We spend about one-third of our lives sleeping. A third!
Do you really want to spend that much time lying on a mattress that’s been treated with chemicals that could harm you? Or covering yourself with a synthetic blanket made from non-renewable resources?
The manufacturers who originally created synthetic bedding had the best of intentions, and in some cases, they were even able to make improvements by developing materials that were resistant to bugs and fire, and also would last longer and be stronger than the natural bedding of the time.
But today things have changed. More and more people are switching over to natural and organic bedding not only due to their social or environmental beliefs, but because an increasing number of studies are showing that there are many health benefits to using natural and organic bedding. Here are just a few of the reasons you should make the switch.
Remove allergens. Many of our allergy problems of today, including asthma, can be at least in part attributed to allergens that accumulate in our synthetic bedding. In fact, some synthetic bedding is actually manufactured using known allergens. But many natural materials like silk, wool, and latex rubber resist dust mites and other allergens, making it less likely that we will be bothered by them.
Regulate your body heat. How annoying is it to go to bed cold, then wake up in the middle of the night sweating and have to toss off the covers… only to then wake up again later shivering and need the blankets again. With natural silk, you’ll never have to worry about this problem again because it keeps your body heat regulated. Prevent odors. Synthetic bedding tends to smell after a time as our natural body oils seep into the sheets – and even the mattress itself – but organic materials resist this odor buildup and keep everything smelling nice and fresh.
Absorb dampness. Do you find yourself uncomfortable in your own bed at night because your sweat is making the sheets and mattress damp? Well, you wouldn’t have this problem with organic bedding because, even in the most humid of climates, that dampness is absorbed into the bed so it always feels nice and fresh.
No mold or fungus. Speaking of problems in humid climates, it’s been found that sometimes the humidity seeps into synthetic fabrics and leads to mold and fungus. In contrast, organic bedding has properties that prevent this from happening.
Stop bacterial growth. Organic wool has antibacterial properties that can stop harmful bacteria from growing in and on your bedding – now that’s something no one wants to think about!
Breathability. It’s not just silk that helps with heat regulation. Organic bedding in general is more breathing than synthetic so that it works to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer without you needing to do anything.
Avoid problems with chemical sensitivities. Antimony, boric acid, and even formaldehyde (yes, that formaldehyde) can be used in synthetic bedding, and having all of these chemicals right next to your face can cause some people to suffer from problems with their breathing or even have skin issues. Not so with organic latex beds, which tend to be covered in wool or cotton.
About the Author: Michelle Lim has been writing about Vi spring bedding for years. When she’s not spending her time working or writing, she likes to work on her green home with her husband.