Jun 19, 2018
Many of us are short on time, and short on sleep (especially new moms).
Sleeping on a nontoxic, comfy pillow can help improve the quality of those precious sleep hours. How?
Your pillow selection can influence insomnia, endocrine disruption, allergies, or asthma (1) because chemicals used to manufacture standard pillows are linked to those symptoms.
But don't fret. Below is key information to help you sleep on a healthier pillow.
Conventional pillows are made from petroleum-based chemicals that create pillows' inner fillings (e.g. polyester or foam), fabric coverings (e.g. polyester), and sometimes chemical treatments (e.g. chemical flame retardants).
Chemicals commonly found in conventional pillows have been linked to chronic respiratory irritation (2), cellular DNA damage, cancers, and problems with the immune system, nervous system, and developmental systems. (3)
Nontoxic pillows are made of organic cotton, organic wool, natural kapok fibers, and organic natural rubber filling options.
Typically, organic-filled pillows are covered with organic cotton that is not dyed, or is whitened without using chlorine or bleach as the whitening agent. The most common nontoxic options for pillows are:
It's important to understand what your pillows are made of. Below are tips to help you choose a nontoxic pillow.
Buying a nontoxic, comfortable pillow can help improve your sleep quality. The 5 tips above can help you select a safe and healthy pillow. This can reduce your exposures to chemicals linked to insomnia, allergies, asthma, and endocrine disruption.
(1) Sleep Foundation
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Access Sophia's shopping list for her household staples. They're her favorite low toxic items that she can't live without. Also see which EMF protection products she uses.