Why Invest in Natural Products To Improve Sleep

What is a healthy bed?


Healthy sleep = healthy life.  Look for non-toxic materials including untreated timber and a natural finish, organic cotton, hemp, eco wool, coconut fibre and chemical-free pure latex.

Your bed should also provide excellent support and correct spine alignment and pressure point relief.   Coupled with natural underlays, pillows and bedding, you will sleep better, naturally!

Latex mattresses are made to order according to your specific needs.  Please browse the information provided and complete this short questionnaire, submit it to us and we will contact you to discuss your requirements and arrange a sampling.

Why is it so important to get a natural mattress for my baby or child?


One of the most important decisions you can make for the care, comfort and health of your baby is your choice in mattress.  Babies and toddlers spend 10-14 hours a day sleeping and playing on a bassinette or cot mattress. A child’s every breath inhales air no more than six inches away from it.  As such, for the first few years of a child’s life, the mattress is the single most prominent object in the child’s environment.

Conventional synthetic mattresses (foam and innerspring) are made using an array of toxic chemicals and more parents are becoming aware of the negative effects these chemicals are having on the health of their children.

Polyurethane foam, for example, is made from a base of petrochemicals combined with a staggering array of additional chemical ingredients used as stabilizers, catalysts, surfactants, and blowing agents.  Each of these chemicals is associated with a host of environmental problems as well as numerous health hazards. 

For example, polyurethane foam is extremely flammable. To combat this hazard, toxic industrial fire retardants are added.  The most common chemical fire retardant used to treat polyurethane foam has been pentaBDE, a toxin asociated with hyperactivity and neurobehavioural alterations. PentaBDE is not bound to the foam, so it leaches out into the surrounding air.  It has recently been banned in Europe, and by the State of California as of 2006.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the surface material used in nearly all baby mattresses, is widely considered to be one of the most toxic and environmentally unfriendly plastics in use today.  Phthalates, associated with asthma, reproductive effects, and cancer, make up 30% by weight of the PVC surface of a typical baby mattress.

The FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission have issued general warnings regarding the use of phthalates, yet the PVC surfaces of baby mattresses still contain phthalates.  The PVC surface of a typical baby mattress is also often treated with toxic fire-retardant chemicals such as antimony, arsenic and phosphorous.

Our natural cot and bassinet mattresses are free from all synthetic and unhealthy chemicals. The materials we use have been specially chosen because they allow good air circulation and provide the best comfort and support for a young child.  A baby’s lungs, nervous and digestive systems are still developing and a natural mattress is the healthiest choice for young children who deserve the best start in life.

How can I take control of my sleeping habits?


Firstly, become aware of what you are doing every day and early evening as you prepare for sleep.  Compare your activities to our Top Tips for Natural Sleep  to try and identify some areas you could improve. 

Secondly, challenge your thoughts and take responsibility for your routines. A sign of insanity is to keep doing the same thing, expecting a different result! Something has to change!  Let go of entrenched thoughts and habits and replace with them healthier, natural alternatives.   

Sleep may not happen overnight.  You may need to address a combination of factors.  Keep your expectations realistic but keep practicing to get closer to your vision of brilliant sleep!  Small changes can make a big difference.  One size does not fit all.  On average it takes about 21 days to create a habit.

Why is natural sleep important?


We sleep for one third of our lives.  Like food and water, sleep is vital for good health. Our bodies and brains need time to rest and recover after what we put them through during the day.  Great sleep happens when we naturally go through all the different phases of sleep each night, where our bodies relax, and a complex set of hormonal exchanges and chemical reactions occur in our brains to repair and restore a natural healthy mind, body and spirit.

Read our Top Tips for the Best Natural Sleep

Are ‘green’ products more expensive?


It may seem more expensive to buy green, and sometimes it’s difficult to justify paying a premium for a natural product.  However you are buying a genuine product – not something that has been diluted with cheap fillers or synthetic, unhealthy agents just to make it look better on the outside and making you think you are getting more for your money. 

Secondly, once you experience the benefits of natural fibres – nature’s clever natural insulators, fire retardancy with numerous other properties - you will never revert to buying synthetic products again.

Read our Top Tips to Sleep Naturally

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