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Sleeping Smart: A Guide to Healthy Beds & Mattresses | Nick Ristevski, The Most Experienced “Mattress Man” in Australia #124

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Join me in a revealing conversation with Nick Ristevski, the most experienced man in the Australian mattress industry, as we unravel the secrets of the world-wide mattress industry.

Nick shares invaluable insights on materials, certifications, ventilation, children and the impact on overall health, guiding you to make informed choices for a restorative sleep.

Discover the history of latex, the pitfalls in mattress sourcing, and the innovative “latex noodles” pillow that offers customisation and ventilation. 

Nick exposes deceptive industry practices, warns against misleading sales tactics, and emphasises the importance of understanding mattress materials.

For a healthier sleep environment, Nick recommends mattress alternatives and extends a 20% discount on the “latex noodles” pillow for Vital Veda Podcast listeners. Tune in to gain clarity on mattress shopping and create a sleep sanctuary for optimal well-being.

ABOUT OUR GUEST: JILLIAN LAVENDER

Nick Ristevski, a mattress expert based in Australia, traces his roots to a small village in Macedonia. Over 60 years ago, luxuries were rare, and Nick’s early years saw him sleeping on a handmade rug woven from goat’s hair until the age of 5. Subsequently, his family crafted a bed from straw that served him until he turned 15.

In his teenage years, Nick migrated to Australia, where he encountered his first “proper” bed — an innerspring mattress with coconut fiber and cotton.

Nick’s journey into the world of mattresses was revolutionary. Today, after over 60 years, Nick sleeps proudly on a mattress of his own design, incorporating the best technologies in the mattress industry.

For over 54 years, Nick has served as the Director of Rockdale Mattress Factory, evolving from a furniture deliverer to one of Australia’s leading mattress makers. His passion for work and commitment to quality have attracted an impressive clientele, including celebrities like billionaire James Packer.

Dylan Smith and Nick Ristevski

Nick’s aim to become one of the most knowledgeable mattress makers is reflected in the success of his small family business. Offering hand-made mattresses with a distinct touch has been a key factor in customer satisfaction for over four decades.

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

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Nick's Background

Born in a small village in Macedonia, Nick’s early years featured handmade beds, including a rug woven from goat’s hair.

At 5, his family crafted a bed from straw, lasting until he turned 15.

Nick migrated to Australia as a teenager, experiencing his first “proper” bed – an innerspring mattress with coconut fiber and cotton.

Nick’s revolutionary encounter with springs and the natural fibers that eliminated heat issues.

Over 60 years later, Nick sleeps on a mattress of his own design, incorporating the best in mattress technology.

Challenges in The Mattress Industry

Rising competition and pressure from bulk online sellers.

Skepticism towards “mattresses in a box,” emphasising the prevalence of foam mattresses.

The Importance of Ventilation

Educating customers about the benefits of specific mattresses and understanding their preferences.

Ventilation as a critical feature in Australian mattresses.

Common Misleading Sales Practices

Large mattress companies often engage in deceptive practices, such as claiming significant discounts like “50% off,” which may not accurately reflect the true value or quality of the product.

Nick advises consumers to be cautious and not get swayed solely by apparent discounts.

Understanding Materials

Nick stressed the significance of understanding the materials used in mattresses.

He discussed the use of terms like “plant-based” or “natural,” which might not accurately represent the mattress composition.

Educating consumers about the materials helps them make informed choices based on factors like ventilation, comfort, and support.

Industry Evolution and Trends

Nick’s insights into the evolving mattress industry, including emerging trends and innovations.

The impact of online sales, competition, and the sustainability of new mattress-in-a-box models.

RESOURCES:

Jillian Lavender’s Website – HERE 

Jillian’s Instagram Account (@jillianlavender) – HERE

London Meditation Centre Website – HERE

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