Getting a good night's sleep is essential to our health: without it, we suffer from fatigue, run the risk of falling asleep at inappropriate moments (like driving on a windy mountain road), and have difficulty focusing on work or study. Prolonged lack of quality sleep can lead to health issues like heart problems and stroke.
How comfortable we are in bed has a lot to do with how well we sleep, whether it's the level of firmness and support in the mattress or other issues like allergies and night sweats. Whatever your issues are--and everyone is an individual with their own needs--if you don't have the right mattress, your quality of sleep will be compromised.
It doesn't take a scientist or a research degree to figure out if there are any harmful chemicals in the products you purchase. However, surprisingly very few consumers research the chemicals that lurk into various products, trusting that manufacturers would not sell anything harmful to us. However, the fire retardant chemicals used in mattresses have caused a bit of worry among consumers lately.
You might lose some sleep when you find out what exactly is in the foam in your mattresses, and even the ones that claim not to use chemicals may not be completely safe. Most mattress manufacturers don’t comply with the labeling requirements and blow dust in their consumers’ eyes by making false claims.
Some mattresses are composed of highly flammable synthetic materials that can easily catch fire. Such mattresses result in an alarming number of fires and related casualties in the U.S. every year. To address the problem, the Consumer Product Safety Commission instituted flammability standards. In order to meet those standards, the mattress manufacturers use various fire retardants in the construction of their products.
In order to comply with the standards, manufacturers use barriers and different types of foams that contain fire retardant chemicals. This seems like a good idea, but what these manufacturers don't disclose is the fact that these fire retardant chemicals are toxic.
Almost 90% of the major brands promoting sleep products use toxic fire retardants because they are cost effective. They are present in the mattress you sleep on every night without you knowing about them.
The Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) risk assessment helps you to understand what exactly a toxic chemical is. Under FHSA, a harmful chemical must have the following attributes:
1. Exposure - it must be toxic under the FHSA
2. Potential Risk – it must have the potential to cause substantial injury or illness.
Some of the chemicals used in mattresses are known to be toxic with the potential to cause illness or injury, which is why they are considered hazardous.
A Quick Rundown on What is in Your Mattress
When synthetic mattresses burn, they melt and release toxic gases. To prevent this and to enable your bedding to pass fire safety regulations, the manufacturers use PBDE and other...