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.

 

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 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!

How to Overcome Mattress Phobia

Buying a mattress can be a daunting task. Mattresses do not come cheap and are decade long commitments for most. The majority of consumers put in a lot of research to their mattress company and specific model they want. But finally taking that leap of faith can be scary. Especially if your first night’s rest on your brand new mattress is not that life-changing experience you’ve been hoping for. 

 

Here at Natural Mattress Company, we’ve come to tell you there’s no reason to be afraid. Mattresses, much like most new products, take breaking in. Your body needs time to adjust to the new bed and the mattress itself has to settle into the frame. 

 

According to an article by Sleepadvisor.org, there are 8 tips to follow after buying your new mattress that will make the difference between your mattress nightmare and a good night’s sleep:

Let Your Mattress Breathe

Most mattresses need air flow, especially organic or natural mattresses. The latex needs to breathe. That’s why we sell coconut mats to lay between your mattress and the bed frame. These mats allow for circulation under the mattress and further provide support for the mattress. The best part: they’re all natural too!

Put on the Pressure

When first getting your mattress, you can try putting a lot of pressure dispersed throughout the mattress. This helps loosen the latex and potentially even soften your bed by introducing air flow. This may also help prevent any mattress imprint that could be made later by introducing pressure throughout the mattress, instead of in one place.

Be Patient

This advice has always been our favorite advice. Give your mattress some patience. That first night most likely will never be the best night. We advise people give their mattresses at least 30 days, sometimes even up to 90. Fun fact: that is why mattress warranties are often 90 days!

Warm It Up

Not the best advice, especially for natural mattresses. But if you’d like, some foam mattresses react well to a warmer temperature. However, latex does not mind the cold and most people do not like to sleep in hot bedrooms. Take this advice as you wish. 

Sleep on It Consistently

Along with patience, you have to give your mattress its best shot. By doing this, you need to sleep on it every night for those 30 or 90 days. This is the fastest route to breaking it in. 

Put It on the Right Foundation

The bed frame can be half the battle with mattresses. We encourage our customers to do research on the mattress to find the bed frame that will work best for it. Natural latex mattresses can often be very heavy. Because of this, we advise platform bed frames to properly support the mattress throughout.

Follow your Gut

No matter if you’re willing to put in the time, if the mattress isn’t right for you then don’t suffer. If you are worried about this, look into mattress companies like Savvy Rest that allow a latex exchange to better suit the mattress for your needs.

Give It the Full Time

Along with patience, try to give the mattress the full trial time recommended. Those 30 or 90 days may just change your life. 

 

SleepAdvisor has got it right. Patience and time may just be the best way for you to overcome that mattress phobia. If you have any more questions or fears, feel free to give us a call and we’ll do our best to help. The Natural Mattress Company prides itself on putting customers first. We look forward to working with our customers as a team effort to find the mattress best suited for them. Swing by at any time to lay on one of mattresses or to just say hi. Our door is always open. 

Exploring Options: A Discussion about Kapok

The majority of customers that walk into Natural Mattress Company have done their research. They’ve read about wool and latex, heard about buckwheat and are interested in what the natural mattress industry as a whole can offer. But most of the patrons that make it into my store have never heard about Kapok. And why should they? The material is not used often, rarely mentioned, and grows on a tree looking exactly like cotton, making it easily mistaken. But should more people be researching this hidden gem?

 

What is Kapok? 

Kapok, according to an article done by Green Living Ideas, is a “soft, silky fiber,” akin to that of wool. It grows all naturally on trees, native to warmer climates, and is easily harvested. The material can be used to make anything, from pillows to life jackets, because of their natural fluffy texture and inherent water resistance. Kapok can be found in some mattresses but is more often used in pillows. Kapok pillows are light, easily moldable, and provide customers with another option aside from the typical wool and latex combo.

 

 Why should I consider buying Kapok?

Well, Kapok has a lot of pros and very few cons. For example, customers looking for that woolly texture but hate the smell might be interested in this neutral material. Similarly, the material is so lightweight, it is easier for customers to carry, transport, pack, or even throw in a good ole fashioned pillow fight! Sachi, the supplier of Natural Mattress Company’s Kapok pillows, even proclaims Kapok as a cruelty-free alternative to those afraid of sheep mistreatment. Like most organic materials, Kapok is chemical free and is advised for side and back sleepers to offer the most support.

Like most natural materials, there is one con to Kapok. Over time the material compresses and will likely shrink in volume. The best way to avoid this is to fluff the pillow as much as possible, while also rotating and flipping the pillow to avoid one spot becoming denser than the rest.

With a little bit of love and care, Kapok may just be the material for you. Stop by the Natural Mattress Company to test out this mystery material and feel free to ask our staff any questions. If you are interested in learning more about Kapok, consider reading the Green Living article linked below!

 

What is Kapok and How is it Used?

 

 

Is Natural Latex Toxic?

Will I be allergic to the latex mattresses sold in your store?

I often get the question, if I’m allergic to latex such as latex gloves, will I be allergic to your latex mattresses. The answer thankfully in most cases is no. The latex found in the mattresses we carry whether it be Dunlop or Talalay, does not produce the same allergic reactions.

