In our lifetime, we spend at least one-third of our lives in bed. A few of us think much about the safety and quality of our bedding. As more and more natural bedding companies are being pushed out, you probably have some knowledge about most bedding products containing chemicals. The sheets, pillows, duvets, feather beds, mattress covers, etc. all have the potential to contain chemicals. These harmful chemicals may disrupt your health while you sleep. While this may be disheartening to hear, the good news is that you can simply switch to natural bedding items. The first step is to acquire some knowledge and see what best fits you.
Why should you be concerned with bed linens?
When we have to think about when it comes to health, bed linens may seem like something we don’t bother thinking about. However, creating a safe sleep environment during sleep is crucial, as this is when our bodies recover and heal. Imagine you are doing everything you can to get more sleep, maybe you even invested in a non-toxic mattress. However, you’re still having trouble sleeping or waking up feeling weak and exhausted.
This could be a sign of a body being stuck in detoxification-mode when it’s supposed to be healing. So, how does this happen and what does it mean? Science has proven that the human skin absorbs the toxins it comes into contact with at an average rate of 64% absorption. Thus, when your skin is covered in chemically-treated sheets during your sleep, your body is forced to process those toxins every night. Add in the chemicals or other fragrances you are also breathing in from laundry detergents, etc. This explains why so many of us wake up feeling exhausted despite our best efforts to eat healthy and exercising. So, if you go down the latter the next factor to consider is your bedding.
How to choose the a safe & natural bedding
- Choose ones with 100% natural fibers to sleep in which include: cotton, silk, linen and wool. These natural materials allow your skin to breathe while naturally wicking moisture away from your body.
- Avoid synthetic fibers, like satin sheets, which may have a nice texture, but are treated with chemicals and do not allow your skin to breathe.
- Avoid mixed or blended fibers. These might look and feel like cotton, however it is often mixed with synthetic fibers to improve the texture and reduce manufacturing costs
- Avoid all chemically-treated sheets which bear the names:
- Easy-care, or shrink free, wrinkle-free. Also, these garments release toxic formaldehyde. Also,it causes contact dermatitis which may be present in either subtle or extreme skin flare ups.