When did Mattresses Become So Full of Chemicals?


Twelve thousand years ago, before we slept on mattresses, humans slept on the ground covered with animal skins. Mattresses only appeared about 5000 years ago and luxury mattresses appeared in the early roman times. Over the years humans have been very creative in trying to create a comfortable sleeping surface.
Here are some examples of our ingenuity over the years.
Piles of leaves, folded linens, hammocks, woven reed mats, rugs, straw, feathers, wool, horsehair, pea shucks, corn silk, coconut hair and seaweed were all once used to create the perfect sleeping surface. Around 3,000 BC the first organic mattress was developed in Egypt, and you can bet it was 100% organic. Goat skins were filled with water to create the first water bed in Persia 3,600 years ago. The modern water bed was introduced in 1873 in a London hospital; they were great at preventing bed sores.  People using water beds in the 60s and 70s thought they were sleeping on something new.

Many cultures consider the bed a symbol of status. The Romans were the first to build luxury mattresses filling them with wool, feathers, reeds or hay. During the Renaissance period mattresses were filled with straw and feathers and topped with more luxurious fabrics such as silk, velvet or satin. Mattresses were often elevated from the floor to improve circulation and help prevent mold and also to keep them off the often bug infested dirt floors. In the nineteen century a dramatic evolution happened with the invention of steel coil springs. Originally designed for chairs, coil springs became the norm in mattresses in the 1870s.The modern coil spring mattresses were first commercialized in the late nineteen century but after World War II chemical components were introduced into the mattress manufacturing process. The most common material used was and still is polyurethane, used as a cushioning material and is very inexpensive to manufacture. The modern mattress as we know it today is a collection of chemical and synthetic fibres. Unfortunately the safety of these components may be causing significant damage to our health.  Today’s mattress may be more comfortable than its predecessor, but it may cause a serious health risk to the sleeper and risks to our environment.

Listed below are chemicals that may be in your typical coil mattress:

Polyurethane foam
synthetic fibres
volatile organic compounds
boric acid
pesticides herbicides
artificial dyes.

At Dormio, you will be sure to find an array of organic bedding, mattresses, pillows, and sheets in Toronto and Mississauga. We have everything you need to truly turn your sleep into a chemical free haven. Compared to the traditional organic cotton bedding, modern day mattresses are as organic but now much more comfortable as well. Today’s organic mattresses are made from organic latex, cotton and wool and combined to create a chemical/toxin free and comfortable sleep experience. Combine this with the organic cotton bedding, pillows and sheets and you are on the path to sleeping healthy, like you were meant to. Dormio offers a wide array of organic bedding in Toronto and Mississauga, drop into our showroom and our mattress experts would love to assist you.