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Safeguarding your health is one of the most important things you can do to maintain superior happiness and quality of life. It is not only good for you, but it can also improve your engagement at work and your relationships with others in your life to get a healthy night’s sleep.
You spend approximately eight hours with your mattress on any given day – or that’s how many you would spend on your mattress daily in an ideal world. It makes sense to take the time to find a mattress that offers the most health benefits for your body and the people you love who are exposed to your mattress on a daily basis.
What Makes Some Mattresses Unhealthy?
Your current mattress can be a health hazard. There are a lot of unsavory materials used in the making of some modern mattresses. Many of these are included in mattresses to make them “safer.” How strange is that? Things like flame retardants, that are a federal requirement for mattresses today, can be filled with chemicals that are toxic.
In fact, Dr. Mercola reports that many of the common flame retardant materials that are used to make mattresses, furniture, carpeting, and more can be linked to serious health issues, including neurodevelopmental delays in children, cancer, birth defects, and more.
Of course, toxic fire retardants aren’t the only potential health problem associated with mattresses. Many mattresses are made with materials that not only invite, but create safe places where wildly disgusting things flourish. These things include:
- Dust Mites
- Dead Skin
- Pet Dander
- Other Bacteria
For example, with common coil innerspring mattresses, you will find that the weight of the mattress literally doubles from the day you bring it home to the day you send it on its way. Part of this is the result of dead skin that finds its way deep into mattress folds. The other part is the result of dust mites, moisture, and other detritus that accumulate in the depths of your mattress over time.
Then there is the off-gassing associated with new mattresses. It is the result of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, used in the making of the mattresses. These chemicals can trigger a powerful odor when first released from their packaging that triggers respiratory distress, strong headaches, asthma attacks, allergy troubles, and more. Many people make the mistake of believing that once the smell is gone, so are the harmful chemicals. This is simply not the case. In fact, as the mattress ages and begins to break down, new chemicals will be released, slowly – over time, that could have the same negative health consequences for your family.
Finally, there is the comfort of a mattress that is healthy for your body. If you’re sleeping on a mattress that isn’t necessarily good for your body, you might have difficulty falling asleep. It might be related to difficulty breathing, but it also could be related to having a mattress that simply doesn’t provide the proper balance of comfort and support to meet your needs. In these instances, you may wake up feeling aches and pains in your back, hips, shoulders, and other pressure points. Or worse, you could wake up feeling as though you haven’t really slept at all. Over time, these disturbances to your sleep can impact your performance at work, your mood when dealing with friends and family, and your overall health and wellbeing.
The key is to do a little extra work now to find the mattress that will be healthy for your family today and as it ages.
Finding a Healthier Mattress Choice
The unfortunate truth is that many people struggle with the challenge of finding a mattress that is not only comfortable, but also truly healthy. These are a few of the features and mattress certifications you should look for if a healthy mattress is a priority for you. They will help you buy with confidence that you are truly getting the healthiest option available on the market today.
GreenGuard Gold Certification
It may seem like such a small thing to seek out mattresses that have gone through the rigorous testing required to become GreenGuard Gold Certified. This certification, though, is one that fewer than one percent of all mattresses on the market today are able to qualify for. It is the world’s most rigorous testing process to ensure that certain standards related to third-party chemical emissions are met. Not only must mattress manufacturers meet the initial certification requirements, but must also be re-certified every 90 days in order to prove they are maintaining these exacting standards.
For many people committed to good health, purchasing organic products is important. Mattresses that have GOLS Certification have met the Global Organic Latex Standard and are certified organic. This means the rubber trees are organically-grown, the sap is removed from the trees by tapping, and that no chemicals, pesticides, or harmful fertilizers were used to grow the trees. Equally important, the trees that receive this certification are sustainable.
The Global Organic Textile Standard is the leading certification authority for organic fibers, worldwide. Not only does GOTS have standards for organic fibers, but it also has rigorous standards for ecological and social criteria as well. This process isn’t exclusive to the finished product.
GOTS certification requires investigation of the entire supply change for the textiles it certifies. This means that you can buy textiles and materials that are GOTS certified with confidence that you are buying textiles that have been investigated from the raw materials used to create the textiles – including dyes and other materials contain a minimum of 70 percent organic fibers, and meet certain standards related to toxicology and the environment.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification
Yet another independent certification, the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification is one that provides thorough investigations of products for things like lead, arsenic, chemicals, pesticides, and phthalates. The certification process is quite extensive for a comprehensive list of chemicals and products that receive this certification must re-qualify each year in order to maintain their certification.
The products that have this certification are products you can purchase with confidence that they have no allergenic dyes, heavy metals, formaldehyde, chlorinated phenols, pesticides, and other elements along these lines.
Key Details to Look for When Buying a Healthy Mattress
The certifications mentioned above are all indicators that a mattress is absent of things that are detrimental to your health. You don’t want to bring harmful things into your home and expose them to your family. But, what do you want to bring home in a mattress that will be healthy for you – on all levels – while offering a comfortable, restful night of sleep.
Obviously, you want to know that your mattress won’t be bad for you. Once you find mattresses that have the proper certifications, there are a few other things you might want to look for to ensure that you are getting the healthiest possible mattress for your needs. Here are a few of those things:
If a mattress doesn’t offer some degree of comfort, you’re going to spend more time tossing and turning than sleeping. Unfortunately, you and your partner may have different ideas about what makes a mattress comfortable. PlushBeds natural latex mattresses come in layers, without glue so you can make comfort adjustments to the firmness and thickness, to accommodate your different comfort needs.
The thick Dunlop core of PlushBeds natural latex mattresses offer unparalleled support and the resilient nature of latex makes the mattress naturally resistant to body impressions, lumps, bumps, and sags that are so common with traditional coil mattresses.
Another problem many people have when looking for healthy mattresses is finding one that is healthy for the family and the planet. Not only are PlushBeds mattresses made with ambitious standards for excellence for you, but also for the planet, too. You can rest easy at night knowing that you’ve made an investment in a mattress that is made with sustainable materials, manufactured with low emissions, and is 100 percent biodegradable, meaning that it won’t be one of the many mattresses taking up valuable space in one of the many landfills around the world one day.
The remarkable thing about PlushBeds, for anyone still on the fence about finding a healthy mattress, is the impressive 100 Night Free Comfort-Exchange Program. This program allows you 100 nights to test out your mattress and see if you need to make changes in order to make the mattress work for you. When you are looking for the healthiest mattress to bring home to your family, PlushBeds mattresses offer the perfect solution for you, your family, your home and your planet.
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