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How Healthy Humans Sleep

Posted on 17 August 2020
How Healthy Humans Sleep


The very best way to sleep is on your back, on the floor, with your palms facing the ceiling. You have a thin roll pillow under your neck and under your knees. Nobody does this.

Really, the most important sleep advice is just to get some. You're at the mercy of your preferences, which have been developed over your entire life and won't change easily. Some people get their 8 hours in a horrible twisted posture with their necks bent 90 degrees sideways on a giant pillow. And that's OK!

What's not OK is that your mattress is the single most toxic piece of furniture you own.

Everything off gases a little bit. As things wear, their molecules break off the whole and bond with carbon atoms in the air, forming millions of miscellaneous volatile organic compounds. Man made chemicals are especially notorious for this because they are more likely to form unidentified gases. They're also the most harmful, because no furniture additive was ever designed to be inhaled or absorbed into our bloodstreams.

Mattresses off gas a lot. They have added pesticides, fungicides, and flame retardants. Their base is usually polyurethane, which would emit VOCs with or without that toxic soup. Every day every factory mattress emits a small but measurable amount of toxic gas. They're the worst item in your home and the only item you press your entire body against and breathe deeply on for hours at a time every single day.

Luckily, Sunshine sells chemical free organic beds. They're made of certified organic rubber tree latex, sheep's wool and cotton. That's it. That's all. That's amazing.

If you have a chemical sensitivity, an organic mattress will be an obvious improvement to your life. Relief from these chemicals will allow to sleep soundly and healthily for the first time in a long time.

If you don't have a sensitivity, you'll still benefit from knowing your mattress is doing absolutely everything it can to help you. Sleep is the one time in our life that we can't make any unhealthy choices. You should work to maximize that time. An organic bed gives you peace of mind and certain knowledge that you truly are getting the very best sleep you can get.

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