

If you work at a desk during the day, it’s even more important to have a supportive pillow. Your shoulders are slumped and rolled in. To have a pillow to open up the shoulders while you sleep is a great benefit.

Hand or Arm Discomfort

If your arms or hands are going numb in the night, your pillow does not offer you enough lift support. The weight of your head and your upper body is creating pressure and causing blood flood issues, which leads to numbness. Using a pillow that offers some buoyant support will solve this.

Your Sleeping Style

Depending on the way you sleep, you will need a pillow that fits your needs. There are three main sleepers: back sleeper, stomach sleeper, and side sleeper.

Stomach Sleeper: If you are a stomach sleeper and don’t feel complete without a pillow, then a thin and soft pillow is best. If your pillow is too high, it could cause a pinched neck. The best pillow for a stomach sleeper is Soft and thin.

Back Sleeper: These sleepers need to be aware of a pillow that pushes their head too far forward. A head that is raised too high can cause a stiff neck. Four to six inches of loft and medium support will create the ideal comfort for back sleepers. The Sage Sleep Pillow Collection made from natural shredded rubber provides the perfect support for your head and neck at the end of a long day.

This organic dream nestles your head into the perfect firmness that you desire. Easily adjustable by removing or adding material-you style your pillow your way.

Side Sleeper: This is the most popular sleep position and takes the most requirement out of its pillow. Side sleepers have the longest distance between their ear and shoulder and need a pillow to cover that distance. Without the right alignment, a side sleeper may get a strained and pinched neck.

The crescent-shaped Sage Sleep pillow is ideal for side-sleepers. The organic cotton and breathable hemp fibers provide instant comfort and circulation. Unlike synthetic materials, it regulates body temperatures, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It also offers the best support for all you side-sleepers!

Organic Pillows are different from any other pillow on the market. First and foremost, almost all of our pillows are customizable. No matter what those infomercial guys say, there is NO one pillow for ALL people.

Our bodies are all shaped differently. We carry our weight differently, and we have aches and pains that are unique to each one of us.

Having a pillow that you can customize to your personal preference is key.

We have a selection of side sleeper pillows that look a little different. There “crescent” shaped pillow offers unique support to give you a “lift” from your mattress to relieve shoulder pressure. It’s perfect for side-sleepers and back-sleepers, especially if you ever wake up with numbness in your arms or hands. Plus, it’s shape is excellent for all of you “pillow huggers,” too!

Temperature Regulation

The average person perspires about a pint of moisture per night. If you have a pillow that sleeps hot, you’ll sweat more, which causes tossing and turning. All of which adds up to interrupted sleep.

Pillows that don’t breathe and that get too hot—like those made from memory foam materials—retain moisture and can eventually grow mold, bacteria, and yeast.

Not only is this pretty gross, but it can also lead to allergy symptoms and skin breakouts, no matter how fancy of an acne cream you’re slathering on at night.

Natural Materials

Pillows sold at the Natural Mattress VT are made from natural materials like Mother Nature’s perfect fiber- cotton.

Our signature fabrics are created from natural materials for the ultimate in health and comfort. Airy and breathable fabrics will allow your body to regulate its temperature so you can toss and turn less due to overheating.

Latex  pillows are made of  natural antimicrobial latex that won’t harbor dust mites. (Dust mites don’t like natural rubber latex.)

We think mother nature gave us everything we need to sleep well. We can’t take credit for the fantastic health benefits of these natural materials; we just figured out how to make these materials into the MOST comfortable and supportive pillows ever.

Longevity

There are 100,000 pillows sold in the US every day. The majority of these are sold at big box stores, not by people who understand how a pillow’s height, shape, or materials can impact your sleep. After a year or so of sleeping on a pillow that’s too hot, too tall, etc., most people will go in search of something new and more comfortable.

And those discarded pillows head straight for the landfill.

One of our best selling brands, Sage Sleep pillows are made from durable and long-lasting materials, like organic cotton and natural latex. Because they are customizable, you can add or remove loft (filling) to accommodate changes to your body size, shape, or sleeping styles.

A Sage Sleep pillow lasts 6x to 7x longer than a traditional box-store pillow, by design.

