Natural Latex Foam Mattresses: Outshining All Others

All natural latex mattresses are becoming more and more popular as people learn about their comfort and benefits.  An all natural latex mattress is not only comfortable, but it’s extremely durable and hypoallergenic too.  No wonder they are becoming so popular!

If We Look At the Bigger Picture – Latex Foam Mattresses Do Outshine All the Others hits the nail on the head when describing all natural latex mattresses.  An all natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, resists mold and mildew, and is dust mite free.  It is great for those with asthma, allergies, or those who just don’t want to sleep with chemicals or allergens.  It is important to note, however, that these benefits don’t come from a latex mattress that is made synthetically using petrochemicals.  Synthetically made latex mattresses (making up 80% of the latex mattress market) have a tendency to develop lumps and sags and do not last nearly as long as all natural latex mattresses do.  An all natural latex mattress is much more cost effective in the long haul due to its durability (will last 20 years or more).

At Habitat Furnishings, we are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  To learn everything you ever wanted to know about all natural latex mattresses, check out our site.

Natural Latex Mattresses: Health and Environmental Benefits of an All Natural Latex Mattress

Time for a new mattress?  Maybe you’re thinking about an all natural latex mattress… Not only is an all natural latex mattress extremely comfortable, but it offers health and environmental benefits too.

Health and Environmental Advantages of Using Natural Latex Mattress is a great topic for an article, but it’s important to note that when talking about the benefits of an all natural latex mattress, this means one that is completely all natural and 100% botanically made.  Up to 80% of latex mattresses being sold today are not all natural, but are actually made synthetically using petrochemicals.  They may use the term “natural” because there is some natural latex in them, but are not all natural and 100% botanically derived.

A 100% all natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It is ideal for those with allergies or asthma or those who simply want a healthier sleeping environment that is allergen and chemical-free.  An all natural latex mattress is durable, lasting 20 – 30 years or more, but when you are ready to replace it, it’s 100% recyclable.  Talk about great for the environment!

At Habitat Furnishings we sell 100% natural latex mattresses – no synthetic fillers, no chemicals.  To learn more about the difference between synthetic latex mattress and 100% all natural latex mattresses, check out our site.

All Natural Latex Mattresses: A Quick Primer on the Natural Latex Mattress

Thinking about buying a new mattress?  Maybe you’ve thought about an all natural latex mattress but would like to know more.  Here’s a quick study on the basics of an all natural latex mattress.

Genuine all natural latex mattresses are 100% naturally derived and contain no synthetic products or fillers.  100% all natural latex mattress are not only extremely comfortable, but they are antimicrobial, resist mold and mildew, and are dust mite free.  They are ideal for those who have allergies or asthma, or those who just want a cleaner, healthier sleeping environment.  The article Latex Foam Mattresses Reviews points out the benefits and outstanding qualities of latex mattresses, but missed one big point…

That point is – Beware of the “pretenders!”  Unfortunately, up to 80% of latex mattresses on the market today are not all natural, but are made synthetically using petrochemicals.  Many use the term “natural” simply because they have some natural latex in them.  Those who manufacture and sell synthetically made latex mattresses claim that they have all the benefits of all natural latex mattresses, but this is simply not true.  Not only are synthetic latex mattresses lacking the qualities and benefits of all natural latex mattresses, but synthetic latex has the tendency to develop sags and dips and is much less durable than all natural latex, which can last 30 years or more.

At Habitat Furnishings we are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  We want you to be as informed about your mattress choices as possible.  To learn the differences between synthetic latex mattresses and all natural latex mattresses, check out our natural latex mattress page.  We also offer our own high quality air beds.

All Natural Latex Mattresses: Look for a 20 Year Warranty

Time to replace that old mattress?  Tired of tossing and turning?  Maybe you’re tired of falling into that crater in the middle of your mattress… If you’re thinking about an all natural latex mattress, here are a few tips.

An all natural latex mattress is extremely comfortable.  It’s also antimicrobial, resists mold and mildew, and is dust mite free.  A true natural latex mattress is 100% botanically made and chemical-free.  Beware the imitators, though.  Up to 80% of  latex mattresses on the market today are not all natural, but are made synthetically using petrochemicals.  Although those who sell synthetic latex mattresses will say they are just as good as a natural latex mattress, but cheaper, they are actually inferior to all natural latex in every way, including durability.

Look for an all natural latex mattress that comes with a 20 year warranty, no less.  Although the warranty may be 20 years, good all natural latex mattresses have been known to last  30 years or more.  Once you do replace a 100% all natural latex mattress, it’s 100% recyclable.

At Habitat Furnishings, we are the web’s specialty bedding experts, specializing in quality air beds and all natural latex mattresses.  To learn about the differences between all natural latex mattresses and synthetic latex mattress, check out our latex mattress page.

Natural Latex Mattresses and Shopping for Great Sleep

Is it time for a new mattress?  Are you tossing and turning?  Is your old innerspring mattress past its useful life (about 10 years)?  Then maybe it’s time to take a look at an all natural latex mattress.

The article Mattress Retail and the Shop for Sleep makes some very good points about the red flags you should look for when shopping at bricks and mortar mattress stores and mattress outlets.  One thing the author doesn’t address, however, is how you can shop for a great natural latex mattress (or any mattress) online.

Online mattress retailers have low overheads and small advertising budgets.  This means they can pass their savings onto you and you can get a great mattress for a lot less than you would at a traditional mattress store.

When buying a natural latex mattress online, there are three rules you need to follow:

1.  Only buy from online mattress retailers that are monitored by third parties like Shopping.com or the Better Business Bureau.

2.  Only buy from an online mattress retailer that will allow you to try your natural latex mattress for an extended period (at least 180 days) in your own home.

3.  Only buy from an online mattress retailer that gives a money-back guarantee.  Do not accept a store credit or “comfort” guarantee (slick way of saying you are getting a store credit).

Follow these three rules and you should have a great online shopping experience.  To learn more about all natural latex mattresses and air beds, check out Habitat Furnishings, the web’s specialty bedding experts.

An All Natural Latex Mattress: Sleep Your Way to Better Health

Are you looking to buy a new mattress?  Maybe you’re thinking about an all natural latex mattress and want to learn more.  An all natural latex mattress is 100% botanically derived and contains nothing synthetic or artificial.  Read on…

An all natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It is also extremely comfortable and very durable.  It is ideal for those who have asthma, allergies, or just want to avoid allergens and chemicals.  It is a great way to sleep your way to better health.

Ah, but beware the “pretenders.”  Up to 80% of latex mattresses are not all natural, but are made synthetically using petrochemicals.  They may use the term “natural” because there is some natural latex in them, but this is deceptive.  Those who make and sell synthetically made latex will claim that synthetic latex mattresses are just as good as natural latex, but cheaper.  This is untrue.  Not only does synthetic latex not have all the qualities and benefits of all natural latex, but it is much less durable and has a tendency to develop dips and sags.  An all natural latex mattress will come with warranty of 20 years and last 30 years or more, but a synthetic latex mattress can’t even come close to this.

To learn more about all natural latex mattresses, check out Habitat Furnishings, the web’s specialty bedding experts.

Air Beds: Why Pay Too Much? There is More Than One Air Bed Manfacturer!

Perhaps you were interested in an air bed, but checked out “leading brand” and thought they were way overpriced.  (They are.)  You know the one I’m talking about… The one with the big budget advertising and the number settings it claims magically improve your sleep.  See… You do know who I’m talking about.  That’s because they spend tens of millions every year so you will know who they are.  Does that mean you have to buy your air bed from “leading brand?”  Absolutely not!  In fact, you can get a quality top-of-the-line air bed at about half the price of “leading brand’s” biggest selling basic model.

The article Mattresses – How Many Kinds Are There? is what got me thinking about this.  Air beds weren’t even mentioned in the article (and even water beds were mentioned!) and I wondered to myself, is this because no one thinks of any other type of air bed beyond “leading brand?”

At Habitat Furnishings we spent two years designing our two quality air beds, the Habitat Arise Air Bed and the Habitat Ascend Air Bed.  They are extremely comfortable and you can try them for 180 days in your own home and get your money back if you aren’t happy.  They’ve received rave reviews and are about half the cost of “leading brand.”  Check them out at Habitat Furnishings.

Air Beds and Natural Latex Mattresses: Should You Choose to Buy Online?

Are you thinking of buying a new mattress?  Air beds and all natural latex mattresses are two of the fastest growing products in the mattress industry.  Should you choose to buy a mattress online?  What are the benefits or risks?

Any purchase can be risky if you don’t do your homework.  An online purchase is no different.  The article Should You Choose Online Shopping? has some general tips about shopping online, but most of them are too rudimentary to be very helpful.  Here are a few tips I can offer about purchasing an air bed or natural latex mattress (or any mattress) online.

Only buy from mattress retailers that are monitored by third parties like Shopping.com and the Better Business Bureau.

Only buy from a mattress retailer that will let you try your air bed or natural latex mattress for at least 180 days in your home and will let you return it if it doesn’t work for you.

Only buy from a mattress retailer that gives you a true money-back guarantee.  Do not accept a store credit or “comfort” guarantee, which is the same thing as a store credit.

At Habitat Furnishings, we are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  To learn more about affordable quality air beds and natural latex mattresses, check out our site.

All Natural Latex Mattresses: What in the World is a Comfort Guarantee?

Are you looking to buy an all natural latex mattress?  Are you thinking about buying any type of new mattress?  The jargon can be confusing and, the reality is, it’s meant to be confusing.  What about all the different types of return policies and guarantees?  What is the difference between a store credit, a comfort guarantee, and a money-back guarantee anyway?  Here’s the scoop…

A money-back guarantee means that if you don’t like your latex mattress when you get it home, you can return it and get your money back so you can shop somewhere else.  You may have to pay a small return fee (look for $75 or less), but that cost is minimal compared to getting stuck with a mattress you don’t want and being unable to get your money back.  Read the fine print and watch out for restocking fees and other fees that cut into your return.  Look for an in-home trial period of at least 180 days to make sure you really like your mattress.

