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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 15:53

Sleep on a Dorsal natural Mattress

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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. 

Last modified on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 16:16
Monday, 08 July 2013 14:19

Find the Perfect Sleep Position

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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: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324595704578241642030220064.html)

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."

 
Last modified on Friday, 12 July 2013 11:32


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.

Last modified on Friday, 07 June 2013 14:25
Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:56

The Reasons Mattress Prices Vary So Much

Published in Beyond Team Blog Written by Beyond Furniture Team


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. 


Technology


-  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. 


Materials


-  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.



Last modified on Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:09


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.



Last modified on Friday, 05 April 2013 11:26
Friday, 22 March 2013 11:05

Quality Indicators in Foam Mattresses

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There are many foam mattresses on the market at the moment but the increased popularity of this type of mattress has meant the production of many cheap and inferior products.

There are several key factors you should look for when researching, which include:
•    Foam density.  Foam density does not relate to comfort (i.e. soft, medium or firm) it is an indicator of how much of the raw ingredient is in the foam, the more there is, the longer the mattress will last, and the higher its resilience.  Density will be expressed in a figure per kg/m3.

•    Available options/comfort levels/complete “system” of mattress, base and pillows.  A mattress does not do all the work on its own; the best mattress on the market can be let down if it is not paired with a corresponding base & pillow range that enhances the support.  Reputable mattress manufacturers know that a great sleep is gained through a complete sleep system made up of the base, the mattress, comfort layers and pillows.  There will be a science behind their systems that has likely been developed with physiotherapists to offer advanced anatomical support.  When shopping for your mattress, look for a company that has a range of options that are designed to work together to offer different sleep solutions for different people’s needs.  It is not possible for one mattress to meet everyone’s needs, regardless of how good that mattress may be.  A company that has various complete systems on offer will have trained staff to help match you up to your perfect system to suit your body and sleep needs.  They will also be able to advise you on the best solution for you, should you already have a base or pillows by aligning your current base with a new mattress and your specific needs.

•    Workmanship/Manufacturer.  There are so many brands and manufacturers of mattresses that it can be hard to sift through who can be trusted and who is the best.  There is everyone from big name brands through to smaller, boutique companies producing fantastic products, and this is also the case for companies producing lesser quality products.  A great way to narrow it down is to ask questions about how long the brand has been manufacturing, then go deeper and ask about where the raw materials are sourced from and where the manufacturing takes place.  A reputable manufacturer is proud of the manufacturing and history and this information will be available for customers, reputable manufacturer will also ensure well trained sales people are selling their product and they will be able to provide this level of information when asked.

•    Certifications.  As with many products, mattresses will all come with various certifications, many that do not necessarily mean much to the majority of customers who are unfamiliar with standard tests.  Look for certifications of quality testing, reputable mattresses will have passed tests for quality and stability testing; this tests the durability of the mattress.  The results of this will most likely be published on their website or in printed material.  There are many facilities that carry out these test, so the certifications will vary, the results are the best indication and the easiest to understand.  Also look out for certifications from physiotherapist associations; these will most likely be physiotherapists from the mattress’s country of origin, not necessarily Australia.  In addition to this, there may be certifications for the materials used in the mattress.  The testing should have been carried out by third party groups, not the manufacturer; therefore the certifications will be issued by independent testing organisations and will carry their logos.


•    Quality of material used.  In foam mattresses (latex, memory or natural), it is more expensive to use natural materials then petroleum based materials.  The price of the mattress will reflect this.  To be certain ask questions such as ‘what is the foam made from?’, ‘is it one product all the way through the mattress?’, if more than one product is used ask about the composition of each layer (many mattresses will have a natural high quality layer on top of a lesser quality foam on the bottom), also ask about how the layers are stuck together.  What you are looking for is high quality products, (the more natural the better, all should be open cell & breathable & a high density), used through the entire depth of the mattress.  If the mattress has a natural high quality glue this is a good sign that consideration has been given to every element of the structure.
If you want to be sure, ask the see the foam inner core without any covers, you will be able to see the layers, if little or no information has been provided on the lower layers (i.e. they only talk about the comfort layer on top), then there is a chance they have used a lesser quality product on the bottom.  A lower quality bottom layer can mean reduced air circulation and life span of the mattress

•    Warranty offered/Life span.  The Warranty offered is actually not a good indicator of mattress quality.  A reputable mattress manufacturer is unlikely to offer a warranty of 25 years or more as this is unhealthy.  A mattress needs to be replaced every 8-10 years for hygiene reasons and optimal support.  In a decade, most people’s bodies and sleep needs will alter dramatically, and a new sleep system should be purchased to maintain good sleep habits.  For this reason, many top of the range mattresses are likely to have a 10 year warranty.  However, any mattress made from a good quality, high density foam (refer to the first point), will last up to 25 years no problem, it is simply not recommended you use it for this long. 

You may find the lower end of the market producing similar comfort levels but they are producing these with polyurethane/petrochemical based materials that can be detrimental to your health.  Also be on the lookout for products that have a high quality top layer, but lesser quality layers below it, as these products will not offer optimal support and durability, even though they are likely to be very comfortable and promise great features such as good air flow, natural and hygienic.  The best mattresses on the market will feature a holistic approach to its sleep system, there will be coordinating bases and pillows and the entire mattress core will have design consideration from top to bottom and be made from the highest quality materials, not just the surface.

