Choosing the Best Mattress Type According to Your Sleep Position

We consider ourselves sleep experts and our goal is to help you find the right mattress. While we take a holistic approach when helping you, your sleep position is one of the most important factors. We can show you all of the different mattress types, the materials that they are made of, and how to properly test a mattress to help determine if it’s the right fit for your sleep style. This guide was put together based on years of feedback from our customers and employees who sleep on our mattresses. We recognize that no one mattress is perfect for every type of sleeping position, even preferences among people with the same sleep style can vary considerably and can change over the years.

Side Sleeper: This is the most common sleep position and to sleep comfortably, the mattress needs to be soft enough to relieve pressure points and conform to your body. This will help take the pressure off your hips and shoulders while keeping your spine aligned. Sleeping on a mattress that is too firm can restrict blood flow to the arm and hand that you are lying on and causes your shoulders and hips to buckle inward, forcing your spine into an unnatural position. If you regularly wake up with neck, shoulder or hip pain, this may be a sign to either modify your sleep position or try a new pillow or mattress.

The Trillium Natural Latex Mattress is the top pick for side sleepers since the top 2” of the mattress is a soft density latex that gently conforms to the body, thereby providing greater pressure relief. This leads to improved circulation and blood flow avoiding that annoying pins and needles feeling that occurs when nerves are pinched. The base of this mattress is a medium/firm density of latex and provides a nice mix of softness and support, also making it a good option for those who switch between sleeping on their side and on their back. Latex is also loved for it’s durability, hypoallergenic qualities and because it’s breathable and doesn’t hold body heat like memory foam.

The Sublime Mattress is specifically designed for side sleepers who prefer the feeling of sleeping “in” and not “on” their beds. This feeling is subtle when you first relax into the wool and organic cotton, and the latex core provides buoyancy that prevents you from feeling as if you are sinking. The mattress is wrapped with wool which helps to regulate your body temperature and studies have shown that people who sleep on wool sleep longer, have a lower heart rate, and an increase in therapeutic REM sleep.

Also worthy of consideration: the Pearl Mattress is one of our best sellers for side sleepers and offers an affordable option. This futon is made with cotton batting sandwiched between sheets of solid CertiPUR-US® Foam and wrapped in wool which produces an ideal balance of support, comfort and resiliency. The density of futon mattresses also eliminates motion transfer, so your partner is less likely to disturb your sleep with movement.

Back Sleeper: If you primarily sleep on your back, support for the lower back is crucial. Therefore, it’s best to avoid very firm mattresses since they have a tendency to not allow you to sink in and support the natural curve of the lumbar spine. At the same time, a mattress that is too soft may cause the body to sink too much causing the spine to dip and overextend the back muscles. A medium-firm mattress is a good choice as well as a supportive pillow that cradles the back of the neck such as the organic cotton pillow.

The Lily Natural Latex Mattress is a favorite for back sleepers because it provides the perfect amount of support and distributes body weight evenly. Latex mattresses also allow the cooling and continuous air flow between the body and the mattress, resulting in uninterrupted sleep and happier mornings.

The Hawthorne Mattress is the best value for back sleepers as it combines the right comfort and support for the back at an affordable price. Similar to the Pearl, this futon is made with cotton batting sandwiched between sheets of solid CertiPUR-US® Foam which provides an ideal balance of support and comfort. Back sleepers like this mattress because over time the cotton conforms to the curve of the spine and gets firmer as it compresses and forms to the body.

Stomach Sleeper: This sleeping style requires a mattress that keeps the body afloat and is not too firm. While this position is not highly recommended due to the misalignment of the neck that it causes, many stomach sleepers may suffer from lower back pain, which has prompted them to this sleeping position.

The Woolspring Mattress is the perfect combination of inner firmness, outer softness, and overall flexibility with the added comfort of wool. The heart of the Woolspring is made with layers of CertiPUR-US® Foam surrounded by Wellspring™ fiber batting. A fluffy layer of wool is the final layer, which enhances bodily warmth in winter and coolness in summer. Many people tend to gravitates to it and a large portion of  side sleepers end up purchasing it as well.

Combination Sleeper or Couples: Many people rotate sleep positions throughout the night and may have a partner who prefers a softer or firmer mattress. We have come up with the perfect solution.

