How to Choose an Organic Mattress (For a Good Night’s Sleep)
We spend around a third of our life sleeping. That means the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep to remain attentive and productive throughout the day.
Since quality sleep is key to our physical and mental wellbeing, investing in quality bedding is a must. When you choose an organic mattress, you create a safe and healthy sleeping environment for you and your loved ones.
Guide to Choosing an Organic Mattress
Whether you’re upgrading your baby’s crib or making your own bed more comfortable, here are a few things to watch out for when buying an organic mattress.
Check the Materials
What goes into your mattress? They’re usually made of one of these three support materials:
- Metal Springs – A traditional innerspring is the most common material, with some made with individually-encased coils. These reduce motion transfer and are comfortable for children and teens. Spring mattresses come in a range of comfort levels and prices. However, since steel isn’t an organic material, mattresses made with springs or coils obviously aren’t organic. Only those made with organic cotton, wool or latex can be termed so. Always look for unbleached organic materials with organic fill and dyes to avoid chemical exposure.
- Latex – Latex is another popular mattress material, but there are a few things to consider when selecting organic latex. There are different types of latex, including synthetic, natural, certified organic and blends (these vary the proportion of natural and synthetic content). Natural and organic latex certified to the Global Organic Latex Standards ensure safety against chemical and toxic hazards.
Note: People with latex allergies should, of course, avoid latex mattresses, pillows and toppers.
- Polyurethane Foam – Also known as soybean foam, memory foam, bio-based foam and eco-foam, polyurethane foam is highly flammable and requires flame retardant chemicals. Hence, it cannot be considered organic.
Consider Your Sleeping Position and Comfort Level
Aside from the material, you also want to consider whether you want a soft or firm feel when choosing your organic mattress.
- Side sleepers need a mattress that lowers tension and pressure points during sleep while also providing the right level of support. Organic latex and organic memory foam mattresses are ideal for side sleepers because they distribute your weight across the bed and eliminate unnecessary pressure and body ache.
- Stomach sleepers need a firm organic mattress to lower their back and shoulder pain, which is often the result of their sleeping posture. Memory foam mattress’s visco elastic foam provides a neutral spinal alignment that is both comfortable and supportive. It readily accommodates your body shape to give you good, uninterrupted sleep.
- Back sleeping is the best position for spinal alignment and overall health. It’s highly recommended for those who suffer chronic neck pain or poor circulation. A slightly medium to medium firm organic mattress is ideal for back sleepers.
An organic latex or memory foam mattress works for all sleeping positions. This is because it helps keep your spine in perfect alignment no matter your posture while giving you full body comfort and support.
Choose Organic Batting
Batting is the soft padding that covers springs or latex foam inside a mattress. Organic wool or cotton is the most common type used for natural or organic mattresses. Since natural latex is hard and rubbery, topping the mattress with a soft organic material is necessary for comfort and safety. Clean the surface at frequent intervals to avoid dust and allergens.
Avoid Fire Retardants
Many mattresses, including organic foam and latex ones, contain fire retardants to withstand blowtorch flames. Since some fire retardants have been linked to cancer, thyroid disruption, obesity and birth defects, it’s better to avoid these types.
Replacing an old mattress can be expensive, especially when you’re going the organic way. However, when health and comfort are your top priorities, it’s advisable to choose premium-grade organic mattresses as they’re worth their price. Consider your needs and the above-mentioned tips to make a safe and well-informed choice.