What is a latex allergy? 

A latex allergy is caused by a reaction to the proteins that are contained in natural or synthetic latex. Most people have found out they have a latex allergy through commonly found items such as rubber bands, balloons, latex gloves, or baby bottle nipples. Natural latex is known to cause Type 1 and Type 4 reactions. Testing for a type 1 reaction is done through a blood test. Testing for a type 4 is done through a skin prick test. Less than 1% of people in the US have a latex allergy. Although latex allergy is rare, the condition is more common in certain high-risk groups. … Between 8 to 17% of health care workers and others who regularly use latex gloves are allergic to latex.

Lets take the example of latex gloves. Latex gloves are a blend of synthetic and natural latex. Healthcare professionals use gloves for many hours at a time over the years, while they are in that chosen career. Touching the latex does not actually trigger the allergy. However, repeatedly breathing in the microscopic powder that lines the gloves can. The powder is released in bursts when workers snap on or off their latex gloves. The powder contains microscopic proteins. If you have long term exposure to these proteins you can develop an allergy.  Once a person has become sensitized, they may then react to skin contact as well.

If I do have a mild to medium allergy can I use a latex mattress?

Yes, if you do have an allergy you might want to consider limiting your handling of the naked latex. If you have purchased a mattress from us that needs to be assembled maybe have someone else do it for you. When the mattress is encased in an organic cotton and wool casing, plus mattress pad and sheets you should be very well protected from the latex. There is a more serious but rare type of allergy systemic immune response to natural latex. Severe allergy symptoms to latex would be feeling like your throat is closing, difficulty breathing or skin swelling. If these are the symptoms you experience when being around latex, maybe you should seek out another product such as a mattress just just contains organic cotton and wool.

 

 

The Pros and Cons of a Latex Mattress

Trying to figure out if a latex mattress is right for you? In this post, I will go through some of the positives and negatives of latex. First, I’ll tell you what a latex mattress is. A latex mattress is made with layers of latex or rubber. The sap of the rubber tree is harvested and baked into a foam, that acts as the mattress core. The cover of the mattress is typically made from organic cotton and wool. The wool in the casing acts as a natural fire retardant, so there is no need for fire retardant chemicals.

There are two types of latex:  Dunlop and Talalay. Talalay latex goes through two extra steps. After the latex is poured, the mold is sealed and the process is continued in a vacuum chamber. The mold is then flash-frozen before it’s baked. Dunlop latex is denser which makes it firmer than Talalay. Talalay has a pillowly soft surface feel. Side sleepers can benefit from a Talalay mattress, if they need extra pressure point relief. Dunlop is a little cheaper to make so usually has a lower price point, and is a good choice for customers who like a firmer mattress. Most manufacturers will make their mattresses with one type of latex or the other. However, Savvy Rest one of the brands we carry offers both types.

Okay now the pros:

Comfort – Latex mattresses are extremely comfortable. They are supportive but still offer the pressure point relief that you need.

Organic/Natural/Sustainable – Natural latex is a sustainable alternative to polyurethane and memory foam. It is not synthetic or treated with possibly harmful chemicals. Latex can be certified as GOTS the industry’s standard for organic certification. Latex is actually biodegradable.  If you left it out in the sun for long periods of time unprotected, it was start to decompose.

Customizable – Many latex mattresses can be customized to your firmness preference. Both Dunlop and Talalay latex come in different densities/firmness. You can have a range of firmness from plush to firm. The mattress can even be split down the middle, where one side can be firmer than the other. This works well for couples that may have a difference in opinion as to what constitutes the perfect mattress.

Pressure relief – As mentioned before latex offers excellent pressure relief, especially Talalaly. If you are a side sleeper, Talalay can cradle your hips and offer gentle support.

Sleeping Cool – Unlike memory foam, latex does not trap in heat. This enables you to have a more comfortable nights sleep. It is this chemical reaction between memory foam and your body heat that allows the mattress to conform to your body’s curves. This reaction may feel good at first but will cause your body to overheat.

Durable – Latex mattresses are designed to be durable. They usually have much longer warranties then synthetic conventional mattresses. They are less prone to dips overtime.

Cons?

Okay there are a few cons.

Weight – Latex mattresses are heavy and can not be supported on a traditional box spring. It is preferred that the mattresses are placed upon a slated bed or foundation, where the slats are no more than 3.5 inches apart. This will also allow the mattress to breath.

Price: Yes, latex mattresses are more expensive because of the natural materials that comprise them. There is a cost to the certifications they must go through as well. However, as a natural mattress store owner I have to say if you can make the price point work it is worth it! We try to carry mattresses at many different price points.

 

 

 

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Keep Mattresses out of the Landfill

Article from Green Business Bureau:

Mattresses pose a serious problem when it comes to disposal. These large household products take up more than their fair share of space in landfills because they’re difficult to compact, clog machinery, and create large soft spaces that can turn into sinkholes after filling. The problem of mattress disposal can be confronted from two sides. The first is to recycle old mattresses, reusing their components to make new products. The other side of the equation involves purchasing organic/natural, biodegradable mattresses. For those in the hotel industry, understanding how to make smarter mattress purchase and recycling decisions can help positively impact green programs your organization may be undertaking.

