5 Reasons to Choose Natural Bedding
We live in a stressful era where there is not much time in our lives to pursue a healthy amount of sleep. Bad mattresses and itchy bedding also add to our lack of beauty sleep routine. The experts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have said, and we know, that sleep is an essential aspect of healthy living because we spend about a third of our lives in the bedroom. Because of this it is also important to invest your money into a quality bed and possibly some organic bedding in order to get more comfortable and quality sleep.
Top 5 reasons to switch to green bedding
Recently, more and more people have started to switch from chemically-stuffed and processed foods to organic products. But, when it comes to choosing the best mattress on which we want to relax after busy days, the first thing that comes to mind is a bed’s orthopedic qualities, while the importance of having a “green” mattress fades away. While you may seek to support organic and sustainable production of goods in one way, you may still be supporting inorganic and chemically produced products in many other ways in your life. If you want to shift your lifestyle over to supporting sustainable economies and increase the quality of your home goods, you may want to think about buying organic bedding, including a bed, sheets, and pillows. You may consider a natural latex mattress or organic pillows after all, as soon as you read the following reasons given by the experts from Wellness Mama:
Conventional bedding is stuffed with toxins
Reports provided by the Environmental Justice Foundation, claim that conventionally grown cotton is the “dirtiest” crop in the world because it is treated with pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals to grow faster. Natural latex mattresses use 100% organic plant-based components treated without any chemicals.
Traditional bedding can emit chemical vapors
Most conventional bedding is treated with chemicals not only during the production and growth of its materials but also later to reduce wrinkles, shrinking, stains, fires and to make it water-resistant. All these additives may result in heavy chemical vapors that you may inhale while sleeping. On average, a person spends about 50 hours in bed per week. During all these hours, the chemical vapors can be your invisible bed partner.
If you want to protect the environment, organic bedding can do this
Conventionally grown cotton or synthetic polyester are the most common materials used for traditional bedding sets. These materials are very bad for the environment due to their high toxicity. For example, even after use, the chemicals used in conventionally grown cotton bedding may leach into groundwater, soils, and destroy the nearby plants.
Organic bedding can be more comfortable
Those people who have already switched to organic bedding claim that it smells better, promotes healthier sleep and feels softer compared to conventional bedding.
Forget about the skin sensitivity with organic bedding
Conventional bedding may result in chronic skin allergies and other unpleasant health conditions. If you or your family members have sensitive skin prone to allergies, replacing conventional bedding with organic bedding can bring a big difference in your health.
Top 4 benefits of a natural latex bed
Buying an organic bed with a nontoxic mattress can be the best decision for you and your family due to 5 simple reasons:
- Pure – true latex filler for a mattress, without any synthetic components, may prevent any allergies, especially in little kids and people with sensitive skin;
- Cozy – to get good sleep, you may need a responsive surface with appropriate support and pressure relief for your spine and neck. Only natural latex foam mattresses and pillows can be that versatile to meet the individual needs;
- Soft and stable – an organic mattress cover usually has a highly customizable, layered design that provides a soft, but at the same time non-slippery, surface even of the sides. Forget about bouncing to your partner’s side while sleeping on an organic cotton mattress pad;
- Durable – most natural mattresses (especially the ones with an organic mattress protector) can last longer than 2-3 conventional ones while keeping their excellent shape and resilience.
What should you look for in organic bedding?
Now that when you know about the benefits of green bedding and an organic bed, here are some guidelines on how to choose natural sheets, pillows, mattresses, and bed frames:
- Recycled metal and sustainable (made without chemicals, from organic trees) wood for a bed frame;
- Organic cotton – for sheets;
- Consider buying an organic latex or wool mattress;
- When choosing a new pillow, aim for buckwheat, Merino wool, cotton honeycomb, or kapok (silky fibers originated from the Ceiba trees) materials;
- A memory foam made from green tea and other plant-based materials like soy. Alternatively, you may choose BioFoam mattresses made from 12% of castor bean oil.
How can you buy cheap and natural bedding?
Despite their multiple health benefits, most green bedding sets are quite expensive compared to the conventional pillows and mattresses. In order to save some money, you may opt for these bedding options when shopping:
If you can’t afford for now a whole organic mattress or bed frame, at least, leap to an organic comforter, futon, mattress pad, or topper. Also, invest into organic cotton, sateen, percale, and flannel made pillowcases and sheets that won’t cost a fortune in the United States.
It is not necessary to switch all your bedding at once. At first, replace your old mattress with a natural latex one, and then next consider buying a set of organic bed sheets. In this way, within a year, you will be able to replace all pillows, sets, and mattresses in your home to natural and organic bedding.