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5 Ways your bed is making you sick!

by , 08 November 2019
5 Ways your bed is making you sick!
Sleep - it's the way the body and mind rest and rejuvenate, ready to tackle the next day - but it's also when you're most prone to 5 poisons in your bed...

The chemicals in your bed that are toxic...  

The last thing you think about when you get into your comfy bed at night is that it could make you sick and even kill you!

Whether you sleep on a polyurethane bed or memory foam mattress, chances are, your bed is releasing toxic chemicals into the atmosphere - and you're breathing them in.

And, you're at most danger when you're in bed! In a recent study, researchers found that when mattresses are subjected to body heat, humidity and carbon dioxide, they emit higher levels of chemicals into the air.

The chemicals come from the polyurethane, flame retardants and plastics inside the mattresses.

Read on to find out which chemicals you need to be aware of and how to help protect yourself against them...

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How to protect yourself against the toxins in your bed...

The chemicals are collectively known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and they include:

Formaldehyde: Used as an adhesive in mattress. It can irritate the nose, throat and skin, and can be the cause of your enexplained coughing and wheezing!

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers are flame retardants. They've been linked to lower fertility, hormonal changes, lower birth weight, lower IQ, and hyperactivity in children.

Benzene: A known carcinogen in petroleum, used in adhesives in beds.

Toulene diisocyanates: Used to make foams more flexible, and also thought to be carcinogenic.

Polyols: Add bulk and bind polyurethane foams. Unless your bed is made from polyols derived from soybeans and other natural sources, it's made from petroleum - which is toxic.

To protect yourself and your family, you can buy an organic bed that comes with a Low VOC certificate. If these are not in your price range, buy a polyethylene mattress cover. It will act as a barrier to help keep some of these toxins inside your mattress instead of out in the air that you breathe.

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