What Our Customers Say

Sage Sleep pillows have been designed and refined over years of experience and feedback from customers, most of which call our Sage Sleep pillows “Life-Changing”.

Words from our current and past customers are what matters most to us.

So we’re proud to say that some of the words our customers use to describe their sleep on our pillows are:

  • “Life-Changing.”
  • “Clean Sleep Never Felt so Good”
  • “Being fit for a pillow is as important as being fit for a bra.”
  • “My neck pain is gone after years of searching for a pillow that works for me.”

You Deserve More From Your Pillow

We sweat, on average, one pint of moisture per night. We wear creams and hair products. Our skin cells flake off while we are sleeping.

Our pillow is what you are laying your head on for ⅓ of each day. It can contribute to a good night’s sleep and better health or cause discomfort, pain, allergies, and interrupted rest.

Your pillow deserves more. More thoughtfulness in its design, more natural fibers in its materials, more long-lasting durability, more customization to fit your body. And you deserve more from your pillow.

You deserve an organic pillow from the Natural Mattress VT!

Why buy an Organic or Natural Futon?

An organic futon is made of organic cotton and wool. The wool is a natural fire retardant so there is no need to spray fire retardant chemicals. Wool is moisture, mildew, and dust mite resistant – as well as thermal regulating. The futons are encased in 100% organic cotton twill. An organic futon is supremely comfortable and long lasting.

An organic futon is perfect for anyone who enjoys the classic firm feel of a futon or is trying to better utilize their space. An organic futon can fold, which make them perfect for studios, small apartments, multipurpose rooms, sofa set up, or a comfy, healthy guest bed.

Traditional futons are made of high-density gel, memory foam, or polyurethane foam manufactured using several toxic chemicals. While the production methods have changed over the years to minimize toxic substance use, these chemicals used no matter in how small quantities are still harmful to the human body. With an organic/natural futon, the usage of chemical substances is avoided in every stage of natural futon mattress production.

We offer futon mattresses from two different manufacturers.: White Lotus Home and and Honest Sleep. Be sure to check out our website and contact us with any additional questions!

What is Talalay Latex?

Talalay latex is one of the most luxurious mattress materials. Not only does it offer great pressure relief, it is extremely durable and very comfortable. Talalay latex is a natural product that is biodegradable. What are the benefits of Talalay latex and how does it compare to Dunlop latex and memory foam?

What is Talalay Latex? 

Talalay latex is a type of natural latex. It is known for gently cradling shoulders and hips as you sleep on your side, but any kind of sleeper can benefit. Talalay is also very breathable due to its open cell structure. It is a great material for those who tend to sleep hot. Since Talalay is a natural latex, it does not off gas harmful chemicals. If health and material purity are important to you, Talalay latex would be a fine non toxic choice for your mattress or topper.

Talalay versus Dunlop

Talalay and Dunlop are two types of natural latex, but they differ in feel and in terms of the manufacturing process. Talalay is best and most responsive for those that sleep on their side, while Dunlop is the denser of the two types of latex and offers incredible support. If you like the best of both worlds, you can choose Talalay as your top comfort layer and Dunlop for the two base layers. This will give the mattress an overall firmer feel then an all Talalay mattress.

Talalay has extra steps in the manufacturing process. As the latex is poured into the mold, it is vacuumed sealed and flash frozen before being baked. This gives Talalay the open cell structure and an overall more consistent feel than Dunlop. Because of the extra steps, Talalay is a little more expensive then Dunlop. However, with Dunlop you can simply flip the layer over to receive a firmer feel to your mattress. Talalay’s density is consistent so you do not have that flexibility.

Talalay versus Memory Foam

Talalay and memory foam both offer great pressure point relief, however there are a few major differences between these two mattress cores. Talalay latex is a natural material that is harvested from the sap of the rubber tree. Memory foam is a chemically manufactured man made product. Talalay is an eco-friendly healthy material that doesn’t sacrifice comfort.

Memory foam is comfortable at first, but it is a chemical reaction from your body heat and the foam that allows it to conform to your body’s curves. Not only is there the potential feeling of overheating while you try to sleep, but eventually memory foam might have trouble bouncing back. This will lead to dips and sags in the mattress instead of long lasting pressure point relief.

Is Talalay Latex Natural? 

