When it comes to our health and well-being, we often pay close attention to the food we consume, the air we breathe, and the products we use. However, there is one crucial aspect that is often overlooked: our mattresses. In this blog post, I would like to share a personal story that highlights the importance of understanding what goes inside a mattress and why certain materials should never find their way into our beds.
Meeting Tom and His Family
Sometime back, I had the opportunity to visit a friend's friend, Tom, and his family in their new house. During the tour, Tom shared his concern about his son's sinus allergies, which seemed to have developed after moving into the new home. Tom suspected that the culprit might be the paint used in his son's room, as the doctor suggested. However, the paint was claimed to be odorless, leading Tom into a dispute with the paint shop and brand owner.
The Mystery of the "Latex" Mattress
Curiosity got the better of me, and I couldn't help but inquire about his son's mattress. Tom proudly mentioned that he had purchased a "natural latex" mattress, believing it to be hypoallergenic. However, when I touched the mattress, something didn't feel right. It lacked the resilient feel of true latex and felt oddly "chunky" on the sides. Doubts started creeping in, and I expressed my suspicion that it might not be genuine.
The Shocking Revelation
Tom's voice filled with doubt, he asked, "Are you sure??? if you are, I don't mind if we tear it up and see." We proceeded with the plan, cutting open the mattress and see what's inside. Our intentions were not to discredit the product but to satisfy our curiosity. What we discovered inside the mattress left us dismayed and concerned. Instead of natural latex, the mattress was filled with what is known as rebond foam, but this was not just any foam. It was a slow poison. Rebond foam is made from shredded leftover foam pieces held together by excessive synthetic glue.
The Health Hazards of Rebond Foam
Rebond foam is made from shredded leftover foam pieces held together by excessive synthetic glue. Since it is made from leftover foam, the production process involves the use of synthetic glue, which contains harmful chemicals. These chemicals can emit toxic fumes, affecting the air quality in the bedroom and potentially leading to respiratory issues, especially for individuals with allergies or sensitivities. The foul smell associated with the glue may not be easily detectable, as it can be odorless.
As we looked at the rebond foam, I couldn't help but feel a deep concern for Tom's son, and anyone else unknowingly sleeping on such a mattress. This slow poison, seeping into the air they breathe night after night, could have serious consequences for his respiratory health and overall well-being.
Confirmation and Solution
I suggested that Tom let his son sleep in his room with a mattress from a trusted brand that I recognized for its quality. After a few nights, Tom noticed a gradual improvement in his son's sinus issues. This confirmed our belief that the rebond foam-filled mattress was indeed contributing to his son's health problems.
Realizing the adverse effects of the "latex" mattress, Tom made the decision to replace it with a genuine natural latex mattress, ensuring a safe and healthy sleep environment for his son. By removing the slow poison from their sleeping environment, it ensures a safer and healthier space for rest and rejuvenation.
The story of Tom and his family serves as a reminder of the importance of understanding what goes inside our mattresses. It is crucial to be aware of the potential dangers associated with certain materials, such as rebond foam, and to prioritize our health when making choices about the products we bring into our homes. Investing in a mattress made from safe and high-quality materials can contribute to better sleep and overall well-being.
At KITA, we prioritize the well-being of our customers and understand the significance of using safe-quality materials in mattresses. We invite you to visit KITA Sleep Studio, where you can learn, test, and choose the right mattress for your needs. Remember, it's not just a mattress; it's an investment in your health and a commitment to a better night's sleep.