When it comes to looking for the perfect bedding for you and your family, I highly recommend you avoid bedding made with synthetic materials. Not only do synthetics and down bedding fail to help your body thermo-regulate properly (in other words, they don't keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter), they can also pose a real health risk to you and your family.
Many popular manmade fabrics used to create sheets, comforter covers, and pillowcases are made of, and/or contain, harsh dangerous chemicals.
But this common component has me even more concerned – the use of fire-retardant chemicals. Since the 1970s, fire-retardant chemicals have been added to furniture and bedding material. Studies have shown that flame-retardant chemicals are highly toxic, whether they're on fire or not.
Here are some of the startling facts behind the use of these toxic flame-retardant chemicals:
- An estimated 90% of Americans have some level of flame-retardant chemicals in their bodies. These retardants found in furniture and bedding don't just "stay put;" they migrate out, and collect in house dust
- Recently, flame-retardant chemicals were identified as one of 17 high-priority chemical groups that should be avoided to reduce the risk of certain health issues common in women
- Flame retardants also produce more toxic smoke when they burn. So, firefighters can have higher health risks in part because of their exposure to high levels of dioxins and furans
There's also a lack of solid evidence to suggest these chemicals actually work when it comes to protecting you and your family when a fire occurs.
So, how do you avoid these toxic chemicals in bedding you buy? You won't see chemicals like polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) listed because manufacturers are not required to disclose their use.
I believe the answer is to look for bedding made without synthetics, and from manufacturers who guarantee flame-retardant chemicals were not unnecessarily added into the product. Because of this, I recommend only two bedding materials.
Why Wool is One of Your Best Choices
When you want that optimal sleep experience, and want to avoid toxic flame retardants, why not treat yourself to my longest standing bedding recommendation – that's wool. In recent studies, wool has been shown to outperform both down and synthetic bedding.
But not all wool bedding is what I consider top-notch. The quality out there is pretty much all over the map. That's why I scoured the world to find what I believe are the best quality wool comforters, pillows, mattresses, and mattress pads for you.
And unlike other wool bedding, my bedding:
- Is never treated with harmful chemical processes like carbonization and sulfuric acid. Because wool is naturally flame-resistant, no flame retardants like PBDEs are ever used
- Uses only the best grade of wool. With three main grades of wool – fine, coarse, and medium – it's important you choose a medium grade for your bedding because of its warmth, loft, durability, and comfort
- Makes use of cotton coverings to guarantee superior quality through and through
- Incorporates locally produced wool. Rather than importing wool from overseas, this mill believes in supporting local ranchers and farmers
- Uses only American Wool and my comforters are hand-tied every nine inches. Other natural materials (such as down) never seem to stay put. Since American Wool doesn't migrate, you can be assured the wool will always be where and when you need it
The mill uses a special traditional technique that keeps the humidity in the processing rooms at 80%. With such high humidity, there is never a need for spinning oil because there's no static electricity build up; and this mill has been running some of these machines since it opened in the late 1800s.
As you can quickly see, my wool comforters, pillows, mattresses, and mattress pads not only offer you the sleep support you want, but every one is backed by a rich tradition of excellence. Plus, all my wool bedding is naturally flame-resistant and does not require the use of flame retardants.
You can order this incredible American Wool bedding. But first, I want to also recommend another bedding fabric, as well – a fabric that's been around for an astonishing 3,000 years.
Silk – Strong, Yet Gentle
When it comes to a comfortable night's sleep, silk bedding is a perfect choice for people suffering from asthma and certain types of allergies (like dust mites). My Silk Bedding is certified asthma & allergy-friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America™.*
Just like my wool bedding, silk does not require the addition of any flame-retardant chemicals. The silk used in my bedding is naturally flame-resistant. There's no need to worry about health risks from potentially toxic flame retardants.
In addition to its inviting, luxurious feel, my silk-filled bedding:
- Naturally hydrates and moisturizes your skin
- Helps wick away body moisture
- Repels dust mites, mold, and funguses
- Maintains its loft so you don't have to continually adjust your pillow
- Helps reduce discomfort from night sweats, temperature changes, coughing, and allergies
Despite many misconceptions, silk is one of the strongest of all natural fibers and is easy to care for. Each silk fiber is tougher than a comparable amount of steel – making silk luxurious and unbelievably strong. Silk is machine washable in cold water and can be dried on a low-heat cycle in your dryer.
Treat Yourself to Your Best Sleep Ever
When it comes to optimal comfort, health, and the highest-quality sleep, it's vitally important you take time to create a welcoming and relaxing sleep environment.
It's just as crucial to create a sleep environment that's safe from toxic chemicals. With the dangers of synthetics and other materials being treated with risky flame retardants, I believe there are simply no better solutions for you than wool and silk.
For wool: Order your American Wool Comforters, American Wool Pillows, American Wool Mattresses, and American Wool Mattress Pads today.
For silk: Order your Silk-Filled Bedding Set with Silk-Filled Pillow Protectors, Silk-Filled Comforters, and Silk-Filled Mattress Pads now. Like my wool bedding, choose from twin, queen, and king sizes.
Order today and make those sleepless nights a thing of the past with wool and silk-filled bedding.