4. YOUR UNIQUE SLEEP NEEDS
Now that we’ve reviewed the key factors in choosing a mattress, it’s important to determine if you have any special sleep needs that a new bed can address. Below are some options you may not have considered.
Extra Firm Sleep
If sleeping on the floor provides more comfort than your mattress, you may be in the market for an extra firm mattress. The most typical qualities of those who prefer an extra firm mattress are those with upper or lower back pain, stomach or back sleepers, or those with arthritis or osteoporosis. An extra firm mattress will create a neutral spine position that's better for your back and posture overall. Sleeping on a soft mattress can exacerbate back problems by allowing your body to sink, causing too much pressure on your joints and improper body alignment. An extra firm mattress will also reduce pressure on your circulatory system, making for better blood flow, and compelling you to inhale more oxygen while you snooze. We developed the Plank by Brooklyn Bedding
for the sleepers who can never find a mattress firm enough.
As we mentioned earlier, your weight is one of the most overlooked factors when finding the perfect sleep solution. Independent studies by SleepLikeTheDead.com have found that the heavier you are, the more you will benefit from a thicker and firmer mattress. Whether customers identify as big and tall or curvy, customers in this category share problems unique to their mattresses that include:
- More middle sag in the mattress
- More softening of the entire sleep surface
- Decreased edge support
- Uneven distribution of support across the surface
- Decreased comfort and support over time
- More frequent night sweats
- Increased motion transfer between sleep partners
A mattress engineered for plus-sized sleepers, like the Titan by Brooklyn Bedding
, will not only have the qualities of extra firm sleep, but also the extra durability and extra lift that a mattress needs to stand the test of time.
Is your sleep partner keeping you up at night?
Couples are increasingly having to work harder to find a balance between their individual needs for a good night's rest. The most common complaint is motion transfer, whether that be your partner getting in and out of bed, tossing and turning, or an ongoing movement disorder. No matter what the issue is, it can be extremely detrimental to your sleep. Beds that are too soft or don't have adequate support will transfer motion each time your partner rises, whereas a hybrid mattress that limits motion transfer can be a fantastic solution. A quality hybrid mattress consists of multiple layers of foam—ideally chosen for pressure point relief but with less “bounce”—combined with individually encased coils. Individually encased coils are designed to respond independently to compression, limiting the impact of any movement across the surface of the mattress. Another solution to sleep incompatibility can be getting a bigger mattress (or two.) Choosing a larger size mattress that reduces motion transfer can help put distance between you and a spouse that flails. A split California King can be the ultimate divide between you and a bumpy night with your partner, truly isolating you from restlessness and outward activity. Even snoring can sometimes be remedied with a new, adequately fit mattress!
There are materials in the bedding industry that actually adjust to your individual sleep: smart fabrics, by definition, are textiles that can sense and respond to changes in their environment. They fall into a few different categories.
- Surface Infusions
Gel infusions are a relatively new development that allow manufacturers to infuse certain technologies into mattress foam layers to provide an added benefit. Naturally occurring elements like copper and silver add stability to the foam (a bit of a yawn, we know, but structural integrity for the life of your mattress is important!) Proprietary technology, like CopperGel™ houses particles that band together under pressure to ensure that your foam doesn’t bottom out under heavy loads. Perhaps more compelling, copper is highly conductive and helps dissipate excess body heat. Copper also naturally provides protection against viruses and microbial growth, which contributes to a healthier sleep environment.
Among the most popular surface treatments are those related to cooling. Many sleepers love the customization and comfort of foam beds, but don’t love their tendency to sleep hotter than other types of mattresses. Another exclusive technology, called TitaniumGel™, contains titanium particles, used to conduct thermal energy. As foam is compressed, particles group together, creating a pathway for the heat to escape and disperse. This process is particularly important to ensure cooling in areas of deep compression support, like shoulders and hips.
More advanced technologies, like the TitanCool™ infusion used in the Aurora Luxe, react even more intelligently to their environment. The average skin temperature is 91 degrees, but a type of phase change molecule (PCM) surface infusion, TitanCool™, is designed to moderate skin sleep temperature to an ideal 88 degrees. Cooling gel beads liquefy at higher temperatures to deliver cooling relief; those same beads solidify at lower temperatures to ensure the ideal sleep environment.
- Performance Tops
While surface infusions rely on thermal energy to do their multitasking, multi-faceted benefits thing, there are certain categories of technology that leverage thermal energy so uniquely, they’re in a category all by themselves. You probably remember the debut of thermal responsive clothing products—like swimwear or evening wear—that changed color, based on a reaction to heat.
The science behind the Spartan by Brooklyn Bedding
, and the Propel by Brooklyn Bedding
, is similarly reactive, based on the fundamental principle that heat is energy—and that energy is safely and naturally transferred every day by one of three means: conduction, convection, and radiation. The latest technology in this arena uses a thermo-reactive process on the surface of the mattress to convert your body heat into Far Infrared Rays (FIR), safely emitted back into your body as invisible waves of energy. Why does it work? Because Far Infrared Rays are unique in their ability to penetrate, soothe and stimulate local blood flow, enabling a more restorative sleep.