A store credit means that if you don’t like the mattress you chose, you can return it but you have to use the money you spent towards a purchase of a different mattress in the store.  You cannot get your money back and go somewhere else.  Since you already picked the mattress you liked the best and may not be able to find another mattress you like at this same store, this can leave you stuck with a mattress you don’t like and/or out a whole lot of money.  Steer clear of store credits.

A “comfort” guarantee is just a slick way of saying you are getting a store credit.  See the definition of store credit and steer clear from comfort guarantees.

Bottom line:  Only buy your all natural latex mattress from a retailer that lets you try it at least 180 days in your own home and gives you a money-back guarantee on your purchase.

At Habitat Furnishings, we specialize in air beds and all natural latex mattresses.  We offer money-back guarantees and 180 day in-home trials on all our mattresses and beds.

Natural Latex Mattresses: How to Find a Reliable Latex Mattress Review Site

Are you thinking about buying a natural latex mattress?  Perhaps you have been reading latex mattress review sites.  How do you know if these are legitimate or if they are actually just sites created by latex manufacturers or retailers for their particular mattress or store?  It can be hard to tell.  That’s why it’s important to do a little homework and only shop at mattress retailers that are monitored by unbiased third parties.

The article Finding A Trustworthy Memory Foam Mattress Review points out the you will never find a negative review on a company’s own web site.  This is true, of course.  That is why you should only shop for a natural latex mattress (or any mattress) from a retailer that is monitored by an unbiased third party like Shopping.com or the Better Business Bureau (BBB).  With Shopping.com what the customer writes is what you get to see – whether it is positive or negative.  The retailer can’t pick and choose what you see like it can on its own website or literature.  The BBB is also uncensored by the retailer and gives each retailer a letter grade based on its performance and any complaints that are filed.  Look for a retailer with an A+ or A rating with the BBB.

Habitat Furnishings offers both all natural latex mattresses and air beds.  We are happy to share our customer reviews with you through unbiased third parties and have a perfect 5-Star rating with Shopping.com and an A+ rating with the BBB.

The Natural Latex Mattress: Make Sure It is ALL Natural

If you buy a natural latex mattress that means it’s ALL natural, right?  A 100% all natural latex mattress is 100% botanically derived and contains nothing synthetic.  Unfortunately, up to 80% of all latex mattresses being sold today are not all natural, but are made synthetically using petrochemicals.

A true natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It’s both comfortable and durable.  An all natural latex mattress should come with a 20 year warranty and last 20 – 30 years or more.  Once you are ready for a new one, it’s 100% recyclable.

Those who sell synthetically made latex mattresses use the word “natural” because there is usually some natural latex in them.  Don’t be fooled.  Those who make and sell them will say they are just as good as all natural latex mattresses (but cheaper), but this just isn’t so.  Not only do you lose the qualities that all natural latex is sought after for, but synthetic latex is far less durable and has a tendency to develop ruts and sags.  An all natural latex mattress is much more durable, making it more cost effective in the long haul.  Besides, who wants to sleep with chemicals and allergens?

At Habitat Furnishings, we are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  Check out our info on all natural latex mattresses and air beds.

Natural Latex Mattresses: The Importance of the Money Back Guarantee

Are you thinking about an all natural latex mattress?  Maybe you think you’d like one, but you’re afraid that if you try one and don’t like that you will be stuck with it and out a whole lot of money.  This is why a true money-back guarantee is so important.

Only buy your all natural latex mattress from a retailer that lets you try it in your own home for an extended period.  We recommend at least 180 days.  You want to only buy if you have a money-back guarantee.  If you don’t like it, you want to be able to get your money back.  Don’t fall for a store credit or “comfort” guarantee (tricky way of saying store credit).  Either of those could leave you out a bunch of money and stuck with a mattress you don’t want.

To make sure a mattress retailer follows through on its return policies and money-back guarantees, make sure they are monitored by a third party like Shopping.com or the Better Business Bureau.  They will allow you to check on a company’s record and show that they do return money and follow their policies as promised.

At Habitat Furnishings, we are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  We offer money-back guarantees on all our air beds and all natural latex mattresses.  Check out our site to learn more.

Air Beds: Why Online Deals are Changing the Way We Shop for Them

I came across an article entitled Why Online Shopping Deals Are Facilitating the Way We Purchase Stuff and it reminded me of why it is so great to purchase an air bed online.  Shopping online is a great way to purchase any new bed or mattress.

When you shop for an air bed online, you can save money since online retailers have low overhead and do not spend millions in advertising like that “leading brand” with the arbitrary “comfort” numbers.  Before you purchase an air bed online, do a little homework.  Make sure the online retailer has been in business at least 7 years and is monitored by unbiased third parties like Shopping.com and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).  Only buy from the retailer if they have an A or A+ rating from the BBB.

To make sure the air bed you buy is right for you, make sure you get to try it in your own home for at least 180 days.  Only buy from mattress retailers that give you a true money-back guarantee, not a store credit or “comfort” guarantee, which is the same thing as a store credit.  Without a money-back guarantee, you could be out a lot of money and still not have a mattress that is right for you.

To learn everything you need to know about purchasing quality air beds online, check out Habitat Furnishings, the web’s specialty bedding experts.

All Natural Latex Mattresses: Love the Benefits of All Natural Latex!

All natural latex mattresses are nature’s gift to sleep.  An all natural latex mattress is 100% botanically derived and extremely comfortable.  It is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It’s ideal for those with allergies, asthma, or those who simply want to sleep without allergens and chemicals.

A truly 100% natural latex mattress is extremely durable (look for a 20 year warranty) and can last 20 – 30 years or more.  Once you are ready for a new one, it’s 100% recyclable!

Beware the “pretenders” though.  The Benefits of Natural Latex Mattresses correctly points out that many (in fact, up to 80%) of latex mattresses sold today are not all natural, but are made synthetically using petrochemicals.  Although the makers and sellers of these synthetic latex mattresses will tell you that they are just as good as all natural latex mattresses, it’s simply not true.  These synthetic latex mattresses do not have the benefits of all natural latex, have a tendency to develop dips and sags, and do not last nearly as long as all natural latex mattresses.

We are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  To learn everything you need to know before purchasing an air bed or all natural latex mattress, go to Habitat Furnishings.

All Natural Latex Mattesses: Stop Waiting for Store Sales and Shop Online

Are you looking for an all natural latex mattress?  Maybe you want to buy a natural latex mattress, but you’re waiting for your local mattress retailer to have a sale.  Why wait for a mattress store to mark down its overpriced inventory when it will still be overpriced?  The article Mattress Sales – Find the Best Deals suggests waiting for mattress stores to have sales, but you can get a great natural latex mattress at a great price by shopping online.

Online natural latex mattress retailers can offer great prices on latex mattresses due to their low overhead and small advertising costs.  Big mattress retailers spend millions every year on advertising and pass those costs onto you.

When buying a natural latex mattress online, here are three rules to remember:

1.  Only buy from an online latex mattress retailer that has been in business at least 7 years and is monitored by third party organizations like Shopping.com and the Better Business Bureau.

2.  Only buy from an online natural latex mattress retailer that lets you try your latex mattress in your own home for at least 180 days.

3.  Only buy from a mattress retailer that gives you a true money-back guarantee.  Do not accept a store credit or “comfort” guarantee (same thing as a store credit).  You may have to pay a small return fee, but this is a minor expense compared to losing a lot of money and still not having a mattress that you like.

At Habitat Furnishings, we are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  Check out our site to learn everything you need to know about air beds and all natural latex mattresses.

All Natural Latex Mattresses: Try One in Your Own Home for 180 Days!

More and more people are learning about the comfort, benefits, and durability of all natural latex mattresses.  All natural latex is made 100% botanically and is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It is comfortable, durable, and ideal for those with allergies and asthma.  Does this mean it’s right for you?  There’s only one way to know…

The only way to really know if an all natural latex mattress is right for you is to try one for an extended period in your own home.  We recommend at least 180 days and offer that to those who buy a natural latex mattress or air bed from us.  You also need to purchase your natural latex mattress from a retailer who offers a money-back guarantee.  Don’t fall for a store credit or “comfort” guarantee (tricky way of staying store credit).  That could leave you out a lot of money and without a mattress that works for you. (Unfortunately, we hear stories like that from people all the time.)

At Habitat Furnishings we offer 180 day in-home trials on all our natural latex mattresses and air beds.  We also offer a true money-back guarantee.  If you don’t like your mattress, you can return it and get your money back.  All we ask is that you pay $75 (deducted from your refund) to help with the return shipping costs.  We ship it to you for free!  Check us out at Habitat Furnishings.

A Natural Latex Mattress: Is a Natural Latex Mattress Right for You?

All natural latex mattresses are becoming more and more popular as people learn about their comfort, benefits, and durability.  I came across a shopping and products blog with a question entitled Tempurpedic, or not? where many people suggested the comfort and durability of an all natural latex mattress.  That being said, there were a lot of people with other suggestions too.  What’s the best way to find out if an all natural latex is right for you?  Here’s how…

The only way to find out if an all natural latex mattress is right for you is to try it in your own home for at least 180 days.  You also need to have a money-back guarantee so you can get your money back if the natural latex mattress is right for you.  Don’t fall for a store credit or a “comfort” guarantee (same thing as a store credit).  If you do, you could be out a lot of money and still not have a mattress that’s right for you.

All natural latex mattresses are antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resist mold and mildew.  They are very durable (look for a 20 year warranty) and can last 20 – 30 years or more.

