The more we learn about sleep, the more we realise how critical it is to our physical and mental wellbeing. You will have an intimate affair with beds for a cumulative total of at least 20 years of your life. The perfect bed means you wake up feeling rested and full of energy, so how do you find the right mattress? Rochelle Le Pine from Okooko tells us what she looks for.
There are four main types of mattress construction in the market: springs – generally pocket springs; memory foam; natural latex; and PU foams including synthetic latex.
Which is the best for you? Budget will always come into play at the outset. There is an old adage: “Spend money on shoes and your mattress, because if you’re not in one, you’re in the other.” This is so true. Unfortunately, many people, especially in Hong Kong, spend on their shoes and compromise on their mattress!
All of the aforementioned mattress types have pros and cons, but there are a few key things to look for when making a choice that will ensure sure you get a great night’s sleep.
#1 Natural materials
Many beds and bedding materials available today are derived from petrochemicals and made using toxic or carcinogenic chemical processes. And because sleep is an active process, every movement compresses these materials and releases toxic fumes into the air.
It makes sense to sleep with pure and natural fibres surrounding you that will aid your breathing and maintain your body temperature, and that aren’t full of unnecessary chemical treatments. It is sleep the way nature intended. The Okokoo Bodyfit Sleep System is designed to maximise airflow around the mattress. This feature eliminates moisture retention, dust mites, bacteria and fungi. This is a benefit appreciated by everyone, but in particular those who are prone to allergies or asthma.
Our mattress ranges are made from natural, renewable, recyclable and sustainable resources such as bamboo, wool and 100 percent natural latex. We carefully combine these natural fibres and materials to work together to give you a natural and healthier night’s sleep.
#2 Specific fit
We are all unique shapes and sizes, and we all have our own sleeping preferences. Your bed should also be personalised to fit your body – not anyone else’s. Okooko has developed an easy-to-use Bodyfit Prescription tool online, which takes all the guesswork out of finding the perfect bed. Individuals answer a simple series of questions about their unique body characteristics, and the prescription tool then recommends the correct sleep system. The Bodyfit Sleep System is measured, fitted and tuned to each partner’s unique body characteristics so they get an energising and renewing night’s sleep, every night.
#3 Good support
Okooko’s Bodyfit Sleep System is a two-in-one support unit with independent flexible slat systems. When your partner moves, you don’t, as each side of the bed is “tuned” to your individual needs. Bodyfit support absorbs movement and ensures that each side of the bed remains undisturbed.
We also use latex in all of our mattresses. Latex, as well as being 100 percent natural, has many amazing health properties: it reduces pressure points and prevents restricted capillary blood flow, the main cause of muscle aches and general restless sleep. It is naturally mould- and mildew-resistant, thus creating an environment totally resistant to dust mites. Due to its hypoallergenic qualities, latex is the perfect mattress for allergy sufferers.
Comfort is a personal preference but most people prefer a nice, soft feeling at the beginning, followed by an upward force that supports the body as it sinks deeper in the mattress. Sleep institutions have developed a “Comfort Index” to determine the ideal sleeping comfort; latex scores much better than springs, which become very hard when pushed deeply, and foam, which “breaks” at a certain moment.
The “perfect” mattress is one that adapts perfectly to the contours of your body and gives you support, so you sleep with a straight back. When on your back it should push into your lower back, and when on your side it should let your shoulder and hip sink sufficiently so your spine is always in a neutral position.
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