Dorsal stand out from the crowd with the use of renewable/sustainable natural oils to produce breathable open cell foam. This technology has been designed in conjunction with physiotherapists to provide even weight distribution and relieve pressure over the 7 core zones. This is achieved through patented teardrop laser cut in our Duocell and Triocell ranges and via the first ever natural oil based medical grade memory foams. European markets are leading the way in this technology and German engineered/Italian made range offer exceptional quality. 

Last modified on Tuesday, 30 November 1999 10:00


Foam density is not just weight. It’s actually a measurement of mass per unit volume. The density of a mattress refers to the quantity of raw ingredients in the finished product, the more ingredient used, the higher the density, the less ingredient used, the lower the density (and the more air there is in the foam).  Density is a key indicator of the foams performance with regard to comfort, support and durability. The higher the density of the foam the more resistance it provides against weight and therefore the better the support. However density does not affect firmness, which is a common Save misconception.
Firmness is a separate characteristic which can vary for foams of the same density.

It is a combination of density and firmness which combine to create the ultimate comfort level of a mattress. The density of foam also indicates its longevity. Denser foam is going to have a greater life span and retain its original properties for longer.  Greater density means less firmness is lost, which means a mattress will retain its original form for longer. As density increases height loss decreases dramatically, this means that a Mattress will stay tight and not develop body impressions; this makes sense, as the lower the density, the more air in the mattress meaning it will flatten more easily.
The best foams contain no additives or cheap fillers to increase the density and therefore may increase the cost of the foam, however as there is more mass per unit volume, you are actually getting more product for your money.

Last modified on Friday, 06 September 2013 12:18
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:00

Natural Mattress Vs Spring Mattress

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Inner-spring mattresses may be the most common type of mattress used, but that doesn't mean that they are the best for you. We have put together 5 simple reasons why you should choose a Natural Mattress over an Inner-spring:


1. SAGGING

Inner-spring mattresses need to be flipped or rotated approximately once every three months in order for the mattress to wear out evenly. They can start to show signs of sagging within 1 to 2 years after your purchase which minimises the support you need and means that your bodyweight is not spread uniformly across the springs. This stops the spine from becoming properly aligned. Grand Soleil natural mattresses have undergone an independent test by CATAS to test sagging. The mattresses were subject to a 60,000 rolls from a roller that placed 100kg pressure on the mattress (simulating 10 years of use), the total displacement at the end of the test was less than 2mm.


2. HEAT

Most spring mattresses have closed structure with the outside padding; it doesn't promote good air circulation. Combining a traditional spring mattress with a pillow-top can make you feel hotter. The more padding you have beneath your body, the less able your skin is to breathe. This may lead to an uncomfortable, sweating, disrupted sleep. Natural mattresses have an open cell structure which is created in the manufacturing process; the production through the foaming machines is slow enough to enable the cells to be forced open. The foam is then crushed and stabilised to further open the cells in order to promote the breathability of the material to provide a cool, fresh sleeping environment.


3. SUPPORT

Innerspring mattresses can create pressure points because the uniform springs can not give way to your body curve with different support. Particular parts like shoulder, hip will sink into a mattress more than other parts. Rather than responding to your body, an innerspring mattress pushes back against your body at those points. A pressure point can hinder blood flow to that area, resulting in a night of tossing and turning. The Grand Soleil sleep system (mattress plus slats) provide anatomic support. They are designed to hold your body in the same posture as when you stand to allow your cervical column to fully relax, for a deeper, more beneficial sleep.


4. DUSTMITES

The structure of inner-spring mattresses make for the perfect living and breeding environment for dust mites which are recognized to be the main cause for Asthma, Hay Fever and other allergies. Over the course of a few years, inner springs mattresses can harbour mould and mildew that are hard and expensive to remove. The Dorsal sleep system is designed to encourage air to flow through it, ensuring the mattress remains dry and moisture free and an inhospitable environment for dust mites and allergens. The cover is also removable and washable; it is a more hygienic system than traditional spring mattresses.


5. NOISE AND MAGNETIC FIELD

As the springs age, innerspring mattresses can begin to make noise when in use as the springs can not move uniformly. Grand Soleil natural mattresses are metal-free and their structure means minimal partner disturbance and no squeaking! Spring structure with electrical wires in your home can also create magnetic field, these chaotic magnetic field is not a healthy environment for sleeping, natural mattress doesn't have this kind effect, and because the mattress foam is made from natural oils, it is very healthy for our body.


For more information please check out our natural foam mattress or bedroom furniture links.



Last modified on Friday, 06 September 2013 12:30
Monday, 27 February 2012 09:40

Mattress Support and Back Pain

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Choosing the right mattress is a very personal matter, especially if you suffer from back pain. Your mattress of choice holds the potential to help, hinder or create back aches and pains and this means a decision on the correct mattress for you is not one to be taken lightly.


Back aches and pains can be linked to a number of different causes, with the most common arising from everyday stresses on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine. Our activities during the day, the way we sit, stand, move and bend, impact our body and spine significantly. As a supportive element itself the spine holds up your head, keeps your body upright, allows you the flexibility to bend, and protects your spinal cord. The potential 8 hours of sleep that we are advised to have each night is intended to allow your body and spine to rejuvenate and relax, soothing tension and allowing our muscles and joints to recover from these daily activities. If during these essential 8 hours your spine is not properly supported, your muscles will be working overtime in order to adapt to the mattress instead of being restored by the correct support of your mattress.