At Habitat Furnishings, we are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  Check out our site to learn everything you need to know about natural latex mattresses and air beds.

All Natural Latex Mattresses: The One Important Thing You Need to Know

As all natural latex mattresses become more and more popular, many mattress retailers are eager to jump on the natural latex bandwagon.  Unfortunately, much of what is being called “natural” isn’t.

Up to 80% of all latex mattresses being sold today are not all natural, but are actually made synthetically using petrochemicals.  Companies use the word “natural” because there is some natural latex in the product, but these latex mattresses are far from all natural.  The article Latex Mattress FAQs incorrectly states that “There are already hardly any plus points of going for all natural latex over synthetic.”  This statement is about as far from the truth as possible.  Synthetic latex mattresses are made using petrochemicals, do not have the qualities all natural latex is sought after for, do not last nearly as long as all natural latex mattresses, and have a tendency to develop lump, sags, and dips.  Although the initial cost of an all natural latex mattress may be a bit more than a synthetic latex mattress, its durability (lasts 20 – 30 years or more) make it a more cost effective choice in the long haul than a synthetic latex mattress.

At Habitat Furnishings, we are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  We want you to learn as much as possible before you choose an all natural latex mattress (or any specialty mattress).  Check out our comprehensive info on air beds and all natural latex mattresses.

Air Beds and Natural Latex Mattresses: Buy Online With Confidence

When looking for a new air bed or natural latex mattress, many people who would like to buy online are afraid — afraid they won’t like what they buy, afraid of getting scammed or ripped off, just plain afraid of the whole process.  Here are a few tips to make the process safe and easy.

The title of the article Tips for Buying Mattress Sets Online prompted me to write about this topic, but I didn’t really think the article was detailed enough to help people.  Here are my three tips for buying an air bed or natural latex mattress (or any mattress) online.

1.  Only buy from online retailers that are monitored by unbiased third party organizations like Shopping.com or the Better Business Bureau (BBB).  Make sure the customers are satisfied and look for an A or A+ rating from the BBB.  Look for an online retailer that has been in business for at least 10 years and can be verified as such.

2.  Only buy from an online retailer that will let you try your mattress for an extended period in your own home.  Don’t go for less than 180 days.

3.  Only buy from an online retailer that will give you a true money-back guarantee if the mattress doesn’t work for you.  DO NOT accept a store credit or “comfort” guarantee (same thing as a store credit).  You may have to pay a small return shipping fee (look for $75 or less) but this is minimal compared to what you could lose with a store credit.

Following just these three tips will make your online mattress shopping experience safe and pain-free.  At Habitat Furnishings, we want you to be as informed about your mattress choices as possible.  Check out our information on our air beds and our all natural latex mattresses.

Natural Latex Mattresses: Buy from Retailers that are Monitored by Third Party Organizations

Are you looking for a new mattress and are afraid of getting ripped off?  Thinking about an all natural latex mattress but don’t  know who to believe or where to turn?  Don’t worry.  Third party organizations are here to weed out the bad retailers for you.

If you want to make sure you are buying your all natural latex mattress (or any mattress) from a reputable retailer who will treat you right, look for a mattress retailer that is monitored by a third party organization like Shopping.com or the Better Business Bureau.  A retailer can censor comments for its literature or web site, but with Shopping.com, the retailer can not change or censor comments in any way — what the customer writes is what you see, no matter how good or bad.  The Better Business Bureau (BBB) tells you how long a company has been in business, if it has any complaints and how they were resolved, and gives every company a letter grade rating.  Buy only from companies with an A+ or A rating.

Let reputable third party organizations check out the mattress retailers for you.  It’s the best way to make sure you are going to get what you pay for and not get ripped off.

We want you to be as informed about your mattress options as possible.  Check out our pages about air beds and natural latex mattresses at Habitat Furnishings.

Natural Latex Foam Mattress Benefits

More and more people are learning about the comfort and benefits a natural latex mattress can provide.  The latex mattress industry is one of the fastest growing segments of the mattress industry and rightly so.  Who wouldn’t want a comfortable, hypoallergenic mattress that can last upwards of 30 years?  The article Benefits of Latex Foam Mattresses reminded me of what an all natural latex mattress offers.

A all natural latex mattress is 100% botanically derived.  It is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It gently supports your body’s individual contours, reducing pressure points and the need to toss and turn to get comfortable.  A good all natural latex mattress mattress should come with a 20 year warranty and can last 30 years!  Once you decide to replace it, it’s 100% recyclable!

But beware of the “wannabes.”  Up to 80% of all latex mattresses are not all natural, but are made synthetically using petrochemicals.  Although the manufacturers and retailers would like you to believe these are just as good as all natural, but cheaper, it just isn’t so.  Synthetically made latex mattresses have a tendency to develop lumps, bumps, and sags and don’t last nearly as long as 100% all natural latex mattresses do.  Besides, who wants to sleep with dust and chemicals?

To learn the complete differences between all natural latex mattresses and synthetic latex mattresses, go to Habitat Furnishings.

The Air Bed Deconstructed: How an Air Bed is Really Made

We are amazed a how much “leading brand” charges for their overpriced air bed.  It’s unbelievable what an expensive advertising campaign and a few “magic” numbers do to make people think they should pay twice as much as they need to for a quality air bed.  “Leading brand” spends about 40 million dollars a year on marketing and advertising and passes on those cost to you, the consumer.

We’ve been in the specialty bedding business for over 15 years and spent the last two years developing our own air beds, the Arise and Ascend Air Beds Systems, to give you a better quality air bed than “leading brand” at half the price of their lower end best seller.

So how is an air bed constructed anyway?  An air bed is quite simple really – just 5 basic ingredients.  You have the the air bladder, a pump, some foam rails around the air bladder to help support it and provide shape, the outer quilted top, and a remote control.  We don’t think an air bed needs to be overpriced and overrated and we are happy to be able to bring our quality air bed to you for half the priced of “leading brand.”

We are so confident that you will love one of our air beds that we give you 180 days to try it in your own home.  If you don’t like it, you can get your money back.  All we ask is that you pay $75 (subtracted from your refund) to help defray the return shipping costs.  We ship it to you for free!  To learn more about our quality air beds and natural latex mattresses, check out Habitat Furnishings.

The All Natural Latex Mattress: Yes, It’s Really That Great!

Maybe you have heard about the benefits of an all natural latex mattress.  Maybe you’re thinking it’s just a lot of hype.  What’s the real deal?  Is an all natural latex mattress really as good as you’ve heard?  If you’ve heard it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, then yes, it’s as good as you’ve heard.

An all natural latex mattress is very comfortable. It’s also antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It is 100% all natural and botanically derived and will last 20 – 30 years (look for one with a 20 year warranty).  A 100% all natural latex mattress is great for those with allergies, asthma, or those who just want a healthier sleeping environment.  (Who doesn’t want that?)

Now that you know what an all natural latex mattress is all about, I have to warn you about the “pretenders.”  Up to 80% of latex mattresses are actually not all natural, but are made synthetically using potentially harmful petrochemicals.  Manufacturers and retailers use the word “natural” because there is some natural latex in these products, but they aren’t even close to being the same thing as a 100% botanically derived natural latex mattress.

To lean more about all natural latex mattresses and learn the difference between all natural latex and synthetic latex, check out Habitat Furnishings – the web’s specialty bedding experts.

Choosing an All Natural Latex Mattress

As I read articles about all natural latex mattresses (or any mattress for that matter), I am amazed at how many of the “experts” suggest that you lie down on the mattress in the showroom to make your decision.  If you slept in a warm, crowded showroom for 10 minutes at a time, this would be a good suggestion.  My question is — Who sleeps like that?

The article Choose your new mattress with yourself in mind suggests not to be afraid to try a new mattress in the showroom.  I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with that.  The only way to find out if an all natural latex mattress (or any mattress) is right for you is to try it for an extended period (at least 180 days) in your own home.  If you don’t like it, you should be able to return it and get your money back.  A retailer may charge you a return fee (look for $75 or less) to help defray shipping costs, but that’s minimal compared to the money you could be out if you get stuck with a mattress that you don’t like.

An important note:  Be sure to read the fine print and don’t go for a store credit or comfort guarantee.  These both mean that if a mattress doesn’t work for you that you don’t get your money back but have to choose a different mattress from the same store.  I have seen many people lose a lot of money and still not get the mattress they want with one of these bad options.

At Habitat Furnishings, we want you to be as informed about your mattress options as possible.  To learn everything you need to know about all natural latex mattresses and air beds, check out our site.

A Quality Natural Latex Mattress: You Don’t Have to Spend $5000 to Buy One

I came across someone asking a question about how long a latex mattress should last and they were getting ready to pay close to $5000 for it!  I can’t imagine thinking about spending that kind of money without even knowing how long something would last!  I provided what information I could and wished the person luck.

A quality all natural latex mattress should come with a 20 year warranty and last 20 – 30 years.  They are not only comfortable, but durable and long lasting too.  I hope the person who wrote “I am considering buying a latex mattress, costing close to $5000 for a king size…” does a bit more research before making that purchase. How long is the latex mattress going to last?  How long is the warranty?  Is it an all natural latex mattress?  (Unfortunately up to 80% of all latex mattresses being offered as “natural” are made synthetically using petrochemicals.)

Before buying a natural latex mattress, do some research and ask questions.  Ask if the natural latex mattress is truly 100% natural, or if there are any petrochemicals used.  If the answer you get is vague or the salesperson tries to redirect you to something else, then the latex mattress you are looking at is not likely to be a truly 100% all natural latex mattress.

At Habitat Furnishings, we want you to be as informed about your mattress choices as possible.  Check out our guides to air beds and natural latex mattresses to learn everything you need to know about your specialty mattress purchase.

