When you hear the word ‘toxic,’ you probably think of factories emitting harmful gasses and busy streets covered in diesel fumes. You never associate the word ‘toxic’ with your pillow—but perhaps it’s time you did. If you haven’t made the switch to organic pillows and are still using synthetic, then you could be exposing yourself to these dangers:
Studies show that an average synthetic pillow has millions of fungal spore which have been linked to leukemia. These fungi may also cause asthma and allergies.
Look closely at your pillow’s tag and you will probably read a statement saying that it meets all flammability requirements of your state. The flame-retardant law was passed with the intention of making pillows, beddings, and mattresses safe from small fires (caused by cigarettes and other such things). But the scientific community is now debating whether this policy is y causing more harm than good. Flame retardant pillows are made with a lot of harmful chemicals that have been linked to endocrine disruption, neurological damage, and cancer.
Formaldehyde is a highly toxic compound known to cause insomnia, tiredness, coughing, skin irritation, and headaches. In 2011, it was declared a ‘human carcinogen’ by the US National Toxicology Program. Unfortunately, formaldehyde is present in most synthetic pillows.
Should You Switch to Organic Pillows and Beddings?
Toxic chemicals are all around us. There really is no escaping them. The good news is, you can minimize your exposure to these chemicals by changing your pillow—and perhaps even your sheets and linens, and eventually your mattress. Switch to organic pillows made of wool or latex foam. This way, you can rest well knowing that you are not exposing yourself to harmful chemicals during your 8-hour sleep, and that your body can truly enjoy the benefits of deep slumber and regeneration.