We often think about kitchens and bathrooms when it comes to organic products, and yet it’s the bedroom where we really spend the most of our time.
To be even more specific, it’s the bed that you should be focusing on. People spend about one third of their day asleep (roughly 8 hours out of 24), so that means you will be in bed for approximately 120 days out of the year.
Needless to say, you should be taking a closer look at your bed when it comes to your health and well-being. Do you want to spent 120 days a year snuggled up to a collection of toxins or chemicals? I’m guessing no.
Is Your Regular Mattress a Problem?
First of all, is there a problem with your conventional mattress? Well, a typical mattress is really just made up of a mix of cloth fibers, rubber and metal so there aren’t that many places for toxins to hide. But cotton is a highly sprayed crop, so there is almost always going to be some contamination there.
The biggest culprit is the fire-retardant treatment that conventional mattresses get. A long list of chemicals are used to treat mattress, with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) being a major player. There have been a number of health concerns uncovered with PBDEs, and their use may start to be more strictly regulated.
Foam mattress toppers are a particular problem because the polyurethane foam is known to emit a mix of volatile chemicals, particularly when still new. In particular, isocyanate will be given off for the entire lifetime of the foam, and it’s been shown as a respiratory irritant.
An organic mattress pad can help with this but it would likely be a better choice to ditch the foam one altogether and just use an organic pad.
Consider an Organic Mattress Pad
By putting an organic and wholesome barrier between you and your mattress, you can help limit your exposure to the contaminants that might be lurking under you in the night. You have a chemical-free layer up close to your skin.
A good mattress pad will be made from a mix of organic cotton and wool, with some form of natural rubber or latex (depending on the style or design). Pads with wool are naturally fire-retardant, which means they are just as safe as a conventional one but without all the toxins.
Make Your Choice
The type of mattress pad you get will depend on your preferences and needs. Simple quilted toppers will create a light boundary between you and your mattress, or a thicker “pillow top” can add a huge level of added comfort too.
Don’t forget the kids too. Crib mattresses are just as bad as full-sized ones, and since babies and little children are more susceptible to contamination, it is even more important to make healthy choices. You can get organic pads that are waterproof too, so don’t feel you have to avoid these products just to stay practical.
Many different companies make organic mattress pads and toppers so you should be able to do a little browsing before making a purchase.
Naturepedic has a whole line of organic mattress pads that should suit most purposes. Their quilted toppers are made with organic cotton and a hypoallergenic plant-based fiber filling. Straps hold the pad in place and the whole thing can be washed as often as you like. They also have a good line of crib mattress pads too.
And once you start looking at mattress pads, you might want to get more organic bedding with sheets or pillows too.