Sleeping Clean: Why Your Mattress Matters


By Joe Reynolds

Mattresses are one part of the living clean equation which is often overlooked by consumers. Organic is the new buzzword of the millennium however it’s an old concept. Before the development of insecticides, pesticides, fungicides, and growth hormones; fruits, vegetables, grains, animals, and all their various by-products were raised organically—that is without additives not found in nature.

Today’s big news is that chemicals once embraced by farmers for increased crop yields are now being questioned as more people discover the side effects of the chemically altered foods and materials. Due to these new growing and raising methods organic production is now coming full circle and, in some ways, consumers have taken a healthy step backwards in time.

You must now be wondering, “What does this have to do with my mattress?” Many conventional mattresses today are made with materials such as memory foam, polyurethane foam, vinyl, blended foams, and cooling gels. These materials bring health concerns due to some of chemicals that may be added to them such as isocyanates, benzene, naphthalene, and formaldehyde. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, isocyanates can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and skin. A Yale University Study has also linked isocyanates to “regular asthma, and asthma attacks that are triggered in many environments, not just by isocyanate exposure.” They are classified as potential human carcinogens.

A much healthier alternative is an organic mattress made of organic cotton, wool and natural latex. STL Beds carries Savvy Rest, which uses organic materials that include wool, cotton, and latex. The natural wool provides a provides a fire barrier eliminating the need for potentially harmful flame retardants that maybe used in some beds. The organic cotton is used for the covering, which provides a luxurious feel to the top of the mattress. Finally, the organic latex is used for the support and comfort of the mattress; which can be customized to meet any sleepers needs.

STL Beds understands the importance of cleaner sleep. Since we spend 7 to 8 hours a day in bed, it’s of great importance to know what you’re breathing in night and after night. Located at 1360 Jeffco Blvd. in Arnold, MO 63010, one our sleep specialists would be more than happy to show you the benefits of a Savvy Rest mattress & bedding like pillows, pads and protectors.

For a full selection of our products please visit our website www.STLBeds.com or call us toll free at 888.785.2337.