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Is Your Mattress Causing Allergies and Illnesses?

When you reach the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than pulling back the covers and sinking down on your bed. But, for many people, their mattress doesn’t provide the healthy sleep that it should. If you’re having health issues, consider the possibility that you might need to buy a new mattress.

Mattresses and Allergies

If you’ve noticed that you tend to wake up feeling less than 100%, you may think you have a cold. But if a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and headache continue to persist, there’s a good chance you might have allergies. Over 20 million Americans are allergic to dust mites, and they love to hang out in your mattress. These little bugs feast on the dead skin of humans and animals, and since you spend so much time in bed, that’s their primary residency.

Dust itself can also cause an allergic reaction. In a particle of dust, there can be pet dander, mold, and pieces of dead bugs, like cockroaches. While it’s unpleasant to think about, these three things are major allergy triggers, and can also cause symptoms. Older mattresses often have a build-up of dust, which means those allergic to it will experience health issues.

Dust and dust mites not only trigger allergy symptoms, but they might instigate breathing problems in asthmatics. People with asthma who are experiencing ongoing attacks, especially at night or in the morning, might need to consider whether their mattress might be to blame.

Environmental Health Issues and Mattresses

There are other health concerns that are associated with mattresses. Boric acid, formaldehyde, antimony trioxide, decabromodiphenyl oxide, vinylidiene chloride, zinc borate, and melamine are just some of the substances used in older mattresses to construct them and make them flame retardant. While the government thought they were protecting people by requiring this, many of these substances are actually making people ill.

Another concern is pesticide residue in mattresses. Cotton is one of the most heavily treated crops, and many mattresses have a very high level of pesticide residue if they are not constructed with organic cotton. Many of the ingredients in pesticides are known carcinogens, and others have been shown to cause infertility in laboratory animals.

In addition to these health risks, exposure to chemicals found in mattresses and pesticides have also been known to contribute to autoimmune disorders, rashes, eczema, nosebleeds, dizziness, migraines, arthritis, ringing in the ears, nausea and more.

When you lay down each night, you shouldn’t have to worry about waking up feeling ill. Sleeping is supposed to be a healthy activity that restores the body. If you’re waking up with symptoms, it is probably time to re-think your mattress.

We offer mattresses that you can lay down on with peace of mind. They don’t have some of the harmful chemicals found in the materials of many mattresses, usually in adhesives. And instead of using potentially hazardous substances to make them fireproof, naturally fire-resistant materials like wool or rubber are used in the construction.

An older mattress can be bad news. Not only are they full of dust and dust mites which can cause allergy and asthma issues, but they are constructed with outdated materials that are environmentally unfriendly and can cause severe health issues. If the health of you and your family are a priority, it’s a good idea to start afresh with new mattresses that will not pose any concern. You will be able to rest easy knowing that your family is protected while they sleep, getting the rest they need to get the most out of their day.

If you would like more information about choosing a new mattress, Contact Us.