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  • Pillowtop Mattresses vs. The Alternative Gel

    Choosing the right mattress is exceptionally important for overall health. The average consumer spends over forty hours every single week lying on a mattress. If that mattress is too firm, too soft, too lumpy, or unsupportive, serious health issues can result. Problems with the back, neck, shoulders, and hips can be caused by a cheap mattress or a mattress that has not been replaced in several years. Studies have linked insomnia and inadequate sleep levels to low quality mattresses. It’s clear that choosing a top-of-the- line mattress can have a dramatic impact on your health and your sleep patterns. What, though, makes a mattress top- of-the- line or high quality? There are so many different mattress styles to choose from. Many consumers get overwhelmed when they start asking questions about mattresses, and begin the shopping process. Two popular mattress types include pillow top mattresses and alternative gel mattresses. These two mattress styles have undergone recent improvements that make both of them incredibly valuable options for improving your overall health. Which option, however, is the best?

    Pillowtop Mattresses Offer Luxurious Softness

    A pillowtop mattress is a regular spring mattress that is topped with a luxurious layer of soft down or artificial fillers. Higher quality pillowtop mattresses, of course, are filled with real down. Down is the soft feathers that can be found as insulation below the flight feathers on bird breeds like ducks and geese. Down is notoriously soft, and many people like to sleep on down pillows because this soft filler material conforms to the shape of their neck, head, and shoulders. The comfort of a down pillow has been expanded into the world of mattresses. Pillowtop mattresses feature a layer of soft down or artificial down across the entire surface of the mattress. This makes them as soft as a pillow.

    Pillowtop Mattresses Are Easier to Maintain

    Pillowtop mattresses may be easier to maintain than alternative gel mattresses because they aren’t filled with a semi-liquid material, and they don’t have all the risks associated with alternative gel mattresses. A pillowtop mattress can be cleaned with a regular vacuum hose attachment. The hose is directed slowly across the surface of the mattress, and dust particles, mites, and other contaminants can be easily removed. That said, it is thought that alternative gel mattresses may be more hypoallergenic than pillowtop mattresses, especially if a pillowtop is filled with real bird down.

    Alternative Gel Mattresses Claim to Help with Mattress Cooling

    Alternative gel mattresses claim to help with mattress cooling. A mattress topper that absorbs body heat may cause overheating for the consumer, and overheating has been linked to insomnia in numerous studies. The gel material that fills the top of an alternative gel mattress is supposedly designed to absorb body heat, and wick it away from the consumer. Alternative gel mattresses certainly do feel cool to the touch when you initially lay on top of them, but there is no evidence that these mattresses are capable of maintaining that cool temperature after prolonged exposure to a body.

    Alternative Gel Mattresses May Deteriorate Over Time

    One final risk of alternative gel mattresses is the potential for gel deterioration over time. There have been some suggestions that inexpensive gel fillers may break down after several years. This, of course, will eliminate a great deal of the cushioning effect achieved with these mattresses. Pillowtop mattresses, too, become unevenly distributed over time, which is why consumers should replace mattresses on a regular basis according to manufacturer recommendations.

  • How Can I Tell When I Need a New Mattress?

    “How can you tell when you need a new mattress?  Find out some telling signs that suggest when it's time to replace the old box and spring.”

    With most bedroom products, you pretty much know when you need a replacement.  When sheets become stained or worn, when dressers become scratched and ugly, there's no question.  However, a mattress will probably look much the same—at least for several years.  So there is some question as to how you know when a mattress is no longer serving its purpose.

    In fact, your mattress may very well feel comfy, even if it is doing a number on your back.  You must remember that a mattress is designed to provide your body not only with support, but also comfort.  So you can't just assume that because it still does the job, it's perfectly capable of lasting another 10 years.  Your back probably can't take it for much longer, not if the mattress has become warped.

    There are a number of sure signs to look for if you suspect your mattress has been significantly “worn” and is no longer good for bed rest.  They include:

    • Stiffness when you wake up
    • Numbness or various bodily aches
    • Visible signs of tear or wear
    • Lumps or uneven parts of it
    • You seem to sleep better on the couch

    How Old is Your Mattress?

    And of course there's the fail proof “time test.”  Chances are, if your mattress is older than seven years, then it's been far too long!  Most mattresses, and especially “affordable” mattresses only have a lifespan of about seven years to begin with, and if it is frequently used (which mattresses are known to be, since we have that nasty habit of going to sleep daily) then it can wear out even sooner than the maximum time span.

    A mattress would ideally last a long time, but we have to ask ourselves, do we ourselves change in seven to ten years?  Of course!  Our bodies go through significant changes year to year, and the mattress you keep absorbs everything, from weight gain, to uneven pressures to all sorts of miscellaneous issues.  (Like your kids jumping on the bed!)

    The wise thing to do is to replace your mattress on a regular basis, so that your family has access to quality sleep and optimal health.  And remember, recycle your mattress by giving it to a store that accepts old mattresses, as this will go a long way in green efforts and space-saving.

    If you need new bedding materials then consider a trusted name like Mattress 1 who specializes in quality brand name products like Sealy and Tempurpedic.

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