What makes a mattress “healthy”?
“Healthy” in this context implies good support for your body (including proper spinal alignment), minimization of pressure points that cause discomfort, and materials that are free of chemicals that can pollute your indoor air and impact your health. Studies that have shown rapidly increasing levels of pollutants in breast milk and umbilical cord blood have caused many people in the past decade to wake up to the health risks of environmental toxins that are ubiquitous in our industrial age society. While Europe has moved ahead in recent years with tighter controls on the manufacture and use of toxics, most other countries lag behind. Only a few hundred of the more than 80,000 chemicals in use in the United States have been tested for safety…Many known or suspected carcinogens are completely unregulated…to a disturbing extent, babies are born”pre-polluted”. In the case of mattresses, chemical flame retardants are a particular concern, as they can comprise up to 30% by weight of the plastic foams used in mattresses.
We all need to practice the precautionary principle for ourselves. We spend one third of our lives in bed. Therefore, one of the ways we can minimize our chemical exposures (and resulting body burden) is to sleep in as clean an environment as we can, allowing that significant time period when we are asleep to be restorative rather than detrimental.
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