Chemical Sensitivity: Two Points To Consider When Buying A New Mattress

Considering you spend one-third of your life asleep, you need to pay careful attention to your mattress choice if you want your sleep to be restful and rejuvenating. As a person who has to buy a mattress for the first time, and who has skin that is incredibly sensitive to chemicals found in everyday products, what do you need to know before you head to the store to find one? These two pointers will help you find the perfect mattress for you that will not make your skin itchy and miserable.

Say No To Chemical-Based Memory Foam

Memory foam is a wonderful addition to the mattress world because it moulds around your body and gives you lots of support while you sleep. However, when a memory foam mattress is first unwrapped in a home, many people comment on the strong chemical smell it brings with it.

Memory foam which has been treated with a chemical to make it less flammable can be very irritating to those with chemical sensitivity. Even though the smell will evaporate over time, it could take a week or two for this to happen and during this time you may experience nausea, skin rash and even breathing difficulties.

However, all is not lost. There are plant-based memory foam mattresses available to buy. These give the same body cushioning you want, but are made of all-natural components. Your mattress retailer can show you examples of natural memory foam mattresses at their store.

Choose An Organic Cotton Cover

The cover of the mattress does not come into contact with your skin because you have sheets on top of it. However, chemically treated mattress covers will still emit chemical fumes through the sheets and onto your skin. To avoid this problem, look for a mattress that has a certified organic cotton cover on it.

Organic cotton has not been exposed to any type of chemical pesticide or herbicide during the growth process. The cotton is not treated with chemicals when it is processed into the product that is used for making the mattress cover. This means it retains its hypoallergenic qualities once it becomes your mattress cover, and this will be soothing news for your skin.

Don't let your next mattress choice make your body unhappy when it is supposed to be sleeping. Instead, choose a mattress that has no chemicals used during the manufacturing process, and this will help you to sleep soundly for years to come.