Yes, Talalay latex is natural. We recommend avoiding polyurethane foam and memory foam mattresses if you wish to have a natural mattress.

What is the best Talalay Mattress? 

The best Talalay mattress is made from the highest quality natural latex that is both comfortable and safe. We offer Talalay mattresses from Savvy Rest here at The Natural Mattress Company. Savvy Rest uses Vita Talalay from Radium Foam, which is known for its material purity and durability. It is Cradle to Cradle GOLD certified and made using sustainable forestry practices. Savvy Rest is currently the only mattress manufacturer to offer GOTS-certified organic mattresses with Talalay latex.

 

Metta Bed available at The Natural Mattress Company

The Metta Organic Mattress is an extremely comfortable, certified organic, all latex mattress that delivers on the promise of a great nights sleep naturally. The mattress is conveniently delivered to your door in a single box. Talk about an easy set up. The Metta is free from fire retardant chemicals, petroleum based foams and other synthetic materials. It is made with the finest organic materials available: Organic latex, cotton and wool and is Greenguard Gold certified. You won’t find a better built bed at any price.

Using their innovative layer system the Metta has three different comfort levels: plush medium and firm. You will choose a comfort layer at the time of purchase. If within a 120 days, you want to change your comfort level you are able to do it through their latex exchange program. Best of all its free including no shipping charge.

Organic latex is supportive, responsive and does not cause you to overheat.

Organic cotton fabric used for the casing is beautiful, breathable soft and durable.

Organic wool helps you sleep cool by wicking moisture away from your body. Wool is a temperature regulator keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

You can’t beat the price! A Queen mattress is $1299.00!

How to choose the right organic mattress pad?

A mattress pad is considered essential bedding. It will protect mattress you invested in for years to come.

Why should you use a mattress pad?

The obvious answer is that the pad will keep your mattress visibily clean. It will also protect your mattress from a buildup of grimy microscopic pileup of skin oils, sweat, hair products, dust and dead skin cells. Plus any liquid you might spill on the mattress. A mattress pad will help keep your sleeping surface sanitary.

There are really two organic options for mattress pads:

Wool Mattress Pad – The weave of a wool mattress pad makes moisture bead on the surface. We wouldn’t say its moisture proof, but a wool pad is very moisture resistant. Pure wool pads should be hand washed, if it is machine washed on delicate you may experience some shrinkage.

Organic Cotton Mattress Pad – Very simple and machine washable. The pad will protect against all the dirt and grime mentioned above.

We also carry non organic wool mattress pads that are moisture proof and machine washable. They still offer wool’s great breathability resulting in maintained core body temperatures without overheating. The wool is treated with a biowash that allows it to be washable.

Please take a look at many of our mattress pad options on our website.

Vermont Organic Mattress Showroom to Reopen Monday May 18th!

For Immediate Release…

The Natural Mattress Company will reopen our showroom on Monday May 18th. The State of Vermont has mandated that retail stores need to limit patrons to 25% of the legal capacity.
We would appreciate if customers would call ahead to make an appointment, as I would like to try and limit the showroom to one customer group at a time. However, it is not absolutely necessary.

Store employees will be taking all the precautions, such as wearing face masks, sanitizing, and maintaining a six foot distance. It can even be arranged, where you enter the store on your own, and we discuss mattress options when you come outside. We want to make you feel comfortable and safe!

If you want to shop from home we are still available digitally. Whether you have a question about a mattress, bed frame or organic bedding we can help you out via e-mail or phone call.
 

Thank you so much for supporting our small local business during this difficult time. It means so much to us!

Mike

How to Support Brick and Mortar Stores Amidst Covid-19

How to Support Brick and Mortar Stores Amidst Covid-19

With quarantine extensions beginning to indicate the current, growing severity of this pandemic, many universities, public schooling, large venues, sports, and numerous other industries begin to prepare for the long-term. Uncertainty seems to be the one thing certain during the coronavirus pandemic, upheaving the lives of billions of Americans. During this stressful and unprecedented time period, it is ever-so important to find ways to support local, from retailers to restaurants. Many large corporations like UberEats and DoorDash offer free delivery from local restaurants in order to help promote the takeout business. But what about retailers? What is the best way you can support your local brick and mortar store?

