Wool

The Sheared Comfort of Wool

Ancient and Modern Textile Fiber Along with linen and cotton, wool is one of the oldest textile fibers in the world, and the oldest animal textile fiber. Along with this, sheep, the major producers of wool, join goats and cattle as animals with the longest history of domestication. What is Wool? According to Ann Braaten[1], as quoted on Wikipedia[2], “Wool is the textile fiber obtained from sheep and other animals.” Wool is animal hair, but not all animal hair is wool. What makes it wool is the structure of the hair. Wool hairs are crimped and/or tightly coiled, which makes ...
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Varieties of Memory Foam

Varieties of Memory Foam

Not all Memory Foam Is the Same When a Swedish foam manufacturer, Fagerdala, introduced mattresses made with its Tempur Material to consumers over 25 years ago, it was the only memory foam on the market. Now when you shop for memory foam products, especially mattresses, different varieties of memory foam are featured in the offerings. This is compounded by the many trade names used, and one may wonder, “Is ABC the same as XYZ?” Just reading the ads and sellers’ descriptions, it would be easy to think that there are literally dozens of types of memory foam. The actual number ...
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Mattress

More about Mattresses

History, Trends, Types, Marketing, Innovations, Etc. This blog section is about memory foam mattresses in particular (as is this site) and mattresses in general. The first two articles here are about (1) the 25th anniversary of the memory foam mattress, and (2) the current trend toward boxed mattresses sold only or primarily online. While other sections deal with Certifications for Mattress Ingredients, Materials in Mattresses, and Sleep Issues, this section covers types of mattresses, history of mattresses, current trends, marketing, innovations, and other topics related to mattresses. Current articles in this section are: A Quarter Century of Memory Foam Mattresses ...
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Materials in Mattresses

Materials in Mattresses

A material truth is that a mattress can be no better than what it is made of. What is inside is critically important, but what is on the outside also matters. Kinds of mattresses are classified by their major component materials, for comfort and for support – innersprings, memory foam, latex, water, air, wool, cotton, feathers/down. Various natural and synthetic fibers make up mattress covers, and there are special materials used in fire barriers. This site naturally focuses on memory foam, but other materials do play roles, especially when we are comparing different brands and models of mattresses. In many ...
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Z's for sleep

Sleep Issues

Just as sure as night and day, sleep is a part of life – not just a part, but an integral part. It’s the way we are made. Machines can be made to run day-and-night weeks at a time, but not the human body. A few decades ago, a lot was written about how cetaceans (dolphins and whales) never slept, because they would drown if they did. Now we know that they do sleep, but with only half the brain at a time.[1][2][3][4] The surprise to many of us is that some sleep about one third of each day. Makers ...
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Certified Check Mark

Certifications for Mattress Ingredients

              Issues of Concern With regulatory requirements, and with increased public awareness and concern for product safety and healthfulness, sustainability of resources, social responsibility, and the environment, more attention is being paid to certifications in these areas and others. There are several governmental and non-profit agencies as well as industry and market associations providing certification for many products, including bedding and mattresses. This was already an issue in 2012, when BedTimes Magazine noted, "Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about what goes into the products they buy ..." Several certifications were explained in the article, "Mattress Certifications, Standards, Seals, Tags and Labels." ...
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