All Natural Latex Mattresses for All Natural Comfort

Many people are trying to remove irritants and potentially harmful chemicals from their daily lives.  One of the best places to do this is with something you spend one-third of your life on — your mattress.  A 100% all natural latex mattress is absolutely all natural with no chemicals added.  It’s a great way to remove chemicals and allergens from your life.

A true 100% all natural botanically derived latex mattress is dust mite free, antimicrobial and resists mold and mildew.  It contains nothing but what nature has produced.  Alas, up to 80% of the latex mattresses produced today are not all natural.  These “pretenders” claim to be “natural” because they contain some natural latex, but they are actually made synthetically using petrochemicals.  Do not be fooled by synthetic latex mattresses.  Ask if the natural latex mattress you are looking at 100% natural and chemical free.  If it isn’t, don’t buy it.

To learn the differences between all natural latex mattresses and those that are made synthetically using petrochemicals, check out our latex mattress page.  It is comprehensive and will answer all of your latex mattress questions.  We also have detailed information on our air bed page.  We are Habitat Furnishings – the web’s specialty bedding experts.

An All Natural Latex Mattress: It’s Recyclable!

Thinking about buying a natural latex mattress?  Not sure if you should buy an all natural latex mattress or a synthetic one?  Well, here’s one more reason to buy a 100% natural botanically derived latex mattress — It’s 100% recyclable!

Unfortunately, up to 80% of latex mattresses being sold today are not 100% natural latex mattresses.  They are made synthetically using petrochemicals.  The manufacturers and retailers of these synthetically made latex mattresses would like you to believe that they are just as good as all natural latex mattresses, but it just isn’t so.  Synthetically made latex mattresses are less durable and have a tendency to develop sags, dips, ruts and other problems.  A 100% all natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  Besides, who want to spend one-third of their life lying in chemicals?

And again… A 100% all natural latex mattress is completely recyclable!  But don’t worry about that just yet.  A 100% all natural latex mattress should come with a 20-year warranty and last 20 – 30 years!

Habitat Furnishings are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  We have everything you want or need to know about 100% natural latex mattresses versus synthetic latex mattresses.  You can also check out our site for comprehensive info about air beds.

Try an All Natural Latex Mattress to Ease Your Allergies

Do you have environmental allergies?  How about asthma?  Perhaps you are just tired of sleeping in dust?  Then an all natural latex mattress may be just what you need.  Not only is it extremely comfortable, but it is hypoallergenic too.

A true 100% natural latex mattress is botanically derived.  It is dust mite free, antimicrobial, and resists mold and mildew.  These qualities are what make it so good for those with allergies or asthma.  But buyer beware — Up to 80% of latex mattresses are not all natural, but are made synthetically using petrochemicals.  Because these latex mattress usually have some natural latex in them, the manufacturers and retailers call them “natural” and hope that consumers will not question how they are made.  If you are shopping for a natural latex mattress, make sure you ask exactly how it is made and if there are any synthetic materials in it.  If the answer you get is vague or they try to tell you synthetic latex is just as good as 100% all natural latex, go somewhere else.

To get all the benefits of a 100% all natural latex mattress, you have to buy a 100% all natural latex mattress.  Synthetic latex mattresses want to claim they are just as good, but they aren’t.  They have a tendency to sag and develop dips and they do not last nearly as long.  Since all natural latex mattresses are so durable (lasting 20 – 30 years or more) they are much more cost effective in the long haul as synthetic latex mattresses.  Check out Habitat Furnishings to learn more.

A Natural Latex Mattress… Better Than a Memory Foam Mattress?

One question we see and hear frequently is, “Which is better, a natural latex mattress or a memory foam mattress?”  Although it would nice to have a definitive answer for this question, it depends on your personal preference and what you want and need.  You wouldn’t want someone else to pick the car that is right for you, would you?  Sure, you want to make sure it is safe, reliable, and durable, but after that, what you want and need may be very different than what someone else wants or needs.

The article Latex Mattress Or Memory Foam Mattress – Which is Better? seems to seek to answer the memory foam versus latex mattress question but it really cannot.  Each are excellent mattresses and each have different benefits (besides outstanding comfort) to offer.  So what’s the best way to know which is the best mattress for you?

The best way to know if a mattress is right for you is to sleep on it for an extended period (at least 180 days) in your own home.  If you don’t like it, you want to be able to return it for a nominal fee and get your money back.  Don’t fall for a store credit or “comfort” guarantee, which is the same thing as a store credit. If you don’t like the mattress, you’d have to pick another one at the same store.  This mean you may be out lots of money and still not have a mattress that works for you.

Habitat Furnishings is the web’s specialty bedding experts.  We want you to be as informed about your mattress options as possible.  To learn more, check out our air bed and all natural latex mattress pages.

An Air Bed or Latex Mattress Can Eliminate Body Soreness

I came across a blog about someone’s mattress causing them to feel sore in the morning and it immediately reminded me of my own situation a few years back.  My husband and I were both having back pain (I was pregnant) and were sleeping on my approximately 15 year-old traditional spring mattress.  We got rid of the old spring mattress and BINGO!  No more back pain for either of us, even the huge pregnant lady!

Mattress Causing Body Soreness? reminded me of our former plight.  So many people have body soreness or back pain for no other reason than their mattress needs to be replaced with a new, more comfortable mattress.  We spend approximately one-third of our lives in bed, so why are so many of us stubbornly hanging onto old beds or buying cheap ones to save money?  As I admitted, I was guilty of this in the past, but I will never be guilty of it again!  We spend way more time on our mattresses than on our sofas or in front of our TVs, so it’s time to start treating our mattress purchases with the seriousness, thought, and money they deserve.

We are Habitat Furnishings – the web’s specialty bedding experts.  We want you to be as educated as possible when it comes to purchasing a mattress.  Check out our air bed and all natural latex mattress info.

Choosing a Good Latex Mattress

Everyone looking for a latex mattress would like to choose a good one, but how do you go about this?  There are a few things you need to look out for, especially in determining if a natural latex mattress is truly a 100% natural latex mattress.

The Problem of Choosing a Good Latex Mattress barely touches on the subject of all natural versus synthetic latex mattresses.  I am going to elaborate, since it is really one of the most important things to look at when choosing a natural latex mattress.

A truly all natural latex mattress is 100% natural and made botanically without any chemicals.  Unfortunately, up to 80% of latex mattresses being sold today are not all natural.  They are instead synthetically made with petrochemicals and use the word “natural” in hopes that consumers will not question whether or not a latex mattress is truly 100% natural.

A true natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It’s also very durable, coming with a 20 year warranty and lasting 20 -30 years or more.  Once you are ready for a new one, it’s completely recyclable!  On the other hand, a latex mattress that is made synthetically doesn’t offer these benefits and doesn’t last nearly as long.  A synthetic latex mattress has a tendency to develop lumps, bumps, and sags.

At Habitat Furnishings, we are the web’s specialty bedding experts, offering air beds and all natural latex mattresses.  To learn everything you need to know about purchasing an air bed or latex mattress, check out our site.

The Natural Latex Mattress and the Importance of a True Money-Back Guarantee

Looking for a natural latex mattress or any type of new mattress?  Afraid to try something new?  Afraid you might make the wrong decision and be stuck with something you don’t want?  These are all valid concerns and the reasons you should only buy a mattress from a company that offers you an at home trial for an extended period (180 days or more) and offers a true money-back guarantee if the mattress doesn’t work for you.

Most mattress companies offer a store credit or “comfort” guarantee for their customers.  A “comfort” guarantee is just a tricky way of saying you are getting a store credit.  With both of these options (if you can call them “options”) if you do not like the mattress you purchase you can return it, but you have to pick another mattress from that store.  If they don’t have anything you like, you could be out hundreds of dollars and still not have a mattress that works for you.

Bottom line:  Before you purchase any mattress, make sure you can try it in your own home for at least 180 days and get your money back if it isn’t right for you.  Read the fine print and don’t be fooled by fancy ways of saying you are getting a store credit.

At Habitat Furnishings, we allow you to try your natural latex mattress or air bed for a full 180 days in your own home.  If you don’t like it, you can return it and get your money back.  All we ask is that you pay $75 (subtracted from your refund) to help with the return shipping costs.  We ship it to you for free!  To learn more, check out Habitat Furnishings.

Natural Latex Mattresses: For Durability They’re Second to None

A traditional spring mattress will usually last about ten years or so before it needs to be replaced.  In contrast, a 100% natural latex mattress could last you thirty years.  That’s three times longer than a traditional mattress!

The article Knowing How Latex Mattresses Are Made Will Help You Finding the Right One For You goes into the details about how a latex mattress is made but I’m not in agreement with the statement that, when comparing a synthetic latex mattress with natural latex mattress, “The quality is not likely to be different…”  This is actually far from the truth.  A 100% natural latex mattress has all the qualities you are looking for in a natural latex mattress without being made with petrochemicals.  A 100% natural latex mattress is also much more durable than a synthetic one, making it a more cost effective choice in the long haul.  Synthetically made latex mattresses have a tendency to develop sags and dips that natural latex mattresses do not.

A good 100% natural latex mattress will come with twenty year warranty, but will probably last 20 – 30 years or more.  When you are ready for a new one, the old one is completely recyclable!  At Habitat Furnishings, we are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  To learn everything you need to know about natural latex mattresses or air beds, check out our web site.

Latex Mattresses: Something in Your House That Won’t Make You Sick!

Natural latex mattresses are becoming more and more popular due to their comfort and the health benefits they provide.  The interesting article Things in your house that are making you sick prompted me to write about something in your house that will NOT make you sick – a natural latex mattress.  I’m not sure about the accuracy of the article I saw, but I am sure about what natural latex can do for you, provided you do choose a 100% natural latex mattress.

