The Best Mattress Technology of 2020

We’ve come a long way with mattress technology since the first box-spring was invented in 1904. Before that, lumps were a fact of life.

There are more options and choices for consumers in search of a better night’s sleep. Here are some of the latest advances in mattress tech and how it’s impacting the industry.

Celliant-Infused Fabric

It’s not just what’s inside the mattress that makes the difference. What’s on top plays a part in your comfort. Celliant-infused fabric is one of the latest advances in mattresses. Research done by the University of California-Irvine shows that people sleeping on celliant bedding fall asleep faster. Manufactures say it regulates your body temp and transforms body heat into infrared energy.

Plant-Based Foam

Foam mattresses are typically made from polyurethane or latex bases. Some manufacturers are now making plant-based foams, such as mattresses made from soybeans and other vegetables. Other plant extracts are also being infused into traditional foam mattresses to offer additional benefits.

Mattress in a Box

You’ve probably seen commercials or read about the trend of home delivery for a mattress in a box. Memory foam can be compressed, rolled up, and stuffed into a box making shipping and set up easier.

It’s more than a trend. Direct-to-consumer mattresses account for 12% of all mattress sales. Sales have doubled in the past five years.

Organic Latex

Organic latex is also starting to gain popularity. Organic latex can be certified as sustainable since it comes from rubber trees. These trees aren’t cut down, but rather they are tapped when being harvested.

If you are shopping for a certified organic mattress, make sure it meets the Global Organic Latex Standards (GOLS). You will also want to look beyond the certification. Different mattresses will have different percentages of organic content in layers and materials.

Latex with Graphite

Graphite-infused latex is being used as a treatment to enhance fire retardant. Latex itself is not naturally fire-resistant, so the graphite is added to help.

Even if you find a mattress that calls itself “100% natural latex,” you should know that it still has fire retardant and other additives, such as synthetic latex, added to it.

Hybrid Materials

You may also hear manufacturers talk about hybrid mattresses. They’re combining different types of materials, such as latex and memory foam, foam and cotton, or latex foam, polyurethane foam, and micro-coils into one mattress.

Nanotechnology in Mattresses

Yup. They are using nanotechnology to make mattresses. Nanotech allows for a very thin sheet of carbon tubes. These sheets are stacked to create a substance that looks – and acts – similar to memory foam with a couple of key advantages: It doesn’t collapse under weight and recovers its shape more quickly.

This so-called “nano-foam” is made up of incredibly fine fibers – much thinner than a human hair.

The Best Mattress Technology of 2020

What's the best mattress technology of 2020? It's the one that helps you sleep more comfortably at night. Here's wishing a great night's sleep.

The Best Mattress Technology of 2020
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