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When Should I Buy a New Mattress?

When should I buy a new mattress?

Okay, so you’ve had your current mattress for how long you can’t remember and you want to know – When should I buy a new mattress? If you are keeping track of it like you would your oil change (specific timing), you would change your mattress out every 5 years or so, but maybe you think you get more “mileage” out of your mattress than most people because you aren’t as rough with it as other people are. How can you really know when it’s time to get rid of your old mattress and buy a new one? It isn’t so much about following the calendar exactly, but more about “signs” and “symptoms” of your present mattress just being sick, or worn out.

If your mattress is sagging or has a noticeable depression in it, it’s pretty obvious that it’s time to get a new one. If it takes you 5 years or 10 years to get to that point, who cares, maybe you are as light as a feather and don’t really “rough up” your mattress all that much and so it takes you 8. If your mattress is feeling lumpy or your children have done so many acrobatics on it that it is one of the rings in a 3-ring circus, then maybe it is time you buy a new mattress! If you wake up feeling like a contortionist and need a little back pain relief, then maybe it’s time to get rid of those aches and pains and splurge on a new latex mattress or a memory foam mattress. One of the wonderful things about latex mattresses is that they have 20-year warranties included (at least they do here at Plushbeds!), and their natural elasticity makes it possible for them to last upwards of 30 years. So when comparing the life of an innerspring mattress and a latex mattress, there is no comparison really, and you wouldn’t even need to be asking yourself “When should I buy a new mattress?” maybe even in your lifetime (if you are a Baby Boomer already) if you buy a new latex mattress now.

It’s pretty basic common sense thankfully when it comes to a decision on when you should buy a new mattress – how does your current one feel, do you suppose it may be dust mite infested, are you developing allergies to it? These are all things to consider when weighing out whether it’s time to buy a new mattress. And remember, the great things about latex mattresses are they are dust mite resistant, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic. Take a look at our Botanical Bliss natural latex mattresses – then you can quit asking when it’s time to buy a new mattress already!

Latex Mattress Return Policies: Find an Honest and Clearly-Stated One

Latex Mattress Return PoliciesWhen a person goes out to buy a latex mattress, besides making sure it has the best latex mattress ILD rating for them, they should also know beforehand what the latex mattress return policy is going to be. In this world there are so many uncertainties, and it is well to do your very best to make sure you are covered for such a large investment should it not meet your needs. We all would like to be less skeptical consumers, but the best approach is actually make sure that you do have a heartbeat (i.e. a little skepticism and cautiousness). Latex mattress return policies vary a great deal from one latex mattress company to the next.

Some latex mattress companies will tell you that their latex mattress return policy is upwards of 4 months (120 days), but will they actually take it back from you if you are not totally satisfied with it? It is likely that they will, but often will make you jump through hoops to actually get any money back successfully. Please be certain to read the fine print of the return policy as carefully as you can, and ask any questions that you have about it before entering into a transaction for a latex mattress. Nobody likes to be had, or feel taken advantage of, and most times you can avoid and prevent that feeling if you just do a little bit of homework beforehand. Below are some of the commonly-faced things to be aware of in regards to latex mattress return policies. In reading through them you will become more educated in how to buy a latex mattress so you get what you think you are getting and with no hidden terms.

An unfortunate thing in the latex mattress return policy world is that you may be told that your latex mattress can be returned within a fair period of time (you really shouldn’t buy a latex mattress unless there is some kind of a sleep trial in place), but you aren’t told in advance of your purchase how it is you do the actual returning of the latex mattress. Are you responsible for the shipping? How do you get the hefty mattress packaged and returned? Who pays the shipping charges, you or they? These are all-too-often overlooked details that need to be understood before buying a latex mattress. Be aware that many companies are just very vague on their return policies, and if you can’t get it in writing from them, you ought to go elsewhere with your business.

Did you know that if you end up being the one responsible for the return of the latex mattress back to the company you bought it from (should you be unhappy with the feel of it or some other reason) it is going to cost you between $300 to $475 to ship it across the country back to them? If this is the case, you got the shaft! We at Plushbeds will come right and tell you and give it to you in writing what your responsibility is if you should not want to keep your latex mattress after the 90 day sleep trial. It’s a $99 flat fee for shipping. That’s probably the best deal in the industry. We are the ones at most risk here, not you! Not only would we have to eat the cost of the latex mattress because it is now used and not resalable as new, but you don’t spend a fortune on shipping it back. has got your back in more ways than one.

