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Who is Ergonomic Life International?

Ergonomic Life International are the global marketer and licensor of revolutionary Ergolife beds.

With over 30 years’ experience in the bedding industry, Ergonomic Life International are pioneers of healthy sleep solutions.

Identifying a gap in the bedding industry for scientifically based and independently tested supportive bed design, CEO and bedding engineer Mario Piraino, applied the principles of ergonomics to bedding creating the first and only ergonomic bed.

Today, Ergonomic Life International are leaders in the design and development of ergonomics in bedding.

What is ergonomics in bed design?

The term ‘ergonomics’ comes from the Greek words ergo and nomos, meaning natural laws of work. It is the science of designing products to suit people and their lifestyles, focusing on improving interactions with every day products.

Ergonomically designed beds apply known and tested ergonomic principles to the design and development of beds. Such beds are designed to relieve stress on the body by distributing weight and supporting the natural body alignment during sleep.

What is the difference between an Ergonomic bed and a conventional bed?

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Even with comfort layers, conventional beds will not be:

  • Able to support the body correctly
  • Suitable for multiple/different body types without compromising the benefit of zero stress posture.
What is Zero Stress body positioning?

Based on the science of physics and engineering and initially applied to the design of the environment for astronauts enduring the impacts of force, zero stress refers to the design of a structure to distribute the user’s weight to reduce stress on the body.  

In a standing position a neutral posture is achieved where the spine is naturally straight in the vertical plane and the hips and shoulders are straight in the horizontal plane. Of course, this assumes the body is symmetrical where there are no underlying pathologies such as scoliosis.  It is assumed that a neutral posture imposes the least amount of stress on the vertebral column (spine).

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Comfort versus support, what’s important?

There is no doubt the importance of comfort in bedding cannot be ignored, but comfort is more than just how a bed feels when you lay on it. Comfort is an outcome and the result of sleeping on a truly supportive bed.

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The Bedding Industry has lead consumers to believe that the comfort of the bed is produced by the feel of the bed. Feel is important however, it contributes at most 25% to a person’s sense of comfort.

True bed comfort is produce by:

i) the full relaxation and minimization of stresses on muscles and joints
ii) the quality of blood flow at the support areas
iii) the pressure on the body surface where it is being supported
iv) the feel of the comfort layers

This is achieved by correctly supporting the body.

Correct support is produced by providing specific areas for the shoulder, waist and hips that are:

i) Of the correct relative firmness (relative variations in the order of 300%)
ii) Of the proper width
iii) In the correct position

The Ergolife range is designed to provide correct support and relieving stress on the human body.

How is the Ergolife range of beds fit for the needs of today?

It’s a fact that conventional mattresses on the market have not changed substantially since the 1960s. They are all still using a one-size-fits all mattress that’s neither supportive nor tailored to individual needs.  

Most people are purchasing beds that derive few, if any health benefits. Beds may look good, feel great, and maybe made with gold threads, however if it’s not ergonomic it will not deliver the best rest the body needs.

The Ergolife range is the first and only ergonomic bed with specific areas to provide zero stress to back, hip and shoulders, providing extra comfort, correct support and the best rest the body needs.

The Ergolife range can be personalised and adjusted to suit the individual lifestyle needs of the consumer.  Everybody can benefit from sleeping on an Ergolife bed not just those with back, shoulder or neck pain.

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The benefit of the Ergolife sleep system

In the natural world elements that fit together complement each other and create a harmonious ecosystem – every element has a role and each works to balance the other.  Ergonomically designed bedding interconnects and balances in the same way.

To fully realise the true benefits of ergonomics in bedding the mattress, base and pillow each play a vital role in contributing to the support of natural body alignment during sleep.

  • The mattress provides the main contact and support for the body. However, your mattress is only as good as the elements that support it.
  • A good quality, ergonomically designed base that can adjust to support the individual needs of your body is essential.
  • The pillow provides personal comfort and aesthetic appeal but also ensures the right height and spinal alignment for your body.  

When selecting a new mattress and base, a new pillow can make all the difference in providing correct alignment and support for your head and neck.

Are there standard sizes for the Ergolife range?

Mattress sizes differ across the globe. Ergonomic Life International manufacture according to the standard sizing of the region:

  • Oceana
  • North America
  • Europe/UK
Can everybody benefit from the sleeping on an Ergonomic bed?

Yes! Everybody can benefit from sleeping on an ergonomic bed not just those with back, shoulder or neck pain.  

Research shows that sleeping on a poorly constructed bed can negatively impact quality of sleep.  And poor sleep can negatively impact waking lives. An ergonomically designed bed supports the body in its natural body alignment. It can adjust to suit individual and lifestyle needs helping the body to get the much needed rest and rejuvenation from sleep.

Are Ergonomic Beds important for children/teenagers?

A good quality night’s sleep is vital to promoting healthy active growing children. Children and teenagers are lighter than adults and their bodies are continually growing.  As children grow their weight distribution shifts and their posture requires changing levels of support as they sleep.  

An ergonomically designed bed is able to adjust to the changing needs of growing bodies. It allows their body to rest supported in their natural body alignment as they receive a quality night’s sleep.

