We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, but so many of us struggle to experience rest of any real quality. Whether it’s waking up with back pain or coping with a partner who has different mattress needs and wants, it’s not always easy to start the day feeling fully refreshed. Ideally, we would get a good seven to eight hours each evening, yet many adults are not achieving this. A lack of sleep has been linked to a number of negative health impacts, such as raising the sensation of hunger. It also affects your ability to concentrate, ages your skin, and can contribute to depression. The right mattress is key to good sleep. Okooko by European Bedding has a range of sleeping systems focused on back support and individual sleeping needs. Here, General Manager of Okooko by European Bedding, Thijs Veyfeyken, details eight things to consider when you are choosing a mattress.
#1 Natural materials
Originating from the sap of the rubber tree, a 100 percent pure natural latex mattress contains no harmful chemicals or metal springs.
#2 Body shape
Our bodies aren’t straight; they’re curved. Therefore, it’s necessary to have a mattress that has the ability to follow the shape of our body while giving the support that we need.
#3 Good pressure distribution
Uneven pressure distribution can cause pressure points to build up, resulting in discomfort and numbness. The right support contributes to better blood circulation.
#4 High durability
A good-quality latex mattress should last 15 to 20 years.
#5 Good breathability
Your mattress should be breathable to ensure good air circulation to reduce the feeling of clamminess.
#6 Dust mite and mould resistant
A mattress core should be naturally anti-dust mite and anti-mould, especially in humid Hong Kong.
#7 Removable covers
Sweat, stains, bacteria and more can affect your bed over the years. A removable and cleanable mattress cover ensures your mattress is properly cleaned.
#8 Partner disturbance
If you’re sleeping next to someone, finding a mattress that doesn’t move from one side to the other is ideal
The store’s mattresses are organic and resilient, with amazing back support that can be personalised to you and your sleeping habits. Their beds also come with gorgeous pure latex pillows and adjustable ergonomic slatted bed bases. Couples with different comfort preferences can choose a mattress or bed base that allows for an individual feel, all within one king-size mattress cover and bed frame.
Each mattress is designed and produced with Thijs’s eight key points in mind. They’re healthy, customised, hygienic, natural and, importantly, affordable. You can even try out the mattress for 100 days in the comfort of your home and make changes to the firmness and comfort to suit your needs.
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This article first appeared in the City Guide 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.