If you are like most people, you probably don’t get enough sleep [recommended 8 hours per night?!] Life is busy and for some people, sleep is the last thing on their list of priorities. Let alone healthy sleep.
I am one of those people who n e e d sleep. With my two kids, let’s just say sleep is intermittent these days. But, I was determined to maximize my sleep that I was able to get.
For the past year or so, we’ve been on the search for the perfect mattress solution for us – we needed a bigger bed. As a health coach, I know the dangers of the chemicals found in most mattresses, and we made a decision not to buy a mattress unless it was eco-friendly and safe for us and our kids to sleep on.
We also didn’t want to break the bank.
Before I tell you what we bought and why, here are just a few of the reasons we did not just head to Sleepy’s (or any other mattress store – nothing against Sleepy’s specifically here).
Chemicals + Flame Retardants
(adjusted from myhealthyhome.com)
“If you buy a traditional mattress, you are sleeping on polyurethane foam that manufacturers must drench in toxic chemicals to keep your bed from igniting at the slightest spark.
Polyurethane foam is already toxic—it releases toluene diisocyanate (say what?!), which can cause severe lung problems1—but the heavy doses of flame-retardants only exacerbate the problem. In order to pass US safety standards for flammability, an ignited mattress must not become hotter than 200kW over the course of 30 minutes, which is theoretically enough time for the sleeper to notice that his bed is on fire and remove himself from the situation. The mattress must also withstand an open-flame test for 70 seconds. In order for this to be possible, manufacturers must use large quantities of chemicals, and they are not even required to inform consumers what products they are sleeping on every night. Antimony is commonly used, but extended exposure to antimony can adversely affect the heart, digestive system, eyes, skin, and lungs. Brominated fire retardants are also widely used, but polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) specifically were banned in 2005 because of their potential to disrupt thyroid hormone activity and impair neurodevelopment. The other popular option, boric acid, is just roach killer.”
And it takes a really long time for a mattress to off-gas completely (meaning the fumes are no longer seeping from the materials). You may not smell it anymore, but that does not mean it has stopped releasing the chemicals, contrary to popular belief.
Here is another article on chemicals in mattresses and how they impact our health as well as unborn children.
I didn’t want a bunch of synthetic materials: foam, hard coils, and polyester. I wanted cotton, wool, or latex (chemical free) – natural fibers that are naturally flame retardant and safe.
How is the mattress made, shipped, and what happens when it’s thrown away? These were also important to us.
Finally, we found Keetsa – an eco-friendly mattress company that has several options when it comes to healthier sleep. We decided to go with the Latex Mattress with organic cotton and wool. Didn’t break the bank on a full on Organic Mattress, but we got a great mix of natural materials, all chemical-free.
They also have eco-friendly shipping practices – the mattress is rolled up into a box that FedEx can deliver – so it came quickly, easy to move and unpack, and the shipping was FREE. Incredible for mattresses.
We’ve had our new mattress for almost 4 months now and I can honestly say, it’s the best sleep ever. I don’t wake up with aches in my joints, stiff muscles, or headaches from chemicals.
What’s your stance on healthier sleep??
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