The Sunflower Latex Mattress sells itself with the adjustable layers of different densities of latex. By unzipping the cover you can move around the layers of latex and make it softer or firmer. Our 100% natural latex is eco-friendly, non-toxic, and offers temperature control that far exceeds synthetic, blended or petroleum-based memory foams. The flexibility of this mattress appeals greatly to couples and to people who like to customize and change the feel as time goes on. All of our latex mattresses come with your choice of an organic cotton cover or a quilted wool/organic cotton cover. Although this mattress is a little more expensive than some of the other options, it is a great choice for people that want superior pressure relief and is designed to last 15-20 years.

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Yoga In Bed & Mindful Mattress Buying Class

Join us Sunday May 28th for a free class with tips on mattress buying and yoga in bed.  With so much information to absorb the process of choosing a mattress can be mind-boggling.  That’s why we created a class that breaks it down into 10 easy steps that will guide you through the entire experience.  It is an interactive course that will prepare and educate you on  what you need to know before beginning your mattress search.
The class begins with a mindful waking yoga series that will transform your day.  Before you even leave your bed, you will learn how to set an intention and gently prepare your body for movement. How we start each morning has the power to affect the entire rest of your day.   With a few simple, easy movements you will learn to stretch and breathe your way into a positive, uplifted mood.  Trust me it will be the only way to get out of that new cozy bed!

Day- Sunday May 28th
Time- 10:30-11:30 AM

Come as you are or in your pjs, no need to RSVP

Teaching the Class

DeAna has been doing yoga for the past 20 years and studying Kundalini yoga and meditation for the past 3 years. She received her level one teacher training certification in June 2016 and teaches a weekly class in NE. DeAna believes that we can greatly improve our comfort and mobility in our bodies through simple stretches and breath work.

DeAna joined the Cotton Cloud team in the summer of 2012. Through hard work, dedication and superior customer service skills she worked her way up to manager and is one of our most knowledgeable and valuable team players. She understands how overwhelming a new bed purchase can be and guides customers through the buying experience with ease, humor and honesty. She is often told that she makes shopping fun and painless for her clients.

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$399 Futon Couch Special


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It’s time for our Spring Clearance sale!

With all of the fresh, new items coming in from the wonderful vendors we met at the Las Vegas Market, we are cleaning house to create room. Our entire showroom is bursting with sale signs and red tag items. Select eco-valley wool toppers and comforters, pillows, end tables, cushions, and more are marked way, way down. Specially marked floor model rugs are only $50-$100.

Our all natural medium/firm density latex mattresses are also on sale at 20% off, which is a rare occurrence! The latex will only be on sale for 3 days only March 19, 20 & 21!
Best of Las Vegas Market

Urban WoodsEvery year we send our top designers and management to the Las Vegas Furniture Expo and they come back with the best, unique, and state of the art environmentally friendly décor. This year was better then ever. One of the most exciting additions to our bed frame line is a company called Urban Woods. All their furniture is made in the USA from reclaimed wood. They use water based, non toxic stains and glues to create handmade, high quality furniture. The wood is harvested from vintage buildings slated for tear down. Urban Woods does not use timber from rain forests as they are dedicated to sustainable and environmentally responsible practices. We are proud to carry their gorgeous line of furniture in our store, stop by and check it out!
The owner of Cotton Cloud, Terri Treat, took a trip to the Gem show in Arizona this year.

This was her first trip ever and she brought back an amazing selection of amethystcrystals, stones, fossil plates, petrified wood and even a few 170 million year old fossils. Choose between rose quartz, smokey quartz, crystal quartz candle holders, Labradoritefossil, amethyst, and more. Come feel the energy emitting from these unique, one of a kind pieces and add a touch of history to your home. No two pieces are the same so hurry in to get the best selection.

In the soft goods department, we are happy to have found an organic cotton waterproof mattress pad and some soft cotton sheets! The fitted sheet style mattress protector is made in the USA with incredibly soft 100% GOTS certified organic cotton jersey for the topside and skirting. Next the underside is laminated with micro-thin polyurethane adding 100% waterproof functionality while maintaining breath-ability that can handle repeated laundering. The polyurethane is inert and will not leach chemicals or toxins. It also protects against dust mites and fluids. The pure cotton sheets are luxurious and affordable and come in a variety of colors.

Last but not least is some incredible new lighting. We now have a beautiful selection of porcelain night lights. Handmade in the USA using the ancient practice called Lithophanes. By creating hand drawn scenes into wax then making porcelain molds the pictures come to life once the light is turned on. Create envy with the colored or non colored night lights that all your friends and family will want!

