This Is the Best Way to Make Your Bed Safer

A better night's rest starts with this easy bed safety tip.

For most people, sinking into a memory foam mattress is one of life's greatest pleasures. Sadly, that foam could be releasing toxic chemicals into the air you breathe while you sleep. One laboratory analysis of memory foam cited in Toxic Bedrooms found that 61 volatile organic compounds including benzene and naphthalene were off-gassed by the mattress. These compounds can affect things like hormone balance and cause respiratory issues at certain levels. And research published in the Archives of Environmental Health found that traditional polyurethane mattresses not only caused pulmonary distress, but actually reduced airflow in animal test subjects.

Luckily, that doesn't mean you have to risk your health for a comfortable night's sleep. If a memory foam mattress is what you desire, opt for organic latex instead. An organic latex one will give you the comfort you want without the potential for irritation. Latex mattresses are also hypoallergenic (excepting, of course, a latex allergy), which can come in handy in the battle against dust mites.

The open space inside a traditional spring mattress is like a retirement village for these practically invisible bugs. They can set up shop and snack on your dead skin indefinitely. If you find yourself waking up with itchy eyes, a stuffy or runny nose, or are sneezing and wheezing outside of allergy season, dust mites could be to blame.

A natural latex memory foam mattress is one option to reduce the number of dust mites in your life. However, if one does't fit your style or price point, there's still hope. Plastic mattress and pillow covers can keep dust mites at bay. It's also recommended that you wash your bedding in hot water once a week. Make sure to dry your bedding on hot, as well, to kill any mites that remain.

Your bed may not be as safe as you like, but just a few simple changes can help you wake up each morning feeling refreshed, healthy, and ready to start your day. And when you want to make every night's sleep a more restful one, put the 20 Nighttime Habits Guaranteed to Help You Sleep Better to the test.

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