Is your mattress making you sick? and I’m not talking about the usual bacteria, spores and dusk mites that build up!
A growing number of evidence shows that many of the chemicals such as flame retardants that are used in the production of mattress, furniture, linen and clothing are associated with adverse health effects in humans (especially babies and children) and animals, including endocrine and thyroid disruption, impacts to the immune system, reproductive toxicity, cancer, and adverse effects on foetal and child development and neurologic function.
Do you wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed? Are headaches, nasal congestion or sore throats just part of your morning routine? Is it hard to remember the last time you slept well, or woke up without feeling stiff and sore? It’s possible that your bed is making you sick.
To get a better nights sleep, I know from personal experience that it’s vital to reduce chemical overload in our homes and especially in the bedroom where we spend a third of our time.
If you’re not already using organic pillows, sheets, blankets or quilts and mattress, it might be time to consider upgrading to improve your quality of life and sleep.
So why choose organic cotton bedding?
Natural Fibre. Cotton is a natural fibre that resonates harmoniously with our bodies. The same cannot be said for latex, foam and other synthetic fabrics, even animal products such as wool. When we surround ourselves with organic cotton, we function – and sleep – at our optimum.
Chemical Free. Conventional cotton has been saturated with chemicals, both in the growing and in the various processing stages. These chemicals are poisonous to the human system and many of them are activated to outgas by bodily heat.
No Fire Retardants. Conventional mattresses are made from synthetic materials, which may be protected against fire by a range of substances such as formaldehyde — a known carcinogen. Organic cotton mattresses do not contain these chemicals.
No synthetic chemical smell. Conventional synthetic and non-organic cotton mattresses give off an odour. This is the odour of synthetic chemicals – just as you will find in new cars and carpet. Many people do not even smell this because their sense of smell has been damaged by the many synthetics which we breathe in every day. While this odour subsides over a period of time, the toxic outgassing takes a long time, most times many years. These chemicals, heated by our body, cause the chemical to outgas which we inhale.
Odour from Organic cotton is natural, is harmless and subsides quickly.
Higher Consciousness. Matter is energy. Petrochemical materials and non-organic cotton are produced with a mindset geared to profit, without care for environment and our health. The growing and processing of organic cotton requires care and a life-honouring approach at every step.
Hypoallergenic. Organic cotton is neutral and ideal for those with Allergies, Chemical Sensitivity and Asthmatic tendencies.
They Breathe. Organic cotton mattresses have excellent wicking qualities, absorbing moisture at night and dissipating it by day, aided by the air circulation through the springs.
Some mattress statistics:
- The average household will keep their mattress for 7-10 years before seeking out a replacement for it. (Statistic Brain)
- Over 90% of people who consult with a sleep specialist ask for a mattress recommendation to improve the quality of rest they receive. (BBC News)
- More than 35.9 million mattresses are shipped each year by the mattress industry. This includes international shipments and online purchase shipments. (Statistic Brain)
Based on these statistics, the average consumer spends a lot of money buying a new mattress every decade without doing the proper research. Just something to keep in mind the next time you replace your mattress or bedding.