Is Your Mattress the Problem?

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What’s inside a mattress can be as harmful to your body as how badly it feels.


Take this quiz:

1. Do you have back pain when you wake up?

2. Neck pain? Stiffness or soreness?

3. Does it take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep?

4. Do you experience restless sleep? Toss and turn at night?

If you answered “yes” two times or more, this may be the most important article you read all year.

Here’s why …

While you sleep, your immune system recovers and prepares for the day ahead. It replenishes every cell in your body. Low-quality, uncomfortable mattresses have been linked to discomfort and pain, which can prevent quality sleep.

People who struggle with sleep deprivation may suffer from irritability, depression, over-eating — even face a higher risk for Alzheimer’s. If your mattress is filled with chemical toxins, airborne allergens, or worse … your body is doing battle with those things rather than repairing itself.

You’re losing valuable energy each night instead of healing your body and revitalizing your mind. And all of that can wreak havoc on your health and well-being.

What’s In Your Mattress?

The following information may be disturbing to some. That’s because, the Environmental Protection Agency has identified at least 4 possibly dangerous chemicals commonly found in some synthetic mattresses — benzene, propane, naphthalene, and styrene — especially bedding made in China and overseas, where such governing agencies do not exist.

Also, consider these facts:

1) Typical mattresses made from artificial materials are known to emit potentially harmful gases in your bedroom, a phenomenon known as off-gassing

2) Laboratory researchers in the U.S. and Europe have identified up to 61 potentially harmful chemicals that off-gas from typical synthetic mattresses.

3) Exposure to these 61 chemicals has been associated with irritation of the skin, eyes, and digestive systems.

4) Additionally, the chemicals off-gassed by synthetic mattresses have been associated with headache, fatigue, depression, and even hearing loss.

5) Your skin, the most porous entry point into your body, has contact with a mattress for 8 hours every night, on average.
6) Children, who breathe faster than adults, are especially vulnerable to chemical exposure.

Every night, we lay down with minimal clothing for a seemingly good night’s sleep. But in reality, while lying on a conventional mattress, we are breathing in and absorbing through our skin a range of chemicals from synthetic materials — chemicals that can disrupt our sleep cycles and negatively impact our health.

Our mattresses emit gases from a toxic brew of components used to create them. From the polyurethane foam used in the padding to fire retardants and other additives, conventional mattresses continue to release chemicals in gaseous form long after they roll out of the factory.

Even after they have finished off-gassing, the chemically based construction of a conventional mattress provides an ideal environment for dust and dust mites, whose excrement is the #1 trigger for asthma attacks.

And get this. You know those white labels on a mattress that say, “Do Not Remove”? Incredibly, the law actually allows manufacturers to include potentially hazardous chemicals in your mattress without disclosing the fact on any label.

But if a true list of ingredients were available for conventional mattresses, it would likely include TDI (a common component), a known carcinogen, which can cause respiratory ailments such as bronchitis and asthma.

In addition, liver damage and breathing problems have been linked to vinyl chloride monomers, another common mattress material.

The list goes on. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that you would be given information about any of these chemicals from a manufacturer of conventional, synthetic mattresses.

The Natural Alternative

One of the most significant actions we can take to reduce our exposure to toxins and improve our overall health is to make changes to the one household item that is in direct contact with our bodies for one third of our lives — our mattresses.

“There are more ways than ever to sleep better and wake up pain free on a natural, organic mattress,” says Ben McClure, President of Gardner’s Mattress & More, in Lancaster, PA.

“Many people, like me, are in search of a natural sleep system. I was shocked to learn that toxic emissions from mattresses are a major source of daily pollution in our lives,” says McClure.

An all-natural, organic mattress is free of potentially harmful chemicals. Instead, natural materials like latex are used.

Latex is naturally hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant, making it ideal for allergy sufferers. Also, latex is antimicrobial, inhibiting the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew, which can cause asthma and respiratory distress. No synthetic materials are added to provide these benefits.

“All latex used in our natural mattresses is from the sap of a rubber tree, which can yield latex for up to 30 years. When a tree is done producing latex, it is taken down and turned into furniture. A new tree is then planted in its place, thus making latex a sustainable bedding component,” says McClure.