When we talk about 100% natural latex mattresses, let’s be sure about what we are talking about.  A 100% natural latex mattress is one made 100% botanically without synthetic petrochemicals.  Unfortunately, up to 80% of all latex mattresses are not 100% natural.  To make sure you get all the benefits of natural latex, you have to make sure you are indeed getting a 100% natural latex mattress.

A 100% natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  The very things that make carpet, dust collecting items, and traditional bedding bad for those will allergies or asthma are absent from botanically derived natural latex mattresses. A 100% natural latex mattress is also durable (last 20 years or more) and, when you are ready for a new one, it’s completely recyclable!

To learn everything you need to know about 100% natural latex mattresses, check out Habitat Furnishings – the web’s specialty bedding experts.

Latex Mattresses – Chemical Free Sleep!

Looking for a more comfortable mattress?  Looking to sleep more soundly?  Looking to eliminate chemicals and unnecessary allergens from your life?  Then a natural latex mattress may be just the mattress for you.

Chemical Free Latex Mattresses-Sleepless no more! suggests a natural latex mattress when it’s time to replace your old mattress.  A natural latex mattress cradles your body comfortably, eliminating the tossing and turning associated with uncomfortable sleep.  A 100% natural latex mattress is also antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  A 100% natural botanically derived latex mattress is also 100% all natural and contains no chemicals.

Buyer beware, though… Up to 80% of all latex mattresses are not 100% natural latex.  They use the word natural because they do contain some natural latex, but are made synthetically using petrochemicals.  Who wants to sleep with chemicals?  The point of all natural latex mattresses is to eliminate chemicals, but if you buy a synthetically made latex mattress, you do not eliminate the chemicals.  Make sure you ask if the natural latex mattress you are looking at is 100% natural and made without chemicals.  If the answer is vague or hard to understand, the mattress is not all natural.  If a natural latex mattress is 100% natural, it should not be hard for a retailer to explain this to you.

To learn everything you need to know about 100% natural latex mattresses versus synthetic latex mattresses, check out Habitat Furnishings – the web’s specialty bedding experts.

A Natural Latex Foam Mattress for Healthy Living

One of the best things you can do for your health is to remove as many chemicals as possible from your life.  What better way to do this than remove chemicals from the one-third of your life that you spend sleeping?  With a 100% natural latex mattress you can do just that.

The blog Healthy Living with a Latex Foam Mattress just touches a few of the things that make living with a natural latex mattress mattress a healthy choice.  I’d like to expand on that with a few more details.

A 100% natural latex mattress is dust mite free, antimicrobial, and resists mold and mildew.  It is made 100% naturally with no potentially harmful petrochemicals.  With that being said, it’s important to understand that many of the “natural” latex mattresses on the market today are not 100% natural and are made synthetically using petrochemicals.  Those who sell this type of latex mattress would like you to believe that their synthetic latex mattress is just as good as 100% natural latex mattresses, but that is absolutely false.  Even if price is the reason someone chooses a synthetic latex mattress, in the long haul they aren’t saving money since synthetic latex mattresses have a tendency to sag and dip and are not nearly as durable at 100% natural latex mattresses.

To learn how to live a more healthy life with a 100% natural latex mattress, check out Habitat Furnishings – the web’s specialty bedding experts.

Latex Mattress Facts

The natural latex mattress is one of the fastest rising stars of the mattress industry.  People are looking to latex mattresses to improve their sleep and remove potentially harmful chemicals and irritating allergens from their lives.

In Latex Mattress – The Facts the author sings the praises of the natural latex mattress.  A 100% botanically derived natural latex mattress is naturally dust mite free, antimicrobial, and reduces mold and mildew.  A natural latex mattress that is 100% natural has no harmful chemicals in it.

Unfortunately, when it comes to latex mattresses, up to eighty percent of them are not truly natural latex.  Manufacturers and retailers use the term “natural” when just part of the latex mattress is natural.  Synthetic latex mattresses calling themselves natural are actually made using petrochemicals.  If you want to make sure that what you are getting is really 100% natural latex you have to be very specific with your questions.  If you aren’t specific, it is likely that what you are buying as a natural latex mattress is not a 100% natural latex mattress.

We, Habitat Furnishings, are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  If you want to learn how to make sure you are getting a 100% natural latex mattress with all its benefits and durability, check out our latex mattress page.

The Natural Latex Mattress or the Memory Foam Mattress: Which is Best?

Once again the age old question of which is best – a memory foam mattress or a natural latex mattress – is being asked.  The problem with that question is that the only thing that really matters is what is best for YOU!  In the article, Memory Foam Mattress vs Latex Mattress – Which is Best?, the author attempts to answer a question that can’t really be answered.  It’s like the “Ginger or MaryAnne” question… Both are great, but personal preference determines what is best for you.

A truly natural latex mattress is comfortable, but so is a memory foam mattress.  Both can provide comfortable sleep, but the only way to find out which is right for you is to sleep on your new mattress for at least 180 days in your own home.  If you don’t like it, you should be able to return it and get your money back.  Don’t fall for a store credit or “comfort” guarantee (tricky way of saying you are getting a store credit).  This means that if you don’t like your new mattress, you will have to buy your mattress at that particular store or lose all your money.  A real money-back guarantee means you can go to another store to find a mattress if the one you purchased doesn’t work for you.

At Habitat Furnishings we are the web’s specialty bedding experts. We want to help you select the mattress that is right for you.  Check out our detailed information on air beds and natural latex mattresses.

The Latex Foam Mattress: Warm in the Winter… Cool in the Summer

As natural latex mattresses become more and more well known, people ask the inevitable question — Do they sleep hot like some memory foam mattresses do?  Are they cold like an unheated water bed?  They answer is — None of the above!  A true natural latex mattress is breathable and comfortable, no matter what the temperature or time of year.  This point is very well made in Latex Foam Mattresses.

A truly 100% natural latex mattress is botanically derived.  It is dust mite free, antimicrobial, and resists mold and mildew. Have allergies or asthma?  A natural latex mattress is the perfect choice.  Don’t want to sleep on chemicals?  Who does?  Then a natural latex mattress is right for you.

If you are thinking about a natural latex mattress, make sure that it is a 100% natural latex mattress.  Up to 80% of latex mattresses today are actually made synthetically using petrochemicals.  If you want all the benefist natural latex mattresses offer, you have to be sure you are truly buying 100% natural latex.  Do not be fooled by the “wannabes.”

At Habitat Furnishings we are the web’s specialty bedding experts.  To learn more about how a natural latex mattress stays comfortable year ’round and to learn how to tell the difference between a 100% natural latex mattress and a synthetic latex mattress, check out our latex mattress page.

A Natural Latex Mattress: Long Lasting and 100% Recyclable

I came across an article called Recycling:  Saving Your Local Landfill One Mattress at a Time that tells all the different ways you can recycle your old mattress parts in order to do your part to save the environment.  One thing that the article mentioned was that about every ten years you need to get a new mattress and figure out how to get rid of the old one.  Here’s the issue I have with that — Get a natural latex mattress and you only have to think about disposing of your mattress every 20 – 30 years!

A truly 100% natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It is long lasting (good ones have 20 year warranties) and therefore, a very cost effective mattress purchase.  And since we are talking about recycling — Once you are done with it, it’s 100% recyclable!  This only works for 100% botanically derived natural latex mattresses, of course.  Synthetically made latex mattresses that use petrochemicals are not 100% recyclable.

At Habitat Furnishings, we want you to be as informed about your natural latex mattress purchase as possible.  Check out our site to learn the difference between 100% natural latex mattresses and synthetic latex mattresses.

The Natural Latex Mattress: An Investment in Your Sleep and Your Health

A lot of people ask if a natural latex mattress is worth the money.  Shouldn’t you just find a cheap mattress and forget it?  What’s all the fuss about?

You spend a third of your life sleeping.  You spend way more time on your mattress than you do on your sofa or in front of that expensive TV.  (I hope you don’t spend 8 hours a day watching TV!)  When you start thinking about your mattress as an investment in your health, you start thinking about how important it is to choose a good mattress, not a cheap mattress.

A 100% natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It is ideal for those who have allergies, asthma, or do not want to spend 8 hours a day breathing in dust and chemicals.  A true natural latex mattress is also cost effective since it lasts so much longer than other mattresses, including synthetically made latex mattresses that have a tendency to develop sags and dips.

I have to agree with the author of The Benefits of Natural Latex Mattresses.  Once you realize a natural latex mattress is an investment in your health, you will no longer think that the cost of a true natural latex mattress is a luxury.

To learn everything you need to know before purchasing a natural latex mattress, check out Habitat Furnishings – The Web’s Special Bedding Experts.

Natural Latex Mattresses: Here are the REAL facts

A lot of people are touting the comfort and benefits of natural latex mattresses these days.  A lot of people are blogging about latex mattresses on the web.  A lot of people are NOT telling you the real facts when it comes to purchasing and natural latex mattress and how not to get scammed.

The article Latex Mattress – The Facts has a lot of information about how a latex mattress is made.  It even explains that many people claim synthetic latex mattresses are just as good as natural latex but with a cheaper price tag.  What this article (and many articles like it) don’t tell you is that up to 80% of the latex mattresses on the market today are not truly natural latex mattresses, but are made synthetically with petrochemicals.

Many latex mattresses that are synthetically made using petrochemicals will call themselves “natural” because they do have some natural latex in them.  You need to ask if a natural latex mattress is 100% natural and how it is made before you can be sure what you are getting is truly natural latex.  If the answers are vague or not being answered thoroughly, the “natural” latex mattress you are looking at is unlikely to be 100% natural and is probably synthetically made.

To learn how to tell the difference between a truly 100% natural latex mattress and one that is made synthetically using petrochemicals, check out Habitat Furnishings – the web’s specialty bedding experts.

