We spend about a third of our life in bed—most of it sleeping, or tossing and turning, as the case may be. So it’s hardly surprising that furniture-makers keep trying to improve the experience with new materials meant to get us better shut-eye. One way to build a better bed is to make it healthier. “Mattresses are no longer just about comfort, they are about choosing materials that are good for both the environment and your body,” says Andrea Mugnai, the GM at Magniflex’s new Manhattan showroom located in the Casa Poggesi shop in Soho. He’s referring mostly to the flame-retardant chemicals here, which holistic manufacturers tend to swap for incorporating non-flammable wool into the mattress design. (Mattresses must be fire-resistant by law.)
With Americans willing to do just about anything for a good night’s sleep, lavender-infused mattress covers and organic lambswool stuffing are a fast-growing market. Often the health claims of these mattresses sound as ridiculous as the price tags, which can run as high as $10,000, and often more, if you go the Hasten’s route. So Well+Good went shopping for the most intriguing new holistic mattresses to see what a good night’s sleep is worth. Here’s what we found:
• Magniflex’s mattresses use a memory foam core sans toxic chemical flame-retardants. They’re covered with renewable fiber fabrics, like soy, corn, and bamboo. The newest Lavender Comfort mattress ($2,299 for a Queen ) comes with aromatherapy built right in. “The concentrated lavender oil in the cover activates the relaxation response, helping you to achieve a deeper, more well-rested nights sleep,” explains Mugnai. We buy that. Though a vial of Essence of Vali Sleep remedy would also do the trick.
• Woodstock Organic Mattress, in the Flatiron, carries WJ Southard Innerspring mattresses made from certified organic cotton (no agricultural chemicals used in cultivation process) and the wool of adorably cute, organically fed lambs. You can count them if the mattress fails to get to you sleep. The Queen-size mattresses cost $1,300–$2,500, a bargain in the organic category.
• ABC Home stocks Royal Pedic mattresses, which are constructed from Belgian cotton fabrics, untreated wool, and natural latex manufactured in England. Instead of polyurethane foam, which can occasionally trigger allergic or chemical reactions, only natural materials are used. (Cost: $3,000–$4,000)
• Another natural-latex option at ABC Home is the Sleeptek Green Sleep Vimala Sleep System. Theses mattress can be ordered with two different sleep zones, in case you prefer a soft mattress while your sig-o likes firm. Another plus of the sleep zones? If your bedmate flops like a fish all night, you can still get your beauty rest. Like the Royal Pedic, Queen beds are around $3,000.
Want a healthier sleep experience but short on cash? A set of organic cotton sheets like the ones from the ABC house brand in organic pima cotton will only set you back $165. An organic nightie, just $42.
Would you shell out upwards of $2,000 for the promise of a good night’s sleep? Tell us, here!
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