You’ll be surprised to find out that most bedding contains a host of toxic chemicals. And seeing how we spend a third of our lives sleeping, you can see why this can be hazardous to your health over the course of your lifetime.
Ingredients in bedding can include:
- Fire-retardant chemicals (PBDE) “Polybrominated Diphenal Ether”
- Boric acid.
- Toxic dyes.
- Pesticides & herbicides.
Unfortunately, according to People For Clean Beds.org , laws make it so that conventional bedding has to include some of these chemicals, specifically the fire retardant chemicals.
You should care what’s in your bedding because these toxic chemicals can leach into your skin while you sleep. Our skin absorbs everything it touches, it is a huge sponge, which is why it is so important to pay attention to what we expose it to.
So finding a solution to this problem would be to find organic bedding that doesn’t include any of these chemicals and can take in moisture as we sweat while we sleep.
Another really great reason to switch? EMFs (Electromagnetic frequencies) – These frequencies are rampant in today’s WiFi culture. These are chaotic, powerful signals that are starting to affect our bodies very negatively. They come out of your electrical sockets, WiFi routers, electronic devices, SMART devices, you name it. If it has WiFi, it has an EMF. You can’t see it, touch it, or smell it, but it’s there. There are some good EMF meters out there. ElectraHealth.com sells some good quality ones. If you are in doubt, I’d suggest buying one. Our bodies are being saturated with this daily and seeing as how we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed, if not more, we are especially hurting ourselves at night when we sleep. Our immune system recovers and heals the body at night, but it can’t because of these frequencies leaving you restless, anxious, and sick. Therefore, it is optimal to achieve the highest attention towards what you sleep on. Metal springs and metal bed frames act like antennas attracting EMFs to you! This can be a scary thought as I know it was for me as well.
According to Dr. Mercola’s blog “Powerful and Simple Tips to help lower your EMF Risks”:
When Dealing with EMF, Start in Your Sleeping Area
It’s during sleep that your body regenerates and detoxifies, so you want your bedroom to be a sleeping sanctuary with very low EMF issues. It’s a given that you’re going to be exposed to varying levels of EMF during your waking hours, so giving your body a break during the night is really important.
First, make sure that your bed does not contain any metal. The vast majority of beds (90-95 percent) contain metal springs and/or frames. Unfortunately, these metal frames and metal box springs can amplify and distort the earth’s natural magnetic field, which can lead to a non-restful sleep along with a range of other symptoms including:
- Depression and fatigue
- Muscle cramps
Research has shown that for your body to properly detoxify during sleep it must be alkaline, and high electromagnetic fields lead to acidity. This is especially true for heavy metal detoxification.
Now I know Dr. Mercola is a huge fan of Intellibed and while they may be a really good company with good products, I don’t know who can afford their beds. I mean just a twin bed alone is outrageously priced. I personally opted for Nest Bedding. They also carry mattresses without the metal springs and they are far more reasonably priced.
Nest Bedding offers the best (in my opinion) organic, chemical free bedding. Chemical free means no off-gassing while you sleep. They are high ranking and have even been rated high by the Huffington Post. Nest Bedding even carries dog beds!
From their site: We feature organic and natural (meaning natural latex which is the milky sap from a tree), AFFORDABLE bedding such as organic sheet sets, organic blankets. Nest Bedding is one of the few Factory Direct online mattress providers. We have an industry leading lifetime warranty on all mattress and an industry first Lifetime Comfort Guarantee.
- USA made mattresses starting at $599 Queen size.
- Natural and Certified mattresses handmade. Supportive, strong steel platforms and solid hardwood, sustainable platform beds size.
- We have GOTS Certified organic sheets sets.
My recommendations for buying bedding…
- Buy sheets that have not been dyed
- Buy cotton, hemp, or bamboo sheets (you want breathable sheets)
- Do not buy latex, even if it is natural
- Buy down or wool filling for your comforter
- For pillows, buy buckwheat filling
- Buckwheat pillows are great for ultimate neck support if you wake up with neck pains, and they last a long time. They are kind of pricey, but totally worth it! Very good for the neck.
Both dyed sheets and latex bedding require chemical processing in order to make. Even though dyes are considered low-impact, it’s still chemicals being used to process it.
If you absolutely cannot afford a new mattress or metal spring at the moment, don’t fret! You have other options. Buy an ADR Mat for each bed in your home. “The ADR Mat is an electric field shield, which utilizes ADR advanced technology to protect your body from the harmful effects of electric fields during sleep.” Next, ALWAYS unplug your WiFi router at night. Doing this WILL help lessen your exposure.
Blessings and sweet dreams my friends!