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Your Bedroom Chemistry

Dec 31, 2016 04:55PM

by Rebekah Greer 


When we mention chemistry in the bedroom, you might think we’re referring to romantic chemistry.  But while that’s indeed an important factor, we’re referring instead to the hidden chemistry which could be lying beneath your sheets and might cause worse issues than unpleasant vibes in the bedroom. 

If you’re sleeping on a conventional mattress, you could be exposing yourself to harmful chemicals and toxics that you’re breathing in for eight hours each night. That number adds up to one-third of your entire life! These toxic chemicals and flame retardants have been found to emit off-gases, creating an unhealthy indoor air quality that you could be completely unaware of.  The positive news? There are safer and healthier alternatives. 

Look for mattresses and bedding that are free of flame retardants and any toxic chemicals that might cause off-gassing. A healthier mattress should be made of materials like organic cotton, organic wool, organic latex, organic kapok or even buckwheat. Many organic and natural mattresses feature a cover constructed of organic cotton with organic wool batting which acts as a natural flame barrier––no chemicals needed. 

Not only are these mattresses better for your breathing space in the bedroom, but they can also improve certain health issues like aches and pains, for example. In addition, many organic mattresses are completely customizable, allowing you to mix and match firmness layers or even further customize each side of your mattress if you partner needs a firmer or softer feel. There’s no need to make compromises, not even in the bedroom. 

Beyond your mattress, the wood furniture in your bedroom could also have toxic stains or finishes which could emit harmful VOCs.  If your furniture contains particle board, MDF or toxic glues, the chemistry could become even worse.  You can breathe easy, however, with furniture options that feature low or no-VOC and water based stains or finishes. Most are built here in the U.S. with North American hardwoods.  It doesn’t get more natural than that! 

Your bedroom should be your sanctuary––the place where you retreat and recharge. Why not make it the most natural place in your home without any negative chemistry that could be affecting your health or sleep?  Switching to these products, even if you just start with your pillows, can bring a more natural balance to your bedroom chemistry. 


Rebekah Greer is the owner of Sleep Organics, Sarasota’s only natural and organic sleep center featuring mattresses, bedding and furniture that create a healthier sleeping environment. For more information, call 941-312-5906 or visit  


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