Even though it was originally made by NASA scientists some people may have their doubts and ask: Are memory foam mattresses toxic?
It’s a fair question. Memory foam, in its original form was designed to provide maximum comfort for aircraft seats. It wasn’t designed for sleeping on.
As it is made from certain chemicals and undergoes certain chemical processes the potential risk is there. Combine this with the fact you will be sleeping on it and breathing very close to it for around one third of your life wanting to question that risk is entirely understandable.
Are Memory Foam Mattresses Toxic?
Some say yes. Some say no. The real answer requires a bit of insight, knowledge and perspective.
For that we need the experts at Medical News Today. According to their article on mattresses an ‘area of concern with foam mattresses is volatile organic compounds (VOCs)’. They say that the US National Library of Medicine states that VOCs are compounds that can quickly become gases.
Medical News Today lists the potential side effects of VOCs which includes ‘headaches
Dizziness problems with memory irritation to eyes and respiratory tract visual disorders’, with possible long0term effects including ‘nausea loss of coordination fatigue kidney, liver and central nervous system damage increased cancer risk’.
It is easy to see how someone may get concerned. That is, until you realize that ‘many products within the home, such as hobby supplies and some furnishings, contain VOCs’.
They are not something unique to mattresses.
Mattress Quality Is Key
A key factor when it comes to your mattresses and its potential negative effect on your health is quality. Has it come from a reputable source? Has it undergone all the safety and quality checks? There are checks and safeguards in place to ensure the quality of your mattress.
In America, Medical News Today informs us, there is the American Chemistry Council who say that ‘manufacturers must have treated all products that create chemicals to make them safe before selling them to consumers’. They also add that ‘the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also state that manufacturers make these products safe and non-toxic before they reach the consumer’.
The UK, back in 2014, established ‘the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for bed mattresses’ in which VOCs get a mention.
“Having a certified mattress from a certified and reputable producer will go a long way in helping you avoid any potential health problems,” says Mr Khan from Mattresstime. “It provides such a peace of mind knowing that the mattress they have made is of the highest quality and has been subjected to the toughest regulations and standards”.
So, the answer to the question of whether a memory foam mattress is toxic or not is a simple yes, as long as the quality of mattresses is high and has been subjected to the standard checks and tests before being sold.
For something so important, which will be a part of our lives for years to come, it makes sense to question what you are going to buy. Hopefully now you’ll know that while there is a small potential health risk it is easily avoided by checking for standard safety certifications.