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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 15:53

Visiting Milan? Now you can sleep on a Dorsal Natural mattress at the MiLoft B&B

Ever wished you could take your mattress with you when you travel? Well those with a Dorsal mattress visiting Milan are in luck! The new MiLoft B&B in Milan is a small but breakthrough boutique hotel that has partnered with leading Italian suppliers in the assembly of their guest rooms.  This means that you have access to the very best facilities, from Italian lighting to designer shower fixtures to the Dorsal sleep system.  Dorsal have created the ultimate hotel sleep offering, with the pillow menu right there in the room for you to select the one you like most.  

Guests of the hotel are big fans of the mattress too, here is some feedback from the trip advisor site: 

"All the rooms are very modern and functional with a modern design. The room was big with a very comfortable bed and pillows"

"The room was clean and spacious, the beds were very comfortable and the decor was ultra modern and quirky."

"First, the place is newly opened, the design of the rooms is just beautiful, clean, spacious enough with quite big bathroom as well. Very good quality of mattress and many options available for pillows – excellent quality of sleep".

"Our room was clean and bigger than the normal size in Milan, very comfortable beds, wonderful shower."

For those who would like to test out the mattresses, but Milan is just a bit too far away - trial one in our Crows Nest or Moore Park showroom. 

Find the Perfect Sleep Position

Monday, 08 July 2013 14:19
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‘Find the Perfect Sleep Position – Comfortable sleeping with common conditions’ an article by The Wall Street Journal

Stomach, Back or Side? How You Slumber Can Aggravate Pain, Prevent the Body From Bouncing Back

Article by SUMATHI REDDY for the Wall Street Journal (link:

A version of this article appeared January 15, 2013, on page D1 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Find the Perfect Sleep Position.

Tossing and turning all night to find that perfect sleeping position?

Experts say there is no one right way to sleep. But for people with certain types of pain and medical conditions, there are positions that can help keep problems from getting worse and may even alleviate them. In some cases, sleeping in the same position night after night can itself create pain, such as neck or shoulder problems.

"It's important that people take time to think about how they position themselves when they sleep," said Peggy Brill, a Manhattan orthopedic physical therapist. "Rest is important for the muscular skeletal system to recover" from the day's stresses, she said. "The proteins get back into the muscles, there's rejuvenation of the body, so you want to be in a healthy anatomical position when you sleep."

The most common sleeping position is on the side—57% of us at least start the night in that position, according to a nationwide survey of more than 2,000 people performed for mattress maker Tempur-Pedic North America. That's followed by the back—17% of people opt for this position—and the stomach, 11%. Most of the remaining respondents said their position when they first go to bed varies each night.

Moving around during the night is common. Videotaped sleep studies have found that adults might change their position between three and 36 times a night, with the average person switching about a dozen times. The tendency to shift in one's sleep decreases with age.

Each sleep position has benefits and disadvantages, although sleeping on the stomach generally isn't recommended because it can constrain the neck. Lying flat on your back, for instance, may be good for the lower back but can exacerbate digestive and breathing problems—and snoring.

"You want to make sure that your joints are not being excessively compressed or muscles put in abnormally shortened or stretched positions," said Mary Ann Wilmarth, chief of physical therapy at Harvard University Health Services.

Dr. Wilmarth said that always sleeping in the same position can cause problems. Consistently compressing the body on one side or stretching another side over time can create an imbalance and result in soreness or pain in that area or exacerbate an existing condition.

In general, for most painful conditions, experts say sinking into a mattress that is too soft, or bending backward, said Nick Shamie, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at University of California, Los Angeles and spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

For people suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis, in which nerves are pinched in the lower back, lying in any position can create significant pain except, perhaps, when the knees are bent.

"When these people are sleeping, whether on the back or side, they like to bend their knees because that brings their legs up and opens up the back of their spine," said Dr. Shamie. Spinal stenosis patients often place a pillow under their knees when sleeping on their back or between their legs if sleeping on their side. Adopting a fetal position while sleeping also helps ease pain for many patients, he said.

Shoulder pain. Avoid sleeping on the side with the painful shoulder. Sleep on your back with a small pillow to support the bad shoulder. Or, if you sleep on the other side, hug a pillow.

Also, if the neck isn't adequately supported, you could get compression of the nerves that go from the neck to the arm, said Harvard's Dr. Wilmarth. "That's when you can get numbness or tingling, usually with the compression of a nerve from the sleeping position," she said.

Neck pain. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, experts advise people with this condition. Turning the neck to the side compresses the joints. "Sleep on your side or back," Ms. Brill said.

Also, use a pillow that is as thick as the space between your neck and shoulder, and position it above the shoulders so they don't become hunched, she said. "You want a soft down pillow or something similar that you can kind of bulk and put into the hollow of your neck and support your head," Ms. Brill said.

Joseph Feinberg, director of the physiatry, or rehabilitative medicine, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, suggests supporting the neck.

This helped Loli Wu, 45, an investment banker in Manhattan, who said he used to wake up with horrible neck cramps. Dr. Feinberg diagnosed a herniated cervical disc, the result of years of imperfect posture.

In addition to physical therapy, Dr. Feinberg suggested Mr. Wu use a rolled towel in his pillowcase. "Since doing that I have not had a reoccurrence of the neck cramps," Mr. Wu said. "I stick to it religiously now."


