Friday, March 23, 2018

Top 3 Things Hidden Inside Our Mattress

I am a real proponent of getting the right amount of quality sleep. Why? Simple really. It’s good for our health in so 
many ways. A good night’s rest keeps us alert, healthy, fit, socially adept, less grouchy and it even can help with weight loss. That’s a lot of pros if you ask me.

We spend about a third of our lives in a state of slumber or at least we should be doing precisely that to profit from the above. So, where do we spend that substantial part of our lives? Yep, you got it – in bed.

The bed is the foremost piece of furniture in our homes. Being aware of that, I put a lot of research and effort into seeking out the ideal mattress. I scoured tons of websites, gleaning information, enabling me to make the right choice in mattress. And happily, I stumbled across to aid me in my decision.

Having said that, during my quest for information, I discovered something that was somewhat disconcerting. The mattress, although essential to quality sleep, is most probably the murkiest item in our homes. Yes, you read that right. You can go back and reread those words just to be sure. But no matter which way your mind tries to turn them, they are accurate.

What does it mean though?

It means that we are spending a significant portion of our lives potentially breathing in a combination of rather horrid particles. On that note, I in no way want to claim that any of you run an unclean household; on the contrary, I only want to create awareness. And let’s be frank here, not so long ago, I did not even know that my smartphone harbored more bacteria than my toilet. Taking that into consideration, there still might be many of you out there that were not mindful of the fact that you are sharing your bed with more bedmates other than your partner.

Who are they? Only kidding. What are they?

1. They could be an amalgamation of different things

Here are the most likely suspects: allergy-causing dust mites, bed bugs and fungal spores. The good news is that none of these will kill you. However, particles such as dust and mites can exasperate or encourage asthma and allergies.

That was pretty disgusting. We’re all done, right? Wrong! No matter how revolting, those above are just the tip of the iceberg. The following are two more sets of potential bedtime companions.

2. Bodily residue

Have you ever slept on a dark-colored bedspread or white depending on the color of your skin? What did you notice? The surface was full of minute specks. These are nothing other than skin cells and the dust mite’s favorite meal.

Here’s another nasty one for you. After an eight-year period, due to urinal secretion, body oils, saliva, sweat and genital fluids, your mattress can infuse enough liquid to fill two bathtubs. 

3. Chemicals      
The most common chemicals found in mattresses are foam, flame-retardants, synthetic latex and vinyl.

·        Foam is petroleum-based, which is a meeting of toxic chemicals ready to do damage. At first, nothing untoward will occur, but over time they dissemble and emit gasses (chemical dust) into the air you breathe. Lastly, this material is highly flammable.

·        Synthetic latex is very much like foam because it is petroleum-based.

·        Flame-retardants never fully merge to materials, resulting in their release into the air over time. Being exposed to these chemicals can cause eye, heart and lung complications, making them the worst of the group.

·        Toxic chemicals are used in the production process of this material that seeps out over time, causing health problems.

Remember, it is not only a sales pitch to change your mattress every few years!         



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