Benefits of Natural Bedding
Sleep is an underrated necessity that many people neglect to fully embrace. Yet, science tells us it is one of the most important aspects of healthy living. Maybe that’s why we spend about a third of our lives in the bedroom.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute as reported by The National Institutes of Health,
“Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.”
The Haphazard Choice
More attention is given to one’s interior of their car than to their bed and bedding choices. Most will blindly purchase a mattress that feels comfortable and then cover it with sheets and blankets that look good enough to do the job.
However, these haphazard choices often result in people sleeping on material that, over time, unbeknownst to them, may be doing their body harm. This is because conventional mattresses and accessories may include a variety of off-gassing chemicals breathed in each night which could be linked to various health problems.
The New York Times reported (1/14/09),
“If you are interested in things like organic food and natural beauty products,...you should realize that you’re actually getting a greater exposure to toxic chemicals in your bed than anywhere else.”
Noxious Mattress Soup
Polyurethane foam is one of the major “wraps” around the springs and wood that are often the main selling point of firmness or softness when it comes to purchasing a bed.
Yet, consumers are never told that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration agree that,
“...polyurethane foam is made from petroleum, and that it can emit volatile organic compounds (V.O.C.’s), which have been linked to respiratory irritation and other health problems.” (NYT)
There are also polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or P.B.D.E.’s which are sprayed over polyurethane to act as a flame retardant but have been found in breast milk and even seal blubber. These safety intentions are a good attempt however natural wool can be just as effective.
Other chemicals found in bed and bedding materials are latex, dyes, phthalates, and pesticides.
What to Look For
Now that you have an idea of what you may be sleeping on, the alternative is a variety of mattresses and bed frames that offer healthier options.
Some of these options include:
- Sustainable wood
- Organic cotton
- Organic wool
- Green tea memory foam
- BioFoam made from 12% castor bean oil
- Recycled metal
On a Budget?
If purchasing an all out mattress and bed frame is too much of a financial leap then natural futons, toppers and pads may be the next best choice.
Add in organic cotton, sateen (satin weave made from yams), percale (closely woven fine cotton) and flannel USA made sheets and pillowcases to create an all around toxic-free bedroom without spending a fortune.
Also, don’t forget natural pillows made from buckwheat, kapok (natural silky fibers from the ceiba tree), Merino wool and cotton honeycomb to complete your Eco-friendly, all-natural sleep.
As more consumers educate themselves on the dangers of toxic sleep, more inexpensive natural bedding options are becoming available to compete with the conventional market.
The benefits of natural bedding could be the best thing you do for your body while it slumbers. It can reduce hidden chemical dangers, allergies, temperature issues and overall unexplained discomfort found in conventional models. Do yourself a favor and invest in a third of your life because a safe, comfortable, good night’s sleep is worth waking up from.
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