Also, in the lighting department are our new vintage-style Edison light bulbs. The indoor/outdoor light strings are the perfect addition to summer night parties and events. String them up around your backyard or create a canopy above your deck or even your bed! The large bulbs create a beautiful ambiance to any room and are quite the conversation piece. The industrial style surprising fits in with many décors including sabby chic, modern, vintage, cottage, mid century modern and more! There are many other interesting accessories for your home that we didn’t mention, and we know that half the fun is searching for these treasures for yourself. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Special codes and discounts

We at Cotton Cloud value our relationships with our customers. Which is why we like to offer discounts to those that value us back. Show your support by liking us on Facebook or following us on twitter and watch for discount codes that are only available on social media.

Also did you know that our sister companies Natural Felt and Sleepy Sheep Organics are on Etsy? Follow us on Etsy and we’ll return the favor. Let’s spread the love for natural and organic bedding!

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Join Us For Our Food Drive!

We are holding another Food drive this year to benefit the Oregon Food Bank for the 4th year in a row!  The Food Bank has distributed more then 1 million emergency food boxes to local families. 34 percent of those receiving food are children. Coming together as a community is the only way to truly make a difference.

Drop by between December 8th, 2015 and January 8th, 2016 with 3 or more food items and as a thank you from Cotton Cloud we will gift you with a 12×20 wool pillow! If you don’t have any extra food to donate consider giving $10. This small amount will buy 30 meals for those in need. Volunteer opportunities are available for those who prefer to give time. Check them out and learn more about the program at

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New Product Lines now available. Overstock Pillow Sale! An interview with our own Terri Treat and a party invite.

New Products and Products Line
This is the most exciting time to come in to Cotton Cloud. We have an
abundance of amazing new products such as upholstered headboardsoutlet tableupholstered headboards
in contemporary, modern and transitional designs. Covered in the most luxurious fabrics these beautiful bed frames are the right amount of style to elevate the sophistication of even the most simply designed bedroom. Next to the bed, place one of our new outlet tables; available in 3 colors pecan, cherry and java. The
nightstand has both outlets and USB
ports which inside of outlet tablehides all the wires inside the table for a clean look. Plug a lamp and your phone in without worrying about tripping over the cords or having enough outlets to plug in your devices. Limited stock available so hurry in to take a look.

Dalyn RugsAlso, new to the store is Dalyn Rugs. These extremely affordable, quality rugs are an incredible value that beat the prices of rugs at that big blue and yellow store that we all know and love. Choose from machine woven, hand tufted, printed or customize your own rug. The colors are vibrant and the patterns range from traditional to modern to contemporary. We have samples to feel of the wool and jute rugs in the store.

One thing you are definitely going to want to try out are our adjustable bases! Lay adjustable basedown and elevate your head, feet or try the massage feature; all operate by a hand held remote. The adjustability of the head and foot will help with acid reflux, back pain, blood circulation and breathing. There are 3 models of beds, each one better then the last. The adjustable base will fit into nearly every bed frame with the frame acting as a fence around the base. Futons and latex are ideal for these types of adjustable bases as they are very malleable to the movements.

Another new option we have is the twin lounger designed with kids or students in mind. A great packageloungere that includes a metal frame with a thick cotton and foam mattress and 2 large pillows for only $515. It is a twin size bed or put one or both of the sides up to easily turn it into a sofa or a lounger. You can choose from over 20 different fabric samples to personalize the look.

Last but not least are all the new accessories we have placed around the store. accessoriesArtistic accent bowls, fun ceramic birds, Buddha statues and more to add the finishing touch to your room. We now have beautiful hanging mirrors and even handmade sea grass baskets. Many of the accessories are one of a kind hand picked by our managers. Come find what you need for your home in our showroom!
Buy One, Get One Half Off Pillow Sale!

We have an overstock of our beloved Latex Cloud Pillows and this means savings for YOU! We hanpillowsdcraft these versatile sleeping style pillows in a natural cotton shell and fill them with the perfect amount of chopped latex. They provide support for your neck and head while still being mold able. These fantastic pillows are buy one get one half off!! Hurry in, offer only good while supplies last!

Terri Treat Interview

With March being Woman’s History month, we decided to shine the light on the owner of Cotton Cloud, Terri Treat and learn how she grew such a successful Eco-friendly business. Cotton Cloud Natural Beds and Furniture focuses on sustainable, non toxic products and materials.  We sat down to discuss what it’s like being a female business owner and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

When asked about her experience as a female business owner, she laughed and simply stated, “It’s a mans world.” She said she feels blessed to be living in this country since in some other places women have fewer rights and may not even be able to Terri Treatown a business. Terri feels empowered, respected, a part of the community. She received her PHD from the school of hard knocks and believes that has helped her stay in business and be successful. By honing her own business skills, Terri was able to build her business based off of her personal principles instead of guidelines they teach in school. She knows that she could have made more money faster if she had joined the corporate world. However, by being a natural giver and bringing compassion into her everyday business practice that energy has brought prosperity and growth to Cotton Cloud.

