Have you ever noticed that “new” smell when you’re in a brand new car, in a freshly painted room, or around new carpeting or flooring or furniture?
That’s the smell of off gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — just a few of the thousands of chemicals people are exposed to in their lives.
It’s no secret that we’re exposed to hundreds of chemicals every day. They’re in almost everything that we own, including appliances, personal care products, upholstery, and furnishings including, of course, mattresses.
So of course, you want to minimize your exposure to toxins and chemicals as much as possible. Especially when it comes to the products that are closest to your body — like your bedding.
After all, you spend approximately one third of your life sleeping in bed.
What’s inside the average mattress?
Almost all mattresses contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — chemicals that can be harmful at high levels. And mattress companies are not required by law to tell you what they put in their products.
The average mattress contains a cocktail of chemicals such as fire retardants, preservatives, coatings, and plastics. Some of these create and protect the mattress structure, while others are added to protect from microorganisms or burning up in a house fire.
The problem is that these chemicals will off-gas as toxins into the air — just like the ones that you smell in new furnishings. And as you’re sleeping, your body heat can make these VOCs increase their off-gassing, making your home air more toxic.1
Symptoms of short term exposure to VOCs are headaches, dizziness, nausea, or irritation in your throat, eyes, or nose.
Over the long term, VOC exposure can lead to damage to your central nervous system, liver, kidneys. It has also been linked to some cancers.
So it makes sense that you’d want an organic bed, right?
"Wait... Organix Bed mattresses aren't fully organic??"
No, they are not. Here is why:
Many organic only mattresses usually contain cotton, wool, latex or some combination of these materials. They tend to be very firm and less comfortable for sleeping. They break down fast and over time don’t provide proper alignment and support. This can lead to back and hip pains as well as misalignments.
Natural and eco-friendly are unregulated terms for mattresses — they’re often used to greenwash a product to make you think that they’re healthier.
But even the cleanest organic mattresses could have undisclosed flame retardant chemicals added to them. Remember, mattress companies are not required to disclose all ingredients.
Meeting organic standards means that the materials of the bed must be 95% organic and go through rigorous certifications to carry the organic label. That’s why these beds tend to be extremely expensive.
Are they really worth the price?
We have never claimed mattresses we sell to be all-organic, but we do believe we offer the safest, longest lasting, and healthiest non-toxic mattress for better sleep.
When you’re looking for a healthy mattress, here’s what you should consider:
Is this mattress safe and made without toxic chemicals?
The Tranquiliti™ mattress is made with the highest quality materials and have been tested to be non-toxic and safe:
We have tested Organix Bed™ mattresses with a VOC meter to see if there was any off gassing, and the reading from the Tranquiliti™ was 0.08.
A VOC meter reading of 0.10 is considered to be excellent and extremely safe.
Will I get exposed to EMFs through the metal coils while I’m asleep?
Metal does not emit EMFs on its own. But in the presence of EMFs, metal objects can act as an amplifier of those fields. This can occur with the metal of a mattress, box spring, frame, and head and foot board.
And most bedrooms on the second floor of a house also do not have magnetic fields at all — or not at night (even if the house circuits have wiring errors) because we shut off electric loads at night.
According to Oram Miller, BBEC, EMRS Certified Building Biology® Environmental Consultant and electromagnetic radiation specialist. Most healthy people are not bothered by the metal in their mattress and box. It is the voltage in circuits in the walls, floor, and beside table lamp cords. If you were extremely sensitive to EMFs, you would be better off shutting the proper breakers while sleeping in a bed with a traditional mattress and box spring, rather than keeping all the circuits live and sleeping on a futon with a wooden platform.
But in case you’re still concerned about EMFs and Tranquiliti™, here’s why you shouldn’t be…
There are no electrical wires or components in Tranquiliti™ like there are in a other beds that use "numbers" to adjust the bed, or motorized adjustable beds. So you don’t have to worry about very high electric and magnetic field EMFs.
Tranquiliti™ has 6 inches of foam between the spring unit and the wall. So even if an electrical outlet was present, next to the bed, it wouldn’t transmit EMFs through the metal.
In addition, the spring unit in this mattress is a pocketed coil spring unit. Each individual coil is wrapped in fabric and they are all sewn together. So there isn’t a continuous metal spring unit that could conduct electricity.
Does this mattress take pressure off my body so I can stay in healing deep sleep longer?
Unlike many organic beds, the Tranquiliti™ is firm enough to provide back support while being soft enough to take pressure off tired and aching hips and shoulders.
Will these mattress be comfortable enough to help me stay asleep through the night?
Did you know that every time you move during the night, you leave stage 3 or 4 sleep?
This was proven over a two-year sleep study conducted by Dr. Robert Troell, the first surgeon who is also board-certified in sleep medicine.2
Dr. Troell found that patients who slept on a proper bed had deeper sleep with fewer interruptions, and thus had fewer quality of life issues like daytime sleepiness and body pains. 3
With a Tranquiliti™ mattress, there’s less tossing and turning so you’re able to stay asleep longer, increasing your deep sleep!
Does this mattress support my posture so I don’t wake up in pain?
The Tranquiliti™ has a unique spring unit that can help structurally align your spine. This works alongside the the other non-toxic materials so that you can stay in deeper levels of sleep, which is where your body heals and repairs.
You can sleep well knowing your body is healing and in the correct posture.
How long will this mattress last so I know if my investment is worth it?
The Tranquiliti™ doesn’t break down easily by heat, moisture, oxygen or pressure (which breaks down every other bedding component on the market).
We are certain that you’ll love your Tranquiliti™ that it is warrantied for 20 years — which is well beyond the standard of most bedding companies.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any person or company other than J&J Products Co. DBA Organix Bed.