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Mattresses from local to digital

The Mattress Business – from Local to Global to Digital

Make Your Bed In the beginning, manufacturing mattresses was not a business. It was a home activity, a periodic chore, literally “making your bed.” Find something – anything – to put on the ground to cushion you while sleeping. It could be supple small, green branches covered with straw and leaves. Put down an animal hide or a mat woven from strips of bark. Your coat is now your blanket. It’s in the Bag Early in history people began filling bags with soft materials and sewing them shut – cushions to sit on, pillows to lay your head on. In ...
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Counting Sheep to Get to Sleep

Counting Sheep – Getting to Sleep

Countering Insomnia “I can’t sleep …” Insomnia – that’s what counting sheep is for. Insomnia is sleeplessness, not being able to fall asleep. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, between 30% and 35% of adults have occasional insomnia, with brief episodes. Another 15-20% experience short-term insomnia (three months or less). And 10% have chronic insomnia, lasting more than three months with three or more instances per week. An Ancient Ailment For thousands of years, people have sometimes been unable to sleep. A classic case is in the ancient story of Daniel in the lions’ den. After Daniel was ...
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Mattress

More about Mattresses

Participate in our survey. 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 ...
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Materials in Mattresses

Materials in Mattresses

Participate in our survey. 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 ...
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Z's for sleep

Sleep Issues

Participate in our survey. 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 ...
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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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