10 Facts You Need To Know When Buying A Bed

1. A flat uniform mattress will not provide the support your body needs

  • Flat uniform mattresses do not contour to your individual body shape. This means they cannot provide quality support for your neck, shoulders, hips, and lower back
  • A uniform mattress can be made from any number of materials including pocket springs; bonnel/box springs; foam; memory foam; latex or a combination of these materials
  • Only an ergonomic bed can provide real and adjustable support to give you the best rest your body needs

2. Beds should not be purchased on comfort alone

  • Comfort refers to the padding layers of the mattress and is usually referred to as soft, medium or firm. As good as they feel, comfort layers do not provide support
  • Support is how the mattress contours and adjusts to the shape of your body
  • Don’t be fooled by the comfort layer when testing beds, it’s the core of the bed which provides support

3. Box-spring mattresses do not provide contoured support

  • Box spring mattresses are generally a firm spring and can cause shoulder and hip soreness
  • Normally called orthopedic, chiropractic or Posturepedic, box spring mattresses are not ergonomically designed to provide real and adjustable support your body needs

4. Memory foam mattresses do no reduce pressure

  • Memory Foam, Visco and Tempur are of a similar basic composition
  • They are a man-made synthetic product first developed by NASA
  • Contrary to claims, memory foam does not reduce pressure or provide proper support

5. How to minimise partner disturbance

  • A flat uniform mattress doesn’t have the ability to reduce partner disturbance which can be caused by the different height and weight of each person
  • Getting in and out of bed, tossing and turning, snoring, neck, lower back & hip issues creates restlessness
  • A bed that can be customised to suit the needs of both partners, or has independent adjustability on either side is recommended for couples experiencing disturbance

6. Soft and cuddly mattresses cause bed heat and body impression problems

  • Our bodies create heat and this can be trapped by the mattress and bedding, making it hotter
  • The design of your mattress can determine how hot your bed becomes:
    • The thicker the comfort layer the hotter the bed
    • The plusher or softer the comfort layer the hotter the bed
    • Euro tops and pillow tops can trap more heat
    • A tight top mattress does not trap heat

7. A natural latex mattress will help with allergies

  • Natural latex provides an organic mattress with allergy free properties
  • The interconnecting cell structure of latex provides a natural ventilation system that allows heat and body moisture to dissipate
  • Many latex mattresses are made firmer by the addition of synthetic hardening compounds
  • If you suffer allergies insist on all natural products within the latex

8. The right mattress and base can help with snoring and sleep apnoea

  • A flat uniform mattress can obstruct your wind pipe due to incorrect support which places pressure upon your head, neck and/or shoulders
  • An ergonomic mattress which adjusts to the contours of your body to accommodate your unique size and shape reduces stress upon these areas and reduces the likelihood of snoring and sleep apnoea

9. Children’s bedding can adjust with their growth

  • Young growing bodies need proper support and comfort for a good night’s sleep
  • Poor quality sleep can cause reduced performance at school, poor decision making and a greater tendency toward moodiness and low concentration
  • A combination of a lighter responsive spring mattress, or supportive foam or latex mattresses with an ergonomic base forms a supportive bed that can be adjusted as your child grows

10. It’s important to know the pros and cons of each mattress type

Single sided mattress

  • A single sided mattress is where the comfort layer only appears on one side of the mattress
  • They will not last as long as a double sided mattress, which can be flipped
  • Are easy to rotate as they are lighter
  • Generally more cost effective as they use less materials

Double sided mattresses

  • Have a comfort layer on both the top and bottom of the mattress.
  • Can be rotated and flipped extending life of mattress
  • Generally heavier and may be difficult to flip
  • Can have a side for winter and a side for summer
  • Generally more expensive than single sided mattresses

Box-Spring Mattresses

  • Typically referred to as orthopaedic, chiropractic or posture-pedic mattresses
  • Generally a firm spring
  • Better for medium to robust body types
  • Can cause shoulder and hip soreness due to its firmness
  • Can cause partner disturbance
  • Does not provide contoured support

Pocket Spring Mattresses

  • Has individual springs each encased in fabric, creating a pocket
  • Generally a softer spring
  • Better for light to medium body types
  • Reduces partner disturbance, due to the pocketing of each spring
  • Can cause back soreness due to hammocking effect
  • Does not provide contoured support

Latex Mattresses

  • Produced from natural rubber
  • Can be soft, medium or firm
  • Is suitable for all body types
  • Reduces partner disturbance
  • Can include chemical compounds to change its feel
  • Provides better support than most other mattresses
  • Does not provide contoured support

Foam Mattresses

  • Man made using synthetic materials
  • Can be soft, medium or firm
  • Is cost effective and can have shorter lifespan
  • Includes chemical compounds that may cause allergies or reactions
  • Does not provide contoured support

Memory Foam Mattresses

  • Man made using synthetic materials
  • Memory foam, visco and Tempur are all the same product.
  • Can be soft, medium or firm
  • Reduces partner disturbance
  • Includes chemical compounds that may cause allergies or reactions.
  • Does not provide contoured support

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