It has been a common misconception that a firm mattress is best if you suffer from any form of back pain with some people going to extraordinary lengths to achieve a firm mattress, even utilising the floor in the hope that it will help in their circumstance. Unless you only sleep on your back, in most cases a firm mattress doesn’t help to relieve your back pain; mixing mattress support with mattress firmness has been a long held misconception.


A mattress must give the greatest support at the heaviest parts of your body where your natural curves are located: head (a good pillow is also very important), shoulders and hips, while being able to distribute the pressure points through the surface, the surface should also be able to contour to your body shape, providing enough support to the areas which connect the curves. If support is not available to maintain these curves you increase the stress on the bones and muscles of your back.


Lack of support from your mattress also emphasises poor sleeping posture and does not allow the spine to align to its correct position, all of which can contribute to back aches and pains, ideally the spine should be kept in its natural alignment, which means when you are sleeping the spine should maintain the same curve as if you are standing.


The ideal amount of support will vary between each person and certain factors will determine how much support you will need. Weight and height is a key dynamic in the support issue, with heavier, taller people requiring more support as they will sink in to the mattress surface further than say a medium sized person of a medium height.


As a general guide (not taking into consideration personal preference or pre-existing conditions) people 90kg or heavier will need more support by a firmer mattress; a smaller person or children (less than 55kg) will be properly supported on a softer mattress, and a medium mattress is generally suitable for people 55-90kg.


Having this general guide in mind when considering a new mattress will help to get you started on the right track, the idea is to find the firmness of the mattress to match your body weight and comfort preferences. Firstly make sure you take the time to test each mattress to determine, most importantly, if it is supportive enough for you and then see if it matches your desired comfort level. It is suggested that you try a firm mattress followed by a soft mattress to give an indication of the support range, and then begin trying the mattresses in between.



Last modified on Friday, 06 September 2013 12:32
Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:00

How to Choose a Mattress for a Poor Sleeper

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This article was contributed by Christopher Fitch, the Site Editor for www.qmattresses.com, a leading mattress review and ratings and sleep-information website.


Poor quality sleep can generally be characterized by several measurable symptoms. The three most obvious -  not getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night, waking periodically throughout the night and waking the next morning and still feeling tired – often result from a poor mattress. Since so much time is (or should be) spent on a mattress, exploring the best options to improve sleep quality should be a priority for most people. But for those who are prone to poor sleep for reasons not associated with the mattress itself, there are some things they should consider that can make the eight-hour stretch from dusk until dawn less of a strain.


According to leading mattress reviews and ratings website, qmattresses.com, there are twelve key considerations to make before purchasing a new mattress. What these considerations fail to take into account, however, is that not everyone is a regular sleeper. If you are a poor sleeper, the list needs to underline several key areas. The following considerations are an absolute must when it comes to choosing the right mattress product for poor sleepers.


Comfort Above All Else: Many people will opt for a mattress that is not comfortable if they feel the health benefits outweigh their comfort needs. In fact, more and more people are choosing firm mattresses thanks to the reams of literature that point to the chiropractic benefits of firmer sleep surfaces. This seems particularly true for back sleepers. However, a poor sleeper may never get to enjoy those benefits because they are unable to fall asleep. This makes a strong argument in favour of a comfortable mattress above all else; support, for poor sleepers, should be a secondary consideration.


Proper Temperature Control: A mattress that retains heat is bad news for someone who hates to be too warm during the night. Although memory foams, latex, gel beds and luxury coil mattresses that come loaded with foams and gels may feel comfortable, many of these products alter the mattress’s sleep surface temperature as your body temperatures rises during the various sleeping stages. If you are a poor sleeper to begin with, temperature control takes a higher priority for you than for anyone else, so choose a mattress with temperature attributes that will not add fuel to the fire, so to speak.


Motion Isolation: Poor sleepers often toss and turn throughout the night. If they do not sleep alone, their restlessness undoubtedly interrupts their partner’s sleep, which is problematic. Beds with superior motion isolation also provide benefits for poor sleeper because these highly engineered mattresses are less likely to squeak or cause the bed frame and entire mattress to move disruptively. This decreases the chances that a poor sleeper who has finally fallen asleep is not wakened by a sudden leg jerk or a partner who shifts position throughout the night.


Many mattresses known for their motion isolation qualities also offer specialized zoning, which reduces pressure point aggravation. Unfortunately, the mattresses that offer the best motion isolation often come loaded with foams and other materials that can alter the surface temperature of the mattress. Therefore it is important to understand the product, your needs and how the two will interact during the night.


For many chronic poor sleepers, the sleep problems will not get fixed with a new, high-tech and “perfect” mattress. In severe cases, even medical assistance may not help. However, even poor sleepers can enjoy improved night-time rest with a mattress that is not only comfortable, but also conducive to good sleep. The added criteria above will help poor sleepers find that perfect mattress and with some luck, these people may eventually enjoy the sleep they deserve.



Last modified on Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:10
Monday, 19 December 2011 10:14

What does good mattress support look like?

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Sleeping on an unsupportive mattress can cause or worsen back aches and pains. Lack of support from a mattress encourages poor posture, strains muscles and does not help keep the spine in alignment, all of which contribute to back pain. But what does correct support look and feel like?


