I can not believe how long it has been since I wrote a blog. Two Months! I apologize, I'm horrible. Many of you that read this are patients or clients of mine and know that over the last few months we have expanded our practice dramatically. I can not even begin to tell you how busy we have been. And I wont bother, because there are very few things I hate worse than when someone tells me how busy they are. We are all busy right? But I will say that with the addition of two other medical providers and a huge expansion in the services we offer blogging took a back burner.
So My first blog back in two months and I bring you the super riveting topic of mattresses! I know, boring right? But it is probably the single most common question I get. What kind of mattress or pillow should I be sleeping on? As if I were an expert in mattresses...Up until a couple of weeks ago I actually knew absolutely nothing about mattresses besides the fact that supposedly a firmer mattress is better for you. I had actually never purchased a mattress personally. That's right my family and I were still sleeping on my queen size mattress from high school. And every time I told someone this they looked at me like in disbelief, what is with the chiropractor- mattress association?!! I do not sell mattresses! But I always resorted to telling patients to buy a mattress that they could sleep on, meaning what was comfortable to them. If you can not sleep on a firm mattress, then doesn't that defeat the purpose. Which I recently heard btw that they switched the recommendation to a medium-firm mattress. But since almost every night my wife and I end up with a 4 year old and a 1 year old in our bed we finally had enough with a queen size mattress.
So what did I find in my search for a mattress? Glad you asked. My initial plan was just to buy one from Costco, that way I could just take it back if needed. But then I discovered just how toxic the majority of mattresses on the market are. Mattresses are laced with chemicals like polyurethane foam, formaldehyde, boric acid, antimony (a heavy metal similar to arsenic) and worst of all, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (also known as flame retardants). So I started researching organic cotton mattresses and other organic materials. And as you can probably guess, the majority of these came with a hefty price tag. But then I discovered the world of natural latex foam. I found one on Wayfair for a very reasonable price, under $600 for a King! It is a natural Talalay Latex foam that is formed from the sap of a rubber tree. Not only do you get to avoid sleeping on a bed of toxins all night, but it is also naturally hypo allergenic and anti microbial. I was a little skeptical because of the cheaper price tag. And wasn't quite sure how a foam mattress could be firm, since all of my previous mattresses were coil spring. But I can tell you that we have been on this mattress now for two weeks, and I love it. Here is the link to it. Natural Sleep Mattress
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