I was recently asked to contribute to an online magazine. The question posed was “how to sleep better”.
It is a pretty simple answer with regard to most people’s problems. That’s because most people buy the hot sleeping mattresses. By that I mean dense polyurethane foam such as Tempurpedic. Almost every day someone comes into my store and says something similar to “Tempurpedic is the best” or “My chiropractor recommends Tempurpedic”. This general thought is not a surprise to me. My usual response is simply: “Pretty much the only place you hear that is from someone selling Tempurpedic”.
I know, I owned one for 7 years and slept terrible the entire time. Mainly because they sleep hot. (Your body heat is trapped and after 30 minutes, you are sweating and laying on 95 degrees of heat.
I also notice that most pillows sleep hot. Therefore my response for this publication was the following:
My personal opinion
support and alignment (cannot have the “hammock effect”)
Sleep cool (cannot be on a hot mattress such as Tempurpedic
(latex is best)
(that includes a cool pillow)
(Latex is best) (dense polyurethane is hot) (pieces of latex works good when it comes to pillows)
The best pillows are the top of the line “Bedgear” latex pillows.
These components are the most important.
(Most people go out and buy a terrible mattress and don’t realize that the mattress is their problem and not that they are having a problem). The salesperson will say something like “this is our cool / chill mattress”.
The fact is: dense polyurethane sleeps hot. it traps heat and so far there is nothing that can be done about it (even if they add “gel” to it. Therefore the way to get the best sleep is by purchasing a latex mattress. Sure they cost more because latex has to be imported. (Rubber trees do not grow in the U.S.A.). But……. they costs less than Tempurpedic.
The lower the density of polyurethane, the less trap it heats. The problem is that low density such as 1 lb. does not support and does little good. High density such as 4 and 5 lb. sleeps hot. (Look for poly that is around 2 lb. density. This density will not sleep hot and offer good support and durability. (Visco foam such as used in Tempurpedic should be avoided).