STRAIGHT SPINE

A good mattress is designed to enhance your sleep by providing correct anatomical support. Correct anatomical support means that your sleep system supports your body in the same posture as when you are standing, while cradling it along its curves. If this is achieved you will have a better sleep and the best results. For many years we were told that the best support is a firm mattress as it keeps your back straight, recently this has been proven incorrect as your muscles have to work to adapt to the mattress support. The perfect solution is your mattress support adapting to you, not vice versa, to allow your muscles to relax.


NOT TOO FIRM, NOT TOO SOFT

The mattress that provides the best support is not too firm and not too soft. It will be determined by the size of the person that is sleeping on it. People 90kg+ will feel more comfortable and be better supported by a firmer mattress; a smaller person (less than 55kg) will be properly supported on a softer mattress, and a medium mattress is generally suitable for people 55-90kg. Each individual will need to try the mattresses in order to determine which mattress provides the best support and preferred comfort.


SLEEP POSITION

Your sleep position will also determine which mattress choice is best for you. If you sleep on your side, go for something soft-medium to allow your shoulders and hips to sink into the mattress to keep your spine straight, and to ensure there is no excess compression at these pressure points. For those who sleep on their back, a firmer feel for their size is recommended, it will help distribute the weight of their hip region and ensure their waist and torso are supported, maintaining the spine's natural curve. There should also be minimal gaps between your shoulders and hips.


NO COMPROMISE

A common problem when choosing mattresses when you have a partner is that a lot of the time, one partner ends up compromising. If one partner weighs 55kg and the other is 90kg, they will inevitably require somewhat different support levels. A way around this is to look for a bed slat base that is adjustable; this allows you to adjust the tension of the slats to softer or firmer, depending on your needs. If you require two different mattresses as well, enquire about choosing two different firmness's housed in the same mattress cover like the Dorsal Natural Mattresses


Last modified on Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:07
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 09:23

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Mattress

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This article was contributed by Christopher Fitch, the Site Editor for QMattresses, a leading Mattress Reviews, ratings and sleep-information website.


When people decide to purchase a new mattress, they often undervalue the importance of their decision and end up with a product that not only leaves them dissatisfied, but potentially in pain for several years. When you consider that most people spend more time on their mattress than they do at work, it makes sense that the mattress buying process should take time, even a lot of time.


This short piece outlines the ten mistakes to avoid when buying a mattress. Simply knowing about these mistakes can help when scouting your next mattress purchase, whether it ends up being one of the models here at Natural Mattress, or a cookie-cutter innerspring mattress on sale at one of the national chains. Pay attention to these mistakes when shopping for your next mattress and chances are good that you will not only make a better-informed buying decision, but your overall satisfaction level will be higher than someone who ignores these common mistakes altogether.


1. Not Knowing Your Sleep Type - We all sleep differently, and the odds are good that you sleep differently from your partner as well. This means you must speak your piece and not settle with the all-too-common “I’m happy with whatever you like, honey,” response. By letting your salesperson know what your individual sleep style is, he can better recommend a product that will keep both you and your partner happy. The most important part is that weight difference usually requires different mattress firmness to feel comfortable. The Dorsal mattress and Dynamic Slats systems recognize just how individualized your sleep style can be, and they can help provide different mattress core within a mattress for people who share their mattress with a partner.


2. Not Testing the Mattress… Properly - Too often in the retail world, we see people lean on the mattress with their hand, then lay down… on their back! Statistically, most people sleep on their side, so it is amazing to see so many people testing mattresses on their back. Regardless, you will not be one these sudden-back-sleepers in the showroom after reading this. Make sure to take the few minutes to test the mattress in the position you sleep in while on your mattress at home. (Need a pillow? Ask for one, even a semi-qualified salesperson will gladly offer one to help make your testing experience more realistic).


3. Not Learning More About The Mattress (detailed mattress materials, reviews, ratings, complaints, warranty) - Buying a mattress “blindly” is the leading cause of dissatisfaction among mattress owners. But too often consumers allow themselves to get “bullied” into the product of the day without getting a second opinion from others. Checking detailed mattress materials, reviews, ratings and complaints is a good idea before shelling out your money – you would be surprised at what you will learn. Also, ask for written details as some salespeople will tell you everything good you like to hear; some people may claim 100% natural latex mattress while it actually has synthetic latex in it. It’s best to know about this fickle piece of documentation before finding out the hard way that it is not what you thought it was.


4. Making Assumptions About Price and Comfort - Although the more you pay for a mattress, the higher the likelihood that you are getting better quality materials, it does not necessarily mean it will be a more-comfortable mattress for you. Some of the most expensive mattresses come with the highest dissatisfaction ratings among owners – memory foam and innerspring products alike. In many cases, price works along the same lines as expectations. That is to say, many consumers feel that if they pay more money for a mattress, they should get more comfort from a mattress. But spending a lot has nothing to do with whether that product is right for you. Don’t mistake price for comfort and take the time to get to know what the mattress is all about before you spend your money.


5. Believing that the Foundation Plays a Secondary Role To the Mattress. -A full mattress set consists of the mattress itself as well as the foundation (also known as box spring). While most consumers focus on what goes into the mattress, it is worth looking at the foundation as the invaluable second part of a full mattress set. No matter how comfortable a mattress may seem, if you do not use an appropriate, high quality foundation, the comfort characteristics could be lost on a poor foundation. In many ways, the foundation itself actually contributes more to the sleep experience.


