Sleep, Pray, Love

by Ron & Lisa Beres on November 17, 2011 · 2 comments

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Now I lay me down to sleep (on petroleum derived polyurethane foam, flame retardant chemicals, toxic dyes, pesticides and stain & water resistant treatments). I pray the Lord my lungs to keep (away from the particulates, VOC’s and the millions of dust mites surrounding me).

Not exactly the most comforting bedtime prayer? Well, perhaps your bedroom is not the best place to spend a restful night’s sleep! This room where you happen to spend more time than any other single room in the house—one third of your life, roughly—might very well be a breeding ground for dust mites. And, according to Homes That Heal, your own bed may very well contain more petrochemicals than a barrel of crude oil!

Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth. ~ Walt Whitman

BARRIER COVERS: Have you stopped to consider what’s really lurking in those pillows, mattresses, blankets and sheets you lay your body on each night and why they may be ruining your sleep and your health? Experts claim that dead and living dust mites are so prevalent, together with their waste, can double the weight of your mattress every 10 years!

A Just GREEN It! Tip: To keep dust mites at bay, wash your bedding once a week in warm to hot water (at least 120 degrees). Or, block the entry of dust mites by placing organic (not synthetic) “barrier cloth” covers over your mattress and pillows.

LINENS: Dust mites can indeed trigger allergies for those sensitive to them, but it’s not just the biological contaminants that are biggest concern for most; it’s the chemicals. For example, you may not be aware that fabrics labeled “wrinkle-resistant” are usually treated with a formaldehyde (a carcinogen) resin. These include polyester /cotton blends labeled easy care, no-iron or permanent press sheets and can include bedding, curtains or menswear. If in doubt, choose organic!

MATTRESSES: We recommend choosing a certified organic mattress to avoid harmful chemicals like VOC’s, pesticides or flame retardants. Off-gassing (the passive release of chemicals after production) is typical with most polyurethane products such as memory foam. Look for bedding of natural latex rubber and/or wool as alternatives to polyurethane foam; both of which happen to have the added benefit of naturally repelling dust mites. Natural rubber (natural latex) is made from the common rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) and is not to be confused with synthetic latex. It absorbs moisture, inhibits the growth of mold or mildew, and regulates heat; all while providing optimal support. Simultaneously, look for pure virgin wool. Wool is also a wonderful temperature regulator and it repels water. The #1 benefit of wool is that it happens to be naturally flame retardant. This makes it the perfect choice for organic beds by adhering to the Federal and State flammability standards without the use of harmful flame retardant chemicals found in conventional mattresses.

PILLOWS: Choose pillows like kapok, derived from the seedpod of the Kapok tree. It’s a great alternative for those who prefer down—without the allergens. Natural rubber, wool, organic cotton and shredded or molded rubber with an organic cotton cover are all excellent materials to look for when choosing a pillow.

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4.) Essentia Natural Memory Foam. Biodegradable foam that feels like memory foam without the toxic ingredients

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The simple swap of substituting pillows, mattresses & linens that are constructed of organic fibers for could prevent you from being exposed to harsh chemicals 365 days a year. It’s time for an action plan to help make your bedroom healthier and your sleep more restful.

 

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