Terri’s advice for small business owners is to first find your passion and put your energy into it. “Visualize where you’d like to be, so you have a clear idea of who you want to be.   Past failures do not predict future ones. If you have an amazing product, get it out into the world.” Terri is a strong advocate for self-care.  As a business owner, you will find most of your time is taken up by running the business and training the employees. To not burn out; Terri says to be responsible to yourself first. “I keep strict working hours, 6am -4pm. I go to yoga and eat to feel well. No matter my schedule I donate 3 hours to myself daily.” The most important aspect to growing a successful business is to have a product or service that you are behind 1000 percent. “Learn and grow through experience,” she says; trust your instincts and create a business model that works for you and your core desires.
Portland Michfest Party at Cotton Cloud! A Slice of MichiganThe party goddesses are at it again! Join us on Saturday April 18th from 8pm-12 for a fundraiser party for the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. All proceeds support sending more women to the festival in Michigan during its 40th Annual celebration this August 4th -9th. A sliding scale of $5-$20 will get you in for hours of dancing, live music, food, drinks, tarot readings and haircuts! Join in the raffles to win a ticket to the Michigan Festival. Pay at the door or RSVP and get your ticket online at . Learn about the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival at

music festival
A Slice of Michigan

Date: Saturday April 18th

Time: 8pm-12am

                                                Location: 701 NE Broadway Portland Or 97232

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For November we have a photo contest of Cotton Cloud in your homes, big savings on inventory and floor models, how to get the best nights sleep, the details of our food drive, and our newest staff feature: Judy!

Cotton Cloud Photo Contest

We’ve been welcomed into so many homes over the years, and we’d love to see what you’ve made of our beds, couches, pillows, dressers, and so much more!

Cozy Cotton Cloud CatEnter to win our photo contest! Post a photo of any item you’ve purchased from Cotton Cloud to our Facebook page  with #cottoncloud by November 15th and show us some love!! Categories include: Most creative, Funniest, and Best photo including a child or pet (or stuffed animal).


1st Place = $100 gift certificate to Cotton Cloud
2nd Place = $50 gift certificate to Cotton Cloud
3rd Place = $25 gift certificate to Cotton Cloud

One photo entry per family please. We will contact the winners and re-post the winning photos via a Facebook announcement on November 17th, 2014.  Good luck!

Huge Holiday Inventory Closeout Sale!
Fall cleaning for us means big savings for you!

We are clearing out our 2014 inventory to get ready for the next year. All futon mattresses in stock, and floor models on the showroom floor, are 10% off! Come in and find a great price on a great piece for your new year.

                  The Importance of Your Sleep Position

How you sleep is as much a factor as what you sleep on, and we can help you with both!

Crawling into bed should bSleeping Positionse a calm, soothing routine that relaxes you before you drift off to sleep. Slipping under the covers and into your favorite sleeping position without a thought. However, for many getting into bed means pain, frustration and restlessness. One should awaken refreshed and energized for the new day not sore, stiff and drowsy. Three common culprits are an out of shape mattress, poor pillow or improper use, and sleep position. Changing one or all three of these things can greatly improve your nights rest. The most common cause of pain and stiffness during sleep is improper sleep position. It is important to keep your spine in alignment and support the natural curves of the spine throughout the night.

The first step to releasing pain from sleeping is to decide if it is your mattress or your sleeping position that is the culprit. If your mattress is worn out or sags in any area then it is time to find a replacement. Pay attention to how your body feels on your bed. Is your lower back supported or does it curve into the mattress? Do you feel any pain, discomfort or tingling in any area of your body? It is important to know what your mattress lacks so that you know where to start in getting a new one. Lay down on a few mattresses and pay attention to how your body reacts to laying in your sleeping position. Does your body feel supported? Do you naturally relax after a few minutes of laying quietly? These are qualities to look for when mattress shopping.

Pillows are an easy way to improve the quality of sleep. Most of us hold on to pillows for far too many years. Pillows should be replaced every 2 years. No matter what position you sleep in theStack of comfy pillows pillow you use needs to support the natural curve of your neck. Generally, a flat pillow is best for back sleepers and stomach sleepers, though stomach sleepers may be more comfortable without a pillow. Side sleepers should look for a pillow that has some loft to it and that allows the neck to stay aligned with the spine by supporting the curve between the shoulders and head.

