We’ve found that many people in the market for a new bed compare organic mattresses with memory foam mattresses. Organic mattresses have the ultimate advantage of being chemical-free but it’s certainly not spared from drawbacks. Here are the most important disadvantages but, let’s look at the benefits first.
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Advantages of Visco Elastic Foam Mattresses
- Relieves pressure and enhances deep sleep by reducing pressure points, increasing comfort level, and reducing night time movement by as much as 90%.
- Conforms precisely to your body, distributes weight, improves circulation, and allows your blood to flow more freely.
- Has the ability to react to body temperature, softening accordingly.
- You don’t sink right through a high-density memory foam mattress nor do you risk bottoming out.
- The foam dampens shock and absorbs the motion.
- The lifespan of 10-20 years, depending on the manufacturer.
Advantages of Organic Mattresses
- Recommended for people sensitive to certain chemical substances.
- Is perfectly safe and healthy, not releasing any toxic gases or dust.
- Wool offers perfect insulation, keeping you warm in winter and cold in summer.
- Wool absorbs humidity like a sponge, thus maintaining a dry sleeping environment.
- Wool contains lanolin, a natural substance which prevents dust mites from nesting inside the mattress and feeding.
- It helps promote a healthy environment.
Drawbacks of Visco Elastic Mattresses
- High quality memory foam mattresses like Tempur-Pedic are quite expensive.
- Responds with stiffness when you quickly lie down or throw yourself onto the mattress like you would do when you were a kid.
- Can get uncomfortably warm during sleep.
- Because of the melting weightlessness feeling it induces, memory foam requires an adjustment period.
- May have a strong odor when new.
Drawbacks of Organic Mattress Beds
- Organic mattresses are quite expensive.
- Short lifespan: wool, cotton and springs begin to sag in 1-2 years time.
- Innersprings have little or no back support and spinal alignment.
- Fire hazard, if made of springs, natural latex, and cotton.
I am so disappointed in my new organic mattress! It stinks so much it gave me a headache!
Cotton is notorious for packing down. That is why the innerspring mattress was invented! Cotton is never used for more that a thin layer in good bedding or furniture. Believe me, your camping mattresses are far superior to a cotton one, at least after a couple of months of use.
I am very reactive to organic cotton. My thought is that it is less processed and has a natural oil that is somehow diluted or altered during the processing of regular (pesticide) cotton that makes it more tolerable. I am also reactive to organic wool. Regular cotton is much less a problem for me (to my dismay, after spending hundreds of dollars on organic cotton blankets, futon, and clothing!).
The mattress was firm and soft at the same time (as advertised), and we woke up with our backs feeling all springy and stretched out. We did notice that the temperature of the bed was warmer than with our old mattress, but taking off one layer of blanket solved that problem. We also could let the house get colder in the winter nights which might save energy, though to be honest, we didn’t track it.