There are some things in life you shouldn’t do cheaply. Face creams, for example. Buying cheap face cream could mean you are putting unsafe chemicals on your face. It’s a recognised fact of life that cheap food tends to be worse for you than more expensive brands. And don’t get us started on cheap hoovers.
The general consensus is that the more you spend on something the better quality it is. But this isn’t just about how long things last, it is also sometimes about how safe things are. That is especially true when we look at mattresses.
Your mattress is very important to your overall health. You sleep pressed against it for eight hours a day and you’re in a very vulnerable state when you do. You want your mattress to be a safe and healthy environment to sleep on. The best way to do that is to invest in high quality.
We know that this isn’t always possible. Not everyone has the money required to buy high quality things every time they need to upgrade. That’s why we offer our high quality mattresses on 0% finance agreements so that you can split the cost.
We know what you might be thinking. Is it really that big of a deal? Can’t I just buy that cheap mattress with next day delivery I saw online?
Well, we would urge you to tread cautiously. Here’s why.
You might not know this, but cheap mattresses can sometimes be made for materials that are bad for your health. This could be because they have things added to them that are not great for you or because they’re naturally just not very good for you.
Take foam, for example. Foam is not naturally fire retardant and so has to have chemicals added to it to make it safe in the event of a fire, and those chemicals have been known to cause respiratory issues. Foam mattresses also contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are an unavoidable part of using materials that contain polyurethane. VOCs go through a process called off-gassing, which is often very smelly. Not only that, but some products that contain a lot of VOCs can be dangerous.
Foam isn’t the only issue when it comes to mattresses and your health. Mattresses made from non-natural materials are often not breathable, which means you are more likely to sweat on them when you sleep. This can cause all sorts of problems. Sweaty mattresses are the perfect place for mould and mildew to grow. Over time, this is not only bad for your health, but bad for your mattress, too. It can rot away the material and mean your mattress needs to be retired much quicker than you would like.
But we shouldn’t underestimate the impact this has on health, either. People who have asthma or other issues with breathing and their lungs should be particularly careful about buying mattresses made from non natural materials because dust mites can make these issues worse, and they’re more likely to be found in these types of mattresses.
All of this before we even consider the impact a sweaty mattress can have on the quality of your sleep. If you’re too hot, you’re more likely to wake up in the night, and if you do that often over a long period of time, your everyday life is going to suffer. Lack of sleep is associated with weight gain, stress, depression, and lack of concentration, so it is really important you buy a mattress you are going to get a good night of sleep on.
Until the industrial revolution, mattresses were made largely of cotton, selected because it was breathable and durable. Society strayed away for a little while and instead, focusing for a while on cost effectiveness, but we’re coming back around. That’s because we’ve realised the importance of investing in household products made from environmentally friendly and natural materials. This is cost effectiveness in a much truer form. Mother Nature really does offer us the very best quality, and natural products like cotton, horsehair and wool are naturally hardy and durable, which is important when you are tossing and turning on top of a product for eight hours a day.
So, even though your natural mattress might cost you more in the beginning, you’re going to make your money back when it lasts you a lot longer.
We’re absolutely sure you would give your family the very best of everything if you could. In these penny-pinching times, you might be swayed towards a cheaper mattress on the basis you don’t think you can pay for a more expensive one. Luckily, Ely offers 0% finance, so you can invest in your family whilst spreading the cost into more manageable chunks.
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