Nothing is more irritating than lying on a squeaky bed that persistently makes noise every time you move in your sleep. The continuous noise can disrupt your sleep, negatively impacting your well-being in general.
What Causes a Mattress to be Noisy?
If you wake up at night from a squeaky bed, you might wonder what is causing the frustrating noise. The annoying noise can come from any bed components you sleep on, and can depend on the following.
The type of mattress you sleep on can significantly affect the noisiness of your bed. Here are some mattress types that can affect the noise level in your bedroom.
A little history is in order. The latex mattress is made from natural latex sap extracted from rubber trees. The liquid sap is poured into a mold, and processed to form a latex mattress. Latex mattresses are highly durable, and can be an excellent option for eco-conscious mattress shoppers. Depending on the proportion of latex, there can be several types of latex mattresses.
Natural Latex Mattress
Natural latex mattresses are made from sap extracted from rubber trees. The texture of an all-natural latex mattress depends on its manufacturing process.
Dunlop Latex Mattresses
Dunlop latex mattresses are built when liquid latex is poured into a mold in one pour. It further goes through the vulcanization process to form a Dunlop latex mattress.
The Dunlop construction process is more straightforward, and makes the purest natural latex mattresses. Dunlop latex has two distinct layers - a bottom denser layer, followed by a softer top, more porous top layer.
Because of its denser constitution, Dunlop latex is best used to build a mattress support core layer.
Talalay Latex Mattresses
The Talalay latex mattresses are built using a more energy-intensive process that makes softer, more porous quality materials.
The manufacturing process involves pouring liquid latex foam halfway into the mold. Then the mold is vacuum-sealed and flash frozen to allow the latex to expand, and fill up the mold, forming a lighter latex mattress.
Because of its light porous texture, most mattress manufacturers prefer to use Talalay latex to build a mattress topper.
Organic Latex Mattress
Organic and natural latex mattresses differ in the types of latex used. In organic latex mattresses, liquid latex is processed from the sap extracted from rubber trees, grown sustainably and free from pesticides.
The manufacturing process is also free from harmful chemicals, artificial substances, dyes, and other toxic substances, making organic latex mattresses the most eco-friendly types of latex available.
Further, organic latex mattresses are often backed by third-party authentications like GOLS and GOTS that vouch for their authenticity, protecting the consumer’s interest.
Synthetic Latex Mattresses
If you are looking for the support and comfort of an all-natural latex mattress on a budget, you can purchase a synthetic latex bed. Unlike natural latex mattresses, synthetic ones are made from artificial materials in the laboratory. This can sometimes lead to latex mattress complaints.
Even though natural and synthetic latex mattresses can offer you the comfort and support of a latex mattress, the synthetic latex bed may not be as durable and eco-friendly as the natural ones. Also, synthetic latex can cause harmful off-gassing, disrupting your well-being.
Blended Latex Mattresses
If you want a combination of natural and synthetic latex in your mattress, you can go for a blended latex mattress. Blended latex mattresses use a variety of natural and synthetic latex to provide you with the comfort and luxury of natural latex mattresses in an affordable manner.
Latex Mattress Benefits
If you are an eco-conscious shopper, and love to sleep on natural, breathable materials, you cannot go wrong with natural latex mattresses. Here are some benefits that will make you choose a latex mattress.
Superior Support Features
Natural latex foam provides excellent support providing an even surface to rest your body, helping you sleep peacefully throughout the night. The degree of support a latex mattress offers depends on its sag factor.
The Sag Factor
If you want to invest in a mattress that would maintain its even surface, without sagging under your body weight, you need to consider the sag factor.
A mattress’s sag factor is its ability to retain its original shape, after lifting the pressure. Typically a mattress’s sag factor lies between 1 to 5. A bed with a five sag factor has the slightest chance of mattress sagging issues.
An organic latex mattress usually comes with a sag factor between 4 and 5, considerably reducing its mattress sagging concerns.
Reducing latex mattresses sagging can allow your bed to retain its shape for a long time, and enhance its durability. Even though all foam mattresses eventually face sagging issues, investing in a natural or organic latex bed would ensure your latex mattresses sag less than other available mattresses on the market.
Because of their natural construction, latex mattresses are sag resistant, and considered the most long-lasting mattresses available. A natural or organic latex mattress can last for 10 to 12 years, providing many nights of deep, restful sleep.
If you sleep hot, getting a latex mattress can help release trapped body heat, helping you sleep cool. Natural latex has an open cell texture, making it a light and breathable material, offering superior temperature regulation for hot sleepers.