A Synthetic Latex Mattress: Just Say No!

A lot of of mattress retailers would like you to believe that a synthetic latex mattress is just as good as a 100% natural latex mattress, but with a cheaper price tag.  This is absolutely false!

The article Latex Mattress says that synthetic latex made with petroleum products offers a stiffer firmer mattress when combined with natural latex, but affirms the fact that it all comes down to cost.  Companies that want to jump on the natural latex bandwagon can make a synthetic latex mattress more cheaply and try to pass it off as natural latex because it does have a small amount of natural latex in it.

A true 100% natural latex mattress is botanically derived and doesn’t contain any fillers or synthetic latex made with petrochemicals.  It is naturally antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  Although it costs a bit more than synthetic latex, it lasts much longer and doesn’t develop the dips and sags that synthetic latex does, thus making it cost effective.

To make sure you are actually getting a 100% all natural latex mattress, you have to do your homework and ask questions.  Many retailers are purposely vague about latex mattresses in order to pass synthetic latex off as natural latex.

To learn the difference between natural latex mattresses and synthetic latex mattresses, check out Habitat Furnishings.  We have all the info you ever need about natural latex.

The Health Benefits of a Natural Latex Mattress

Everyone is looking for a comfortable mattress, but what about a mattress that can provide health benefits?  A 100% natural latex mattress can do just that.  It’s not only comfortable and durable, but it provides health benefits that no other mattress can equal.

The article entitled The Story behind Organic Latex Mattresses is what got me thinking about this topic.  Most people don’t think about health benefits from their mattress.  They just want to be comfortable and get a good night’s sleep (which is also necessary for good health).

The reason a natural latex mattress is so healthy is that it is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  When I read about how much dust and grime is in even the cleanest traditional mattress, I cringe.  I have pretty severe environmental allergies and dust mites are one of my bad allergens.  We all have dust around our houses, in our carpets, on our blinds, etc., but why lie right in it?

Unfortunately, up to 80% of the latex mattresses being sold today are actually made synthetically using petrochemicals. Those who sell these mattresses claim they are just as good as a 100% natural latex mattress, but this simply isn’t true.  They also claim they are cheaper.  The problem with that logic is that a natural latex mattress is much more durable than a synthetic one.  A natural latex mattress doesn’t develop the dips and sways that are common in a synthetic latex mattress.  This makes the natural latex mattress much more cost effective and a better bang for your buck.

A natural latex mattress does provides some great health benefits, but don’t be scammed by the “pretenders.”  To learn the difference between a true natural latex mattress and a synthetic latex mattress, go to Habitat Furnishings – the web’s specialty bedding experts.

Air Beds and Latex Mattresses: Choosing Where to Buy Them Online

So you’re looking for a new mattress, maybe a specialty bed like a latex mattress or an air bed.  You hear that you can get some good deals online, but how do you choose a good online retailer?  Tips on Choosing Online Shopping Websites offers some advice on choosing an online shopping web site, but most of the information is so basic that it is simply common sense.  (Don’t shop a site where one price is listed and then another price appears when you click, for example.)

When is comes to buying specialty bedding, like an air bed or natural latex mattress, here are a few suggestions.  These suggestions are for mattress retailers, but some of them are great for any online shopping experience.

1.  Buy from a site that has information collected about it from a third party like Shopping.com or the Better Business Bureau.  A site can’t make up its own customer comments or satisfaction ratings this way.

2.  Shop at retailers who clearly spell out their return policy and guarantees.  In the case of buying a mattress, look for an in-home trial of at least 180 days and a true money-back guarantee (not a store credit or “comfort” guarantee, which is a tricky way of saying you have a store credit).  You need to be able to try your mattress at home for an extended period.

3.  Shop at retailers that are secure.  Services like McAfee Secure regularly test sites.  Make sure all your information, including credit card numbers, will be encrypted.  Check the site’s privacy and security policies.

4.  See how long and company has been in business and operating under its current name.  Name changes or a short time on the web can send up red flags.

You can make a great air bed or natural latex mattress purchase on the web.  Just make sure you do your homework first so you know you are dealing with a reputable company.  To learn more about Habitat Furnishings air beds or latex mattresses, check out our site.

A Natural Latex Mattress For Your Man Cave

I love the idea of a man cave, that very cool place that used to be called the basement, but is now the place that men want to go and do their own thing.  A themed man cave works for someone who loves a particular hobby or sports team.  Some man caves are places for pool, air hockey or ping pong.  Or maybe a many cave is just a place to chill out and watch TV or nap on the sofa.

One thing that you don’t see in many man caves is a bed or mattress. Why not?  I guarantee many a lazy afternoon is spent asleep on the sofa or in the recliner of the man cave.  Why not put a decent bed in there so you can nap comfortably in your cave rather than wake up with a kink in you neck?

If you are going to put a mattress in your man cave, I recommend a 100% natural latex mattress.  Since a true natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew, it’s perfect for a cave environment and for cave dwellers.  In twenty or thirty years when the cave man decides to replace his natural latex mattress, it’s 100% recyclable and moves the cave man into the 21st century way of doing things.

One thing that is important when choosing a natural latex mattress is to make sure it is truly 100% botanically derived, not synthetically made using petrochemicals.  Up to 80% of latex mattresses are made this synthetically, so it’s important to make sure what you are buying is truly natural latex.  To learn the differences between natural latex mattresses and synthetic latex mattresses, check out Habitat Furnishings.

The Natural Latex Mattress and How to Try One in Your Own Home

Natural latex mattresses are becoming more and more popular as people learn about the benefits of natural latex.  A true botanically derived 100% natural latex mattress is comfortable, durable, antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It is ideal for those with allergies, asthma, or people who just want to sleep on a really comfortable bed.

What if you aren’t sure if a latex mattress is right for you?  What if you buy one and you don’t like it?  What then?

The best way to make sure you are going to be happy with your natural latex mattress is to buy one from a retailer who lets you try it in your own home for at least 180 days and offers you a money-back guarantee (not a store credit or “comfort” guarantee which is the same thing as store credit) if it doesn’t work for you.  This will allow you to try your natural latex mattress risk-free.

At Habitat Furnishings, we allow our customers to try our latex mattress and our air beds in their own home for 180 days.  If you don’t like your new mattress, you can return it and get your money back.  All we ask is that you pay a small fee ($75 deducted from your refund) to help with the return shipping costs. (We ship it to you for free!)

To learn more how you can try a natural latex mattress in your own home, check out Habitat Furnishings.

Your Air Bed Purchase: The Importance of a True Money-Back Guarantee

You spend more than a third of your life in bed.  You spend way more time on your bed than on your sofa or any other piece of furniture.  Your mattress is one of the most important household purchases, so how can your make sure you are making the right choice?  Here’s how:

When choosing your air bed, or any other bed or mattress, it’s important to make sure you buy from a retailer with a true money-back guarantee, not a store credit or comfort guarantee, which is just a tricky way of saying store credit.  A comfort guarantee or store credit means that if you don’t like the mattress or bed you choose that you have to pick a different mattress from the same store.  You don’t ever get your money back.  Since most stores may only have one or two mattresses that you like, if you can’t find something you want at that particular store, you are out of luck and out of a lot of money.

Make sure you buy your mattress or air bed from a retailer that offers you a true money-back guarantee and at least 180 days to try your mattress in your own home.  This means that if you don’t like your mattress, you can return it and get your money back.  Some retailers may charge a return fee to recoup their shipping costs, but this is a minimal cost compared to keeping a mattress you don’t like or losing a lot of money.

At Habitat Furnishings, the web’s specialty bedding experts offering air beds and latex mattresses, we offer you 180 days to try your bed in your own home and, if you don’t like it, we’ll give you your money back.  Don’t take our word for it.  Check out our perfect 5-Star Rating on Shopping.com.

The Natural Latex Mattress: It’s Always Been Eco-Friendly

The Sustainable Furnishings Council is getting ready to launch its first consumer marketing campaign in which noted interior and product designers will work to help increase awareness of eco-friendly home furnishings. This is according to an article on FurnitureToday.com.

When choosing a mattress, the most eco-friendly choice you can make is a 100% botanically derived natural latex mattress.  A true botanically derived natural latex mattress is created entirely by Mother Nature (with some help from some humans) from rubber trees.  You can read details about the exact creation process by going to our natural latex mattress page.

A 100% natural latex mattress is naturally antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It will last 20 – 30 years (great bang for your buck) and once you are ready to replace it, it’s 100% recyclable.

I do want to point out that of all the latex mattresses out there, up to 80% are not eco-friendly, but are made synthetically using petrochemicals.  To learn the difference between a 100% natural latex mattress and a synthetically made latex mattress, go to Habitat Furnishings – The web’s specialty bedding experts.

A Natural Latex Mattress: How Do You Know It’s the Real Deal?

More and more people are discovering the comfort, durability, and cleanliness (yea, no dust mites!) of the natural latex mattress.  Unfortunately, like many good things, there are a lot of natural latex mattress copy cats out there.  Up to eighty percent of the latex mattresses being sold today are not 100% natural botanically derived latex mattresses, but are made synthetically using petrochemicals.  So how do you tell which mattresses are 100% natural latex?

A 100% natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  Although a latex mattress may claim to be “natural,” unless it is made botanically and 100% naturally, it can’t honestly make this claim.  Some latex mattresses claim to be natural because they have some natural components in them.  This does not mean they are 100% botanically derived natural latex.  You need to ask very specific questions about this to any retailer who is selling latex mattresses.