6. Failure To Consider Alternatives - Many shoppers have a price point or product type in mind and refuse to consider alternative recommendations by the salesperson. If the salesperson fully understands your needs and preferences, chances are quite good that he or she can offer a couple of alternatives to let you see what other brands can offer. In some cases, they will cost a little more, but refusing to consider those alternatives could make for a big mistake down the road. Ask many questions, keeping your options open to suggestions and alternatives may result in improved sleep quality, so don’t rule out products or brands you never considered before.


7. Making Impulsive Decisions - It is easy to fall in love with a mattress based on price or how it feels in the showroom. Unless your mattress has burnt down and you have nowhere to sleep that night (or if a sale ends that specific day), there is no need to make a rushed decision about a mattress. Taking notes about what you liked about the mattress in question and going home to “sleep on it” before making the purchase is a good thing. You may realize the next morning that there are other deals or options you have not considered yet or that the mattress in question might not accommodate your sleep style the way your existing mattress does. Try to never buy a new mattress on the same day that you start your search.


8. Not Knowing Who You Are Buying From - The proliferation of mattress retailers has resulted in healthy competition in the industry. However, some retailers are not quite as reputable as others. Buying a bad mattress is one thing; buying it from a bad retailer is another. Before spending your money at a retailer you know little about, try researching the outfit to make sure they stand by their service promise and have been in business long enough to truly understand the industry. No matter how good a mattress might be dealing with a terrible retailer can ruin your entire mattress buying experience.


9. Not Thinking a Supportive Mattress is as Important as a Comfortable One – Too hard or too soft doesn’t provide a good night’s sleep, a good balance is that you feel comfortable and your spine is aligned straight while you sleep on side. Although the National Sleep Foundation underlines the importance of having a comfortable mattress if you want to get the right hours of sleep every night, sleeping on a supportive mattress is probably even more important. The reason is that an unsupportive mattress will not only have you tossing and turning throughout the night due to the bad sleeping posture, but it will leave you waking up with aches and pains, robbing you of the necessary deep-sleep your body needs to recover. While comfort is certainly important, a supportive mattress that allows your body to rest the way it needs is even more valuable.


10. Not Taking Care of The Mattress - While it is true that the salesperson encouraging you to add a mattress protector to your purchase is indeed an “upsell,” these protectors are essential gear for your mattress. Not only will they keep your mattress isolated from unwanted spills or body fluids (most people sweat while they sleep), it will avoid staining and thereby keep the mattress warranty valid should you ever need to make a claim. Just make sure your mattress protector will have a similar property as your mattress, such as good air circulation. Taking care of your mattress is as important as maintaining your vehicle – not only good for the warranty, but for the general performance as well. Keep that in mind.

Last modified on Thursday, 24 November 2011 10:56
Thursday, 17 November 2011 08:40

The Importance of a Good Bed Base

Published in Beyond Team Blog Written by Beyond Furniture Team


Having the perfect mattress isn’t entirely up to the mattress itself. When investing in a quality mattress, it is important to team it with a quality base in order to get the most out of it. Choosing the right bed base will make all the difference. Now, which one to choose? Here is a guide to help you navigate the bed base options on the market.

Ensemble vs. Slats
Ensemble bases are usually sold with inner spring mattresses. They are upholstered boxes with springs inside and are usually very low to the ground. This inhibits the mattresses ability to ventilate and is known for providing the perfect environment for breeding dustmites.

Slatted bases are made from a series of flexible timber slats, usually inside a metal frame. They can be adjustable or motorised and offer superior support and ventilation for a comfortable sleep. The adjustable slats can accommodate changing lifestyles whether you are a growing child or teenager, planning to get pregnant, or they can simply adapt with you as your bodies needs change through the life of the bed.




FLEXIBLE SLATS


> Flexible

The flexibility of the timber slats allows them to absorb downward pressure and help the mattress contour around your shape for a personalised, supported sleep.

> Minimises Pressure Points
Flexible slatted bases are designed to alleviate back pressure and pain that is caused by sleep systems that are too firm or too soft.

> Air Flow
The gaps between each slat and the nature of it being elevated off the floor, allows for ventilation around the mattress. This is important in maintaining a comfortable sleeping temperature.

> Eliminates Dustmites
Choosing a slat base over an ensemble base means you are eliminating a large environment that dustmites and allergens inhabited, thereby reducing adverse reactions for those who suffer allergies.

> Minimal Partner Disturbance
Flexible slatted bases are designed with two sets of slats and a central support bar, the advantage of this is when two people share the bed, they are not sharing the same slats, they have their own set, and movements on one side will not carry through to the other side. This results in minimal partner disturbance through the night, and differs to many ensemble style bases where the springs or coils are connected and movements can reverberate through.


ADJUSTABLE SLATS


> Customisable

Adjustable slats have the added benefit of rigidity adjusters which allow you to vary the tension over your back area independently of your partner. This feature is great when each partner has different preferences for firm or soft, or different requirements due to varying body weights.


> Changing Lifestyles
The ability to adjust the tension of the slats makes these perfect for those with changing lifestyles. Whether it is for a woman who is planning to get pregnant, or there is simply the chance that through the course of owning the bed your weight may alter (if you plan on having the bed for 8-10 years this is a likely scenario for many) the slats can adjust to such changes in weight, height and required support.  Adjustable support is also idea for growing children or teens, a 12 year old will require very different support when they are 17, although it is often the case that they will have the same bed throughout this period.