Better Edge Support
All latex mattresses provide better edge support to help get in and out of bed more easily, and prevent mattress sagging by retaining shape for the longest time.
Superior Pressure Relief
Latex mattresses offer excellent cushioning support to the pressure points, resolving joint and back pain.
All latex mattresses are naturally anti-microbial and dust resistant, helping you avoid harmful dust mites and other allergens. This makes a latex mattress ideal for people suffering from year around allergies.
A latex mattress can be an excellent choice for eco-conscious shoppers. Latex foam is derived from the sap of rubber trees. The trees are not cut down, but continuously produce latex for 30 or more years. Also, latex is biodegradable, and will not sit in a landfill for years.
Organic latex is extracted from rubber trees grown sustainably without harmful pesticides. The latex mattresses come with certifications that vouch for the purity and sustainability of organic latex, giving you peace of mind.
Most latex mattresses are very quiet. If you are wary of sleeping on a noisy bed, getting a latex mattress can provide you with the peaceful, uninterrupted sleep you desire.
Latex Mattress Drawbacks
Here are some potential drawbacks when investing in latex mattresses.
Natural and organic latex beds come at a hefty price tag because of their natural ingredients and construction.
Unlike memory foam mattresses, a latex mattress can be heavier and difficult to maneuver if you tend to move frequently.
If you suffer from a latex allergy, it is best to stay away from a latex mattress.
Memory Foam Mattresses
If you are looking for a comforting mattress with excellent pressure relief, you must go for a memory foam mattress. Memory foam mattresses are made from polyurethane foam or styrene butadiene rubber made in the laboratory.
Traditionally memory foam offers a hugging effect, engulfing your body in soft layers of comfort and luxury. Sleeping on a memory foam mattress can relieve pressure points preventing back pain issues.
Memory Foam Benefits
A memory foam mattress can come with the following benefits:
Memory foam mattresses have a sag factor between 3 to 4, improving the durability and resilience of your mattress. With a memory foam bed, you can avoid resting on an uneven sleeping surface, and improve your overall sleep experience.
Reduces Back and Neck Pain
Memory foam mattresses respond to heat and pressure, allowing proper spine alignment to resolve back and neck pain issues.
If you prefer to share your bed with your partner, getting a memory foam mattress can absorb unnecessary movements at night, helping you get uninterrupted sleep.
Memory Foam Drawbacks
Here are some potential memory foam drawbacks.
As memory foam mattresses are made in the laboratory, you can experience unpleasant odors resulting from chemical off-gassing.
Traditional memory foam can trap body heat, causing you to sleep hot. If you want to avoid hot sleeping, you can invest in the newer and improved memory foam beds with cooling gel that can release the trapped body heat, helping you sleep cool.
Unlike latex or memory foam mattresses, innerspring mattresses have a base layer of steel coils, providing support and structure to the bed.
Traditional innerspring mattresses are known more for their high responsiveness and support features. The beds have a top layer of comfortable foam, while a base layer of sturdy, supportive steel coils provides the necessary support.
The steel coils prevent mattress sagging, and improve durability, while the top foam layer provides comfort and cushioning.
Innerspring Mattresses Benefits
An innerspring mattress may be your best choice if you prefer affordable traditional mattresses that offer superior support, and prevent mattress sagging.
Innerspring Mattresses Drawbacks
The major drawback of getting an innerspring mattress can be the noisiness. An older innerspring mattress can be very noisy when compared to foam mattresses.
The steel coils layer in an innerspring mattress can become rusty with time, causing the bed to squeak while sleeping at night, disrupting your sleep quality.
To reduce noise, and improve the sleep experience, modern mattress manufacturers have introduced fabric-encased supportive coils layer in innerspring and hybrid mattresses. The fabric covering keeps the steel coils from rubbing, preventing creaking noise in the bed.
Hybrid mattresses come with a top all-foam layer with supportive coil layers that supports sagging mattresses.
If you want to invest in hybrid latex beds that offer the comfort and resilience of natural latex with the support of a steel coil layer, consider getting the Hybrid Latex Mattress from PlushBeds.
The mattress has a 100% natural latex top layer with a fabric-encased coil layer that provides a supportive core.
Air mattresses are modern beds that can be inflated or deflated with the help of electric pumps. Air mattresses can cause noisy beds because of the noise from the electric pump. Also, the rustling, squeaking noise from sleeping on an air mattress can disrupt your sleep routine.
