When the word bamboo appears in conversations, pictures of panda bears nibbling on leaves come to mind. Pictures of immeasurably tall bamboo forests come to mind. However, the intense push towards all natural foods, clothing, herbal medicines and other applications has seen people using corn products in furnishings, fuel, clothing and bedding, for example. Thus, bamboo has shot to the top of everyone’s lists as one of the most comfortable and healthy options for many applications. Finally! Get the sleep you deserve using a bamboo mattress.
Bamboo is often considered a tree, but is actually a member of the grass family. The plant can grow three feet in 24 hours. Some of the grasses have been known to grow 120 feet tall. They grow in all climates from arctic to tropical. While the grass growing above ground might be seen in gardens and forests, it’s the roots that spread like wildfire underground that sprouts anywhere above ground, often to the exclusion of other plants. The stem is hollow whose fibers grow willy-nilly throughout the stem. Both stems and leaves are used in producing items. These fibers form the basis of manufacturing such as musical instruments, writing paper, flooring, furniture, clothing, bedding and other applications.
Bamboo fibers were once extracted using up to 30 different harmful chemicals, and then called “bamboo”. They were actually rayon textiles, but called “from bamboo”. In the 1990s, Europe and America banned the rayon called bamboo textiles. However, in 2003, the Chinese developed a new process by which the bamboo fibers were processed into textiles. They used organic bamboo fibers grown on their own plantations. Today, this bamboo is being used for all sorts of textiles like clothing and bedding.
Bamboo produces a textile as soft as a mixture of silk and cashmere. The fabric contains microscopic holes which wick away moisture. The fabric therefore keeps the wearer or user cool in any weather or temperature inside a house. Imagine being perfectly comfortable and cool in the hottest months of summer as well as the coldest of winter months.
Don’t get a picture in your mind of sleeping on bundles of bamboo stems. When the fibers are processed they’re made into a memory foam cover for the actual mattress. This cover is what’s next to your body, where you want the moisture to evaporate and where you don’t want to breathe in chemicals. The bamboo fiber is reduced to activated bamboo charcoal, which is a miraculous humidity and moisture fighter (people use it when mold is present in bathrooms and other moist environments). It is then mixed with the memory foam, formed into the mattress cover, and voila! You have a bamboo mattress.
You’ll need a few assurances before you buy an expensive bamboo mattress. Make very sure before you buy a “bamboo” mattress that it was sanctioned by the Forest Stewardship Council or FSC (who checks for proper use of sustainable forests), the Oeko-Tex Certification (who checks for the inclusion of substances banned by law), and Organic Crop Improvement Association (who checks that something actually is organic).
Sleepers should buy the firmest mattress available. Soft mattresses do not support the back like firm ones do, and will cause back pain the longer they sleep on it. Bamboo mattress covers are made of memory foam infused with activated bamboo charcoal, so the soft foam conforms to the body. However, support is paramount, so test them out.
Many sleepers aren’t aware that the chemicals used in mattresses (like fire retardants and formaldehyde). Their headaches, sinus troubles and medical problems with their organs are the direct results of breathing in and absorbing through the skin of these chemicals. Bamboo is hypoallergenic, which means the sleeper won’t be breathing in these toxic chemicals.
Bamboo’s antimicrobial and antibacterial properties means the sleeper will not be troubled with dust mites. But that’s not all. Shed skin particles, fungus and mold are only a few of the things in addition to bacteria of all types found in mattresses. Bamboo mattress covers won’t irritate the asthmatic or the allergic sleeper.
One of bamboo’s most appreciated benefits is moisture wicking. As the sleeper sweats, the moisture is absorbed into the mattress cover through all those microscopic holes we discussed above. The same holes allow the moisture to evaporate, keeping the sleeper as well as the mattress dry as a bone. So go ahead and crank the heat up!
Last but not least, bamboo fibers are as soft as silk. Against the skin, that translates to decadent comfort for a sleeper. The owner of a bamboo mattress will sleep on a high-end mattress and feel like a million bucks, pardon the pun. The point is that sleepers will finally get the sleep they deserve using a bamboo mattress.