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Q: How much sleep do I need?
   
Q: Is a disturbed sleep harmful ?
   
Q: How to choose a bed frame?
   
Q: What's the best mattress?
   
Q: How can you best shop for mattresses?
   
Q: How can you tell when a mattress is "used up?"
   
Q: What should people look for in a new mattress?
   
Q: What should people do to prepare for buying a new mattress?
   
Q: What is the best way to try a mattress?
   
Q: How often should mattresses be replaced? How long do they last?
   
Q: What size mattress does a couple need?
   
Q: What can new parents do to sleep better?
   
Q: How much sleep do children need?
   
Q: Should a parent pass down an old mattress to a child?
   
Q: How to Clean Old Mattresses & Pillows?
  Cleaning a Mattress
  Wash a Pillow
   
Q: What is the difference between a natural mattress and a synthetic mattress?
   
Q: What are the differences between the all-foam and innerspring mattresses?
   
Q: When should the mattress be flipped from the infant side (extra firm) to the toddler side (firm)?
   
Q: What is the difference between organic cotton and natural cotton?
   
Q: What is latex foam?
   
Q: Is all latex alike?
   
Q: What is the difference between 100% natural and blended latex?
   



How much sleep do I need?
We spend one third of our life asleep. Doctors says about 8 hours a night, but children need more, and often, as we age, we seem to sleep less. Our health is an indicator of the sleep we are getting is adequalte or not. Simple addition of a comforting sleep routine, physical exercise and stress relieving practices can do wonders for one's sleeping habits.

If you are waking up not refreshed, then it is time to look at sleeping habits and rountine.



Is a disturbed sleep harmful ?
A disturbed sleep and tossing and turning reduces blood flow which limits oxygen to the muscles and tissues resultsing in less restful sleep. The body does not recharge fully, which in the long run can cause you to feel run down. It's so easy to get the proper support: latex mattresses and pillows let you, and your cells, recharge and renew. Your body will stay in REM or deeper sleep longer.



How to choose a bed frame?
When choosing a bed frame for your natural mattress, it is important that the mattress is able to breathe on each side. This means that you do not want to put an all natural mattress on top of a solid piece of wool. There needs to be slats, air holes, or some other way so that the mattress will be able to breathe on all sides.

Another benefit of natural mattresses is that they can last longer. For example, when we weighed one of our natural beds 20 years later, not including the cover, it lost about 2 pounds over the 20 years: from 60 pounds to 58 pounds. When you weigh a foam and dacron bed after 10 years, it's weight is cut in half: from 20 pounds to approximately 10 pounds. And most of this material is inhaled while people are sleeping.

The age of synthetics, for the past 50 years, generated bedding products which do not 'breathe.' Optimal sleeping conditions provide a breathable surface to the sleeper. Natural fibers are breathable. Synthetic fibers are basically not. Synthetic fibers, therefore, do not benefit from sunning and airing. They are instead, gradually destroyed by these elements while natural fibers benefit from them.



What's the best mattress?
The answer is a matter of individual taste. What's best for me may not be best for you. When it comes to mattresses, there is no one-size-fits-all. After all, we're all built differently and have different comfort and support preferences, so why would the same mattress be "best" for all of us?

To determine the mattress that's best for you, we recommend using the process of elimination to weed out the ones you don't like. Go to a retailer and use the "rest test" to narrow down your choices. As you lie down on the mattresses, pay attention to three of the mattress's most important features: comfort, support and space. The mattress that best fulfills the combination of these needs is the "best" mattress for you. If you sleep with a partner, bring that person with you to test out the mattresses. After all, you will need to reconcile what you like best with what your partner likes best.



How can you best shop for mattresses?
You need to understand your needs before you start shopping. We recommend that you think about your lifestyle. How has it changed since you last bought a mattress and how might these changes affect your purchase? And what about your body? Has it changed and how has this affected your needs for support or your comfort preferences? Finally, think about space needs and if you have a partner, take your partner with you to shop for a new mattress. It's important to find something to meet both your support needs and comfort preferences.

Armed with this information, go to a mattress retailer you trust, someone who will answer your questions with information. Then, take a "rest test" to compare the feel of different mattresses by lying down on them. You will quickly find some mattresses you like and others that do not meet your personal comfort preferences and support needs. Through this process of elimination, you can determine which mattresses you like best.



How can you tell when a mattress is "used up?"
Your body should tell you when it's time for a new one – but are you paying attention? If you regularly wake up feeling stiff and sore or if you aren't sleeping as well as you did a year ago, it may be time to replace what you're sleeping on. At least twice a year, check for visible signs of wear and tear and ask yourself if you're sleeping better or worse than you did a year ago and if a new mattress might improve your sleep. This regular sleep check-up will help ensure your mattress is still doing its job.



