The Best Mattress for a Healthy Night’s Sleep

A Good Nights Sleep

A good night’s sleep is a major component of a healthy lifestyle, and yet it’s elusive for many people. I’ve talked at length about circadian rhythms, the importance of creating a sleep routine, and other sleep tips, but cleaning up your sleep environment can have a big impact too. Your mattress plays a big part in that.

Here are the 3 most important questions to consider in choosing a mattress to support a healthy night’s sleep:

Is It Made From Toxic Materials?

You’re ideally spending 7-8 hours a night cozying up to your mattress, so make sure you choose one that is as natural as possible. Avoid PBDEs used in mattresses as flame retardants. A good natural mattress will utilize a non-toxic Kevlar flame retardant or a wool layer. Always ask questions about the flame retardant, as wool, even organic, must be bonded together with synthetic adhesive fibers, which are often toxic. Some companies can make you a mattress without the flame retardant if you have a note from your doctor.

If your body can work on its own vital processes instead of combating toxins while you sleep you’ll wake more rested.

Does It Optimize Blood Flow?

Is your mattress really comfortable? Comfort is not just about the first 10 minutes, it’s about the whole 8 hours.

Optimized blood flow is a crucial element of a restful night sleep that is rarely considered. You want to find a mattress that creates unrestricted blood flow through proper support and pressure relief. Memory foam is one of the best options to ensure this.

Poor circulation can cause pain that leaves you tossing and turning. Every time you’re roused to change your sleeping position, you reset your sleep cycle, which again can leave you feeling groggy and tired even after a full night’s sleep.

Will It Give You Good Support?

You’ll want to avoid spring mattresses, as the components are generally the lowest quality on the market. Spring mattresses are also the biggest culprit of triggering pressure points, especially with the loss in support that occurs after just a few years of use.

Natural and organic latex mattresses are durable and work well for a clean air environment, but they fall short when it comes to properly supporting your body and reducing those pressure points.

Memory foam is a material that gives you all the body support benefits but without the clean air benefits of natural latex.

Quick tip: If the natural mattress you’re looking at is topped with wool, make sure the wool layer can be easily removed and washed. Wool is a nesting ground for dust mites which are a pain for most allergy sufferers.

So, reducing sleep interruptions & pressure points, promoting a clean air environment, and ensuring proper skeletal support are the most important attributes of a quality mattress. While many brands offer solutions to at least one issue, finding a mattress that combines all of these attributes really narrows down the playing field.

I’ve recently switched to Essentia’s natural memory foam mattress after learning their mattresses are considered the world’s healthiest according to Delos, the founder of the WELL Building Standard®, a conclusion that was reached after analyzing and testing dozens of mattresses with teams from Columbia University Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic.

I have to say, the difference is clear. I’ve been enjoying a new level of rest and recovery, plus the peace of mind of knowing that I’m getting a healthy night’s sleep.

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  • Nader.K.

    Urethane and other VOC’s. And you recommend memory foam seriously?

  • susan

    i have had MS over 2 decades and had major back injuries/ surgeries before that. i had previously had backaches from being broadsided in a carwreck and found that an extremely firm surface (floor) was most comfortable for me to sleep on. however, after having major back injury w/ fracture later on, i absolutely prefer a waterbed without baffles to sleep on. while my chiropracter may disagree, i am convinced this is what works best FOR ME. i have tried Tempurpedic, Sleep Number bed (worst for me!), memory foam, relative’s expensive mattresses, Korean jade bed, etc. and always development pain & numbness after 2 days or so. i also don’t snore on the waterbed, but do on other surfaces. i can’t sleep on hotel beds, so rarely travel. i would not make a blanket (pun intended) statement about the best type of bed for all. it seems very individual based on one’s issues. we also keep a timer on the waterbed heater, so that we are not sleeping on it when heater is on & receiving unnecessary electromagneticism. my husband has a very healthy back & loves the waterbed too. he can, however, sleep on anything.

  • Diane

    Please share your viewpoints on the legal claims against essentia. Want to buy their product, but hesitant from some of the things I have read. Thanks.

  • Linda Feland-Swityk

    I love my memory foam mattress!

  • Donna Halloran

    This article is loaded with misinformation about wool being treated , natural latex not being supportive enough, springs being low quality, Kevlar being natural when it is completely synthetic and a DuPont brand name, recommending mattresses from a company such as Essentia when they cannot give independent lab results showing that their latex rubber is natural.
    I am going out an a limb by telling you that I suspect that you might have been paid by Essentia to write this article in much the same way that expert doctors were paid by chemical companies to advocate for pounds of toxic flame retardants in mattresses. It is difficult for me to believe that you could write most of this article without having been fed this information from Essentia.

