It’s time to talk about a good night’s sleep. With all the stress we are subject to, a peaceful, relaxing sleep is health-restoring and rejuvenating. There are some innovative mattresses available to help achieve blissful sleep. Let’s explore.
A company called Art Van (www.artvan.com) boasts a Sleep to Live diagnostic bed that includes an intuitive computer system. It uses data gathered from millions of body profiles to help the consumer determine the right sleeping surface for his or her body type.
Yet another company called Park Place features an entire line of mattresses called Sleep Therapy. Sleep Therapy is a registered trademark of Wickline Bedding, a West Coast bedding producer: www.wicklinebedding.com
One of the options is an aromatherapy mattress that features ticking that emits a lavender scent. The smell of lavender is said to be relaxing and, in turn, can help the body get into sleep mode. Upcoming models will offer vanilla and country-linen scents. The aromas are said to last three to five years.
Park Place also produces a heat-therapy mattress. This mattress uses temperature-regulating technology called Outlast that balances the sleeper’s temperature continuously during the night. NASA actually uses this temperature-regulating technology for astronauts’ gloves. Outlast reduces overheating, perspiration and chills and also adapts to the body’s thermal needs.
Oxygen Therapy is yet another mattress product designed for better sleep. It utilizes Holofiber, a material that has been proven to increase blood-oxygen levels in the body. This is good for those who go to bed aching from hard labor or extensive body workouts. The increased blood-oxygen levels in the body allow for faster recovery and ease of muscle use. The means by which Holofiber does its magic is through the ticking, which emits wavelengths that penetrate any fabric, such as sheets or pajamas, and stimulates blood cells to increase oxygenation.
There’s more! The eco-therapy mattress is made with bamboo yarn and latex. Bamboo yarn is said to have natural antibacterial and moisture-managing properties. The ticking is soft as cashmere and silk, but durable like cotton. The bamboo yarn also acts as a deodorant, keeping the mattress fresh.
Finally, there’s the Magnetic Therapy mattress, which embeds magnets in the ticking. Magnets are said to improve blood flow, cure a number of ailments such as joint pain and migraines, and, of course, provide healthful sleep.
All of these mattresses retail at about $999 to $1,999 and sound blissfully relaxing. Good night!
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of “Mystery of Color.” E-mail: DsgnQuest@aol.com