MATTRESS RECYCLING

Mattresses are a complex product with numerous recyclable components. Mattress recycling programs deconstruct the bed, removing the materials that can be reused or repurposed. This process not only prevents the mattress from entering a landfill but also reduces the need to use more natural resources in product manufacturing.

Depending on the mattress type, the components that can be reused include:

  • Foam: The foam used in the comfort layer of the mattress can be compressed to make carpet padding, oil filters, mats, and upholstery stuffing.
  • Fabric: The exterior fabric, whether it’s natural or synthetic, can be shredded and made into other textiles.
  • Metal: Innerspring mattresses can have as much as 25 pounds of steel coils. Once removed, these coils can be melted down to make tools, construction materials, and auto parts.
  • Wood: The wooden frame of a box spring can be used in flooring or chipped to be used as mulch or compost.

Not all recycling facilities offer mattress recycling. Hotels are in a unique position, with the high number of mattresses they require, to develop mattress recycling programs within their local communities for their use and the use of community members.

BETTER MATTRESS CHOICES

The other side of mattress disposal is making wise purchasing choices. Everyone from private consumers to large hotel chains can make purchasing decisions that protect the environment. While there’s not a mattress available on the market today that will completely break down without a trace, there are 95 percent biodegradable mattress options.

NATURAL LATEX MATTRESSES

Natural latex mattresses begin as sap from a rubber tree. Through one of two manufacturing processes, that sap eventually becomes a natural latex mattress. Of the two processes, Dunlop and Talalay, Dunlop latex mattresses are the most biodegradable and won’t create sinkholes in a landfill. These mattresses come with a high price tag, and they will still be composed of anywhere from 5-40 percent synthetic latex.

NATURAL AND ORGANIC MATTRESS OPTIONS

If an expensive natural latex mattress is out of your budget, there are hybrid latex/innerspring mattresses that are highly biodegradable, but don’t carry such a hefty price tag.  In this case, keep an eye out for eco-friendly components like:

  • Plant-based polyfoam
  • Plant-based memory foam
  • Organic fibers in the cover like cotton or wool
  • Wool, cotton, thistle, or Kevlar fire socks

CERTIFICATIONS

Because there are no regulations or standards for what constitutes a “green” mattress, you’ll need to look for certifications from organizations that monitor environmental impact rather than trusting a “natural” or “organic” listing on a sales tag. A few certifications to watch for include:

Taking the time to recycle old mattresses and research your next mattress purchase are both great ways to keep mattresses out of landfills. For an example of a hotel that is currently undertaking a mattress recycling program, check out this recent article on Hilton’s recycling initiative.

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Author Bio:

Rick Blanchard is an expert on sleep product materials and manufacturing for BestMattressReviews.com. His research covers the entire life cycle of mattresses and bedding, including production, wear over time, and disposal. Rick lives in Tarrytown, New York.

Sleep Positions

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We know the classics: starfish, fetal, side, stomach, stick straight, and many more. However, what is the best sleep position for you and how can you get the most out of your sleep position?

SIDE SLEEPERS

There are so many different ways to sleep on your side, but all help relieve and calm insomnia and chronic sleep deprivation. While sleeping on your side, putting a pillow between your legs/knees can also relieve back pain by taking pressure off your hips and lower back. P.S — many believe it is most comfortable to bend your knees towards the chest while sleeping on your side. “This position (where your torso and legs are relatively straight) also helps decrease acid reflux, and since your spine is elongated, it wards off back and neck pain. Plus, you’re less likely to snore in this snooze posture, because it keeps airways open. For that reason, it’s also the best choice for those with sleep apnea” (National Sleep Foundation).

BACK SLEEPERS

If sleeping on your back is your most comfortable sleep position maybe try a few of these alternatives. Back sleeping is known to cause lower back pain and episodes of sleep apnea. This can cause a lack of sleep and overall restfulness. To ease these symptoms place a pillow under your knees to allow your spine to curve naturally. On Health.com, ” It’s also ideal for fighting acid reflux, says Eric Olson, MD, a sleep medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. ‘If the head is elevated, your stomach will be below your esophagus so acid or food can’t come back up.'” Healthy Sleeping Positions

STOMACH SLEEPERS

Though it can be done, and with fewer risks with a proper pillow, many sleep professionals are against sleeping on your stomach due to the major strain on your lower back and neck. Stomach sleepers also tend to have more restlessness and don’t feel fully alert because of tossing and turning at night. If you sleep on your stomach try your best to sleep with a thin pillow, if any, this allows your neck and vertebrae to align and cause less strain. Stated by the National Sleep Foundation, “seven percent of adults pick this pose, but it can lead to back and neck pain, since it’s hard to keep your spine in a neutral position. Plus, stomach sleepers put pressure on their muscles and joints, possibly leading to numbness, tingling, aches, and irritated nerves.”