 

How to Offer Financial Support

  1. The most obvious way to support your local retailers would be to purchase, if possible, any product. Big or small, all purchases help the shop pay fixed costs such as rent. However, not every store is equal. Here at the Natural Mattress Company, we know buying a mattress is a long process, including time for research and testing. However, we do offer a couple of mattresses that can be re-customized softer or firmer after purchase for no charge while our store’s showroom is closed.

  2. If possible, buy a gift card from your favorite store. This is a popular way to give money to the stores to use now, and allows you to use the gift card later, thus benefiting both parties.

 

How to Offer Other Support

  1. Promote the brand online! A positive review or just a post about the store is just as important as financial support. Remember to follow all of your favorite stores on social media and love their posts.

  2. Check out their website. Website traffic is a great way to boost a company while allowing you to continue research on the brand or product that caught your eye!

  3. Reach out. If you really would like to support your local stores, shoot them an email or leave a call! Asking what you as a customer and patron can during this time is the best and simplest way to provide support.

 

During this pandemic, it is extremely important that we rely on each other, our neighbors, friends, families, and even local businesses. Remember that eventually this will all be over, and here at the Natural Mattress Company we are very excited for the day we get to reopen our doors and talk face-to-face with our customers again. One of the best ways to support your favorite local store is to prepare for after quarantine. Stopping in to say shop or even just say hello offers us the encouragement needed to get through the trying times to follow. We miss all of you greatly and wish you and your loved ones well. Remember to stay safe, and stay inside!

Earth Day, 1% for the Planet & The Natural Mattress Company

We try to do our small part for the earth.  1% off all sales are donated to 1% for the Planet. Not just for Earth Day but all year long! A Burlington VT based non profit, their impact is to bring dollars and doers together to accelerate smart environmental giving. Here is a blog the Intervale Center wrote on the relationship between 1% for the planet, member companies such as The Natural Mattress Company, PatagoniaSkinny PancakeSunsoil, and Dickson Law, and local environmental non profits such as the Intervale Center.

https://www.intervale.org/blog-source/1-can-make-a-huge-impact

Through 1%,  we support other Burlington local non profits such as the Intervale Center   Lake Champlain Land Trust and 350VT. The Intervale’s mission is to strengthen community food systems.During the COVID 19 pandemic the  Intervale Center and many across Vermont will need resources to cope with major disruptions but to also increase our capacity to support our neighbors who farm and need food during this crisis. Please consider making a donation to the Intervale Center here.  This year the Natural Mattress was a sponsor of Wintervale and is excited to be a returning contributor to Summervale!

350Vermont organizes, educates, and supports people in Vermont to work together for climate justice – resisting fossil fuels, building momentum for alternatives, and transforming our communities toward justice and resilience.

Here is a statement from 350VT since the pandemic has occured: Clearly the landscape has changed, but we remain committed to working for climate justice – and if anything, the root causes of the climate crisis are that much more apparent now! The fossil fuel industry is using this moment of vulnerability to build more pipelines, the federal government is de-regulating environmental standards, and states are passing laws banning nonviolent direct action. There is no doubt that the community-based solutions and resiliency we’ve been building together are needed now more than ever. We’ve moved all of our Earth Week community actions online, and we hope you’ll join us for those and other webinars that we’ll be announcing soon.

The Lake Champlain Land Trust mission is to save the scenic beauty, natural communities, and recreational amenities of Lake Champlain by permanently preserving significant islands, shoreline areas, and natural communities in the Champlain Region.You can visit the land trusts website to join their newsletter to receive updates. I think their trails are still open!

 

Few Brands We’re Proud to Represent Response to COVID-19

At OMI, the health and safety of our employees, customers and partners is our top priority. Accordingly, we have implemented new procedures of our own, and also followed the suggestions of CDC and others, in response to the COVID-19 virus.

At our Eco-Factory in California, we have installed certain new policies that limit our production staff’s contact with products, and contact between one another as much as possible. This includes for example, staggered shifts.  Also, we have implemented an enhanced cleaning regimen for all hard surfaces including our machinery and tools, following best practices as recently outlined by health organizations.

