The fact that we spend
a third of our lives in bed means that nothing in our homes gets as much use as our mattress. We are all aware how important it is to our quality of life and we understand that a good mattress costs very little when you compare this investment to the benefits you gain in health and well-being.
Surveys suggest that over 70% of people complain that they sleep poorly, with only 30% being satisfied with their night's sleep. Although poor sleep can have many causes, it often boils down to an incorrect sleeping position.
When it comes to mattresses,
harder is not necessarily better. A good mattress should adjust itself to the human body in an anatomically suitable manner. It is important that it does not sink too deeply under your hips and pelvis, since these are the places that come under most strain. Instead, it should absorb and distribute the body's weight. Otherwise, we end up in an unnatural sleeping position that all too frequently leads to back pain. A good mattress should yield to all your movements, but should immediately return to its original position once the load is removed.
What do doctors say? A good mattress should also provide a relatively soft surface to ensure that the skin is not too heavily compressed, a problem which may otherwise lead to circulatory disturbances. Although our bodies equalize the compression in our skin and tissues through movements, a sleepless night can often result if the body has to do this too often. Any mattress intended to promote healthy sleep should ensure that your body does not sink into it and should prevent your spine from being left sagging for hours on end. The body's weight should be evenly distributed across the mattress surface.
Ideal Sleeping Conditions
A mattress that is good for your body should be designed to create sleeping conditions that are neither too humid nor too warm. Healthy sleeping conditions mean that your body's warmth is neither blocked in nor too quickly released and that moisture released by the body is properly absorbed by the mattress material and rapidly dissipated. Even under ideal sleeping conditions, our bodies release anywhere between 200 and 300 cm of moisture during the course of the night. That is why a mattress should consist of a material that is capable of self-ventilation, as well as being hygienic and easy to clean!
To accommodate this,
Bedtek mattresses have quilted cotton covers. On the inside of the cover is a Lyocel membrane which traps moisture, dust mites, bacteria and unhealthy materials in the cover itself, thereby protecting the mattress core from infestation or contamination. The cover can then be removed using a full-circumference zip, separated into two halves and machine washed at up to 60 degrees. This is the perfect solution for anyone who suffers from allergies - simply hot-wash the cover and wash it all away!
All Bedtek mattresses are exclusively fitted with high-quality cotton composites and have passed the stringent German Oeko - Tex 100 Standard.
Identifying Ecologically Sound Products
There is an
increasing awareness of the relationship between textile production and related environmental issues. The media feeds this concern, in particular with regards to topics addressing harmful substances historically present in many textiles and their effects on human health. The Oeko-Tex 100 Standard comprehensively addresses the Human Ecology component of textile products. It evaluates and screens for any harmful substances present within processed textiles intended to come into contact with consumers.
Textile and clothing producers are working successfully to design products so that no harmful substances are present in any significant amounts and to achieve this, a significant technological effort is required by industry. Manufacturers can work towards this goal by adopting recognized "environmentally friendly" methods such as the careful selection of dyes, optimization of the dye baths, chlorine free bleaching techniques, low formaldehyde finishing methods and by selecting pesticide and heavy metal free materials. By employing these and other recognized methods, the results of these efforts are safe products, which pose no risk to the consumer.
When you optimize the ergonomic support from your bed, you take care better care of your back and experience a far more rejuvenating sleep.
Below is the Bedtek list of essential things to look for when purchasing a new mattress.
1. Consider choosing a solid material mattress
- (not springs) which is made of a flexible/elastic material - ie latex, memory foams and high tech foams such as Visco (memory foam) and ColdFoam.
2. Choose a mattress which is ergonomically zoned
- denser in the middle where you are heavier and need more support, and softer in the shoulders because shoulders are wide and need to go down further into the mattress.
3. Choose a mattress with removable washable covers,
- which are certified as non-allergenic (ie suitable for allergy sufferers). Our German and Swiss mattresses covers are removable and washable at 60 degrees celsius.
4. Choose a mattress which is certified free from any hazardous chemicals.
- only then can you be sure of a healthy and non-toxic sleep environment. Our German and Swiss mattresses are certified and manufactured under the voluntary Oeko-text standard. Check any mattress before you buy to ensure that mattresses is independently certified as safe - beware of unsubstantiated manufacturer claims about cleanliness, support, materials and safety.
5. Consider your specific needs, and those of your partner
- are they the same?
If you have pressure related problems [sore shoulders, hips etc.] then consider a softer mattress or one with some memory foam in it. If your problems are largely support related, choose a mattress which is soft enough to distribute your weight evenly, but not so soft that you have trouble turning over on it. Ignore old wives tales about hard mattresses being appropriate or good for your back - they put unnecessary pressure on the rest of your body because they do not evenly distribute your weight. As long as the mattress is zoned for density, then even a mattress that is softer than you would normally risk buying, will in fact support you. If your weight or needs is greatly different from that of your partner, or you have a problem with partner disturbance, then consider buying side-by-side mattresses.
6. Consider the role of your bed frame
- in particular, the slats. Bedtek mattresses will perform significantly better on a system of flexible slats. Please refer to our page on how to choose a slatted frame system for more information.
7. Consider the technical aspects of various mattress materials
- as these are closely connected to healthy sleep and the life-span of the mattress. Below you will find additional information to help you choose a high quality product which is suitable to your needs.
All Bedtek Products Have Safety Certificates
The salesperson in your local bedding store may not have all the right answers when is comes to customer questions about product safety - specifically, the presence of unhealthy or hazardous chemicals in furniture and textile products. are poorly answered.
Bedtek has been - since 2005 - "Australia's Leading Healthy-bedding Store".
We choose our Germany and Swiss manufacturers carefully, and ensure that any claims that they make have been independently-verified by the relevant European and International standards authorities, and their testing-facilities.
We offer our products for sale detailed discussions with our manufacturers, and citing of their standards certificates. This ensures that all Bedtek products are manufactured to the highest safety standards. All Bedtek products, including timbers, glues, mdf, textiles and foams are produced, tested and certified to be and chemical-safe AND suitable for allergy suffers.
Click on the pictures below to go to the official standards web-sites for detailed information on standards, testing, and other certification topics so that "when you buy from Bedtek, you are buying the safest beds in Germany and Switzerland, and without a doubt, "the safest beds in Australia".
Bedtek products DO NOT contain fire-retardants or any other chemical treatments.
*Bedtek products DO NOT contain fire-retardants or any other chemical treatments.
Non-allergenic / Chemical free foams
Non-allergenic / Chemical-safe textiles
Bedtek instructions setting up adjustable slat bases