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Toxic Mattresses – Did You Know There Are More Chemicals in Most Mattresses Than in a Barrel of Oil?

Most people are trying more than ever to eat right and take care of their bodies in order to be healthy. But we think that being truly healthy is impossible when you are spending one third of your life sleeping on a toxic mattress, and that’s the kind of mattress most of us have!

A Non-Toxic Bedroom is Very Important For Good Health

We really believe that a non-toxic house in general is important for your good health, but we realize that most of us cannot change our whole house overnight. However, your bedroom should be an “oasis” in the midst of all the toxins you come across during the day, a place where you can have a great nights sleep and let your body repair and rejuvenate itself. In addition, if you have a serious disease like cancer or asthma, you probably need a chemical-free bedroom more than others. Even for losing weight, many chemicals are stored in the fat cells, and some people’s bodies may be hanging on to the fat because it’s a better place than others in the body to store toxins. Probably the most important items in your bedroom to be non-toxic is your mattress, bedding, and the bed frame, since you are so close to it all night long (we also highly recommend natural, hard flooring in the bedroom and no particle board furniture).

Most Mattresses Contain Lots of Toxins

Are there really more chemicals in a conventional mattress than in a barrel of oil? Yes, that’s right, most mattresses are made completely out of petrochemicals! If you’re like most Americans, you sleep on a mattress made of synthetic, toxic, materials like polyurethane, polyester and flame retardant chemicals.* These synthetic materials and the flame retardant chemicals in the mattresses out-gas toxins all night long, including PBDEs, formaldehyde and more. These chemicals have been shown to cause all sorts of health problems, including cancer, immune system malfunctions, insomnia, fatigue and more. PBDE has been banned in Europe for toxicity, and will also be banned in California starting in 2008. But many other chemicals are still contained in these mattresses.

*A 1973 law mandated that mattresses not catch fire from a burning cigarette, and mattress manufacturers have been adding flame-retardant chemicals to their mattresses for years because of it. However, a new law now says that mattresses must not ignite after being exposed to a 12 inch wide flame on the side for 50 seconds, and a simultaneous 10 inch wide flame on the top for 70 seconds. How many more chemicals do you suspect will be in your mattress so it can now withstand two wide blow torches for about a minute? Who do you think this law benefits, the chemical manufacturers or you, the consumer, who will sleep on these mattresses? Don’t forget, most people die in fires not from the flames, but from the smoke, including the burning chemicals that they inhale.

Metals in Your Bed and Bed Frame May Disturb Your Sleep

In addition to the toxic chemicals, most people have mattresses and box springs with coils in them, and many others have metal frames for their beds. The metal mattress coils are put in the mattress for buoyancy, but it seems that they not only offer an unnatural kind of support, but they also disrupt our natural electromagnetic field. This can cause physical stresses of a subtle, yet profound nature that can disturb your sleep and cause other health problems. There are many people who testify that they sleep much better with no metal in their mattress or bed frame and no electrical current running near their mattress, like an alarm clock.

Synthetic Mattresses and Mildew

Synthetic mattress materials also easily form mildew when moisture from perspiration at night is absorbed by the mattress. This perspiration often does not dry out fast enough to get rid of the moisture before mildew forms. If the mildew is mild, like it often is, you may sleep next to this mildew without knowing it, but it is still detrimental to your immune system.

Synthetic foam mattresses, like memory foam, are being sold like crazy these days, and they are touted as helping people to get a better nights sleep. However, they not only off-gas toxic chemicals, but they also provide a non-breathing surface, which causes your body to overheat and then moisture can build up and result in a sleeping experience that is not the best for your health. Do you really want to sleep on a mattress that is made out of toxic chemicals and that easily gets mildew? If you are serious about your health, your next major purchase might just be a natural, non-toxic bed. It’s never too soon to start at least thinking about it and getting more information on your non-toxic options for a natural mattress, like all wool, 100% natural rubber, organic cotton and wool futons and spring mattresses.

Copyright 2008 Karen Pijuan. This article may be copied only in its entirety and only if all links, including those in the resource box or the about-the-author section, remain intact

Karen Pijuan is the owner of several health-related websites and has written numerous articles about nutrition, vitamins, healthy living, whole food supplements, natural body care and cleaning products, natural weight loss and more. Find out more about what to look for in a truly healthy vitamin, as well as resources for where to find the whole food vitamins she recommends at

Many truly natural, healthy and organic products including excellent whole food nutritional supplements can be found online at


Written by 4evergreenliving

September 30, 2008 at 12:47 pm

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