Dangerous chemicals permeate our world. They are released into the air and dumped into our rivers and lakes. They even surround us as we sleep. Researchers have linked toxic mattresses to several negative health effects, some of them severe.
While some of these mattresses have superficially attractive qualities, the truth is there are superior alternatives. Gel mattresses, such as those available from Intellibed, are more comfortable and give better support, for instance. They also will not negatively impact your health.
The Chemicals Found in Memory Foam
NASA developed memory foam back in the 1970s for use in their space program. Later, companies used it to make soft mattresses that conformed to the body’s contours while you slept, then returned to their original form during the day.
They became popular, but there were problems. For starters, government regulations forced the manufacturers to add flame retardants to their mattresses. They succeeded in making the mattresses resistant to flames, but they made them unhealthy for human contact.
Secondly, even without the flame-resistant chemicals, the mattresses themselves contained toxic substances which would out-gas into the air for long periods of time. After ten years, in fact, most memory foam mattresses will have lost half their weight due to this out-gassing. A good portion of that will have entered your lungs as you slept.
The list of dangerous chemicals found in memory foam mattresses is a long, scary list. It includes:
- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
- Boric acid
- Antimony Trioxide
All of these chemicals are known to have harmful effects in humans, and you are breathing them in when you sleep with memory foam or other toxic mattresses.
The Harmful Effects of Toxic Mattresses
There is a laundry list of ill effects that the chemicals from a toxic mattress can cause.
Methylenedianiline not only irritates the eyes and skin, but it can cause liver and thyroid disorders. It is possible that it causes cancer. Methylbenzene can attack the nervous system and formaldehyde is a possible carcinogen that can irritate the respiratory tract. Boric acid, the fire retarding chemical, causes organ toxicity, neurological disorders, and cancer, as well as reproductive and developmental damage.
PVC is a known carcinogen, antimony trioxide an irritant, diisocyanates are carcinogens and isocyanates can cause asthma even at low levels.
Other problems from these chemicals include:
- Muscle pain
- Frequent headaches
- Memory loss
- Lack of concentration
- Learning disabilities
- Reduced sperm count
- Mood swings
- Hearing disorders
Given how many chemicals these mattresses have, how freely the chemicals get into our bodies and how many problems they can cause, it just doesn’t make sense to use these mattresses, especially when there is a much better alternative.
We Are All at Risk
Everyone is susceptible to health problems due to toxic substances. Pregnant women have these chemicals in their amniotic fluid and can pass them on to their babies.
Some researchers believe that infants who ingest these chemicals may be at an elevated risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Children, adults, babies, men, women… everyone is at risk if they are sleeping on toxic mattresses. Fortunately, there is a better product out there. It is healthier and even gives us a more restful sleep than the alternative.
Intellibed’s gel mattresses are superior in every way to the old toxic kind. Not only do they provide superior support and natural flame retardation, but they also don’t smell and they are completely non-toxic.
Our health is too important to risk by lying on poisonous chemicals while we attempt to get a good night’s sleep. Make the right choice for comfortable sleep, and make the right choice for healthy living. Get yourself a nontoxic mattress from Intellibed today and get dangerous chemicals out of your life.