What is a healthy bed?
In order to answer this question we must first look at what an unhealthy bed is. Conventional mattresses have labels letting us know the materials used, however these labels will not go to the next step of detailing what these materials are actually made of.
Take a look at your bed label. Does it contain polyurethane foam or polyester or other synthetic materials such as “flexi gel” or “memory foam”? These materials are made from petrochemicals with a combination of other chemicals including stabilizers, colourants, catalysts, adhesives, solvents and are finished with a “cocktail” of fire-retardants. Isocyanates, toluene diisocyanate, methylene chloride, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, boric acid, formaldehyde… Now of course, the chemical names may mean nothing, but toxic emissions in our bedroom are worth investigating.
What we are breathing in and absorbing through our skin during those precious resting hours is important to consider when looking for a ‘healthy bed’. A healthy bed is an organic one, with all natural materials which are free from harmful chemicals, allergens and crafted by people who are passionate about creating a pure environment for you to rest in.
Are healthy beds really important?
There are a growing number of people experiencing sleep disorders of some type, either chronic or intermittent sleep disturbances. To combat this, we may take medication, look at our caffeine intake, our stress levels, our bedtime routine, but are we taking into account the actual mattress and bedding on which we sleep? The place we lay our head to rest for 8 hours? Is it really restful, comfortable, supportive, breathable, providing a good spine alignment and pressure point relief?
Is it the place to relax and let go…
Sleep is vital to our wellbeing. The body is in fact, very active while we sleep, performing many tasks vital for our survival: detoxification, hormone production, growth and repair. Also recently discovered, our brain “cleans itself when we sleep”… Scientists found the clean-up process was so energy-intensive it would hinder our thinking if done when we were awake.
They concluded that unlike the rest of the body – which depends on the lymphatic system to drain toxins – the brain has its separate method of rubbish removal.
“The brain only has limited energy at its disposal and it appears that it must choose between two different functional states – awake and aware or asleep and cleaning up,” Dr Nedergaard said.
“You can think of it like having a house party. You can either entertain the guests or clean up the house, but you can’t really do both at the same time.”
An important implication of the cleaning process is if someone did not get enough sleep. The toxic build-up could mount and have health consequences.
The number of hours a person needed to sleep to avoid a chemical build-up depended on the individual, however, as a general rule, eight hours of sleep each night was needed for a good, restorative sleep.
“Something so basic is really quite elegant.”
If we can provide ourselves a space of pure-rest, then these processes can occur more effectively, providing benefits to our overall wellbeing and happy productive life.
Are they worth the investment?
If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep, this directly results in lowered energy and immunity, back and neck problems, chronic tiredness, irritability and can also lead to long-term health issues. For these reasons, having a healthy supportive and comfortable mattress is worth the investment.
A healthy mattress does not cost any more than the big name brand ‘therapeutic’ ‘lumbar support’ ‘no roll-together’ ‘memory foam’ synthetic conventional mattresses on the market. However, what we offer you in terms of quality and piece of mind is priceless. With INNATURE, you have the knowledge that you and your family are sleeping on safe and healthy mattresses, which are crafted from top quality 100% natural and organic materials with no use of toxic glues or any chemicals.
The life expectancy of an INNATURE Organic Latex mattress is 15-20 years, which means that your initial investment could work out to as little as 30 cents/day. So yes, at INNATURE we believe that a healthy bed is worth the investment. Better sleep, naturally!