We’ve all heard of organic fruits and vegetables, and perhaps organic cotton, shampoo, sunscreen, and the list goes on. But have you ever thought about having an organic mattress?
We spend nearly a third of our lives in bed but what you might not know is that many mattresses on the market are laden with chemicals in the form of flame retardants, and are found in the synthetic fibres that make up common place mattresses. Some foam mattresses can also release an invisible-to-the-eye chemical gas that enters our respiratory system as we sleep, night after night. Another thing to be aware of is that some mattresses are sprayed with an anti microbial chemical mixture that is used to ward off fungi and dust mites.
However, every hour that we sleep on a mattress that is doused in chemicals is an hour that we breathe those chemicals in the form of dust particles. Breathing in chemicals can have a negative effect on our health and can cause or be a factor in the development of serious health issues like infertility, respiratory issues, obesity, allergy development, and they have even been linked to the development of cancer.
If that’s not enough to convince you that an organic mattress might be the way to go, consider this: the chemicals found in mattresses can also lead to skin irritations, especially if your skin is sensitive.
So what does mean to have an organic mattress? An organic mattress basically follows the same criteria as an organic apple, it is made with fibres that are grown without the use of any pesticides or harsh chemicals. More specifically to mattresses, organic mattresses are also made of naturally occurring materials instead of synthetic, petroleum based fibres, and again, those materials are created and collected without the use of any harsh, health damaging chemicals.
The good news is that there are alternative mattress options available and just like organic apples, organic mattresses are becoming more popular. One option is to purchase a mattress that is made with organic wool batting. You might think that fire retardant chemicals are safe and necessary but organic wool mattresses are made to meet federal safety standards in a natural way and without the use of chemicals.
Organic wool has other benefits, namely that they can also help you achieve an excellent sleep, which will in turn have many positive health consequences. Organic wool mattresses are further good for the health because they can help regulate body temperature, which allows you to sleep more comfortably without over heating.
Another option for organic mattresses come in the form of organic latex mattresses. There are synthetic latex mattresses out there too but naturally occurring, organic latex mattresses are free of any of the harsh chemicals you would find in synthetic mattresses. Plus, these mattresses are durable and very long lasting compared to other mattresses so you won’t need to replace them as often.
A good sleep goes a long way. We all know that the better we sleep, the better we perform even the smallest tasks the next day, whether it is simply staying alert and pleasant to maintaining overall physical health. An investment in our health is an investment in the future so even if organic mattresses might cost a little more up front, the long term benefits will make it worth it.
If you are interested in the benefits of organic mattresses or curious about how to make the switch to organic mattresses, considering coming down to our Parksville mattress store and speaking to our knowledgeable staff about the mattress that is right for you.