  • Anonymous

    I am not aware of the legal claims; Dr. Lipman simply likes the mattress (he has one).
    -Be Well Health Coach, Laura

  • Anonymous

    Dr. Lipman has an Essentia mattess and likes it, which is why he wrote this blog post. He is sharing the information that he has or believes, but of course, it is just his opinion and not his core area of expertise, as a medical doctor.
    -Be Well health coach, laura

  • Donna Halloran

    Honestly, it is scary to know that a scientist or medical doctor writes a blog post for the consumption of the public , sharing ” opinions” or “beliefs” that are facts and factually inaccurate.

  • Donna Halloran

    Hi Diane,

    The FTC ordered them to stop making claims that they could not prove about their mattresses having no VOC’s. My friend owns an organic mattress store and took in two Essentia mattresses. After 1.5 yrs of our trying to get Essentia to give independent lab test results showing that their latex rubber was indeed natural, Essentia failed to provide this. So, they got rid of their mattresses. All of the other manufacturers were able to give certifications on all of their components.

    Here you go. http://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/cases/131114essentiado.pdf

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for bringing this up Diane ~ We weren’t aware of any legal claims, the only thing that we came up with is an old ftc claim about regulation of specific words used in advertising a product. We reached out to Essentia to comment on this, and here is their response: “Since then, as a precaution and to be transparent, all the website claims, information, and test results have been verified.” I believe you can find all of the independent studies disclosed in full on their website, under the about us tab.
    ~ Be Well Coach Jennifer

  • Anonymous

    We met with the makers of Essentia mattresses last spring and were impressed by their process, their product, and their 3rd party endorsements. We spoke at length about the extremely high level of independent testing that has shown their product to be of superior quality, delivering the benefits of memory foam for support without the usual compromise of significant off gassing to effect air quality.

    If you’d like to investigate the independent lab results showing virtually non existent levels of off-gassing, you can see the results on the about us tab of the essential website, or by following this link: http://www.myessentia.com/media/wysiwyg/certificate/exp-report.pdf

    Dr. Lipman sleeps on an essentia mattress for all of these reasons and has been quite satisfied with his experience, but by no means should you follow his recommendation if it doesn’t speak to you.

    ~ Be Well Coach, Jennifer

  • Anonymous

    Air quality is certainly a concern with standard memory foam mattresses. What Dr Lipman appreciates about essentia specifically is that it delivers a product with the benefits of memory foam but without the off gassing. You can see the full air quality report (by performed by Exova) on essentia’s website under the about us tab.
    ~ Be Well Coach, Jennifer

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing your experience Susan. As with food, it’s certainly true that there’s no one right way for everyone. I’m happy to hear you’ve found a solution for your situation. ~ Be Well Coach, Jennifer

  • Anonymous

    Does Dr Lipman recommend a certain company for dust mite allergy covers? I am looking for an organic company that is made in usa. Thank you!

  • kareem

    Curious – did you receive money and/or products to write this post? I’d love to believe you didn’t, but it colors your conclusions if you did.

    Plus, the FCC requires it: http://www.blogher.com/must-read-ftc-clarifies-their-rules-bloggers

  • trina

    For those seeking quality in a handmade, organic/natural mattress, try My Green Mattress. Their inputs are 3rd party certified and they use certified organic cotton, wool from New Zealand and natural latex, not synthetic. Most of their mattresses utilize a pocketed coil system with layers of natural latex. http://www.mygreenmattress.com/

  • Chris

    I have noticed though, that a memory foam mattress traps heat. This is a VERY large problem for my comfort and maintaining a health and consistent temperature during the night. I understand that there are now foam mattresses that ensure better air flow than when first introduced. But, this is a large concern of mine when making an investment that could strap me for weeks.

  • Chris

    I have noticed though, that a memory foam mattress traps heat. This is a VERY large problem for my comfort and maintaining a health and consistent temperature during the night. I understand that there are now foam mattresses that ensure better air flow than when first introduced. But, this is a large concern of mine when making an investment that could strap me for weeks.

  • Chris

    I have noticed though, that a memory foam mattress traps heat. This is a VERY large problem for my comfort and maintaining a health and consistent temperature during the night. I understand that there are now foam mattresses that ensure better air flow than when first introduced. But, this is a large concern of mine when making an investment that could strap me for weeks.

  • Chris

    I have noticed though, that a memory foam mattress traps heat. This is a VERY large problem for my comfort and maintaining a health and consistent temperature during the night. I understand that there are now foam mattresses that ensure better air flow than when first introduced. But, this is a large concern of mine when making an investment that could strap me for weeks.

  • Seth Kent

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  • How is the heat factor with this mattress? Does it get warm like other memory foams have been known to do?

  • G. Miller

    I just bought the $6200 Essentia “Dormeuse” “soft” mattress. I spent 45 minutes on the phone with the NY salesperson and explained my needs in detail. It’s like sleeping on a slab of granite with a thin layer of foam. I now have backaches again from sleeping on this mattress. My husband has neck issues, and can’t sleep on it at all. I will have to pay 9% restocking/shipping fee to return it ($590) And, I’m stuck with an $189 pillow that is also very hard. I knew I shouldn’t have purchased a mattress online. Buyer beware.

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