Best Options for Organic Mattress Toppers

At the Natural Mattress Company VT, we sell three different types of mattress toppers: latex, wool and cotton. Each one of these options will have different benefits.

Toppers in general, add a touch of pillowy, cradling comfort to your mattress. They can be used to alleviate hip, shoulder and back pain if your mattress is too firm. They can also extend the life of your current mattress. If you have purchased a foam mattress and are having trouble with temperature regulation (sleeping hot)! A topper made with natural breathable materials can provide the perfect barrier between you and your memory foam mattress that may be retaining heat.

Natural latex toppers will increase the softness of your mattress while providing pressure point relief and additional support. The topper will contour your body and have a spongier feeling then a wool topper. Latex toppers can vary in firmness and type of latex. Talalay latex is softer than Dunlop. Latex toppers come in different thicknesses such as 2 or 3 inch. If you are looking to drastically change the feel of your mattress you may want to opt for a 3 inch Talalay topper. If you would just like to add a little bit more softness a 2 inch Dunlop topper should suffice. Latex is very durable and a topper can last 10 years or more.

Wool toppers are similar to putting a traditional pillow top on your mattress. Sort of like a thicker blanket that will hold up longer over time. It will add some softness and make your mattress more cozy. Wool has a fluffier feel as opposed to latex which feels more spongy. Wool toppers do tend to compress quicker than latex, however they are at a lower price point. You can add to the life of your topper by flipping and rotating on a regular basis. Just like latex toppers, wool topper can come in different thicknesses. The thicker the topper, the more it will changing the feel of your mattress. A thicker topper will last longer, as it will not compress as quickly. Deciding which topper is best for you depends on how much you want to change the feel of your mattress to a fluffier feel, as opposed to a a conventional mattress which will have more bounciness.

Organic Cotton toppers provide similar benefits to one made out of wool. The cotton topper will most likely feel a little firmer and may not compress as quickly as wool. It is still a good idea to flip and rotate a cotton topper to extend the toppers life.

Mattress toppers are usually not a good option if your current mattress has a dip. They could provide a little extra comfort but will not disguise the dip. If the mattress is dipping to much, it is probably time to replace the mattress, instead of buying a topper.

Latex is usually produced is Southeast Asia, where as both wool and cotton toppers can be made through materials grown in the USA. All three toppers can provide the health benefits of sleeping on natural breathable materials that are non-toxic and can alleviate pain caused by sleeping on a mattress that is not a good fit for you. Usually a mattress that is too firm. Although the toppers tend to make your mattress softer, they still will provide good support.

Take a look at some of the toppers we offer on our website.

What are the benefits of a natural latex mattress?

What is Natural Latex?

Natural latex is made from the sap of rubber trees. The sap is whipped into a froth and baked into latex layers.

Purity

The best latex mattresses are made with all natural latex meaning without synthetic latex or fillers blended in. The latex is simply natural foam rubber. The Dunlop latex used by our manufacturers is certified organic according it USDA standards. Their process is certified organic according to GOLS (global organic latex standard) established by the control union. We also have mattresses from Savvy Rest that contain Talalay Latex. It is the purest form available which is cradle to cradle GOLD certified and meets sustainable forestry guidelines. The best quality latex is comprised of 95-97% natural latex, with the remaining percentage being the curing agents that allow the sap to bake into a solid piece of latex.

Comfort

For a comfortable sleep, you need a responsive surface for pressure relief and appropriate support for your spine and shape. Latex can meet all of these needs. Several of the mattresses in our showroom offer a custom layer design. The mattress can be made very soft or firm. The firmness can be customized on each side of the mattress, if one persons needs are different from their partners. Unlike most foams, latex breathes, which discourages the build up of heat and moisture in the interior of the mattress. Latex does not have the motion transfer of innerspring mattresses so you can move around in your bed without waking your partner up.

Sustainability

Latex can be certified organic according to USDA standards. Farmers use methane digesters to power their homesteads, and only organic fertilizer is used on young trees. Mo chemical pesticides or herbicides are allowed. Natural latex foam is made from the sap of the rubber tree. also called rubber serum. After the sap is collected, the bark of the tree heals quickly. Rubber trees can yield sap for over 30 years. When the trees are harvested, the land is replanted. Wood from the rubber tree can be used to build furniture.