What’s the difference between an organic mattress and a conventional one? 

Organic mattresses are crafted from natural materials. Conventional mattresses are made mostly of artificial materials from nonrenewable sources, such as plastic and other petrochemicals,” says McClure.

Do organic mattresses come in different firmness?

“Yes, there are two main types of organic mattresses: Natural latex rubber and inner-spring. Both styles are available with varying firmness options to suit anyone’s sleep needs,” says McClure. 

What To Look For:

When researching natural, organic mattresses, look at these 3 areas:

1. Visit a store that carries the top certified natural and organic brands, including Savvy Rest, Prana Sleep, Pure Latex Bliss, and Vi-Spring. “Each of these manufacturers crafts bedding that is safe and sustainable,” says McClure.

2. Try out a new mattress for at least 15 minutes. Lie down in various positions, to simulate a night of sleep. And look for a store to offer you a clean pillow to test out. “We offer the only Dream Room where you can spend 15 minutes to 4 hours resting or even sleeping on a mattress. With 100% sanitary linens, blankets, and pillows so people can truly ‘test drive” any natural bedding,” says McClure.

3. Protect yourself by insisting on a strong guarantee. “I know people are tired of sleeping on a worn-out, chemically laden mattress. That’s why we give every customer 365 nights to sleep on it and return it for a refund it doesn’t deliver the sleep you want,” says McClure.

If you’re not sleeping well or you’re worried about toxic chemicals in your bedroom, consider this: The two things in life you spend the most time on are work and sleep. How much of your remaining hours on earth do you want to waste, losing sleep on an uncomfortable, chemically laden mattress? That’s a question that many are asking.

Now Explore Your Options

To help you make the right choices, we’re offering a package of 3 Free Gifts for a limited time:

Readers may bring this article to the Gardner’s Mattress & More location to see the latest natural organic sleep systems, and claim the following gifts:

FREE Gift #1: All-Natural Latex Pillow ($40 value). You get this just for visiting the store. There’s no obligation to buy anything. Here’s why this is important: A good pillow is essential to your health, because it can gently support you in a healthy sleep position while providing comfort to your neck and shoulders.

Doctors and chiropractors agree — nearly all neck and back problems are made worse by improper sleeping habits and bad or worn-out
pillows. The All-Natural Latex Pillow, reserved and waiting for you, is filled with soft, 100% natural latex.

Fact: About 10% of the weight of a 2-year old pillow is actually dust mite droppings — excrement. With one big exception: Dust mites hate natural latex pillows, like the one waiting for you to pick up at Gardner’s (ask why when you visit — the answer will surprise you!)

FREE Gift #2: Natural Latex Mattress Guide ($9.95 value). Inside you’ll discover little-known facts about how men and women are sleeping better on Natural and Organic Latex Mattresses … waking up energized and more productive … and why ignoring problems with your current mattress can lead to depression, permanent health problems, and even damage family relationships.

FREE Gift #3: $200.00 Savings Voucher, good toward the purchase of any Natural Organic Mattress in our store. This special $200.00 discount is not available to the general public. It’s only for you, as a reader of Natural Awakenings.

FREE READER’S GIFTS

As a reader of Natural Awakenings, you are entitled to 3 Free Gifts. Just bring this coupon to Gardner’s Mattress & More to receive:

  • FREE Gift #1: All-Natural Latex Pillow ($40.00 value)
  • FREE Gift #2: Natural Latex Mattress Guide ($9.95 value)
  • FREE Gift #3: $200.00 Savings Voucher on an Organic Natural Mattress

Print this blog post and bring it to the store at 830 Plaza Blvd. in Lancaster (behind Park City Mall, next to Van Scoy Jewelers). There’s no obligation to buy anything — just visit to explore your options!

Gardner’s Mattress & More – 830 Plaza Blvd., Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: 717-299-6228 – Online: www.GardnersMattressAndMore.com

Freelance writer Kevin Donlin is based in Minneapolis.

