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When you think about the fact that you will spend one-third of your lifetime sleeping on your mattress, it makes sense to invest in a mattress that is beneficial to your health, such as an organic mattress. Read on to learn about the health benefits of sleeping on an organic mattress.
Made With Hypoallergenic Materials
Conventional mattresses contain a variety of chemicals and flame retardants. Don’t settle for this, there are healthier options.
PlushBeds organic latex mattresses are made with GOLS certified organic latex and GOTS certified organic cotton and wool. We use the finest quality organic materials, which contain no chemicals, blends, synthetics, dyes, glues, pesticides, fillers or additives.
Organic latex mattresses are also hypoallergenic and the healthiest mattress you can sleep on. This is outstanding news for households with allergy sufferers.
No Volatile Organic Compounds
Many items brought into your home, including mattresses, contain volatile organic compounds. Volatile organic compounds are chemicals that are used, in the manufacturing process, of many items found in our homes. The term “volatile” means that these are chemicals that can easily get into the air that you breathe each day and end up inside of your body. “Organic” means that they are carbon-based. VOCs, have a substantial impact on the indoor air quality in your home and your indoor air quality has a significant impact on your health.
Can you get ill from VOCs? There are many health issues that have been attributed to VOCs, including:
- Allergic skin reactions
- Dyspnea (labored or difficulty breathing)
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Loss of coordination
- Nausea or vomiting
Long-term exposure may even lead to:
- Central nervous system damage
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
The good news is that organic latex mattresses contain no VOCs. You will breathe healthier air in your home, when you replace your standard mattress with an organic latex mattress.
No Fire Retardants
Many fire retardants used in mattresses today contain polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). These fire retardants have been linked to a wide range of illnesses, and they are considered especially dangerous for young children and women who are pregnant.
Even the EPA acknowledges the potential dangers of PBDEs, listing them as possible human carcinogens citing evidence of causing health issues in the following areas in laboratory testing with rats:
- Thyroid hormone bioactivity
- Neuro-developmental toxicity
- Thyroid toxicity
- Liver toxicity
- Developmental neurotoxicity
The good news is that you won’t find PBDEs in organic latex mattresses. Most organic latex mattress manufacturers use natural or organic wool in place of chemical filled fire retardants. The high keratin protein and moisture content of the wool make it naturally resistant to burning. Tests show natural and organic wool to be among the safest bedding materials as wool can allow a latex mattress to naturally pass flammability tests without the use of chemical flame retardants.
No Glue and No Formaldehyde
Most mattress manufacturers today, use glue, as an adhesive, to bond the mattress layers together, inside of the cover. This glue typically contains formaldehyde. It is initially associated with a strong odor that can cause the following symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- A sore throat
- Itchy, scratchy, or burning sensation in your eyes
- Skin irritation
- Watery eyes
- The urge to cough
These symptoms occur from simply breathing in the formaldehyde fumes. The symptoms are worse for young children and elderly people as well as people who have certain health conditions, such as:
- Chronic disease
- Pregnant women
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that formaldehyde exposure has been linked to myeloid leukemia, and may have a possible link to “cancers of the hematopoietic and lymphatic systems.”
All PlushBeds mattresses are made without formaldehyde, so you can rest easy that you aren’t exposing your family to this harmful substance.
Regulates Body Temperature and Wicks Away Moisture
Organic latex mattresses are made with organic wool in the cover. When used in the right proportions within a mattress cover, the wool assists in regulating body temperature and humidity. The wool breathes more naturally than synthetic counterparts, allowing your body to get to a comfortable sleeping temperature quicker and maintain it through the night.
Organic and natural wool are also naturally hydrophilic (they attract and absorb water molecules). They can absorb up to 30% of their weight in water and still feel dry to the touch. How does this work? The wool absorbs water molecules (such as sweat) and wicks it away from the skin, to the surface of the fabric, where it evaporates. It is one of the most breathable and comfortable materials available today.
Dust Mite, Mold and Mildew Resistant
Organic latex mattresses are naturally resistant to dust mites, mold and mildew. It’s part of what allows them to be hypoallergenic. When you consider the fact that the average person sheds millions of skin cells and perspires nearly one pint of water every night, it’s important to sleep in an environment where dust mites, mold and mildew cannot thrive.
How Do You Know You’re Getting an Organic Mattress?
The best way to seek assurances that you’re getting a true, organic mattress is by looking for 3rd party certifications, such as the following:
- GOTS (Global Organic Textiles Standard) – The world’s standard for certifying organic textiles, this standard requires strict adherence to environmental safety, human safety, and social standards.
- GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) – The “gold standard,” if you will of organic latex certifications, this certification indicates specific standards were met in the manufacturing of latex for human health, environmental impact, safety, and welfare.
- GreenGuard Gold – GreenGuard gold certification indicates that a mattress is safe enough to use with the most vulnerable members of the population including the sick, elderly, and young children.
- USDA Organic – Indicates products met certain organic standards in the growing process defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certification – Also known as the “confidence in textiles” certification, this certifies that textiles are free of harmful substances.
As you can see, there are numerous ways in which sleeping on an organic mattress can help to improve your health. It makes sense to ensure that your mattress meets these requirements.
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