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You spend one-third of your lifetime sleeping in your bed. If you think about it, that’s a lot of time spent snuggling up to your mattress. Your bed should be your sanctuary, allowing you to get the rest your body and mind need, without putting your health at risk.
Unfortunately, not all mattresses are healthy to sleep on. Today, all U.S. mattresses must meet federal mattress flammability requirements, so they don’t catch on fire. In order to comply with regulations, most mattresses are sprayed with flame-retardant chemicals.
Some of the chemicals used include:
- Magnesium hydroxide
- Aluminum hydroxide
- Organ halogen compounds
Even though you want manufacturers to eliminate their use of flame retardants, the law requires use of them on electronics, textiles, furniture and insulation.
U.S. manufacturers stopped making foams that contain brominated fire retardants in 2005, after the European Union fought hard to get the chemical banned from its products. The main component of this chemical is polybominated diphenyl. It is known to cause neurological problems, endocrine disruption, and fertility issues.
A toxic respiratory agent, boric acid, that you use to kill roaches, may also lurk in many mattresses. There may also be antimony, which is a metal that’s potentially more toxic than formaldehyde, mercury and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). You can be exposed to the VOCs through inhalation and skin absorption.
When you breathe in low VOCs for long periods of time, it can increase your risk of health issues, both short term and long term. It can also worsen the symptoms of asthma and irritate those who have sensitivities to chemicals. VOC exposure is different than occupational exposure. Each chemical has its own toxicity and ability to cause certain health effects.
Protect your child with an Organic Mattress
Children are especially vulnerable to chemical exposure in their mattress for various reasons:
- They sleep a lot.
- They spend anywhere from 7 to 12 hours on their mattress each day. While on their mattress, they are absorbing toxins through their skin, and breathing in chemical off gassing. It’s a long-term, up-close exposure.
- Their systems are still developing and fragile. Their neurological, respiratory, immune, and reproductive systems are still in their early development stages, making them more susceptible to toxic chemicals.
- Brain development is of particular concern. During brain development, low level chemical exposure may actually cause more harm than higher dose exposure later in life.
- They can’t detoxify and excrete the toxins easily, because they still have developing elimination systems.
- Bedtime is a time to recover and regenerate. Children’s bodies need to recoup from the day’s stresses while sleeping. The immune system works hard to remove toxins and regenerate cells. This process can be more difficult to accomplish when your child is absorbing and breathing in more chemicals from their mattress.
Your children don’t need to be and shouldn’t be sleeping with chemicals that could harm them. Look for mattresses that are made from natural and organic materials, which meet the flammability regulations without the use of fire retardant chemicals.
Switch to an Organic Mattress
First, how do you know you’re getting a chemical-free mattress?
Choose A Mattress That Is Made With Organic Materials
If you are looking for a latex mattress that is made with truly organic and healthy materials, look for the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) third-party certifications.
The GOLS certification applies to organic latex and the GOTS certification applies to the organic cotton cover. These rigorous, globally recognized, third-party verified standards define and ensure that the materials and products live up to the organic definition.
GOLS and GOTS certify the entire production chain, from the USDA certified organic raw materials to the manufacturing of the final certified product. The organic materials are tracked throughout the distribution and manufacturing process to ensure their purity.
GOLS and GOTS certifications also cover fair trade and labor practices and the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes along the way. If organic farming and pure, organic materials and production methods are important to you for health, environmental, social, or personal reasons, then look for the GOLS and GOTS organic certifications for your mattress.
Why It’s Important For You To Go Organic
When you switch to an organic mattress that’s made without things like dyes, perfumes, GMO fibers, and synthetic pesticides, you will experience benefits such as:
- Enhanced comfort and better quality sleep
- Protecting yourself and your family from chemicals and toxins linked to cancer and heart and lung problems
- Reducing your risk for sleep apnea, snoring and other sleep problems
- Supporting organic farming, manufacturing and crops
- Reducing your risk of allergic reactions to harsh dyes, perfumes and phthalates
- Controlling natural body temperature, and experiencing fewer “sleeping hot” episodes
- Lowering fertility problems, back pain, SIDS, and developmental problems in newborns and children
- It is naturally resistant to mold, dust mites and bacteria, without the use of chemicals
By going organic with your mattress, you’re making a huge difference not only to your health, but to the environment as well. When looking for an organic mattress, be sure the entire mattress is organic (cover and all layers inside of the cover).
Healthy Fire Barriers
Using organic and/or natural wool, enables manufacturers to make chemical free mattresses which meet the flame retardant guidelines. It’s high keratin protein and moisture content make it naturally resistant to burning. Tests show organic and natural wool to be the safest materials that can allow a mattress to naturally pass flammability tests, without the use of chemical flame retardants.
Also, when used in the right proportions, organic and natural wool create a micro climate, which regulates body temperature and humidity. This allows your body to get to a comfortable sleeping temperature quicker and maintain it throughout the night.
The PlushBeds Difference
Here at PlushBeds, we believe in good health and quality sleep. That’s why we use high quality, organic and natural materials in our mattresses. All of our mattresses are GreenGuard Gold certified mattresses, which is the world’s most rigorous chemical emissions standard for mattresses. This means that PlushBeds mattresses contain no PBDE Flame Retardants, lead, chloroform, formaldehyde and no other chemicals.
When you purchase a mattress, you’re making an investment — not only in your sleep, but your overall health. Contact us if you have any questions about PlushBeds mattresses at 1-888-404-9041.
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