Click Here to Explore Our Natural and Organic Mattresses

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Maximum Energy/Maximum Sleep with Dr. Martin Rogers, D.C.

We hosted another informational workshop at Gardners with a special guest: Dr. Martin Rogers, D.C. from the Family Chiropractic Wellness Center in Lancaster, PA.

Dr. Rogers spoke about spinal health as it pertains to daily energy levels and quality of sleep. Here’s the video from his workshop presentation, in full. Enjoy!

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Dust Mites

Here’s a fun one to get your skin crawling: Dust Mites are anywhere we are… they feed on our discarded skin cells. Some people are allergic to their waste and those people can experience red, itchy and watery eyes, stuffy nose and sneezing.

The easiest way to protect yourself is by ensuring your mattress is protected: either with a mattress protector or mattress encasement. This will create a barrier between your mattress (the thing you sleep on for 6-8 hours a night) and the rest of the world we live in.

Take a look:

Source: Jeffrey Miller, MD (https://youtu.be/_vlsxTB9dHg)

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Bald-Faced Lie

A Bald-Faced Favorite Mattress Store Lie

It’s true.

A local competitor here in Lancaster that also sells mattresses is now telling a bald-face lie. And it’s about something very near and dear to our hearts at Gardner’s Mattress & More because we truly do earn the distinction in question. We are speaking of Lancaster Newspaper’s Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite Mattress Store.

Gardner’s Mattress & More has in fact won this award six years in a row dating back to 2010. Gardner’s has been awarded the distinction of favorite mattress store in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

You, as reader of this blog and Lancaster Newspapers, know that this is a voting contest and isn’t based on how much the business spends with the publication like other “favorites” contests in other publications.

The reason we are so incensed is two fold. First, we constantly fight for you against the lies, deceptive advertising, and bait-and-switch tactics that our competitors seem to think is perfectly fine in order to conduct business. We, of course do not operate those ways.

Secondly, this advertisement clearly uses the 2015 Readers’ Choice Logo, with the text of “Voted Best Mattress Store” beneath it. The 2015 logo is new for 2015 and would only be used with these words providing you were in fact the true winner, which of course is not the case this year. Clearly, this advertisement was designed to have you the reader believe that this local Lancaster competitor who also sells mattresses is Lancaster’s preferred choice in 2015.

Now, it’s possible that in years past this competitor won. But wouldn’t it make sense to disclose that? The fact that this competitor possibly won seven years ago as opposed to using the newest logo with the 2015 year text at front and center is deceptive.

But most importantly, with Thanksgiving just concluded and Small Business Saturday being tomorrow, it is a true shame that this local competitor has chosen to print a bald-faced lie. And you should know that in this instance Lancaster Newspaper did not produce this ad. The competitor used a third party printer, of which the competitor of course approved the ad for print, and it was sent to be inserted into your Thanksgiving week papers.

Doing business at the local level means you get to look the business owner in the eye and it used to mean that you were dealing with someone who had integrity to do the right thing even when no one was looking. This is what we do every day here in our store.

It’s not uncommon to be out and about in the community and bump into our customers, those we are truly here to serve. And this never bothers us as we have always followed this mantra “say what we will do, then do what we say.”

It’s a pretty simple approach to business. And when outright deception is rubbed in our face we won’t stand for it and neither should you. If a business owner needs to lie to get your money what will they do once they have it?

Our reputation is earned every day, over and over again, and we see this as a direct swipe at our business our employees and you our customer.

It is why we felt so strongly that this simply needed to be addressed.

Ben McClure

Jeff Giagnocavo

co-owners Gardner’s Mattress & More

 

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Vi Spring Trivia

vi-spring_420180_ViSpringTo celebrate our brisk Vi Spring sales recently, here’s a bit of Vi Spring trivia for you to ponder:

The name “Vi Spring” is actually a nod to their patented pocket spring, which is found in all of their handmade mattresses. “VI” being the Roman Numeral for “6” and “Spring” being the term for… well… a spring. So it’s the spring with 6 turns that provides the custom support that every Vi Spring owner feels at night.

