How Synthetic Bed Mattresses Affect Our Health

Reports of health problems linked to chemicals in new mattresses had Big Red addressing how synthetic bed mattresses affect our health. We present our findings in this post for you. Take care of your health!

The Mattress’s Material Matters

While bed mattresses were previously made of untreated natural materials, the majority of mattresses today are manufactured using a variety of petroleum-based chemicals, foams, plastics and controversial flame retardants.

Common petroleum based chemicals have been clearly shown to have the ability to weaken or damage the immune and nervous system. Autoimmune disorders have also been linked with exposure to petroleum-based chemicals and have been found to be the underlying etiology of many common health problems today (soft tissue damage, arthritis, etc).

You may say – ‘Aren’t these amounts too small to cause any damage?’. Yes, the amounts we’re talking about are small. However…

Amounts of Chemicals Used in Mattresses May Affect Your Health

Research, first-hand accounts and anecdotal evidence suggest that people can, in fact, become ill by repeated and continuous exposure to low-level chemicals which are emitted continuously (yes, continuously) during the sleep process.

The situation is dramatically compounded by the fact that sleeping on a bed (or chemically manufactured pillow) places the individual in extremely close proximity to the chemical source (inches compared to feet for most other chemical exposures).

This direct contact means that concentrations of chemicals are many, many times higher than they would be if the source was at a greater distance, and thereby becoming less harmful because of dilution.

Chemicals Used in Mattresses Can Even Get Into The Air

Research is now available showing that chemicals used in bed manufacturing are in fact evaporating and entering the air. Some of these are documented carcinogenic and mutagenic compounds. And they are continuously being released. Not exactly the recipe for a good night’s sleep, however comfortable the mattress may be.


Take the right steps to ensure your health is not affected by synthetic mattresses. If you already have a synthetic mattress and do not clean it, the situation becomes double jeopardy as the dirt, mold, mites and other microbial contaminants work to worsen the whole situation.

So, when in doubt, don’t buy synthetic. If you’re not sure, ask your mattress supplier. If you buy a synthetic mattress (or any other mattress, for that matter) , please clean it regularly. If your mattress hasn’t been cleaned in a long time and you still want to hang on to it, or you would like to improve the hygiene of your mattresses regularly and professionally, your home with regular mattress cleaning, do engage the mattress cleaning services of specially accredited cleaning specialists. We know what to do.

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