Buying a new mattress is a big decision. Whether you’re looking for a mattress to last the next five years or the next 25, it’s important to know the materials that go into the mattress you’ll sleep on every night for as long as you own the mattress. If you spend an average of seven hours of sleep per night in bed, you’ll be spending a lot of time with your new mattress over the next few years. It’s a good idea to make sure you’re making the right decision for your needs for sleep, health, and peace of mind. A natural latex mattress can do all of those things for you. Here’s why.
In an effort to live greener lives, people around the world are turning to options such as organic foods, building materials, and even fibers, such as cotton. How fast is the organic fiber market growing? According to the Organic Trade Association, fiber sales grew 10.4 percent in 2009 to reach an impressive $521 million.
One of the best features with latex mattresses is the fact that comfort layers can be added or removed in order to adjust comfort and/or firmness of the mattress. Unfortunately, some mattress makers glue the layers together and seal them in a sewn mattress cover. This removes the adjustability factor so many people love about their latex mattresses. It’s also why it’s such a great idea to go with manufacturers that offer the convenience of a zippered mattress cover for their latex mattresses, along with their “unglued” latex mattress layers.
Of course, the zipper is only part of what you should expect from your mattress cover. These are the two types of latex mattress covers commonly available on the market today.
Are there toxins and chemicals lurking under your covers? Chances are, if you’re sleeping on a conventional mattress, there are. According to the Environmental Working Group, polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), are found in a variety of everyday products used in the home, including mattresses.
“Long-term exposures to PBDEs may pose a human health risk, especially to infants and toddlers who are more likely to ingest household dust or acquire these chemicals through mother’s milk,” said Margarita Curras-Collazo, an associate professor of cell biology and neuroscience in an article for Science Today at the University of California.