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Sleeping Beauty-ful: The Conclusion
Some months back, I mentioned I was hunting for a green mattress; I promised to keep you updated on the results of the organic wool and natural latex sleeping experiment. Well, it's been three months since I've written anything. I guess you could say I've been catching up on my sleep.
I've slept on a variety of surfaces in my lifetime: inner-spring mattress, American futon, Swiss futon, Japanese futon, straw, and, of course, the floor. I've slept as high as three mattresses stacked, and as low as the hardwood itself. I've also slept on a number of mattress toppers: "egg crate" foam, memory foam, cotton, down, and poly-fill.
I am a three-way sleeper. I change sleep positions from back to side to stomach all in one night. I have back problems, like so many of you, and insomnia. I know good sleep when I get it, which is rare.
In the three months I've been sleeping on the new pesticide-, flame retardant- and chemical-free natural latex mattress (with three layers of firmness ranging from firm to soft), and the organic wool topper (meant to add extra padding, as well as regulate temperature in both summer and winter), in addition to super soft organic sheets (I couldn't put pesticide-heavy cotton sheets on the new combo) I have experienced many, many more good nights than not.
The mattress seems to support my weight evenly, and imparts the feeling of being "lifted," somehow. Yes, it's a bit like sleeping on a cloud; I'll admit to the cliché. I don't wake up hot in the middle of the night anymore, and when I move, no one else does. HUGE improvement. I went with the natural latex over a memory foam mattress because I wanted to feel like I was lying ON the bed, rather than IN it (and the natural latex has the added benefit of having no added flame retardants or added chemicals).
I would love to do a comparative sleep study of both memory foam and latex one day (maybe when this bed wears out), but I am thrilled to have a clean, green, serene place to rest my head for the next 20 years!
Our mattress comes from Savvy Rest Organic Mattresses, and is made from Dunlop natural latex. Savvy Rest received the National Geographic "Greenest" award, and their website is full of interesting info—I never knew how rubber was harvested before visiting them.
One note of caution: This is an EXPENSIVE item. It's not more than other specialty mattresses, but it is probably more than you've ever considered spending on something you enjoy while unconscious. This is why I encourage ALL of you to do some research of your own when looking for a green mattress. Perhaps your needs can be met by buying a simple organic cotton spring mattress, or an organic futon; there's even a company that makes a mattress out of cherry pits!
Going green is so easy, you can even do it in your sleep.