Life involves a lot of physical and mental effort to deal with the rigors of work, study and other progressive endeavors. All throughout history humans have found bedding down for a comfortable night’s sleep is the best way to rise refreshed and invigorated for a new day. In an effort to improve nightly repose, the innovative human has developed more comfortable nesting options from their humble beginnings millions of years ago.

Archaeological findings suggest our ancient ancestors would create large piles of softer plant materials gathered into mats 22 sq. ft.. After topping this with leaves, entire family colonies could bed down for the night in comparative comfort and warmth. Even back then it was widely understood that the quality of the bed and henceforth the quality of sleep could be improved with softer and more fragrant materials.

The earliest form of mattress was probably a thick sturdy fabric stuffed with straw. This made a fairly flexible surface to repose on the first use, but by the second week would need to be stuffed to avoid becoming lumpy and lopsided. Obviously, the technology needed some improving.

The greatest advent in mattress technology was the arrival of the coil spring circa 1900. The idea was a spin off from the coil springs which were being perfected for high-class horse drawn carriages.
These were simply an array of individual springs connected to each other and encased in some comfortable stuffing and softer fabrics. The initial idea, though rudimentary was far more comfortable, accommodating and long-lasting than any of its contemporaries. This concept has seen numerous innovations, but only recently have high-quality foams, gels and other high-tech materials been applied to creating next-generation comfort.

Recent Developments in Mattress Technology

Today’s mattresses are equipped with an exciting array of features that allow the entire sleeping experience to be adjusted to personal preference. Some of the technological advancements available to the super-modern sleeper include:

Nanotechnology

Mattresses are being designed with superior nanotechnology for advanced control over the sleep experience. In addition to mechanical adjustments to the bed and its positions, nanotechnology allows for internal temperatures to be adjusted safely. These beds also eliminate the problem with insects and bacteria that commonly congregate in the mattress fibers.

Mattress Covers

There is one important aspect of mattress technology that is not nearly appreciated enough, until you find yourself sleeping on a mattress without this practical addition. Mattress covers greatly contribute to the longevity of the mattress and health of the user.

One important technology in this field are the use of silver-infused fabrics. These bed coverings fight microbe and allergens that can cause health and respiratory malfunctions. Silver-infused fabrics also dissipate heat away from the sleeper allowing for a cooler sleeping experience especially for those who tend to sweat more.

Foam Technology

While this technology originated as a therapeutic treatment for those suffering from poor blood circulations, foam additives to bedding materials felt so good that everyone wants one. Foams can be created in such a splendid variety that they can be perfectly suited to every need and desire.

Research is being done on a variety of foams that are plant based or contain special infusions of aloe, bamboo and other plant essences that can dramatically improve repose. Foams containing specific essential oils, graphene or charcoal can help to minimize the discomfort of arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and other chronic pains.

Mattress Manufacturing

Improved production methods naturally improve the final product and the impact that disposed mattresses have on the environment. Because a mattress must be changed out every 8 to 10 years or so, thinking ahead will ensure we are not killing off coral reefs in an effort for better rest, cause how will we get shut eye with that on our conscience?

Variable Pressure Foaming (VPF) is an example of responsible manufacturing. Whereas other foam production releases extremely toxic chemicals into the atmosphere, VPF is performed in a contained environments that eliminates the risk of toxic air pollution.

Variable Pressure Foaming (VPF) is a modern technology in mattress manufacturing that is environmentally friendly.

Traditionally, harmful chemicals were released into the environment during the manufacturing process. This process was responsible for extensive environmental pollution. VPF technology is a better manufacturing process that uses an enclosed chamber.

This means that all the contaminants and chemicals are kept in, and there is zero emission to the environment. The VPF technique provides cleaner manufacturing and is the most environmentally friendly manufacturing process. Furthermore, there are some very advanced mattresses being developed from entirely organic and non-hazardous materials. These include cotton, silk, wool, latex, hemp and coconut fibers.