MOTORISED SLATS

> Head & Feet Elevation
Motorised slats allow you to raise and lower you head and feet using a remote control. These bases are great for people who like to relax in bed while reading and watching TV in a comfortable position. They are also a great option for people who have health concerns and need to be elevated when sleeping or have to spend extended periods of time in bed.  Motorised beds have largely been viewed as medical aids, the lifestyle and physical benefits they can bring to people of all ages means people are starting to view then in a new light.

Lifestyle Benefits: adjust the head or feet or both for comfortable reading in bed, working in bed, watching TV or movies and so on.

Health Benefits: sleeping with your head and feet raised is known to assist with circulation, reduce cramping (via improved circulation), and in some cases reduce snoring by opening up the nasal passage.  A motorised bed is also extremely ideal if you are planning parenthood, throughout the pregnancy phase you may adjust the bed to your comfort, and during the nursing stage you can raise and lower the bed with ease.


Last modified on Friday, 02 December 2011 11:10
Friday, 14 October 2011 13:56

How to Tell if you Need A New Mattress

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When you have a piece of furniture that needs replacing, it’s because it is old, out of style, broken or no longer suits your needs. With a mattress, it’s not always so easy to tell that you need a new one. Here are a few pointers to help recognise if it’s time for a new mattress.

UNCOMFORTABLE
If your mattress has become uncomfortable and you are waking with aches and pains or if you have developed reoccurring back pain, it may be time to replace your mattress.

SAGGING
If your mattress is showing visible signs of sagging or indentations and makes you and your partner roll to the middle of the bed.

WEAR & TEAR
If your mattress is showing signs of wear and tear, is lumpy or makes creaking noises when you move.

CHANGES
If your lifestyle situation changes, you may require a new mattress. For example, sharing a mattress with a partner rather than on your own may mean you need a new mattress to suit you both.

BETTER SLEEP ELSEWHERE
If you have recently slept over at a friend’s house or at a hotel and it has resulted in the best sleep you’ve had in a long while, it may be time to rethink how your mattress is performing.

YOUR AGE
As we get older, our bodies change and our mattress should change with it. This may mean upgrading to mattress with adjustable or motorised slats or changing to a mattress that doesn’t need to be turned or flipped.

MATTRESS AGE
For hygienic reasons, your mattress should be replaced every 10-12 years. Even if your warranty is covered for 15-20 years, that covers the materials, not necessarily the support.

TECHNOLOGY
As new technology in manufacturing processes and materials improve, new mattress options are introduced to the consumer to provide a different sleep solution. This may include mattresses that are anti-allergic, natural, breathable, etc. that were previously unavailable.

TIRED
If you wake in the morning feeling exhausted even if you have had 8 hours sleep, it may mean your mattress is no longer giving you the support you need, making you toss and turn during the night to get comfortable.


Last modified on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:20
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 16:02

Tips For Mattress Shopping

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Article written by Eliza Williams (Beyond Furniture)


We have noticed that many people have an anxiety about mattress shopping and selection, more so than with other furniture purchases.  This is understandable though, as there does seem like extra pressure to make the right decision about a mattress, given it will be where you sleep for the next few years, and not only does it have to be comfortable now it needs to last the distance.  Its also a purchase we are not very practised at, you don’t buy a mattress often, and in the time frame since you last purchased, the whole market has changed, with new studies and new products.  The anxiety is then compounded when you enter the research phase; there are so many different types of mattresses, with so many different claims, and such a broad range of prices for seemingly similar products.  So where do you start?

There are 3 broad rules most people can agree on:
1)    Buy the best mattress you can afford, it should be viewed as an investment in your health
2)    Buy a comfortable & supportive mattress, supportive means when you are lying on your side, your spine is aligned.
3)    Buy the biggest size that will fit, you will always sleep better on a bigger bed

Before you even walk out the door, you should answer a few questions about your sleep habits, this will define what you are looking for, and you can focus your search.  Then you can test the options available within the parameters of the goals you have set, and good sales assistants should be able to fit you to a bed based on your physical needs and your list of goals.

Step 1: Write down the answers to the following questions

Write down the answers to the following series of questions, if you will be sharing with your partner, ask them to do the same.  Once you have finished, look down your list, you have just outlined all the things you should be looking for in your new mattress.  When you are researching, look for mattresses that specifically mention how they address the things on your list, the mattress type that seems to meet the most of your goals is a good place to start looking. 

1. What size are you looking for (remembering the biggest that fits in your room is the best!)?
2. What is your price range?
3. What comfort level do you prefer? (soft, medium, firm, pillowy, etc)
4. What is your height?
5. What is your weight? (Be honest, the support you require, and how soft or firm a bed feels will be impacted by your weight)
6. Are you a hot sleeper, or a cold sleeper?
7. Do you suffer allergies?
8. Would you prefer to sleep on a mattress free from chemicals and synthetic fibres?
9. Do you suffer any injuries or pain? Are they related or aggravated by sleep?
10.  Are you generally a poor sleeper? Do you struggle to fall asleep, or are you restless?
11. Do you think there may be any major lifestyle changes in the next 5 years or so, such as significant weight gain or loss, or pregnancy?

And a few that relate to your current sleep system:
- What are you currently sleeping on?
- How do you find the comfort of it?
- How do you find the support?
- Are you waking up with any aches or pains?
- Do you have any complaints about the system- is it noisy or creaky, lumpy, do you roll in etc?
- Do you ever get cramps or pins and needles in the night?

