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You know that sleep is crucial to so many areas of your health and well-being. If you want your diet and exercise regimen to work well, you must get good sleep. If you want your brain to be in peak condition, again, get good sleep. If you wish to reduce risks for any number of health problems, you need high quality sleep. Yet, take a five minute look at sleep statistics and you see that millions of people struggle with sleep.
While many of the people who suffer from chronically bad sleep do so because of issues like sleep apnea or insomnia, many also suffer from poor sleep due to their bedding. Pillows that are wrong for the neck and back, bedding that causes sore spots as it does not offer adequate support, and sleeping environments full of dust and other particles that interfere with proper rest are some of the leading causes of poor sleep.
That is why it is of the utmost importance to take active steps in creating an ideal sleep setting for yourself and anyone else in the home. This requires:
- A bed and bedding that is comfortable and healthy
- A bedroom that is kept at a proper temperature and the right level of night time darkness
- Improved air quality (usually through elimination of items that cause allergens and the use of air purifiers)
In this article, we are going to help you choose that main, foundational piece, the proper bed. As you might have noticed from the title, we said the best organic mattresses, and that is an important distinction. We didn't say best mattress because most commercially produced mattresses are part of the problem and not the solution.
Not all Organic Mattresses are Non-Toxic
As you might read with a quick visit to the Mercola website, "Many commercial mattresses contain toxic chemicals such as antimony, formaldehyde and flame retardants…Mattresses labeled 'natural' may still contain chemicals; even those labeled only 'organic' can still contain non-organic materials and chemicals…"
These chemicals and toxins do something known as off gassing into your breathing air, and can transfer from the mattress to your skin where they are absorbed. This is one of the reasons that the state of California has banned the sale of mattresses that contain phthalates - they have been found in human tissue and the risks they pose are many.
So, it means that your best and healthiest sleep has to come from authentically organic mattresses. And as that Mercola comment noted, not all are entirely organic.
We are going to look at only the very finest organic mattresses available and help you make a choice that helps you create the best sleeping environments possible.
The Best Organic Mattresses
Our choices appear because they use safe materials, and often fully organic and sustainable. They have none of the toxins or flame retardants that cause such harm and most aim to keep their environmental footprints as small as possible. Many have immensely long life spans, can be shipped to your home and used for trial periods with free pickup if you are unsatisfied.
Avocado Green Mattress
With their three materials (100% natural latex, certified organic cotton, and 100% organic wool), they are among the most eco-friendly. Yet, they are also affordable, Greenguard Gold Certified, come with free shipping and pickups and have a 100-night trial. Even more impressive is that more than 85% of buyers give these a five-star rating.
They have a 120-day trial and use only natural latex, organic cotton and organic wool. They are made in the U.S. to control their environmental impact and are noted as among the longest lasting.
They are all GreenGuard certified, which means they are one of the best in terms of emissions. If you have asthma or allergies, or you simply worry about dangerous inhalants, this is the mattress to consider. They use only GOLS certified latex and GOTS certified cotton and wool, are free of all chemicals and last for at least 25 years.
This is the only innerspring mattress on our list of recommended organic mattresses. They are made in the USA and have a 120-day trial. They use only organic cotton and plant based materials, and are some of the most competitively priced of the eco-friendly models.
Made from self-replenishing bamboo, they are natural memory foam mattresses that are entirely sustainable and renewable. They are touted as some of the softest and come with a 100-day trial, ten year warranty and free shipping.
Made of organic cotton and wool, they include infant to adult mattresses and are entirely free of chemicals. They have a 30-day guarantee and donate some proceeds to charity.
Loom & Leaf
They are part of the Saatva (above) brand, but this line includes only their memory foam mattresses. They come with a 120-day trial as well and some of the best prices on the market. They use eco-friendly materials and are made in the US to reduce the carbon footprint.
Honorable Mention: Essentia
We must also mention Essentia mattresses. Though they are not as fully organic as the bedding already listed, they are still some of the healthiest mattresses on the market and worth a further exploration if you are shopping for a new bed and/or an improved sleeping environment.
Honorable Mention: Pure Echo My Green Mattress
The Pure Echo Mattress has high-quality construction with non-toxic materials. The inner coils are a heavy gauge and they are not connected to each other, so the coils can move independently, this gives the mattress bounce, helps support the body, and prevents motion transfer. This mattress offers firmness and lumbar support.
You now have a small array of authentically organic mattresses from which to choose. We gave you only the best organic mattresses because there is no reason to cut corners if you are trying to improve your sleep quality. Though some of these manufacturers are available only online, you can be sure that any we have recommended receive high ratings from their valid buyers.
If you start by eliminating any allergen or toxin producers in your bedroom, using organic mattresses and premium linens and installing an air purifier, you will see your sleep issues diminish or disappear. You will feel better thanks to the excellent design these offer, as well, and should consider them for all members of the household - including infants.
Happy Mattress Hunting!
This post was originally published on November 14, 2019.