One more doozy that faces some customers trying to get their latex mattress return policy to be honored at less scrupulous mattress companies is that they don’t know it, but the company has declared that they would only take it back at their discretion, meaning that they could find any benign detail with the mattress that they deem to make the mattress not in the best condition and proclaim that it is not in good enough shape for them to accept back, or that you would have to then pay a hefty restocking fee or penalty, plus the shipping costs! This is a devious and underhanded method of basically showing you that they have little integrity and are only looking out for their interests, not yours. So to boil it all down for you in plain terms with latex mattress return policies: be safe, not sorry! Know before you owe!

Latex Mattress ILD Rating: What it is and How to Interpret It

One of the important considerations to make when choosing a latex mattress is ILD. ILD means impression load deflection. That may be fancy terminology, but generally the reason you would want to know the latex mattress ILD rating is because it gives you an indication of how soft or how firm the mattress is, and how much comfort and support you can expect from it. The rating system for ILD numbers is somewhat subjective and you will find that it varies across different mattress companies as far as the cutoff points for what a soft mattress is, what a medium mattress is, what a medium-firm mattress is, and what a firm mattress is.

At Plushbeds we have broken down the ILD ratings in the following manner: a really soft latex mattress has an ILD rating of between 19 and 21. This firmness is so soft and cushy that it is considered kind of an “outlier”. If you were following a bell curve as far as getting a picture of a cross-section of mattress opinions and preferences among a group of people, the 19-21 ILD range would be on the very outside of the curve, with a very small percentage of people preferring a mattress that is so soft as this one is. Then, from there we rate a medium as an ILD of between 24 and 26. This is actually one of the most popular ILD’s, as most of our natural latex mattress customers prefer their sleep experience to be amply supportive while at the same time soft enough to enjoy. The next step up from there would be the medium-firm, which is an ILD of 29-31, followed by a firm mattress of 34 to 36. Of course, you probably notice that there are some missing numbers between the different firmness levels, which is about a 3 point space to allow for subjectivity.

Now to explain which ILD’s may fit which type of sleepers. To do this, recognize that this is a general categorization, and there is certainly variance and personal opinion and taste, but to have some standard from which to speak, we will attempt to explain what the largest sampling of people tend towards as far as sleeping positions and ILD ranges and ratings. First, the softest ILD (remember the lower the ILD, the softer the mattress, and therefore the higher the firmer) is generally for a group of sleepers who sleep on their back or their side that like to sink into a mattress. The 24-26 ILD rating is generally for side sleepers, and is a great combination of softness and support. It is kind of a middle-of-the-road type of mattress that is extreme in neither direction, but rather a “happy medium” so to speak. On to the back and stomach sleepers, which prefer an ILD rating of between the numbers 29 and 31. These folks tend to like a mattress that is slightly on the firmer side, but not so firm as to make them feel like they are sleeping on a board. Finally, those that like a lot of firmness in their mattress usually go for a high ILD rating of the 34 to 36 range. Typically these are the back-only sleepers.

ILD ratings can go lower or higher than the ones mentioned, but normally do not, because anything less than the lowest ILD listed above would be way too soft and sinking for most people, and the highest ILD numbers would be way to firm for most latex mattress owners – you may as well be sleeping on a hard floor almost. In categorizing different sleeping styles for the various ILD ratings listed above, please recognize that these are by no means hard-and-fast rules that are set in stone. Obviously every person is individual and unique, and you may have someone who likes a very firm mattress that also likes to sleep on their side. Conversely, you may find a person from time to time that enjoys a very soft mattress that sleeps on their stomach. When seeking a mattress to help with back pain relief, please note that your back pain could be aggravated by either a mattress being either too firm or too soft. If firmness sets off your trigger points, go for a softer mattress, but if the back pain is aggravated by having no support and the mattress is too soft, you would want to get a firmer mattress. Test the situation before deciding the ILD based on any back pain you may be experiencing.

When you understand at least to some degree the ILD ratings for latex mattresses, you can be a more-informed latex mattress shopper that is less prone to manipulation or getting something different than you thought you were getting. Hopefully you have learned a little bit more about latex mattresses than you knew previously – and remember, knowledge is power!

Healthy Living and Sleep

There are many aspects to healthy living and keeping your body, mind, and spirit in good working order. Some of the pieces of the puzzle are more obvious, such as eating whole foods, less processed foods, cutting out the sugar, eliminating trans fats, and trying to steer clear of additives to foods such as MSG and synthesized sugars. Most everyone also knows how important exercise is to health, well-being , and healthy living as well. But there are some aspects of healthy living that all too often get overlooked.