Our Grand Soleil foam mattresses provide excellent anatomical support in combination with perfectly aligned body weight distribution across the surface of the mattress. The Etoile and Zefiro models have both received medical grades in Italy which guarantee their suitability for alleviating back pain and are certifiably recommended by A.F.I (The Italian Physiotherapists Association). The mattress’ visco elastic top layers are both designed to minimize pressure points throughout the process of sleep. This in turn reduces pressure and strains on the back, making it an ideal mattress choice for those individuals concerned with back problems and poor sleep posture.

The correct sleep posture is essential for a comfortable and healthy sleep. It can be determined that back and neck pains are often caused by incorrect sleep posture, contributing to hindered blood blow. Our Grand Soleil mattresses embody 7 core support zones that help increase hindered blood flow and conform to your body’s contours, which accommodate your shoulders and hips. This technological advancement allows for instant responses to your body's movements, cradling every curve upon turning throughout sleep. By relieving pressure points, our mattresses promote normal blood flow. This is why Grand Soleil mattresses are highly recommended by Italian physiotherapists for a healthy sleep, and why they are an essential choice for those seeking a mattress targeting reduction of back pain.

The Reasons Mattress Prices Vary So Much

Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:56

Why is there such variance in the price of foam mattresses?  For example, foam mattresses are available from $200 or so, and run right through into the thousands, what differences do these mattresses have to reflect the price variations?

The reason different foams are at different prices is technology.  The may look similar on the outside, but what goes into the composition of different foams varies greatly, in the same way all car’s share the same basic function, but it’s performance (what’s under the bonnet) that sets the price. 

It takes years of research to discover the right chemicals & the right curing time to achieve the right feeling product.  This R&D takes time and money.  The top mattress companies will be conducting continuous research and development and driving innovation in the mattress field.  The secret to any foam is the recipe to produce it, and the better the product the more guarded the recipe will be.

Here are some of the main differences to look out for that will be reflected in the price of the product.

Synthetic foams will be less expensive.

-  Synthetic foams are made from petrochemicals.  Petrochemicals are chemical products derived from petroleum. Some chemical compounds made from petroleum are also obtained from other fossil fuels, such as coal.

-  These are cheaper to produce the natural foams, but natural foams have greater benefits for your sleep & health. 

Density, lower densities will be less expensive

-  Denisty refers to the amount of the ingredient in the final product, so it makes sense that a lower density mattress uses fewer ingredients and is cheaper.

-  A high density foam will be more expensive, but will hold its form for longer meaning you can use it for longer, and it will offer more effective support. 


-  The latest technologies will be more expensive.  As with anything, when a technology is first released, it has cost that company research and development time, the price will reflect this.  When purchasing a mattress, the trick is to look for a balance, since you only purchase a mattress every 5-10 years, it is best to look for the latest technologies, but don’t buy into a ‘fad’, look for a product that is from a reputable company who has a range of mattresses to meet different needs.  There is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to sleeping, so new technologies should be integrated into a range of sleeping products, rather than one ‘super’ mattress.

-  The latest innovations and technologies on offer do have real sleep benefits, prioritise what you sleep needs are and match it up to a mattress that addresses these needs.

Inexpensive mattresses will offer fewer benefits.

-  Some technologies will be visible, contouring, pin holes, layered construction etc.  Always ask to see what’s inside the cover, companies that pride themselves on technology will have everything out on display, and sales staff will be able to accurately tell you all about it. 


-  Another reason that is relatively straight forward, the more expensive the materials going into the mattress, the more expensive the mattress will be.

-  Aside from natural vs. synthetic, look for indicators such as wool & cotton (as opposed to nylon) used in the covers, and if adhesives are used, what sort of adhesives are they.

-  In the mattress core, if it has multiple layers, check what each layer is.  It is common to have a natural layer on top of a synthetic base, this is a common way of keeping the cost down.  The mattress should have high quality materials used top to bottom, otherwise it will not last as long, nor will it offer as many sleep benefits. 

The Dorsal Difference: The fundamental part of a bed system, a mattress is the support in contact with the body and is therefore subject to greater strain and wear. For this reason Dorsal carries out research into developing mattresses that not only guarantee the right support for the body, but also ensure durability over time, through its 100% Italian craftsmanship and environmental friendliness with raw materials from renewable resources. Dorsal is well-known in Italy as the company that introduced Grand Soleil, an innovative material for a market dominated by springs and latex. Grand Soleil is foam made from sunflower oils and water which has been used to create a special range of natural mattresses that give sure support without sinking and deforming and are non-allergenic and anti-bacterial. How many times do you buy a cheap mattress to equal a good quality mattress this is why Grand Soleil mattress is the best as they feel the same year after year. A cheap mattress loses it comfort in 3 – 6 months.

Your bedroom should feel like a healthy sanctuary. Bring a new sense of comfort and grounding to your sleep haven with these simple tips — no hefty cost required!


1. Take out tons of tech: The number one — and easiest— way to make your bedroom healthier tonight? Stop hanging out with your computer and phone in bed. If you can't manage that, make sure you turn off your electronics 20 minutes before bedtime. The blue light emitting from electronics can disrupt your circadian and melatonin rhythms and make your body think it's still daytime.

2. Kick out clutter: Clutter translates to unfinished business. The last thing you should feel is overwhelmed right before you go to bed — or as soon as you wake. It can be a big change for someone who just tosses their clothes on the floor when they arrive back at home, but getting (and staying) organized can help lower your stress levels.

3. Import something green: Bringing a little green into your bedroom helps connect you to nature and warm things up — especially when things seem pretty bleak and cold outside. It's unbelievable what a difference some fresh flowers or a small potted plant can do to give a tired room some fresh life.

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