Those who push synthetic latex mattresses, or mattresses that are not 100% natural, claim that synthetic latex is just as good as natural latex, but cheaper.  This claim is just plain wrong!  Synthetic latex mattresses that are made using petrochemicals do not have the qualities natural latex has, and have a tendency to develop lumps, dips, and sags.  Since a natural latex mattress lasts much longer than a synthetic latex mattress, it is actually more cost-effective than a synthetic “wannabe” latex mattress.

To learn more about how you can tell the difference between a 100% natural latex mattress and a pretender, check out Habitat Furnishings for our comprehensive latex mattress information.

An Air Bed or Natural Latex Mattress for the HGTV Dream Home

Every year I oohh and aahh over the HGTV Dream Home.  This year is no exception.  This year’s HGTV Dream Home is a beautiful masterpiece in New Mexico.  It is, of course, like something out of a magazine (or a TV show!) and is beautifully furnished by Ethan Allen.  Every year I enter to win the HGTV Dream Home and I never win, but that’s not my complaint.  Let me explain…

We spend more time on our mattress than on anything in our home.  We spend about a third of our lives in bed.  I’m sure the HGTV Dream Home has really nice mattresses, but I searched the entire product listing and could find no mention of the mattresses.  Sure, I saw every type of duvet, sheet, pillow, sham, and bedroom accessory in the world, but no mention of a mattress!  The beds sure are fancy, but no mention of a mattress!  Every detail in the house is absolutely perfect, but no mention of a mattress!

To the HGTV execs – How about an absolutely comfortable and durable air bed or natural latex mattress for your absolutely gorgeous home?  Latex mattresses and air beds are just the thing to make your almost perfect dream home absolutely perfect!

Latex Mattresses: Big Differences Between Natural and Synthetic Latex Mattresses

In Differences in Latex Mattresses, Beth Kaminski points out that if you are going to buy a latex mattress that you should do your research first.  How true that is!

Natural latex is becoming more and more popular as people learn about its benefits and it becomes more well known.  A 100% natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, resists mold and mildew, and is dust mite free.  It is supportive, comfortable, and durable.  A good natural latex mattress will come with a 20 year warranty.  It is ideal for those with allergies, asthma, or those who just want more of their life to be free of chemicals.

Unfortunately, up to eighty percent of latex mattresses on the market today are synthetically made using petrochemicals.  Retailers who want you to buy a synthetic latex mattress will claim that a synthetic latex mattress is just as good as a natural latex mattress, but cheaper.  There are a couple of really obvious problems with that–first off, a synthetic latex mattress is not just as good as a natural latex mattress and doesn’t offer the same benefits that natural latex does.  Second, natural latex lasts much long than synthetic latex, which tends to develop dips and sags in it.  Another bonus for 100% natural latex:  When you are finally ready for a new one, it’s completely recyclable!

To learn everything you need to know about the differences between a synthetic latex mattress and a 100% botanically derived natural latex mattress, go to Habitat Furnishings – the web’s specialty bedding experts.

100% Natural Latex Mattresses: Don’t Get Scammed by Synthetic Latex

One of the fastest growing sellers of the mattress industry is the natural latex mattress.  People are choosing natural latex mattresses for their comfort, durability, and for the benefits that come from sleeping on an all natural mattress.

A 100% natural botanically derived latex mattress is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It’s not only a great choice for those with allergies and asthma, but for anyone who wants to live at least one-third of their life with fewer chemicals.

Unfortunately, up to 80% of latex mattresses are not real latex and are not all natural.  These synthetically produced latex mattress are not natural, but are mad with petroleum-based chemicals (petrochemicals).  Some retailers like to be vague about the fact their their latex mattress is not truly natural latex.  Some claim that synthetic latex is better than all natural latex and some claim that all natural latex is too expensive.

These  types of statements are an just an attempt to talk people into something that isn’t what it claims to be.  A truly natural latex mattress is more durable and lasts longer than a synthetic latex mattress, which has a tendency to sag and develop buckets.  A 100% botanically derived natural latex mattress is also the only mattress that is truly antimicrobial, dust mite free and resists mold and mildew, claims a synthetic latex mattress simple cannot make.

To make sure you know the difference between 100% natural latex and synthetic latex that is made with petrochemicals, check out our page on latex mattresses.

Try an Air Bed for Better Sleep

Want to sleep better?  In the article entitled How to Sleep Better – Try an Air Bed, Mark S. Myers points out the many qualities that make an air bed a delightful sleeping experience.

When we talk about an air bed we aren’t talking about the old camping air mattress of days gone by.  Sure, those things are still out there, as are Aero Beds and other portable air mattresses, but for better sleep, the air bed as the primary bed is rapidly gaining popularity.

A quality air bed is comfortable for both you and your sleep partner because it will allow each person to adjust their own firmness.  Our Habitat Arise® and Habitat Ascend® air beds have vulcanized rubber bladders which are much more comfortable that the nylon or PVC bladders that are commonly found in air beds.  In addition to our plush comfort layers, the Habitat Ascend® is the only air bed on the planet to have a layer of natural latex.

Think trying an air bed is risky because you may not like it once you get it home?  With Habitat Furnishings trying an air bed is risk-free.  That’s because we offer a 180 day money-back guarantee on both of our air beds.  That’s a true money-back guarantee, not a “comfort” guarantee (a tricky way of staying store credit) or store credit.  To learn more about our quality air beds, go to Habitat Furnishings.

An Air Bed: A Great Choice for Comfort

In the blog The Adjustable Air Bed Mattress. A good choice in Beds?, the unnamed writer states that most people are afraid to trust in what is relatively new (air beds versus the traditional bed) with just a short test at a store.  I have to agree with that since most air bed retailers won’t give you your money back if you don’t like your new air bed.

The good news is that buying an air bed doesn’t have to be risky.  In fact, at Habitat Furnishings, buying an air bed is absolutely risk-free.  We give you a full 180 days to try your new air bed at home.  If you don’t like it, we’ll give you your money back.  And we are talking about a true money-back guarantee here – not a “comfort” guarantee or store credit.  (FYI – A “comfort” guarantee is a store credit!  Don’t be fooled by that one!)

If you are intimidated by trying something great (an air bed) because it is relatively new and you think it would be too risky – Fear no more!  An air bed is extremely comfortable and our air bed is about half the price of the “leading brand’s” top of the line model.  In fact, our quality air bed is just a little bit more than the “leading brand’s” basic model, but with many more features!  To learn more about how you can try a new air bed risk-free, go to Habitat Furnishings.

Air Bed Review Sites: Whom Do You Trust?

So you’re ready to shop for an air bed and you want to do your homework.  Where do you go for information about air beds?  What air bed reviews can you trust?

It’s true that on the web anyone can write anything they want about anything at all.  Many air bed and mattress review sites are actually owned by retailers or manufacturers that want to steer you to their site.  Many review sites are written by people who want to make advertising money and know absolutely nothing about the product.  So whom can you count on?

The answer is that you can count on well-known third party review sites like Shopping.com.  A retail air bed website will only post positive reviews on their site.  On a site like Shopping.com the retailer cannot alter, censor or change the reviews in any way.  What the shopper writes is what you see… Without any interference from the retailer.

At Habitat Furnishings, we are proud of our perfect five-star rating on Shopping.com.  We pride ourselves on offering two quality air beds on our site, the Habitat Arise® Air Bed and the Habitat Ascend® Air Bed. We are also proud of our quality customer service. To make sure our customers are happy, we offer a complete 180-day money-back guarantee on all our beds.  That’s not a store credit or comfort guarantee, but an actual money-back guarantee.  To learn more go to Habitat Furnishings.

A Real Natural Latex Mattress Versus A Synthetic Latex Mattress

When it comes to choosing a natural latex mattress or a synthetic latex mattress, the choice is easy if you are really looking at latex for all of its unique qualities and benefits.  Unfortunately, up to 80% of all latex mattresses on the market are synthetically made using petrochemicals.  If natural latex is what you are looking for, then steer clear of latex mattresses that are synthetically made.  They are, quite simply, not the same product as a natural latex mattress.

A 100% naturally derived latex mattress has absolutely no chemicals and is completely natural.  It is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  It is a great choice for those who have allergies or asthma or those who simply want to remove chemicals from their life.  We spend about a third of our day on our mattress… Who wants to spend it sleeping in chemicals?

Those who claim that buying a synthetic latex mattress is cheaper, and therefore preferable over natural latex are missing the point of a natural latex mattress and its beneficial qualities.  These qualities are lost on a synthetic latex mattress.  The other problem with arguing cost as a factor in choosing a synthetic latex mattress is that a natural latex mattress lasts much longer than a synthetic one, making it a more cost effective choice in the long haul.  A natural latex mattress doesn’t develop the lumps and dips that are common in a synthetic latex mattress.

The bottom line:  In order to have all the qualities of natural latex, including its durability and cost effectiveness, choose a 100% botanically derived natural latex mattress over a synthetic latex mattress.  To learn more about how a 100% natural latex mattress is preferable over a synthetic one, check out Habitat Furnishings.

Mattress Sanitizing for Dust Mite Allergies – Choose Natural Latex Instead

In The Wall Street Journal Online, Laura Johannes ponders the question Does Mattress Cleaning Treat Dust-Mite Allergies?  Johannes points out that while mattress sanitizing does likely kill dust mites, that scientists say that there’s no proof that mattress-sanitizing services are any better than less expensive methods of getting rid of dust mites.

A growing number of companies will come to your home to clean your mattress, but I have a better idea.  If dust mites are a concern, or if someone in your house has allergies or asthma, you need to look into purchasing a 100% natural latex mattress.

Forget the company to rid your mattress of dust mites! A 100% natural latex mattress is dust-mite free.  It is also antimicrobial and resistant to mold and mildew.  It is extremely durable (look for a 20 year warranty), but when you are done with it, it is completely recyclable. 

