Bamboo Mattress Benefits: Why You Absolutely Need One

While the word bamboo may bring images of straight, hard branches and uncomfortable bedding, truth is a bamboo mattress may be the most comfortable thing you have ever slept on. And it’s eco-friendly too! Bamboo is one of the easiest crops to grow and it replenishes itself fairly quickly without the need for artificial irrigation or harsh pesticides. A bamboo mattress cover is manufactured from the soft and luxurious bamboo viscose, created from bamboo fibres using a process similar to that of rayon manufacturing. The end product is luxurious and soft, and just what you need for a good night’s sleep.

The Benefits of A Bamboo Mattress

You can enjoy all the benefits of bamboo viscose with a bamboo memory foam mattress or just a bamboo mattress cover. Bamboo fibre feels like high quality linen, soft and luxurious.  It also has natural moisture management, keeping moisture and excess heat away from your body for the most comfortable sleeping environment. Bamboo is three or four times more absorbent than high quality cotton, which makes it perfect to keep you dry on those hot humid summer nights.

Comfortable bamboo mattress

Comfortable bamboo mattress

Bamboo is also considered one of the most eco-friendly fibres available. Almost all of the manufacturing process for bamboo viscose is Oeko-Tex 100 certified and organic certified. The company who holds the patent for turning bamboo into textile fibre is called Hebei Jigao Chemical Fiber Company and they control their own 100% natural and organic plantation in China, keeping strict controls over the entire manufacturing process. They can do this because bamboo requires little to no artificial care, including pesticides or irrigation, as it’s naturally resistant to pests and bacteria, and it’s one of the fastest growing woody plants on the planet, with some exemplars growing 1 meter per day!

A bamboo mattress cover is hypoallergenic and helps you stay fresh at night

A bamboo mattress cover is hypoallergenic and helps you stay fresh at night

The anti-bacterial properties of bamboo fibre make a bamboo mattress the perfect choice if you are worried about mites, fungi and other allergens building up on your mattress. Very few people are allergic to bamboo, and those who are usually allergic to other natural fibres such as hemp or cotton. Since bamboo requires very little or no chemical treatments to grow and the fibres are naturally very smooth the end result is a fabric that is extremely comfortable and soft to the touch, even for those with very sensitive skin.

In short, bamboo fabric is:

  • Suitable for Allergy Sufferers – The Hypoallergenic Mattress Choice
  • Temperature and Moisture Regulating
  • Eco-Friendly and Organic
  • Easy to Wash And Keep Clean

Is A Bamboo Mattress More Expensive?

While there is a lot of hype around bamboo mattresses which has led to some retailers raising the prices, the truth is that bamboo fabric is no more expensive to product than traditional cotton or linen yarn, and as such it doesn’t necessarily need to be more expensive. It also depends on the kind of mattress that you prefer, as a coil sprung bamboo mattress will be much cheaper than a memory foam one. If you are having trouble sleeping due to a mattress that doesn’t let your skin breathe or doesn’t support your body adequately you will find bamboo memory foam mattresses improve the quality of your sleep. Bamboo fabric is also durable and easy to maintain, which means you won’t need to replace your new mattress for many years.

Benefits Of Bamboo Memory Foam Mattresses

A bamboo memory foam mattress is the ultimate in comfortable sleeping

A bamboo memory foam mattress is the ultimate in comfortable sleeping

A bamboo memory foam mattress combines the comfort offered by a bamboo mattress cover with the support and adaptability of a traditional memory foam mattress. Visco-elastic foam mattresses are extremely comfortable, but in warm climates or if you have a tendency to sweat they can quickly accumulate humidity and heat under the body, and become less than comfortable. Bamboo fabric naturally pulls moisture away from the body and regulates heat, and so it compensates for this small disadvantage of the memory foam. The combination is incredibly comfortable and suitable even for humid and hot climates where people used to prefer spring mattresses as they allow for more air circulation.

But My Old Mattress Is Not Ready To Retire Yet!

A cheaper bamboo mattress pad is also a great alternative

A cheaper bamboo mattress pad is also a great alternative

You can enjoy the benefits of a bamboo mattress and keep your old one by purchasing a bamboo mattress pad (for extra comfort, buy a memory foam one and you will never go back to traditional spring mattresses) or a bamboo mattress cover that is washable and will help prolong the life of your existing mattress.

Memory Foam Is Not For Everybody

This may sound surprising, after all memory foam has been touted as the most comfortable and supportive kind of mattress ever invented, but in fact memory foam is not for everybody. In fact, many people mistakenly claim that their memory foam mattress is not comfortable and must be faulty, but they would never find a memory foam mattress that is comfortable because of their individual sleeping needs.

Memory Foam Is Warm

Unlike spring or latex mattresses, a memory foam mattress has usually pretty bad heat flow. This means if you are a person who tends to sleep warm you may never find a memory foam mattress as comfortable as advertised. This problem can be compensated at least partially by using a bamboo mattress cover, as the natural fibres will wick away humidity from under the sleeper, and the flow of heat is improved.

The Mattress Is Not As Firm/Soft As Expected

Viscoelastic foam was developed to mould to the human body by reacting to heat, which means a memory foam mattress on a store can be much more firm than once you are sleeping on it. This can lead to people buying a mattress that was quite soft in the store, and suffocatingly soft once you try to sleep on it. Some people report being unable to sleep, as the feeling of sinking into the mattress becomes overwhelming. On the other hand, if you need a really supporting, soft mattress, you may be better off with an egg crate mattress cover instead. This is particularly important for people who need to spend long periods in bed.

Memory Foam Is Actually Plastic

If you are interested in keeping to a more natural lifestyle, you wont like to know that a memory foam mattress is man-made using petroleum derivatives (plastic, in short). This gives this type of mattress great hypo-allergenic properties, but can cause gassing and a vague chemical smell that takes a few weeks to disappear. More natural alternatives are latex mattresses, or even spring and wool ones.

Before you spend the money buying a memory foam mattress, it pays to do your research. You can check for information online but nothing beats personal experience. Go to a store and spend some time testing mattresses until you find one you really love, and don’t look at the manufacturer specs.