Choosing A Natural Mattress
Selecting the correct mattress is an important and sometimes confusing process if you are to enjoy the very best rest possible. With over 24 years of experience successfully matching people to the right sleep system, feel confident in choosing a mattress with the assistance of our experienced customer service specialists.
What type of Sleeper are you? Back, Side or Stomach?
Back and stomach sleepers generally are more comfortable on a flatter and harder mattress. Side sleeper requires a little softer mattress to allow the hips and shoulders to sink in, allowing the mattress to support the side and therefore keeping the spine straight.
- Back Sleepers: If you experience pain associated with pressure points, a firmness that allows hips and shoulders to sink in slightly, allowing mattress support of the small of the back is suggested. For a lighter (weight) back sleeper we suggest a mattress in the softer or firm range. A medium build person a firm mattress is sugested. And for a heavier built individual we suggest a firm to firmest range. If you do not experience any problems with pressure points, a firm to firmest range is suggested.
- Side Sleepers: If you experience problems with pressure points and have a slight to medium build, consider something in a softer to firm range that will allow hips and shoulders to sink in, keeping the spine in alignment while supporting side body curves. For a heavier build, consider the firm to firmest range of mattresses. If you don't experience pressure points, choose a mattress in the softer to firm range, being careful not to choose a mattress that is too firm.
- Stomach Sleepers: If you experience problems with pressure points, choose a firmness that allows the hips and shoulders to sink in slightly, allowing the mattress support on the small of the back. For a lighter person, we suggest something in the soft to firm range. For a medium build person, look in the firm category. And for a heavier built person, look into the firm to firmest range for comfortable cushioning. If you do not experience problems associated with pressure points look for a firm mattress, but not too hard which can cause the back to feel as if it is arched.
Problems with Allergies?
Consider our 100% latex mattresses which are considered mold, mildew and dust mite resistant.
Problems with pressure points?
If you have pressure point problems, a softer mattress may be better. And adding extra cushioning like the 1-1/2 pure wool pad or the premium 3" pure wool pad adds extra comfort. For maximum comfort, consider our quilted 100% natural latex mattress topper, it's luxurious and provides the greatest relief from the pain associated with pressure points.
Do I want a mattress as firm as the floor?
Most people who feel this way don't sleep all night on the floor. If you are one of the rare ones who can do this comfortably, then our hardest latex or cotton/wool extra firm mattresses would be the ideal choice. Most people need more cushioning than this. Consider that you need to lie comfortably on this 6-8 hours at a time.
What age are you buying for?
A 5-year old child will have different weight and support requirements than a 20-year old. Also think about how your body felt and all the changes you may have been feeling compared to 5 years ago? 10 years ago? Ask anyone in their 70's and they can tell you they feel more aches and pains than when they were in their 60's. Or someone in their 50's may start to feel the onset of arthritis and may mistake the pains as needing a firmer mattress instead of something with more cushioning. Ask yourself several questions and be very honest with yourself.
- How old are you? Or how old will be you be in 5 years? 10 years? Even though you may live a health, active life, our bodies change with time.
- Could your pains possibly be age-related?
- You may remember sleeping on the floor when you were younger. But do you still do that now? And are your still comfortable? Or do you get up slower and stiffer if you do this.
- Are there any old injuries that may start to surface? That may require support, yet more cushioning than you may have thought about?
What If I Sleep Hot?
Everyone loses moisture when sleeping. Some people sleep hotter than others. If you are the type that sleeps hotter, wool is the perfect insulator. It will wick away moisture and provide a more comfortable sleeping environment. See pure wool.
What is your climate? Where do you live?
In areas that are hotter and more humid, mold and mildew are a concern. Latex and wool are better choices for these areas. Remember that choosing a mattress is a very personal choice. These are some guidelines and questions to ask yourself to help you can make the best decision for your sleeping comfort.