Silver in the Spotlight

More abundant than gold, silver has long been valued as a precious metal – in part because of its numerous applications. Alongside its common uses in jewellery, tableware and coinage, it also has a less publicised but very long history of use by the medical profession. As far back as 400BC, Hippocrates (‘The Father of Medicine’ – hence The Hippocratic Oath) described its antimicrobial properties and taught that it healed wounds. It gained in popularity and was widely used in the treatment of everything from heart conditions to, believe it or not, bad breath!

In the Middle Ages, the use of silver utensils and goblets are thought to have given the Upper Class who used them a bluish skin tone – quite possibly resulting in the term ‘blue-blood’. Interestingly, blue-bloods were much less likely to succumb to the plagues of the time and it’s likely that the phrase ‘born with a silver spoon in his mouth’ was originally meant to describe someone lucky enough to have health, rather than wealth.

The Phonecians (1500-300BC) are recorded as having stored water and other liquids in silver coated bottles to discourage contamination by microbes. Much later, the armies fighting during the Napoleonic wars (1803-1815), and both World Wars continued this practice in order to clean the water they had gathered from streams and rivers and make it safe to drink.

However, it wasn’t until 1893 that the antibacterial effectiveness of various metals was formally recognised. Of all these metals, silver was found to have the most effective antibacterial action coupled with the least toxicity to animal cells (Guggenbichler et al., 1999). It is now used widely in medical dressings, surgical masks and as an antibiotic coating in various medical devices such as breathing tubes.

Dormeo has put these antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties of silver to unique use.

We have developed a range of mattresses with real silver threads woven into their super soft covers. In conjunction with our amazing CleanEffect treatment, this ensures the best possible protection from bacteria, dust mites and odours.

A very popular purchase for parents looking for that perfect first mattress and for those with dust mite and other allergies, but an equally good choice for any bedroom, our Silver Range comprises three mattresses of varying depths and comfort grades to ensure the perfect choice no matter what your ideal comfort level.

All models are available in Single, Double, King and Super King sizes. All are currently available with fantastic savings and come with a free Memosan Anatomic Pillow, free delivery, a 15 year warranty and our 60 night comfort guarantee. We are so confident in our products that if you aren’t getting the best night’s sleep you’ve ever experienced, you can return it to us within 60 nights and we’ll refund your full purchase price.

The Dormeo Silver Range

Our Dormeo Memory Silver is 15cm deep with a 2cm layer of memory foam. It is a medium-firm comfort level which is particularly suitable for those that sleep regularly on their back or side.

For a slightly softer feel, the Dormeo Silver Plus has a super-thick Ecocell® and memory foam core. It has 3cm of memory foam and an overall depth of 18cm. It’s a medium comfort level which is particularly suited to those that sleep regularly on their side.

Lastly, for those who prefer a softer mattress altogether, the Dormeo Silver Deluxe is 21cm deep with a luxurious 4cm layer of memory foam. It’s a soft-medium comfort level which particularly suits those that like to sleep on their stomach or side.

To find out more about any of these fantastic mattresses or any of the others in the Dormeo or Octaspring ranges, call us free, any time on 0800 625 0134.

If you’re new to Dormeo, we’re also offering an additional 10% off your first order through our website for a limited time. Why delay? Make it your New Years’ resolution to have a great night’s sleep, every night.

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