Dr Vora highlights we spend money on all kinds of nonsense that adds little value to our health or happiness the way great sleep can. If we really thought through our budget, any money spent on a mattress that improves sleep and health pays dividends.
Dr Vora recommends looking for organic mattresses free of flame retardants. Latex and wool are two of the more natural mattress materials available. For your comforters and pillows, wool is often the best option. There are some synthetic comforters out there that pass the bar as well. She also recommends opting for organic cotton sheets and duvet covers.
But beware of the many natural mattress brand claims. There are a lot of brands marketing themselves as natural, but it often means they've added one or two natural ingredients to an otherwise toxic product. Do your research, ask about flame retardants, conventional memory foam (emit VOCs) and avoid synthetic latex as it is usually made from styrene, a human carcinogen, so be sure to confirm that the latex in your bed is natural.
Beware of “soy foams” or “eco foams,” as these often contain very small amounts of plant-based materials and are still primarily made of petroleum products.
The benefits of natural Latex are fairly compelling.