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The Tech in My Bed. What goes into the making of a mattress

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The Bed Shop is the exclusive supplier and franchisor of Dynamic Bedding (Pty) Ltd. Dynamic Bedding was established after a demand in the market for a local and dedicated manufacturer in the retail bedding industry was identified. The first store opened in Bloemfontein in 1994 and today, with a network of more than 100 outlets, Dynamic Bedding (Pty) Ltd is the largest specialist bed manufacturer and exclusive supplier to The Bed Shop in Southern Africa. 

Dynamic Bedding only uses the best technology, materials and fabric available on the market today to manufacture its beds and mattresses. Let’s take a closer look at these materials and fabrics:

1. Foam Cores 

Memory Foam

Memory foam, also known as visco-elastic polyurethane foam, was first developed for NASA in the 1960’s and used to improve safety and relief pressure in the aircraft during take-off. Mattress manufacturers caught on to the pressure relieving technology when it was released to the public in the 1980’s, and soon mattress companies started producing memory foam mattresses. 

Memory foam mattresses work by reacting to a person’s body heat. When the visco-elastic polyurethane heats up it conforms, and moulds to the shape of the sleepers’ body. This gives the mattress its superior pressure relief quality that assists in evenly distributing body weight. It’s ideal for people who suffer from severe pain caused by old injuries or operations on the neck, spine, hips and knees. Memory foam can also help correct chronic respiratory problems by adjusting posture. 

Another advantage of investing in a memory foam mattress is it’s no movement transfer feature. The movement energy is completely absorbed by the foam and it’s especially helpful if you share a bed with an active sleeper. Memory foam is found in our Dynamic Therapaedic Deluxe Bed. 

Gel Memory Foam 

Gel memory foam is the next generation of the memory foam technology. The visco-elastic foam in normal memory foam tends to build up or hold on to the heat that is used to mould it. While this is what makes the technology work it can influence a sleeper’s ability to regulate their body temperature. When we sleep too hot or get too cold during the night, it can influence our sleeping cycles and the quality of our sleep. 

The solution? Gel memory foam. It’s made in exactly the same way memory foam is manufactured and offers all the benefits memory foam does with one difference. The foam is infused with gel microbeads that thermally conducts heat and lower the temperature. This offers a gentle cooling sensation along with all the benefits of superior pressure relief and zero motion transfer that normal memory foam does. Gel memory foam is found in our Dynamic Hybrid Deluxe, Orthopaedic Superior Gel, Orthopaedic Deluxe Gel Beds. 

Latex Foam

Looking for a more natural mattress option? Latex foam mattresses are manufactured using the sap from rubber trees, making it a more sustainable and environmentally friendly option. It offers the same support and comfort as memory foam mattresses and has all the added advantages of gel memory foam. The natural fibres help to draw heat away from the body and regulate body temperature throughout the night. 

Latex mattresses also have the added benefit of being hypo-allergenic – especially useful if you suffer from allergies. Latex foam is ideal for those who want a firm mattress, while still experiencing a bit of bounce and want to go the eco-friendly route. Latex foam is found in our Dynamic Hybrid Ultra Deluxe and Therapaedic Ultra Deluxe Beds.

2. Mattress Innersprings

Mattress innersprings come with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. These innersprings offer serious and consistent support, and mattresses that use innersprings are much more affordable than those who only use foam materials. Innerspring mattresses offer the best support and comfort when they are paired with foam materials. 

Bonnell Spring

This is the first type of innerspring that was used in mattresses. Also called open coils, this type of spring is easy to assemble making it more affordable. The coils are shaped like an hourglass and are extremely responsive (springy) and comfortable. Because of how it’s assembled structure, motion transfer can be a problem with Bonnell Spring mattresses but when paired with the correct foam materials is offers fantastic support and comfort at the best price. 

Pocket Spring

These coils are individually wrapped in fabric pockets and often arranged depending on support zones. They offer superior comfort and near zero motion transfer as they are not attached to each other and respond and conforms to the sleeper’s pressure individually. 

VertiCoil® Edge

This is the registered name for open offset alternating coils. In a way it’s similar to Bonnel Coils, however the alternating coils, squared off sides and the way it’s connected to each other gives you a more consistent sleep surface and less motion transfer. The design allows for this coil to be more flexible and supportive and is used in higher-end mattresses like The Bed Shop’s Dynamic Hybrid Essential mattress.  

3. Finishing Materials

Bamboo® 

Bamboo® is a natural soft and luxurious material that will improve your quality of sleep.  Why choose Bamboo® as a finishing material? Let’s take a look:

It’s good for the environment – not only isit sustainably harvested but the whole process of manufacturing the material is more environmentally friendly when compared to the manufacturing of synthetic materials. 

It minimizes allergies – Bamboo® fibre is naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic to help keep your mattress clean and dust-free, making it ideal for those who suffer from allergies and asthma triggered by dust. 

It helps you keep cool – Bamboo® fibres can help regulate your body’s temperature throughout the night by rapidly wicking away moisture that can build up heat. 

Adaptive®

Our mattresses that use Adaptive® materials are treated with temperature-sensitive polymers. This fabric acts in the same way our skin does, when it get hot it pushes moisture away to increase evaporation and give a cooling sensation.  The fabric dynamically responds to our body to keep you cool, dry and improve the quality of your sleep.

Purotex®

Purotex® is a revolutionary technology based on 100% natural probiotics to fight allergy sensitivities and asthma. Sensitivity to house dust mite allergens has a negative impact on your sleeping comfort and on the quality of your sleep. Very few people know that they might have a dust mite allergy or that it can be the cause of their asthma.

Fabrics treated with Purotex® use microcapsules that contain probiotics. Probiotics are a 100% natural remedy against allergenic sleep disrupters. Thanks to friction between your body and your mattress or pillow, the microcapsules burst open and start multiplying. The probiotics absorb the humidity that dust mites need to survive and multiply. 

Active probiotics, applied on mattress or pillow textiles, reduce the amount of house dust mite allergens by 89.3% two weeks after application and creates a fresh and clean sleeping environment.

Tencel®

The Tencel® fabric used in a selection of The Bed Shop’s Dynamic mattresses is made from wood pulp of Eucalyptus trees. Tencel® fibres are sustainably produced and an environmentally friendly fabric. The fibres are also more absorbent and help to regulate body temperature during sleep for a better sleeping experience. 

*The Adaptive®, Purotex® and Tencel® materials are exclusive to The Bed Shop through Dynamic Bedding. 

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is widely known for its ability to soothe and calm, but did you know that it can also be used in fabrics as an antibacterial and anti-allergenic agent? This offers sleepers a cleaner and dust free sleeping environment for improved quality of sleep.  The Aloe Vera Microfiber Technology also has a relaxing and calming effect on the skin and is highly absorbent to improve temperature regulation. 

South Africans and Sleep

In Dynamic Beddings’ ongoing effort to improve the quality of sleep of South Africans, The Bed Shopdecided to run a sleep survey in order to better understand the sleeping habits of South Africans. A total of 1690 people from all over South Africa participated in the survey and even though it was a comparatively small sample group that completed the survey, it delivered insight into the quality of sleep South Africans are getting. The survey showed that 80% or 1359 of the 1690 of the participants felt ‘tired and unrested in the morning’ and nearly 40% said that their ‘poor sleep troubled them in general’.These findings are in accordance with recent studies that have found a rising problem in sleep quality. 

For a full report on our Sleep Survey, please contact Rene Viviers at rene@s-ellepr.com

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