What should people look for in a new mattress?
Four keys to keep in mind are support, comfort, space and matching sets. The mattress that's right for you will keep your spine in proper alignment – how your spine is when it's in good standing posture – supporting your body and cradling it along its curves. The right mattress will also be comfortable for your body. Keep in mind that your comfort preferences are likely to change as you age. Make sure the mattress provides enough space for easy, free movement. Couples should sleep on a queen or king-size mattress. And keep in mind that a mattress and foundation are designed to work together. Buy them as a set and get the most out of your investment in yourself.



What should people do to prepare for buying a new mattress?
Assess your needs before you start shopping. Think about your lifestyle. How has it changed since you last bought a mattress and how might these changes affect your purchase? And what about your body? Has it changed and how has this affected your need for support or your comfort preferences? Finally, think about space needs and take your partner with you (if you have one) when you shop for your mattress. You need to find something to meet both your support needs and comfort preferences.



What is the best way to try a mattress?
The best way to try a mattress is to take the "SLEEP Test":
Select a mattress
Lie down in your sleep position
Evaluate the level of comfort and support
Educate yourself about each selection
Partners should try each mattress together
Don't be embarrassed. You don't think twice about test driving a car, and you shouldn't think twice about "SLEEP Testing" a mattress. Lie down on the mattress for several minutes and assess how well it provides support and how comfortable it is for you. The only way to tell if a mattress is right for you is to lie down on it.



How often should mattresses be replaced? How long do they last?
Mattresses wear out on different timetables. This is due to numerous factors such as how the mattress was used (guest room, master bedroom, doubled as a trampoline for the kids), whether it was cared for properly and/or the quality of the mattress itself. Other important considerations are how personal comfort levels or a person's lifestyle and body may have changed over the years. We encourage you to think about these things and ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you sleeping better or worse than you did a year ago?
- Are you waking up feeling stiff and sore?
- Does your mattress have visible signs of wear and tear?
- Would a new mattress improve your sleep?
If the answer is "yes" to any of these questions, then it's time to consider purchasing a new mattress. And because people tend to overlook their mattresses and don't think about them, we recommend that you "check" your mattress using these four questions on a regular basis – at least twice a year – to make sure mattress wear and tear isn't sneaking up on you and disrupting your sleep.



What size mattress does a couple need?
Couples should sleep in a queen or king-size mattress for free, easy movement. Couples who sleep on a full mattress are only allowing themselves the same room to move around as a baby has in a crib. And make sure to take your partner with you when you shop for a mattress. It's important that you find one that meets both your support need and comfort preferences. Click here for more details.



What can new parents do to sleep better?
There's nothing more challenging than taking care of a new baby. The good news is, as babies grow older, they sleep for far longer periods at a time and soon will sleep through the night. In the meantime, know that erratic sleep schedules and getting up in the middle of the night will be part of your lives for the next few months. So make the most of the sleep you can get – provide yourself and your husband with a restful sleep environment. Sleep in a cool, dark room on a comfortable, supportive mattress. That way, you'll get the best sleep you can, even if it's for shorter periods of time. And learn to sleep when your baby does. It may be tempting to tackle chores while your baby sleeps, but a quick nap will help boost your energy. Sleep is as important to you as it is to your child.



How much sleep do children need?
Kids need at least nine hours of sleep each night to be star students. To help make sure your kids get the sleep they need, make sure your child's bedroom is conducive to a good night's sleep – your child's room should be cool, quiet and dark and he or she should be sleeping on a comfortable, supportive mattress. For more information on kids and sleep, check out the Garfield Star Sleeper Campaign.



Should a parent pass down an old mattress to a child?
If a mattress is no longer comfortable for you, it's not good enough for someone else – especially your child. As kids grow, they need supportive and comfortable bedding as well. Be sure your children have enough space to move around comfortably as they grow. In addition, your child's first "big girl" or "big boy" bed may not provide enough space or comfort for your adolescent.



How to Clean Old Mattresses & Pillows?
Whether you have inherited a mattress you want to clean or just freshen up your old one, the idea of cleaning something as large as a mattress can be daunting. And if your mattress needs cleaning, there is a good chance your pillows do as well. Although a professional cleaning service will do the most thorough job, there is plenty you can do on your own for general care.


Cleaning a Mattress
Use the upholstery cleaner and the highest suction setting on your vacuum to clean the entire surface of the mattress. Even if you don't see visible dust or soil, doing this helps get rid of microscopic dust mites and other allergens.

