Chemicals & Allergens

Chemicals are common in U.S. mattresses

The bedroom is our sanctuary, and we depend on our bed to provide a safe place for relaxation, restful sleep, and rejuvenation. Unfortunately, many conventional mattresses harbor chemicals and allergens that can adversely affect our sleep and health.

Chemical substances, which can remain in the mattress from the manufacturing process or be deliberately added, reduce sleep quality by impairing breathing; and synthetic materials trap moisture, causing allergens such as molds, mildews, and dust mites to thrive. Adequate oxygen intake is essential to a good night’s sleep.

Mattresses made in the U.S. are generally composed of polyester fiberfill, polyurethane, and tempered steel coils. Many are made of visco-elastic “memory” foam. Many of these mattresses contain chemical residues, which are the by-products of material processing or the use of solvent-based glues, dyes, and fire-retardant treatments during manufacturing. These chemicals can outgas over time and cause breathing problems for many people with allergies, asthma, or sleep apnea. Some chemicals found in beds pose serious health risks. PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) are sometimes added to polyurethane foams as fire-retardants. PBDEs have been linked to numerous health risks, and California has banned their use beginning in 2008.

Mattresses and bedding can trigger allergies

As we sleep, the heat and perspiration we produce create the ideal environment for allergens like dust mites, molds, and mildews. Ideally, the construction of a mattress should consist of breathable, natural materials that allow air to circulate and moisture to evaporate.

Mattresses comprised of synthetic materials trap moisture and become havens for such allergens, contributing to allergic symptoms, poor breathing, and worsening asthma in many people. According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, dust-mite covers for mattresses did not alleviate symptoms.

The Søvn Solution

Our mattress systems are designed and built with clean materials to promote deep sleep. Every component we use is tested and rated environmentally safe by Oeko-Tex, a German testing board with stringent environmental standards. We never use PDBE’s or chemical flame retardants, and we refuse to buy from companies that do.

Our stretch-cotton cover is quilted to wool for breathability and reduced humidity. Additionally, we offer a line of natural bedding, including The Oxygen Pillow, stretch cotton mattress protectors, and wool-filled comforters that are Oeko-Tex certified.