A third of your life is spent in bed. With children, they spend more time on it because they need more sleep during their formative years. Unknown to a lot of people, however, especially those who haven’t changed mattress in the past decade, they could be sleeping on toxic beds that contribute to a myriad of health problems.
So, how can you tell if your mattress is toxic?
Basically, if you’ve been sleeping on mattresses that were produced before the last decade, these may contain pesticides, formaldehyde, boric acid and chlorinated stuff that cause skin problems, irritation and sensitivity of the eyes and nose, infertility, wheezing cough, lung and heart problems. The sickness may come in trickles, but when the symptoms remain after getting treatment, it may be a good idea to consider replacing the mattress.
This isn’t to say, however, that newer mattresses are safe. You still have to carefully choose what mattress you have to purchase and ask about its composition from the manufacturer or the dealer. For instance, there are mattresses today that causes off-gasing, which may be harmful to the skin and lungs. There may also be mattresses that contain silicon in their composition, and it could be a precursor to the development of carcinogen.
As a consumer, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If spending for a greener, more organic mattress seems like a lot of money, understand that this is an investment you’re making to benefit you and your family’s health.