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Better Sleep and Breathing

Better Sleep and Breathing

Hint: it all starts with an organic mattress

Trouble sleeping? Wake up feeling unrested? It might not be all the late-night TV, or the room temperature, or the light coming in under the bedroom door that’s keeping you up. The air content in your room may be affecting your breathing ... and therefore, your sleep.

Whether or not you have respiratory problems—such as asthma, allergies, COPD, or sleep apnea—the air quality where you snooze dictates how efficient and effective your breathing is. When you breathe well, it’s easier to stay asleep longer, allowing you to get the deep “REM” sleep that refreshes your body.

When your nose, throat, or airways are irritated by poor air quality, though, you’re likely to wake up with congestion. Interrupted sleep takes a toll on health, producing insomnia and daytime sleepiness today, and chronic diseases down the road. To avoid this mess, take steps to clear the air in your bedroom. Fundamental step: buy an organic mattress.

Good Breathing Leads to Great Sleep

Anyone who’s ever had a cold or who lives with allergic rhinitis knows what it’s like to be so congested that you can’t sleep. Those who suffer from oxygen deprivation from chronic COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma, or sleep apnea may not realize that their breathing is interfering with sleep. Any time you have congestion or a runny nose—or when you snore, gasp, or choke your way through the night—your sleep pattern will suffer.

What causes these symptoms?

 Bedroom Air Demons

  • Dust mites
  • Mold spores
  • Volatile gasses

 Where the heck does that stuff come from?

Dust mites are nearly invisible insects that invite themselves into your home to feast on discarded skin cells. Among their hiding places are the crevices in conventional mattresses and pillows. These furnishings also trap moisture and make good substrates for the growth of mold. And coil-spring and memory-foam mattress materials, such as polyurethane, release harmful gasses into the air.

Infants and people with obstructed airways may be more sensitive to these air contaminants. But imagine how they can affect you being right under your nose for the one-third of your life spent sleeping! Reduce the toxic presence in your bedroom, and you’ll give your breathing a boost.

Great Sleep Leads to Dynamic Health

The phases of sleep put our bodies on stand-by. Our heart rate and pulse dips. Our brain activity switches from active mode to rejuvenation mode. And while our breathing slows, the oxygen we ingest at rest powers vital nighttime processes that control our memory, appetite, and muscle, bone, and other cellular growth and repair.

Poor sleep contributes to long-term health problems

The problem is, after we shut our eyes, some people get more air than others. Who do you think gets a better night’s sleep? Research shows that night after night of poor sleep can contribute to long-term health problems. These include obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and immune system disorders.

Remove these diseases from your future, and you’ll live a longer, healthier life. In the present, restful sleep leaves you able to concentrate, solve problems, and perform physical tasks. So, by addressing your bedroom air quality for optimal breathing, you’ll encourage peak body function. The result? Great day-to-day health.

Dynamic Health Starts with an Organic Mattress

Any clean-up of indoor air quality where you spend eight or more hours per night sleeping should start with your mattress. Coil or memory-foam mattresses unleash those bedroom air demons that kill sleep. The chemicals used to fireproof regular mattresses can set off alarms in the respiratory systems of people with asthma or allergies.

Dramatically improve your bedroom atmosphere

If you thought that cutting-edge fabrics and fills made the best “green” mattress and pillow ingredients, keep on thinking. Many of the best pro-health materials have been available for centuries. These organic “angels” are especially valuable to your health, due to their prolonged contact with your body and your vulnerable state during sleep.

Bedroom Air Angels 

  • Organic latex
  • Organic wool
  • Organic cotton
  • Organic kapok

An organic mattress made of natural latex, wool, and cotton discourages dust mites and mold-causing humidity. Nontoxic organic latex, wool, and cotton emit no volatile gasses and harbor no chemical residues that might trigger breathing trouble. Pair these materials with a pillow filled with organic kapok, which shares the same healthful features, and you’ll dramatically improve your bedroom atmosphere.

Be sweet to your respiratory system!

All of these “angels” wick moisture and regulate temperature to aid sleep and prevent mold and mildew. Controlling bedroom humidity helps cut down on dust mite populations, and those gremlins that do manage to sneak in won’t find homes inside the natural latex core of your organic mattress. That beats having to cover an ordinary mattress, which provides a labyrinth of nooks and crannies, with expensive mite-proof covers.

The natural fire retardant quality of organic wool and the purity of organic cotton and kapok keep pesticides and other chemicals away from your bed. Be sweet to your respiratory system by sleeping on an organic mattress and pillow. Better breathing will yield noticeably better sleep.

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