Unfortunately, up to 80% of latex mattresses are not completely natural, but are synthetically made using petrochemicals.  Make sure you are clear about what you are buying when you choose a natural latex mattress.  To choose a mattress that will be free of dust mites, you need to make sure you are buying a 100% natural latex mattress.

To learn everything you need to know about natural latex mattresses, click on our links.

Organic Bedding

London Luxury rolling out AllergyLuxe organic, says the article on HomeTextilesToday.com.  London Luxury announced the launch of its 100% organic AllergyLuxe Organic Bedding Collection.  It will be carried at select Bed, Bath, & Beyond stores as well as on their website.

The sheets will be 300-count and will use organic dyes that are chemical-free.  The colors that will be available are khaki, pistachio, caramel, bluemis, or chiffon.

More and more people are looking to live their lives with organic products that are free from potentially harmful chemicals.  Organic bedding is a great companion for a completely organic mattress, the 100% botanically derived natural latex mattress.

True natural latex is 100% natural and truly organic.  It is antimicrobial, dust mite-free, and resists mold and mildew.  Since it contains nothing artificial, it is also completely recyclable.  It is perfect for those with allergies, asthma, or those who just want to live a clean, green lifestyle.

Unfortunately, up to 80% of latex mattresses are made synthetically with petrochemicals.  It is important that when you are looking to purchase a completely organic natural latex mattress that you do a bit of homework to make sure what you are getting is truly all natural.  To learn everything you need to know about 100% natural latex mattresses, check out our information at Habitat Furnishings.

Shopping Tips That Are Eco-Friendly

“Green” is all the buzz these days and everyone is looking for ways to be eco-friendly, including looking for companies that supply and sell eco-friendly products.  In Eco Friendly Shopping Tips, Richard N. Williams offers advice in finding companies and products that are truly green, not just claiming to be green to cash in on the latest buzz.

A 100% natural latex mattress is a truly green product.  It is made from entirely by Mother Nature, carefully harvested from Rubber trees.  A 100% natural latex mattress is completely botanically derived and lasts for many years.  A quality 100% natural latex mattress should come with a twenty year warranty.

Unfortunately many mattress companies have jumped on the latex bandwagon to create synthetic latex mattresses.  In fact, up to 80% of all latex mattresses on the market are synthetic and made with petrochemicals.  A synthetic latex mattress is not the same thing as a 100% natural latex mattress, so it is important to make sure that what you are buying is truly natural latex, not synthetic latex.

A natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, dust mite free, and resists mold and mildew.  A synthetic latex mattress does not do this.  A synthetic latex mattress does not last nearly as long as a natural latex mattress does, and, over time, synthetic latex forms indentations and buckets in its surface.

Shopping eco-friendly and green when buying a mattress can be done if you do a little bit of homework first.  To read everything you need to know about 100% natural latex mattresses and learn the differences between natural latex and synthetic latex check out Habitat Furnishings.

Natural Latex Mattress Benefits

In the blog by zoe, entitled The Benefits of Natural Latex Mattresses, the blogger blogs about the benefits of natural latex versus synthetic or hybrid latex.

The question asked here is do you have to forget about a natural latex mattress and buy one that is synthetically made using potentially harmful petrochemicals because the latter is cheaper?  The answer is no. 

First of all, up to 80% of latex mattresses are synthetically made using petrochemicals.  You want to make sure you understand this and choose a 100% botanically derived latex mattress.  Right now you’re thinking, but isn’t a natural latex mattress more expensive than a synthetically made one?  Yes, in most cases this is true, but in the long haul a 100% natural latex mattress is more cost effective since it is more durable and will last much longer than a synthetic latex mattress.  In addition to being made with petrochemicals, a synthetic latex mattress has the tendency to settle and form uncomfortable pockets and buckets.

Making the choice to buy a natural latex mattress over a synthetic one is really quite easy once you know the facts.  To learn everything you need to know about natural latex, check out our latex mattress page at Habitat Furnishings.

A Review of the Latex Mattress

The blog Latex mattress review posted by sleepawake points out the advantages and disadvantages of buying a latex mattress.  Sleepawake is one of the few bloggers I have found who correctly points out that a natural latex mattress is much better than a synthetic one.

Here are the advantages and disadvantages (along with my comments) as outlined by sleepawake.  (If you want to read the full article and sleepawake’s comments you can click on the above link.)

Latex mattress advantage #1 – A latex mattress is very durable.  It is cost effective because it lasts so long.

Latex mattress advantage #2 – The little holes in the latex mattress make it very pliable and comfortable.  Are the holes an advantage?  This is how natural latex is made into a comfortable mattress.  I think it is a “fact” rather than an “advantage.”

Latex mattress advantage #3  – Natural latex has a great “bouncy” feel to it.  I’m not sure what sleepawake means by this, but natural latex is comfortable and therefore, more relaxing than a traditional mattress.

Latex mattress advantage #4 – Natural latex is hypoallergenic.  Mold, mildew, and bacteria cannot thrive in it.  It is also dust mite free and a breathable material.

Latex mattress advantage #5 – Natural latex is good for those who have pain in their back and joints.

Latex mattress advantage #6 – Natural organic latex will not hold odors.

Latex mattress advantage #7 – Latex retains its shape and won’t become malformed as you use it. 

Now here are what sleepawake has as disadvantages –

Latex mattress disadvantage #1 – A natural latex mattress requires a rigid foundation.  This isn’t really a disadvantage.  If you do not have a rigid foundation or platform for your latex mattress, it is relatively inexpensive to buy one.  Since most people replace their foundation when they buy a new mattress, this isn’t really an added or unexpected expense.

Latex mattress disadvantage #2 – A natural latex mattress is more expensive than a synthetically made latex mattress.  Sleepawake agrees with me that natural latex is worth the added expense.  Latex that is made synthetically with petrochemicals is not a natural latex mattress and therefore, doesn’t have all the benefits of a true 100% natural latex mattress.  A natural latex mattress is also more durable than a synthetic one and thus, more cost effective.

To read everything you ever need to know about 100% natural latex mattresses, including why they are so much better than synthetic latex mattress, check out Habit Furnishings.

Relieving Back Pain With Yoga Exercises

In the U.S. back pain is one of the biggest complaints that send people to the doctor.  Having strong back muscles, strong abdominal muscles, and good flexibility are three things that can help prevent and alleviate low back pain. 

The blog Back Pain:  Relieve Your Aching Back With These Best Yoga Exercises offers three exercises that the unnamed blogger recommends using, as his or her only credentials, “Based on my experience…”  The blogger at least states that these three exercises are only a suggestion and you should find a capable instructor.  I will take that further and say that if you suffer from back pain you should be cleared by your physician before starting any new exercise routine.

The three recommended yoga exercises are sun salutation, the corpse, and the cat pose.  The blog gives instructions on how to do each, but again, I would recommend clearance from your physician and an actual instructor with qualifications before taking advice from a blogger who fails to list his or her name and credentials on the blog.  (This person may indeed be qualified to make yoga recommendations, but I couldn’t find this info with the blog.)

One safe way to ease back pain is to make sure you are sleeping on a comfortable mattress.  Two specialty mattresses that are gaining popularity for their comfort and durability are the natural latex mattress and the air bed.  Both have been found to ease back pain over a traditional mattress.

Considerations When Buying a Natural Latex Mattress

In the blog, Plush Latex Mattress – Basic Considerations in Buying Latex Mattress, the unnamed blogger seeks to help the reader with some basic guidelines in choosing a latex mattress.

The blogger correctly points out that a latex mattress is comfortable and alleviates pressure points when you sleep.  He or she also states that this added comfort from reduced pressure points will help stop you from tossing and turning so you will get a more restful night’s sleep.

The blogger continues on correctly pointing out that a latex mattress is very durable, will last for a long time, and is hypoallergenic. 

All of these things are fine points except for one thing… The blogger never distinguishes 100% botanically derived latex mattresses from latex mattresses that are made synthetically using petrochemicals.  Since up to 80% of latex mattresses are not natural latex mattresses and are actually synthetically made, this is a big point to miss.  The blogger uses the term “plush latex mattress” or “latex plush mattress” throughout the article without ever using the term “natural” or pointing out how true natural latex is 100% botanically derived.  It sounds to me like someone needs to go back and perhaps do a bit more research.

To read about the difference between a natural latex mattress and a latex mattress that is synthetically made, check out our comprehensive latex mattress information.

Teen Depression May Be Thwarted by Earlier Bedtimes

In the article, Earlier Bedtimes May Fight Teen Depression, by Bill Hendrick, the author reports that teens whose parents have set earlier bedtimes are less likely to be depressed or have suicidal thoughts than those who have later bedtimes.

In the January 1, 2010 issue of Sleep, researchers reported that youth whose parents set bedtimes of midnight or later were 24% more likely to be depressed and 20% more likely to have suicidal thoughts than youth who had bedtimes of 10 p.m. or earlier.  The study suggests that adequate sleep may offer youth some protection from depression and suicidal thoughts.

The study said that adolescents who reported they usually slept five or few hours per night were 71% more likely to be depressed and 48% more likely to have suicidal thoughts than those who reporting sleeping eight hours per night.  Since depression can cause sleeplessness and changes in sleep patterns, my question here is which came first, the chicken or the egg?  Were these adolescents already depressed and that caused them to sleep less?

The study collected data from 15,659 adolescents and their parents in a school-based sample of students between 1994 and 1996.

Since lack of sleep can cause moodiness, health-related issues, and the inability to deal with the daily stresses of life, it is fair to say that there is a correlation between the lack of sleep and depression in adolescents, but it’s not clear by what I read here if there is a cause and effect relationship.

One cause of inadequate sleep is sleeping on an uncomfortable bed.  More and more people are finding that specialty beds, like the natural latex mattress and the air bed, can help you sleep better.  To learn more about latex mattresses and air beds, check out Habitat Furnishings.