We spend a lot of time sleeping - around 1/3 of our lives is asleep under the covers! So it’s time we looked into what we sleep in and on and work out the toxic load of our bedding. The bad news is that the very foundation piece of our bed the mattress is causing harm - most mattresses are full of slow release toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, boric acid, flame retardants, polyurethane foam and antimony (which is like arsenic) to name but a few chemicals.
There is growing scientific evidence that shows these chemicals may disrupt human thyroid function, are carcinogenic and cause other ill health effects. Buying natural and non toxic mattresses is a great decision but as this can be an expensive exercise, a good initial step is to protect yourself with an extra barrier from the mattress to your body with a mattress protector.