Durability

One question we often receive is do latex mattresses breakdown or sag? Yes natural latex mattresses are meant to breakdown over time. The natural latex core in the mattress will oxidize after many years of use instead of off gassing toxic chemicals in a landfill like polyurethane or memory foam. Not to worry, latex mattresses are meant to last around 20 years, which is much longer than your typical conventional mattress. When it is time for a new mattress, you can rest easy that your old latex mattress will not be leaving a nasty carbon footprint behind.  Latex mattresses are not immune to dips or sags, especially if an individual is sleeping on a mattress that is too soft. However, memory foam is more known to have issues with dips or sags due to the fact they retain body heat. It is the chemical reaction between the foam and the body heat that allows the memory foam to gently contour to the body. While this offers pressure point relief at first, eventually memory foam can struggle to bounce back, causing significant dips. The latex mattress company’s we represent have long warranties to handle dips, sags or manufacturer defects.

Please visit our website to take a look at all the different latex mattress options we have available to try in our showroom.

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Why Purchase an Organic Wool Topper?

Medical professionals and sleep experts have, for years, recommended about 8 hours of sleep per day. While not everyone follows that rule to a t the fact is that people, on average, spend about one-third of their lives in bed. We need and use that third of our lives to rest up and prepare our bodies and minds for the other two-thirds each day, which can be very demanding. For this reason, it should be obvious that decisions about your organic mattress and wool mattress topper shouldn’t be taken lightly – especially if you want to sleep heavily!

Organic wool toppers are generally used to soften up a mattress and provide extra pressure point relief. Wool is a sustainable and renewable source that has been used in bedding for generations. Listed below are some of the advantage of using an organic wool topper versus a synthetic fiber. If you have a mattress, but you’re considering adding an organic wool topper, we have a lot of great options – but we also like to inform our customers as much as possible to help them make an educated purchasing decision about the best sleep solutions for them. So let’s dive in…

Why Choose Wool?

Allergy Mitigation

Most people know that wool wicks away moisture, which obviously helps prevent bacterial growth, mold and mildew. But did you know that organic wool is also naturally resistant to dust mites, one of the worst allergens impacting allergy sufferers as they sleep?

Temperature Regulation and Comfort

We typically think about being cozy and warm in bed, but in most climates you have to be concerned – at least for part of the year – about being too hot. Depending on your bedding and region you live in, this could be an issue most of the year, if not year-round. The good news is that with an organic wool mattress topper, you get the best of both worlds. As a natural insulator, wool keeps you warm when you need it, but it breaths and wicks away moisture when you don’t.

On average, we sweat up to 3 pints – think beer glasses – of moisture each night. An organic wool mattress topper prevents you from waking up in clammy, uncomfortable bedding.

Wool also doesn’t promote static cling or electricity.

Wool Topper Comfort

Tests on wool have determined that it recovers 95% of its original thickness when compressed, which is 15-30% higher than typical synthetic materials. As a result, people who sleep on an organic wool topper get the added benefit of superior pressure point relief. Sufferers of back or neck pain know how important this can be.

Wool = REM Sleep

Sleep experts have long spoken about the importance of “REM” (rapid eye movement) sleep due to the benefits to the brain function, including learning and memory retention. Studies show that people who sleep on wool have lower heart rates, experience less sleep disturbance and longer duration REM sleep.

Mattress Topper Safety

Given its natural flame resistance, wool is a safe natural mattress topper option.

Environmentally Friendly Mattress Toppers

♬ Baa baa black sheep do you have any wool? ♬

Black Sheep: I sure do. You making a mattress topper?

Rarely do sheep cross our minds, but nursery rhyme’s aside – that’s really where we get wool! And as such, it’s a sustainable, renewable and biodegradable material.

Organic Wool Mattress Topper FAQs

How long will a wool topper last?

Wool is a healthier choice to sleep on as it offers a low cost organic option and provides the best comfort for years to come. Most wool toppers will come with a 5 year warranty, longer than most topper warranties.

Does a wool mattress topper have a smell?

Like many types of mattresses, you’ll likely detect a distinct, sweet smell when you first roll out your organic wool mattress topper – but it will dissipate over the course of a few days. The appealing scent actually helps create a comforting and relaxing sleep environment, and serves as a reminder that you’re laying on a material free of harmful synthetics, chemicals and toxins.