How To Pick the Perfect Organic Mattress

Picking the perfect mattress often comes down to 3 important factors
1. Cost and Size
2. Firmness
3. Materials

Cost and Size

Are you choosing a mattress to sleep on for a year while at school, are you a couple purchasing your first mattress or are you a seasoned mattress buyer? Cost plays a major part in all cases. If you plan to be sleeping on your bed regularly for more than a year you are then looking at more of an investment purchase, one that’s worth spending slightly more on to get good quality that will last and give you the rest you deserve. If you are a couple, a major decision is the size – do we get a king or queen size bed? The cost between the two can be quite different and it is well worth considering whether you’ll actually need the extra space a King can provide and whether it’s worth all the extra money it will cost you. A larger mattress does not necessarily mean a better sleep. They are usually only necessary when one or both partners are particularly large such as over 6 foot 4 inches tall. The quality of the mattress does matter however and getting a properly crafted mattress that distributes body weight properly is much more important than size. If cost is a consideration think about spending your money on quality rather than quantity or size. Quality mattresses depend on 3 major factors – craftsmanship, firmness and the materials used in your mattress such as organic cotton, or organic wool. Spend your money wisely; a bed is an investment in your relationship and your health.


If you are a consistent back sleeper then a firmer mattress is best for you. If you sleep on your sides or stomach then a softer mattress may be more to your liking. Firmness depends on the materials used in your bed, how inherently soft or hard they are, and how they will age over time. Cotton for example will pack down and harden over time giving a very supportive surface for a back sleeper. Synthetic foam on the other hand tends to sag over time potentially creating that dreaded dip in the center of the mattress. Natural Rubber Memory Foam and latex often gives a very supportive yet forgiving surface for those who sleep in a multitude of positions.
It is often completely unnecessary to test out the feel of a mattress in a store. Often the results could be completely misleading depending on the clothes you have on at the time and the wear and tear of the particular show room floor model you are trying out! Lying on a mattress for 15 min or so could never actually represent the movement one has when sleeping on a mattress at home for an entire night. The best way to pick a mattress is to write down your preferred criteria, seek a mattress with those qualities and then test drive it for real in your own home. Most manufactures allow 30 plus days to “test sleep” the mattress and it’s well worth the effort


This factor is often mistakenly one of the most overlooked criteria for choosing a mattress. For starters, most people don’t realize that they have options beyond the standard synthetic foam and spring coil mattress. The majority of mattress shops such as the Brick, Sleep Country Canada etc, basically offer mattresses with all the same materials in them – foam and coils – but in varying sizes and thicknesses. It may seem like you’re viewing a large selection but in fact your choices are quite limited. There are numerous other materials that can be used in beds and it’s well worth exploring options beyond your standard foam and coil. The costs are very comparable and the quality of alternative materials is often far superior, and what your mattress is made up from can actually affect the quality of sleep more than any other factor. Materials such as organic cotton, organic wool, natural tree rubber latex, silk and cashmere all offer healthy, durable and quality options for those seeking a new bed mattress. Explore all material options before making the final pick, know what you’re buying and why and don’t let salesmen, special offers and free giveaways sway you into buying something you may regret later.


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