Pillows are also a great way to keep your spine in alignment while sleeping in your favorite position. For back sleepers placing a pillow under the legs or under the curve of the lower spine will support the natural curve of your spine. Back sleeping is a good way to alleviate back pain. Some issues that occur with back sleeping are snoring and sleep apnea.

Another way to use pillows to aid in sleep posture is for side sleepers to place a pillow between the knees. This keeps the top leg and hip in alignment with the spine. It also helps keep the top leg from sliding forward which can cause the spine to twist at the waist. Side sleepers also should choose a mattress that is medium firm. While on your side the mattress should contour to the curve and weight of your shoulder and hip. If your mattress is too firm you may be waking up in pain or with a tingling sensation in your arms or legs. Although, stomach sleeping is not recommended for proper alignment, if you do prefer to sleep like this it is suggested to place a thin pillow under your hips. This keeps your spine from curving down into the mattress. Sleeping on your stomach can cause you to turn your head to the right or left in order to breathe causing neck and shoulder discomfort.

All in all, your position can also be the difference between a good sleep and a bad sleep. Remember to experiment with the positions for a little longer than one night. Sometimes we get used to sleeping one way for so long that it takes a bit of adjusting to make a new one work.

Cotton Cloud Food Drive

“My SNAP was cut by $11 this month, and that might not sound like very much, but to me it’s the difference between eating the last five days of the month or not. It’s a big amount to me.”- Delinda (Tillamook)

Foods to donate to our food drive

Cotton Cloud is holding its second food drive from November 1st – December 21st. We are happy to bring our fun little futon loving family together to give to our whole community. Hunger affects 1 in 5 families and for the third year in a row Oregon Food Bank has distributed more than one million emergency food boxes throughout Oregon and Clark County Washington. The struggle is real and it is growing.

“Unfortunately, requests for emergency food stubbornly continue to climb. Unemployment isn’t the only driver of this unprecedented need. Underemployment and limited benefits have forced people with jobs to seek emergency food. And the high cost of food, gas, utilities and rent makes it even more difficult for families to cover basic expenses.” said Janeen Wadsworth, interim CEO of Oregon Food Bank. Our neighbors, classmates, co-workers, our town, and our country is in need of food security.

In Oregon alone over 270,000 people eat from emergency food boxes per month. 92,000 of those are children. Oregon has the worst rate of child food insecurity in the nation. Our children are worrying about where their next meal is coming from. No one should go hungry especially children. “I don’t worry so much about me not eating. My kids have to come first. We’ll eat a piece of bread with mayonnaise because my kids ate all the dinner. Or the kids just get mayonnaise sandwiches for dinner, because that’s all I have.” Beth (St. Helens) It is an epidemic that will only get worse with our countries continued long term unemployment. Please, help us in giving back to our community and feeding our neighborhoods. Bring in 5 or more food items or a $10 donation and receive a free wool 12 x 20 toddler pillow (a $35 value) between November 1st and December 21st. All donations will go to the Oregon Food Bank to be distributed throughout Oregon and Clark County Washington. Together we can help fight hunger.

Employee Feature: Judy Navaroli

photo of JudyI’m an east coast native from North Carolina. I relocated to Portland 4 years ago with my husband Jay. I enjoy all Portland has to offer but most of all the people. I moved to Portland because I wanted to thrive around like minded people, who are eco-friendly, helpful and eccentric. I like watching movies, cooking and creating wall art out of junk. I’m a junky for junk. I should be, I like to restore and reuse. A teaching from my mother and grand mother.

My second passion is cooking. Due to health issues I turned to a plant based diet and soon found that you are truly what you eat. I also wrote my first cookbook Red Neck Vegan in North Carolina and I’m excited about the release of Red Neck Vegan volume II.

I’ve been in furniture and home décor sales for over 15 years and find helping people gives me great joy. I’m very excited to be a part of Cotton Cloud. I look forward to educating customers on safe and reusable products for themselves and their families. Creating a safe haven for their home while reusing and recycling products instead of filling land fields.

Special codes and discounts

We at Cotton Cloud value our relationships with our customers. Which is why we like to offer discounts to those that value us back. Show your support by liking us on Facebook or following us on twitter and watch for discount codes that are only available on social media.

Also did you know that our sister companies Natural Felt and Sleepy Sheep Organics are on Etsy? Follow us on Etsy and we’ll return the favor. Let’s spread the love for natural and organic bedding!

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