Use an upholstery foam/shampoo to clean the surface of your mattress. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and take care not to soak the material as too much moisture could cause it to mold from the inside.

To spot-clean your mattress, mix a solution of mild detergent with warm water until suds form. Use a dry sponge to apply the suds only to the mattress and gently rub until the stain lifts.

Allow the mattress to dry thoroughly before placing bedding back on it. If possible, place the mattress in the sun to help it dry best. If not possible, direct a fan toward the mattress on full speed.


Wash a Pillow
Read the care label on your pillow to determine the type of cleaning care it needs. Some pillow fillings will be damaged by anything besides dry cleaning.

If your pillow is OK to wash at home, you can generally use the washing machine as long as you are careful. Set your washer to the gentle cycle. If your machine has the capability, choose the "extra rinse" setting as well.

Place the pillow in the washing machine with no more than one other pillow. Use a mild detergent in the amount allowed for very small washes.

Let the pillows wash through the gentle cycle once, and when finished, run the final rinse cycle a few more times to fully remove all the soap from the batting of the pillows. Allow the pillows to go through the spin feature on the washer two to three times to remove as much excess water as possible.

Place the pillows in the dryer and allow them to run through one cycle, taking them out at regular intervals to fluff them. Depending on the thickness of your pillows, you will likely need to go through several drying cycles. Allow the pillows to hang for another 24 to 48 hours to allow the damp inner core to fully dry as well.



What is the difference between a natural mattress and a synthetic mattress?
Everybody has a natural sleeping pattern of warming and cooling cycles. For example, mostly every body cycles a warmer trend from about 2:00 m. until 2:00 p.m. Then the body starts its cooling off cycle. By the time a body reaches the coolest temperature, it is around 2:00 m. At this point, the mind and body rests and sleeps better when cooler.

Most people are aware of the importance of rapid eye movement sleep, commonly known as R.E.M. This is very important to each of us. But most people aren't aware of benefits of pre- and post- R.E.M. sleep. The pre- and post- R.E.M. sleep is where the body fully relaxes and rests. This is where the natural fibers can help you "sleep like a baby." Sleeping on a foam or synthetic fiber mattress will retain body heat and act like an oven. This will raise the body temperature and make sleep lighter. People will have a tendency to kick off the covers when they are too hot. Then, during the night, they will get colder and get up to get the covers. This disturbs the pre- R.E.M. sleeping pattern.

By sleeping on natural fibers, moisture will be wicked away, which will help keep the body at a more even temperature. This will help you get a better night's rest and stay in the R.E.M. sleep cycle longer.



What are the differences between the all-foam and innerspring mattresses?
The all foam models have a core made entirely of foam. A top and bottom layer of foam are added to create dual firmness comfort. The innerspring models have an innerspring coil core, which is encapsulated on all sides, top, and bottom with foam, creating a “sandwich” like construction.



When should the mattress be flipped from the infant side (extra firm) to the toddler side (firm)?
While all children progress differently, we recommend that you flip your mattress when your child is approximately nine months old. This is the age when they can typically move freely about the crib, becoming mobile and beginning to pull up into a sitting position. However, should you notice your child becoming restless during the night or naptime, it may be a sign that they are ready for the less firm toddler side.



What is the difference between organic cotton and natural cotton?
For a crop to be certified organic, it is required to be grown without use of toxins, fertilizers and synthetic pesticides. Natural cotton may be grown in a manner consistent with modern commercial farming techniques. However, both natural and organic cotton products are unaltered upon harvesting. Neither is treated with chemicals, bleach or dye in the manufacturing process.



What is latex foam ?
Latex is the milky white liquid consisting of minute rubber particles from the sap of the rubber tree. Latex foam is a naturally made bio-degradable product and is completely non-allergenic. Bacteria, mildew & mold cannot live in latex foam. Latex foam products breathe naturally to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. Latex foam is resistant to dust mites than ordinary mattresses. Latex rubber products can last up to 30 years. Latex products are therefore the obvious choice for anyone who wants a safe product right next to their bodies, for years and years



Is all latex alike?
All foams are not created equal. Since latex is a natural product, the manufacturing process plays a vital role in the final product. We at Koolfoam ensure that the natural goodness of rubber is preserved at every step , to give a chemical free product which will last for years and years without breaking down or sagging with consistent cell structure means our latex provides superior comfort far longer than competitive products.



What is the difference between 100% natural and blended latex?
Koolfoam uses only premium 100 % natural latex produced in Government controlled ISO accedited plantations to provide the optimal balance of comfort and durability. 100% natural latex sleep products are much more comfortable than a blended latex products with all the benefits of a chemical free products.

 
                   
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