In addition, we are using commercial purifiers in key locations, to circulate air thru Super HEPA filters. The purifiers in use at our factory are equipped with UV germicidal lamps to flood airborne pathogens with ultraviolet light. The combination of a Super HEPA filter and UV exposure are shown to be highly effective in removing airborne viruses. These special filtration systems have also been made available to OMI retailers, for use in their stores.

For sales and customer service personnel, our modern communication systems allow the teams to work from their homes, to be with their families and also to observe the very important restrictions placed on social contact. Our work-from-home policy of course also means we are able to maintain continuity in service.

As a company committed to purity and health since our founding in 2003, know we are doing our part to keep our workforce well and limit the transmission of COVID-19 virus.

 

White Lotus Home:

We are following the guidance of global health experts at WHO and U.S. CDC on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus including the following:

  • Any employee that shows any signs of illness, is asked to please go home. They will be using sick days and we are working on offering more paid days off as soon as we get new financial assistance. Thankfully, none of our crew members has had to go home due to illness.
  • Our staff is following all the frequent hand washing protocols. We are cleaning and disinfecting our entire facility daily, including but not limited to cleaning all door handles inside and out, bathrooms and kitchen, all sewing machines and areas of handcrafting, every handcrafter is now working in their own separate room.
  • Once each product has been handcrafted, they are properly sealed in a bag (or paper wrapped if you prefer).  For orders shipping via UPS, FedEx or USPS, the already sealed order is placed inside a brand new box

In order to reduce exposure from the time your order is handmade in our NJ facility until the time it enters your home:

  • When your order arrives, you can remove and discard/recycle the box before you bring the bagged product(s) into your home.

 

Savvy Rest:

COVID-19 has deeply impacted the lives of everyone across the globe in various ways, and here at Savvy Rest the situation is no different.

As an organic company, health is something we take seriously. We have been monitoring local and national news and continue to stay informed of CDC recommendations. We also value the communities we are part of–our work community, our local community, and all of the communities that are part of Savvy Rest’s broad reach. We want to be as responsible as possible to help prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease.

Employees in our warehouse are practicing social distancing and CDC hygiene recommendations at all times.

How To Find Rest During A Restless Time

As countries close borders, businesses shut down, and quarantine continues, these stressful times begin to take a toll on our bodies. Anxiety and stress has been proven to lower the immune system and increase the risk of high blood pressure or heart attack. Amidst all of this, sleep is often overlooked as a way to help the body recover and overcome these obstacles. But finding sleep can be difficult. While you may be struggling to fall asleep during these troublesome times, there are a few methods and products that may be able to help you to get a better night’s rest:

 

Take a Sip

There’s a reason behind the warm milk before bed tale. A warm drink can often ease the body and release endorphins. A warm cup or milk or a mug of Chamomile Tea is all you might need to signal to your body, it’s time for bed. A glass or water can also be a positive bedtime routine!

Take Melatonin Supplements

A new and rising trend, melatonin can be found everywhere from your local pharmacy to Amazon. One pill or gummy in the evening and you’ll find falling asleep has never been easier. It’s all natural, good for the body, and is a positive signal to the brain for a long, happy night’s rest.

 

Kava Kava

If you don’t want to try melatonin, Kava Kava is another great option. You can buy it in powder or pill, and take a little before night. This herb has been proven to ease anxiety and boost sleep.

 

Mediation and Mindfulness

While sounding counterproductive, meditation or mindfulness are ways to actually handle and manage the thoughts in your head. By practicing, you will start to gather the tool set to be able to shut off your brain before bed, avoiding those late nights filled with stress!

 

Breath Exercises

Focusing on your breath also trains the brain to ignore the other thoughts in your head. Breathing exercises can be a positive way to center yourself and prepare for sleep.

 

Aromatherapy

In the age of diffusers, try using a lavender scent before bedtime. This calming scent is directly associated with instigating feelings of calm and sleepiness. Pro tip: try Silexan Lavender Oil.

 

While not all of these products or methods may work for you, a few of them may be able to help aid your journey with sleep. With a proper night’s rest, your immune system is proven to be stronger and you will be more prepared to handle whatever happens that day. From all of us here at the Natural Mattress Company, we wish you a good night’s rest and safe keeping. Remember to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and take a nap!