You spend one third of your life sleeping and lying in close proximity to your pillow and mattress, you breath deeply when asleep, your body heals, detoxifies and your brain cleans, preserves memories and locks in what you’ve learnt. So I think choosing a good mattress and pillow is a very important step to good health.
Unfortunately there are so many options and no hard laws restricting what chemicals are used in the manufacturing of bedding materials. After 2015 the law was updated and stated that flame retardant chemicals were no longer required, but it doesn’t ban them entirely and leaves it up to the manufactures. So you may still have mattresses treated with chemicals like Formaldehyde, PBDE, OPFR and Boric Acid and these chemicals have been shown to leach into the human body and stored into your fat cells and altering the hormone function. Also these chemicals have been linked to learning disabilities, reproductive issues and more.
You can’t get rid of toxic chemicals entirely from your life, but you can make a difference for yourself and your family’s environment. A good mattress can be expensive they range from $600 to $20,000! So like myself I checked to see when our mattress was made (after 2015) and I have bought a mattress protector and a topper to help minimize any toxic off-gassing until I can afford new mattresses. The mattress protectors and toppers should be either wool, organic cotton with a tight weave or 100% latex.
Look for these labels when buying: GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
Always air a new mattress and every month vacuum your mattress to remove dead skin, bed mites and dust. Also let the sun get to it as long as possible before making the bed.
By the way don’t forget to consider what sheets you use, 100% unbleached cotton, hemp or linen are your best options.
Open a window and get fresh air into your room to improve the air quality.