Mattress Foundation Type
Your mattress foundation or bed frame can also lead to a squeaky bed. If you have a metal bed foundation, it can cause creaky noise, causing disturbed sleep at night.
Box springs, which have been one of the most common type of mattress foundations, are built like traditional innerspring mattresses, with hundreds of spring coils running through their base. With age, the metal coils can rust, and produce squeaking noise when rubbed together, affecting your sleep.
Other Mattress Foundation Types
A metal platform form base, depending on its quality and age, can be squeaky. Same with a slatted foundation base made of inferior materials. A solid platform base typically is a less noisy option, all things considered. A high quality adjustable base should be quiet, but if it’s of a lower quality, you could hear noise when it is adjusting. Again, the noise emitted from most mattress foundations will vary, depending on its construction and material.
The Quiet Balance Bed Frame is designed to be noiseless.
Other Reasons for a Noisy Bed
Other than rusty metal components, your bed frame or foundation can cause noise in the following cases.
Friction Between the Bed Parts
A significant cause of a creaking bed can be friction between the bed components. For instance, when the wooden edges of your bed foundation rub against the bed frame, it can cause your bed to be noisy. Also, when the joints of your bed frame squeak because of improper tightening or rusting issues, it can lead to a noisy bed, causing you to stay awake at night.
Friction Between Bed and Floor and the Surrounding Walls
A lack of padding between the bed and the floor, or friction between the mattress and the surrounding walls, can increase the noise in your bedroom, disrupting your sleep.
Friction from Mattress Protector
Often the material of the mattress protector can rub against the mattress surface, causing the noise. This is especially true when the mattress protector is made from synthetic materials.
How to Test the Noisiness of a Mattress
If you want to avoid noisy mattresses that keep you awake at night, you can test the noisiness of a bed before purchasing them from the store. In store, remove your shoes and lie down on the new mattress. Move around and change your sleep position as you would normally sleep to check for creaking noise from the bed.
While testing the new mattress for noise, disregard the environment and noise from the bed foundation.
How to Fix a Noisy Bed
If you find yourself tossing and turning in bed at night because of creaking noises, you can take the necessary steps to fix your noisy bed.
Identify the Source
First, you need to identify the source of the noise. While mattress materials like natural latex and memory foam are reasonably quiet, synthetic mattress protectors can cause noise by friction.
Invest in a foam mattress made from natural latex or memory foam to have a noiseless bed. Also, get a mattress protector with a top layer of organic materials, like cotton, to prevent noise resulting from friction.
Rotate Your Mattress
If you sleep on a sagging mattress, it can creak in places when you change positions at night. Sagging typically occurs when you place your body weight in the same place over time, causing the area to cave in.
Rotate or flip the mattress periodically to spread your weight evenly, and prevent mattress sagging in the long run.
Cushion the Mattress
If rotating the mattress does not address the noise, you can cushion your bed by placing plywood below it. That will create a barrier between the mattress materials and the box spring underneath, reducing friction and resolving the noise issue.
Get a New Mattress
A noisy mattress has seen better days, and has probably lost its shape. It is better to invest in a new bed to get rid of the noise altogether. To get a quieter mattress, go for foam mattresses made from natural latex, or memory foam.
Tighten and Lubricate the Joints
Where the mattress is not the culprit, you must look at the mattress foundation and the bed frame to resolve the noise issue.
You can reduce noise arising from the creaking of the bed frame by tightening and lubricating the joints.
Cushion the Bed Frame
Where the noise results from the friction of the bed frame with the floor, padding the floor with a carpet can prevent the noise. Prevent friction of the bed frame with the surrounding walls by leaving some space in between.
How can PlushBeds Resolve Noisy Mattress Issues?
If you are sensitive to the slightest noise while sleeping, you must invest in a high-quality PlushBeds mattress. Purchasing PlushBeds' organic latex mattress can quieten your bedroom, and provide you with the sound sleep you desire.
If you prefer a hybrid latex mattress, the best latex mattress for you would be the The Luxury Bliss Hybrid Latex Mattress. The bed has premium fabric-encased supportive coils that will provide the necessary support without the annoying noise.
If a synthetic mattress protector makes noise disrupting your sleep, investing in an organic mattress protector can maintain silence in your bedroom.
Lastly, consider replacing your mattress foundation with PlushBeds' Quiet Balance Bed Frame, which is designed to be noiseless.
If a noisy bed disrupts your sleep, it is time to address the issue. Often getting a natural latex foam mattress, or fixing your mattress foundation can resolve the annoying noise, allowing you to have a good night’s sleep.
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