Your Mattress May Be Making You Unhealthy
Do you have back pain when you wake up? Do you have neck pain? Do you have stiffness or soreness? Does it take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep? Do you experience restless sleep? Do you toss and turn at night? If you answered “yes” to two or more questions, this may be one of the most important articles you read all year.
While you sleep, your immune system recovers and prepares for the day ahead. It replenishes every cell in your body. Low-quality, uncomfortable mattresses have been linked to discomfort and pain, which can prevent quality sleep. People who struggle with sleep deprivation may suffer from irritability, depression, overeating—and even face a higher risk for Alzheimer’s. If your mattress is filled with chemical toxins, airborne allergens, or worse, your body is doing battle with those things rather than repairing itself, you’re losing valuable energy each night instead of healing your body and revitalizing your mind. All of that combined can wreak havoc on your health and well-being.
What’s Inside Your Mattress?
Typical mattresses made from artificial materials are known to emit potentially harmful gases in your bedroom—a phenomenon known as off-gassing. Laboratory researchers in the U.S. and Europe have identified up to 61 potentially harmful chemicals that off-gas from typical synthetic mattresses. From the polyurethane foam used in the padding to fire retardants and other additives, conventional mattresses continue to release chemicals in gaseous forms long after they roll out of the factory. Even after the mattresses have finished off-gassing, the chemically-based construction of a conventional mattress provides an ideal environment for dust and dust mites, whose excrement is the number one trigger for asthma attacks.
One of the most significant actions you can take to reduce your exposure to toxins and improve your overall health is to make changes to the one household item that is in direct contact with your body for one third of your life—your mattress. A solution to this problem is an all-natural, organic mattress that is free of potentially harmful chemicals. Instead, natural materials like natural rubber/latex are used. Natural latex is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, making it ideal for allergy sufferers. Natural latex is antimicrobial, inhibiting the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew, which can cause asthma and respiratory distress. No synthetic materials are added to provide these benefits.
When researching natural, organic mattresses, look at these criteria:
- Visit a store that carries mattresses made with either 100 percent all-natural latex or certified organic latex. A lot of mattress companies market their mattresses as being all-natural, but in reality either use a blended latex made with synthetics or just a little layer of latex combined with polyurethane foam.
- Try out a new mattress for at least 15 minutes. Lie down in various positions, to simulate a night of sleep. Look for a store that offers a clean pillow to test out. It’s important to dress for the occasion. It’s best to wear loose fitting clothes to get a good idea of how the mattress responds in your sleepwear.
- Protect yourself by insisting on a strong guarantee. If you’re not sleeping well or you’re worried about toxic chemicals in your bedroom, consider this: The two things in life you spend the most time on are work and sleep. How much of your remaining hours on earth do you want to waste losing sleep on an uncomfortable, chemical-laden mattress?
Pablo Hernandez is the owner of Mattress Makers, located at 7919 Silverton Ave., Ste. 412, in Miramar and 8366 La Mesa Blvd., in La Mesa. Building mattresses since 1968, they use 100 percent natural and organic latex with a 20-year limited warranty. Call 858-566-4408 or 619-303-9505, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit MattressMakers.com for more information.
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