Slow day today. I started researching online about mattresses.
Here’s some bad news:
1. If you bought your bed after 2006, more than likely, it’s covered in a fire resistant chemical called polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). Some law in the U.S. requires mattresses to be fire resistant. Who smokes in beds these days anymore?? And keep your candles on the other side of the room away from the bed! The bad part about all of this is, PBDE is bad for your body. I don’t know how bad, but I don’t want to be the guinea pig to find out.
2. If you purchased your bed before 2006, there’s no guarantee it doesn’t have this chemical either. Manufacturers aren’t required to label it. Beyond PBDE, there are a slew of other toxic chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that come out of these mattresses – benzene, naphthalene (mothballs).
3. If you have a standard mattress with innerspring metal coils, you could be sleeping in a nice little electromagnetic field (EMF) of radiation. Radiation which is bad for your body. Again, I don’t know how bad, but I don’t want to be the guinea pig to find that out either.
The good news: We have alternatives!
Bad news: They’re expensive! Prepare to spend $2,000 to $4,000.
But here are the alternatives I found in case you care to splurge. Made in the USA!
The Natural Sleep Store sells SavvyRest which is made of rubber latex. Latex isn’t completely chemical free but it’s a little better than conventional mattresses and there are no innerspring coils.
Organic Mattresses, Inc. sells a few options too. Some are like SavvyRest’s latex beds and some are more traditional-style.
The bad news is, you have to choose the firmness without getting a chance to lay in it. The good news is they let you exchange it if it doesn’t feel right. I would imagine that would be a big PITA so just get it right. Talk to a sales person before buying!
So following up after having just got a bed, order it from a store that sells these brands. They will walk you through the best fit for your needs, which brands, models, customizations, and they’ll even quote you a better price than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. I went with Your Organic Bedroom.