Good quality sleep is one of those things that gets taken for granted sometimes and is sacrificed for other achievements or just because of habitual routines that neglect it. Sleep is so important to the human makeup that it is designated by our maker that we spend about one-third of our lives doing it. It shouldn’t be any wonder that it is a very important part of our lives. There are several reasons why having a consistent sleep schedule and getting enough deep, sound sleep is important to our livelihoods. Some of the more obvious reasons for good sleep are for better efficiency (i.e. having enough energy during the day to get done the things that we need to), a happier outlook, and more clarity in our thinking. Some of the less obvious benefits of sleep and its influence on healthy living are for our minds to be able to dream and process what has happened during our day, or even to provide us information and inspiration. Sound sleep can also help our immune system to function properly. Being in homeostasis, or a balance, can help our bodies to be more resistant to outside attack. We are also much better able to make decisions and process what is happening in our environment and surroundings when our minds are rested and sharp.

It has been found that those who get even just a couple less hours of sleep than is necessary for their body and minds are more prone to weight gain, most likely due to the stress hormone cortisol that causes us to hold onto fat. In extreme cases of sleep deprivation, a personality shift can take place, clinical depression (or even psychosis), and even death if the pattern is not altered.

Good sleep can give our bodies the opportunities to recalibrate. Our chemistry is balanced in a healthy sleep state, and endorphins may be released, and as a side benefit back pain relief can be experienced as well as other types of pain possibly be allayed. Although not all of the benefits of sleep can be scientifically shown, we know enough about the process to understand that it is a very necessary part of life, and an area that most people can improve upon.

Here are some tips for healthy living as it relates to sleep:

• Early to bed and early to rise (besides being more alert, you’ll get more done!)

• Don’t eat before going to bed. It puts a lot of stress on your digestive system and your liver

• Kava Kava, melatonin, and Chamomile tea have been reported by many to be helpful sleep aids if you experience restlessness or insomnia

•Keep room lighting to a minimum, even a clock lcd display or other types of lighting can affect your melatonin levels, and thus your sleep

• Make sure you have a good mattress for obvious reasons (we like latex of course, as it is natural, soft, yet supportive)

• Before you go to sleep, try writing in your journal to help “cleanse your day” (or reading and escape novel), and get your mind ready for sleep. Soft music set on a timer can also be a soothing way to fall asleep. Try to avoid stimulating and disturbing activities right before sleep (like watching the news!)

Back Pain and Relief: What do Chiropractors Say?

Many Americans are plagued with back problems.  In fact at some point in their lives about 80% of adults will suffer from lower back pain.  That is a pretty frightening statistic.  There are many practical things that can be done to prevent back pain like practicing good ergonomic principles and skills – knowing how to lift and to move your body correctly to avoid strain and injury, and nutrition fits into the mix as well, but one cannot overlook the value of good quality sleep.

For quite some time chiropractors have been recommending to their clients excellent supportive mattresses to help their spinal adjustments to stay in longer and have a fuller effect.  Chiropractors, like many natural physicians, do much in the way of educating their clientele to avoid further stress and injury and get them on the road to recovery, empowering them to take charge of their health and not rely solely upon him or her to be the end-all solution to every malady.

One of the top recommended mattresses across the Chiropractic industry has become the all natural latex mattress.  Latex mattresses help the human spine to stay more flexible and less rigid while a person is overall quite stationary for hours at a time.  From the head and neck all the way down to the hips and knees, on a more rigid mattress a person could potentially aggravate and prolong a subluxation (misalignment of the spine at one or more of the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar vertebrae).  Conversely, the latex foam mattress is given to a good deal of personalization and customization for all of the unique bends and curves in an individual’s body.  The weight and full force from it is never pointed or focused with latex mattresses because they assume the curvature of the sleeper’s body and make an equal distribution of that weight across the full surface of the mattress.

Many latex mattress sleepers report that their back pain has been greatly decreased, and this could be for a few notable reasons.  The most obvious is the lack of pressure to the person’s trigger points.  But a further reason could be that a more sound sleep from the lack of tossing and turning to find a more comfortable sleeping position, makes for a more restful night.  Everyone can understand the cumulative effects of stress that come from not sleeping well or not sleeping enough.  From these circumstances can form a chain of unfortunate events, quite possibly tired muscles and bones that don’t perform optimally, and are prone to strain and sprain from overuse with inadequate rest.

The Plushbeds botanical latex mattress cannot be defined as a cure to back pain, but may indeed be part of the equation for relief to some of the many contributing factors that lead to back pain.