Step 2: Based on your list, do a bit of research to see whats out there

Google is a good place to start, but be warned, there is a huge variety of mattresses on offer, all claiming various things, and it is easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated.  Remain clear headed, start with your budget, take a look at what options are in your price range.  There are 3 main types of mattresses available in Australia;

- Inner Spring & Coils: these are declining in popularity in favour of foam and latex which provide a more elastic support that responds to your body.
- Latex: there is a big range of latex available, they vary greatly in their quality and benefits.  Use the price tags to roughly guide you, and keep your goals in mind when looking at the different types.  There is no governing body on the labelling of mattresses in Australia, be a bit wary with claims of Talalay and natural etc.  The definitions are intentionally confusing, Talalay does not necessarily mean natural, it is a manufacturing process, and Natural may just refer to the upper layer of the mattress, or an element of it.
- Foam: including Memory Foam (including Tempur models), Natural Foam and synthetic foams.  With foam it is important to remember that the range of quality and benefits is as broad as for inner spring and latex, there are inexpensive models at the bottom, and premium models that are some of the most innovative and use the latest technology to offer incredible support & comfort. 

(Latex is also technically a foam mattress, although due to the broad range of latex types it is largely considered in its own category; however natural latex is foam made from tree sap, and synthetic latex is a foam made from synthetic materials designed to have similar reactive properties to natural latex).

Once you have discovered the three main categories, write down the ones that are within your budget and appear to meet some of your needs and call the stores to find out some more. When you ring the store, make sure they have the model you are interested in on display, also ask a few questions about the product.  The sales person should know the mattresses in detail, however look out for the sales people that ask you questions relating to your needs, the sales person that does has been trained to help you find a mattress based on your sleep experience, these are good stores to visit first.

This is a good time to point out, as inevitably once you start talking to the sales people you will start to hear the term ‘sleep systems’ rather then mattresses. A sleep system is made up of more than the mattress, it will be the base (whether it is ensemble or slats), plus mattress, plus pillow. Knowing which mattresses you are interested in is the first step though, the rest of the sleep system should be designed around the mattress, and whilst it is a huge factor in buying a new sleep system, it can be dealt with later.

Step 3: Testing Mattresses

Find a few stores to visit that have what you are looking for, ideally they are close together, but it is something you should put an afternoon aside for, it is best to test them on the same day, so you can recall the differences.  A few key factors when going shopping for a mattress:

- If you are sharing with a partner, take them with you, it’s important to test them together.  If dragging the hubby along means bribing him with a lunch out first, then do it.
- Wear comfy clothes, maybe not quite your pj’s, but close, a pair of tracksuit pants and a t-shirt, and shoes you can slip on and off easily, you want to be comfortable when testing the bed.
- Allow time, once in the store narrow down a few of your favourites then spend at least ten minutes on each.  Lie in the position you sleep in.  The sales person should offer you the time and space to do this in peace, if not, simply ask them.  Once you have gotten down to the finalists, try and spend up to half an hour on the mattress. 
- In order to do this, it’s a good idea to try and do the mattress testing in a stores quieter period, a week-day, or a Thursday night will mean you are not hurried by the next person wanting to test it out.
- If you have a special pillow - take it along (seriously!) the mattress needs to be comfortable for you.
- Ask lots of questions, but also check to see if the sales person is asking you lots of questions.  A good sales person should have ‘sized you up’, and matched you to the correct support (just like measuring your foot, and checking your arch when you buy new runners).  They should have then fired a series of questions at you just like the ones in the first section of this article, and addressed each of your areas of concern and matched you to a mattress to meet your goals.
- If you and your partner have very different needs or goals, do not compromise them, tell the sales person the differences, the latest sleep systems, such as the Dorsal sleep systems, offer customised support and comfort on each side of the bed, so no more compromises!

Step 4: Selecting a Mattress

After testing the mattress it is normal to do a bit more research on the details at home.  Stick to the options you have narrowed it down to though, as its easy to get distracted by conflicting info at this point.  A mattress is personal, you need to go with what you instinctively thought was best for you, at the end of the day ask yourself, which mattress would I most like to go home to tonight? Is it the best mattress I can afford? Am I comfortable in this decision?
If yes, then go for it.

Need a point in the right direction?

The Dorsal range of sleep systems offers incredible comfort & support, in addition to being natural, hygienic, and cool.  They are manufactured in Italy and boast some of the latest sleep innovations, check them out, or call Beyond Furniture on 1300 11 22 33 to learn more.

- Do you suffer aches and pains? Like the idea of memory foam but want something natural, and something that breathes? Check out the Zefiro mattress, the latest innovation.
- Do you want the perfect all rounder? Supportive, comfortable, natural, hygienic and with great air circulation (open cell constriction).  Check out the Triocell, the people’s (& staff’s!!) choice.
- Looking for the latest innovations, comfort and support for a great price, check out the Duocell model.
- Like memory foam, but want it natural with great air ventilation (open cell construction)? Check out the Dorsal’s natural memory model ‘Etoile’.


Last modified on Friday, 02 December 2011 11:37


Christine, 32 lives in Sydney with her partner Luke, 34.


1. What were you sleeping on before you got your new sleep system?

Before I received my sleep system from Beyond Furniture, I was sleeping on an inner-spring mattress on a flat base that I bought with my bed about 9 or 10 years ago. It wasn’t a particularly good quality mattress and by the end, it was very uncomfortable.