Speaking of their springs, did you know that James Marshall, an English engineer working in Canada, created a handmade support system for his wife when she was sick? Due to the less than sterile conditions of hospitals at the time (mattresses were crude and seldom changed out, so the sick who arrived would tend to get sicker while in hospital), Mr Marshal handcrafted a mattress using the first pocket coil, horsehair and outer tufting for his wife,

Vi Spring provided mattresses for an ocean liner company called the White Star Line. First with it’s flagship vessel called “The Olympic” and later for an ocean liner you may have heard of: “The Titanic”.

Not to be outdone, Vi Spring produces the first pocket sprung divan in 1932. Similar to a boxspring, the divans are still available today and provide a one-of-a-kind sleeping experience

Each Vi Spring mattress is handmade to order. The folks responsible for crafting your mattress are experienced masters of their trade. Each mattress is inspected thoroughly to ensure that you are receiving a Heirloom-quality product, to be enjoyed for a lifetime.

The natural materials used in every Vi Spring bed come from renewable resources and are fully biodegradable. Pure British fleece wool minimizes the carbon footprint. All timber comes from responsibly managed forests, as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Constant improvements to the production processes and active stewardship of the environment is the hallmark of a company who understands that preserving nature is a very good business model, indeed.

Research more on our website or stop by our Plaza Boulevard location and try one out today, they truly are a one-of-a-kind mattress.

Vi Spring will, without a doubt, help you wake up happy and pain free.

 

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Labor Day Weekend Sales!

Check out our great sales this Labor Day weekend! It’s the best time of year to buy a mattress set, with sales from Serta, Tempur-Pedic and Pure Latex Bliss!

We’re working on Labor Day so you can get a great night’s sleep! See you this weekend!

Cozzia Massage Chairs are now 50% off!

Although they were a popular side-show here at the Gardner’s Family Circus, especially with the staff, we are selling off our two remaining Cozzia Massage Chairs at our Plaza Boulevard store.

Our Cozzia Massage chairs offer quality materials and electronics as well as a fantastic massage– you really do need to try one out to understand — now at 50% off the regular price!

The these floor models come with a 1-year factory warranty and are guaranteed to soothe aching neck, back and leg muscles. They’re great for folks who already receive massage therapy or simply need a place to unwind from a long day of running around.

Stop by our Plaza Boulevard location and take advantage of a great deal that won’t come around again for a very long time.

Contrary to Rumors, We’re Not Going Anywhere!

We just wanted to take a moment a clear up an untrue rumor that has been going around about Gardner’s, started by a competitor of ours.

Basically, a competitor was telling people that walked into their store that Gardner’s Mattress & More has been sold to Wolf Furniture. That is entirely false. What IS true is that Gardiner’s Furniture in Maryland has been bought by Wolf’s.

The Maryland store with a similar sounding name is the one that was acquired, not Gardner’s.

While we’re sure that the Wolf’s Furniture/Gardiner’s Furniture merger is a good business choice for them, we’re even more confident in our ability to provide outstanding value and customer service to all of Lancaster and surrounding areas. Especially since we do things the old fashioned way: Through honesty and hard work, one customer at a time.

So No Worries: Lancaster’s Favorite Mattress Store for the past 5 years is not going anywhere. In fact, we’re busier than ever, wrapping up our 25th anniversary celebration. $25 Select Pillows, Sheets and Frames and 25% off all other accessories. Stop by and sign up for a chance to win a $500 Visa Gift Card! Our Anniversary Event ends on August 9th and after that, it’s business as usual here at Gardner’s Mattress & More.

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”  – Mark Twain, 1894

 

On the Cool Check

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Although mattresses come in all shapes, sizes and styles, one thing remains fairly consistent: Cool Sleeping technology.

With the introduction of Memory Foam and all of its touted benefits, one problem stood out with the new technology. The mattresses were hot. Heat would well up underneath the sleeper only to cause discomfort and disturb one’s sleep. As time passed, incremental changes were made to existing technologies and new technologies were researched. Today, we see the benefits of that research.

There are a variety of materials available now to savvy sleepers, either built into the mattress or as an accessory. Although the differing materials are called different names, they all add up to a more comfortable sleep. Let’s go over some of the newest types of cooling technology.

Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam from Serta

Serta has been using its cooling Gel Memory Foam for about 5 years now and it’s been very successful. While not as cool-to-the-touch as other, newer technologies, it does its work under the sheet and mattress surface. As body heat sinks into the foam, the gel beads work to push the heat out from underneath you and can give you a light, airy sleep surface. Available in the iSeries and iComfort lines and is one of the highest selling consumer mattresses in the world.

 

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Outlast from PranaSleep

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Outlast boasts that its material was “Tested in space and right here on earth” and has the distinction of being developed by NASA for their space suits. Tempur-Pedic’s Breeze line utilizes a spray that coats the outer sleep surface. PranaSleep uses it in a different way as it’s woven in with the top layer’s fabric. As seen in the diagram to the left, the Outlast material actually stores body heat AND distributes it away from the body, as needed. Indeed, it is a “smart” fabric that relies on your body to tell it what to do. 

Dri-Tec from BedGear

Used in their mattress protectors and pillows, the Dri-Tec material performs in concert with other technologies to provide a ventilated, moisture wicking and airy product. The days of searching for the “cool side of the pillow” are over, as BedGear’s products cool from day one. It’s quite a wonderful product and is available at Gardner’s.

 

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Bamboo

Bamboo is a natural way to get that cool feel and is usually found in sheets. A Bamboo sheet set is well ventilated and durable. Many people have come to prefer Bamboo sheets over cotton due to the similarities in feel, with the added benefits of temperature control. Our Bamboo DreamFit sheets are a popular seller, as they should be– they’re fantastic!

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Cotton & Wool

cotton-vs-wool-2Keeping with the natural material concept, some mattress companies use cotton and wool on the top mattress surface for cooling and moisture control. Cotton gives the traditional, soft feel and wool actually works in the same fashion as other cooling materials. Great for temperature control and all natural, these two materials have been around for thousands of years for a reason. They just feel right.

Tencel

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Tencel is another natural fiber. It is derived from the Eucalyptus tree and is ground down to a pulp and converted into a thread. Textiles of tencel are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen. You may have heard of Tencel as it’s traditionally found in finer women’s garments. In the past few years, however, it has made its way into the mattress world. It can be found in Serta’s “Profiles” and “Directions” lines and in our popular Tencel Sheet set from Malouf.

At the end of the day, you may need a lot of help controlling your temperature or just a little. Even if you don’t sleep warm at all, these materials can help you feel more comfortable in bed and promote a great night’s sleep. If you have questions, or would like to feel samples of any of the materials listed in this post, feel free to stop by and talk with one of our Sleep Consultants. We’re here to help you wake up happy and pain free, and have been doing so for the past 25 years!

 

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25th Anniversary Event

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It’s hard to believe 4 years have passes since we opened up our sleep shop on Plaza Boulevard and 25 years since Jim Gardner founded the original Gardner’s at the Regency Shopping Center. The original store had tons of bedroom furniture and accessories, as well as a robust selection of Waterbeds (remember those?!) and was one of the first in Lancaster County to carry a small upstart mattress brand called Tempur-Pedic.

Things have changed since those early days but one thing that remains is our commitment to Helping You Wake Up Happy and Pain Free. We don’t do the usual commission races and daily salesperson specials that our competition enjoys. We listen to what you need and use our vast knowledge base to pair you up with the sleep system that you need.

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we’re running a special sales event. Basically, everything but our mattresses are on sale.

  • $25 Basic Pillows, Frames, Sheet Sets and most mattress Foundations!
  • 25% off Premium Pillows, Frames, Sheet Sets, Mattress Protectors, Headboards and Motion Bases!
  • $25 Gift Card to Starbucks, Amazon, iTunes or Dunkin’ Donuts w/ purchase of $999 and up!
  • Enter to win a $500 Visa Gift Card!

It really is one of the best Specials we’ve ever run. Stop by either of our Sleep Shops to learn more and find the perfect match. We’ll help you save a bunch of money as well. This special runs throughout the Summer and ends on August 8th.