How to choose the best organic mattress
Considering you spend close to one third of your life sleeping (that amounts to about 2,500 hours per year), choosing the right mattress is a pretty important decision. Plus, as we went a more eco-friendly world, why not choose a green mattress and help save the earth while also considering a comfortable place to sleep?
Organic mattresses are often made out of cotton, wool, latex, and sometimes a little combination of all three. There are a lot of differences between organic mattresses and regular natural ones. A natural mattress will be fabricated from the same materials (wool, cotton, latex) but organic mattresses will have certifications that state they’ve been made without the use of pesticides or and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Buying a certified mattress means you’re doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint while choosing a comfy new bed.
Because of those certifications though, organic mattresses do tend to come with higher price tags.
It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting the best bed while you’re paying more money, it just means that you’re getting one that is a lot more eco-friendly compared to memory foam or latex beds.
There is no one way to choose the right nontoxic bed. Firmness or softness is always going to vary per sleeper as it’s a very objective decision that changes based on a sleeper’s physical desires. We all have different sleeping ailments that can be remedied based on which bed you sleep.
Softer mattresses are good for people who sleep on their backs as it’s easier on your shoulders, neck, and back. Firmer mattresses are usually a good choice for stomach sleepers as the firmness tends to be better for our internal organs, and a medium-firm mattress is the wise choice for side sleepers.
As mentioned before, here is a little bit more details specifically into the materials of organic mattresses. If you’re going to consider choosing organic, you’re really going to want to know what they’re made out of.
Wool is a great material to make beds out of predominantly because wool is naturally resistant to fire. It works as a resistance to fire without the use of chemicals. Wool has other great qualities too like being antibacterial, antimicrobial, and it soaks up moisture easily. Plus, wool is a great repellent against dust mites which is ideal for people who have allergies. Way to go wool, fight off those dust-mites and that fire.
Wool can absorb almost 40% of moisture which is a great option for hot sleepers. People might want to associate wool with warm but its moisture soaking properties actually makes it sleep cooler than a lot of other mattresses, especially synthetic ones.
Organic cotton is grown without having to use pesticides so you don’t have to worry about foreign chemicals making its way into your bed. What’s great about cotton is that it’s very comfortable as is evident by the fact it’s a major player in clothes. It’s soft and feels great against your skin.
The word latex might not trigger the thought of being natural as you probably relate it to medical gloves and condoms but natural rubber from rubber trees are also called latex. Milk is taken out of rubber trees, processed, and used in mattresses. So yeah, no mattresses are made out of one-time use glove materials. That wouldn't make much sense.
Natural altex is anti-fungal, and is also dust-mite resistant, and is very good at repelling mold and mildew. Because let’s be honest, nobody wants to associate sleeping with mold. Ever.
Natural latex is great at contouring your body so you get all the body hugging of memory foam without any of the toxic chemicals that memory foam mattresses are made from.
So while going green is a growing trend throughout the world and it’s popping up in a variety of industries, it’s also a very comfortable sleep. Organic mattresses substitute the harsh chemical compounds for natural materials that give you a better sleep. Nobody wants to jump into a bed that is full of chemicals. Have you ever noticed that paint-like smell with new mattresses? That is called “off-gassing” and it’s all the chemicals that make up a mattress being released. Organic mattresses don’t have off-gassing because there’s so few synthetic compounds that make up the bed. People are also a lot less likely to develop skin irritations when sleeping on something organic. Plus, a lot of purists tend to think that sleeping on naturally occurring materials helps to trigger instinctual aspects from the human body while sleeping. Think about how your body feels smelling and taking in natural compounds while sleeping versus chemical stuff. Humans evolved from sleeping on the floor and are programmed to enjoy all things nature. So, if you’re contemplating choosing an organic mattress, you’re not only choosing comfort, but you’re also doing your job to keep Mother Nature happy. What more could you want?
If you’re ready to take the next step towards choosing an organic mattress, be sure to do a good amount of research and check out plenty of user reviews to see what like-minded sleepers on the internet think about organic mattresses as well.