2. What do you look for in a mattress?

The main thing for me was that I didn’t want to make the same mistake as before, by focusing on the bed and getting any old mattress. I prefer a softer feel but with enough support to allow for an undisturbed sleep. A mattress that is cosy, yet supportive.


3. Why did you choose a Grand Soleil Mattress?

I needed new bed frame as I wanted to upgrade from a double to a queen size, and therefore required a new mattress too.

After researching all the mattresses on the market, I decided that I didn’t want another inner-spring mattress because of the dust-mite and hygiene reasons and I had heard from a couple of friends that their latex mattresses are very hot to sleep on. When I found out that the Dorsal mattresses are totally natural, breathable and dust-mite resistant, it was a no-brainer.


4. What sleep system did you choose?

After testing all the mattresses and slat combinations in the Crows Nest store, I decided to go with a Queen Triocell Medium mattress, Sleepdry Cover, Super Slats, and a Linea Bed.


5. Did you purchase pillows?

Yes, I needed new pillows and I really liked the feel of the Triocell Softcare ‘Soap’ pillow.


6. Did you have any concerns about the sleep system prior to purchasing? What were the outcomes?

My only slight concern was that perhaps the mattress would feel too soft because I was comparing it to the firm inner-spring mattress I had been sleeping on for the past 10 years. Purchasing the adjustable slats was the best idea because I can decide how firm or soft I want it. This feature made me feel more confident in purchasing as I knew I wouldn’t be stuck with something too firm or too soft – I could just adjust it at home to suit.


7. What are your favourite aspects of your new sleep system?

It’s a tie between my adjustable Super Slats and the fact that I can remove the mattress cover and wash it at home. My partner prefers a slightly firmer mattress so his side of the bed is adjusted to a firmer setting whereas my side is a little more flexible.


8. Have you noticed any major differences in your sleep?

I seem to sleep a lot deeper now. I used to move around a lot and swap from one side to the other a few times a night to get comfortable. Now, I fall asleep faster and sleep without waking. I also feel well-rested each morning which is a big difference because I have never been a morning person!


9. Would you recommend Grand Soleil mattresses to your friends or family?

I have already sent my friend and her husband in to test them out and would definitely recommend them to anyone in the market for a new sleep system.

Last modified on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 16:42
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 14:23

Memory Foam Pillows Improve Sleeping Comfort

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If you already have a memory foam mattress, you should give some serious thought to purchasing a memory foam pillow as well. Upgrading your pillow will help complete your luxury sleep experience and help ensure you get the most restful, comfortable sleep possible.


Beyond Furniture's natural foam pillows come in a variety of types, including Zefiro pillow, Therapeutic memory foam contour pillow and Triocell Softcare pillows. These pillows cradle your head and neck while you sleep and provide the same weightless feel you'd experience from a memory foam mattress. The contoured pillow is specially designed to support proper head and neck alignment, relieving pressure on the shoulders and is perfect for side sleepers. My personal favorite, the Therapeutic contour pillow is a neck pillow made with NaturMemory (Grand Soleil, natural oil based). This model is developed to perfectly hold the cervical area. The memory foam (visco elastic) has a auto-shaping property that allows the pillow to adapt to the shape of head and neck. The feeling is total and utter relaxation. Available in two covers, both removable and the whole pillow is washing machine suitable. To choose the memory foam pillow that is right for you, consider your preferred sleeping position and level of movement at night. This will help ensure you pick a pillow that will not only be comfortable, but will be easy for you to adjust as you change positions.


Although Beyond Furniture's natural foam pillows are more expensive than traditional pillows, they have very innovative property for comfort and moisture evaporation, and they typically last much longer because they do not bunch or flatten like a traditional pillow. They all have a removable, washable cover that can be machine washed to reduce allergen concerns. They also provide a level of comfort and support that is unparallelled, giving you the support you need to wake well rested and without aches and pains in your neck and shoulders. Order a memory foam pillow today to complement your memory foam mattress and experience the ultimate luxury sleep experience.

Last modified on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 15:39
Friday, 29 July 2011 17:06

Adjustable Beds…Modern Lifestyle

Published in Beyond Team Blog Written by Beyond Furniture Team


When people think of adjustable beds they sometimes associate them with the stereotypical hospital bed. If you have ever been in the hospital you probably don’t have very fond memories of the beds (or anything else). But time has changed, these days people like to use their laptop computer on bed or even watch TV in bed, an adjustable bed becomes a new lifestyle.


The experience of sleeping on one of the new generation of adjustable beds for the home could not be more different from the noisy, clunky hospital beds.   It is, in fact, the most comfortable and luxurious experience you can find in any bed. And for good measure… it’s fantastic for your health.


Many people don’t realize that you can use any type of mattress that you like with an adjustable bed. Combine a super ergonomic mattress such as the best memory foam with the flexibility of an adjustable bed and you get a fully customized sleep experience.  If you’re like me and enjoy reading and watching television in bed - WOW, what a difference.


Some of the available features of the adjustable beds will blow you away.  If you have ever woken up stiff in the morning it is probably because the position you slept in didn’t allow for proper blood circulation. Beyond Furniture's adjustable beds have a feature that you can change your sleeping position throughout the night, and This allows for the best possible blood circulation.  Imagine waking up in the morning and actually feeling BETTER than when you went to bed.


Last modified on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 15:36

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