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Why Is It Important For Mattresses to Breathe?

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Air circulation inside a mattress is very important for a variety of reasons. It keeps the mattress dry and germ-free, helps remove bad smells, and prevents body oils from collecting deep within. Without air flow, these natural oils cannot evaporate from the bed foam, causing the mattress to become odor-filled.

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• Respiratory problems caused by a suffocating mattress

A suffocating mattress can suffocate the air you breathe at night and cause respiratory problems. It may also contribute to other conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and chronic insomnia. Ultimately, it can contribute to diseases like cancer and neurological disorders. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent suffocation from occurring in the first place.

Unlike normal mattresses, suffocating mattresses cause respiratory problems in infants. The materials used in these mattresses contain chemicals that are lethal to the respiratory system. These chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, mouth, and nose. In fact, lab tests have isolated up to 60 harmful chemicals from conventional mattress padding. Prolonged exposure to these substances may cause allergic rhinitis and a variety of other respiratory problems, including asthma. Both conditions require lifelong medical care.

• Increased risk of SIDS due to a suffocating mattress

A soft, suffocating mattress may increase the risk of SIDS. Studies have shown that a baby’s airway may become blocked when placed on a soft surface. Other risk factors include overheating and sharing a bed. SIDS is more common among boys than girls, and it often occurs between the second and fourth months of life.

SIDS is a major cause of infant death. Babies should sleep on their backs until at least 12 months of age, but older infants may not sleep on their backs all night. They can sleep prone or supine. Using a swaddling device does not reduce the risk of SIDS.

A breathable mattress may reduce the risk of SIDS. However, the exact mechanism of SIDS is unknown. One theory suggests that the increased risk of SIDS is caused by the baby repeatedly inhaling carbon dioxide. This causes a buildup of carbon dioxide, which in turn causes the infant to not breathe enough oxygen.

• Reduced risk of dust mite allergies due to a breathable mattress

If you are suffering from dust mite allergies, a breathable mattress may be the solution. It is also worth noting that organic mattresses are also a good choice for allergy sufferers.

Dust mites are microscopic organisms that feed on dead skin cells and mold spores. These tiny insects prefer warm and moist settings. If left untreated, they can grow to double the weight of your mattress. They can trigger asthma attacks, eczema, and allergic rhinitis, among others. By changing the type of mattress and bedding you sleep on, you can control the amount of dust you breathe in.

If you are allergic to dust mites, the most obvious solution is to switch to breathable mattresses. While a traditional innerspring mattress still contains coils, it has been updated with hypoallergenic comfort layers and pocket coils. Open coil designs are best avoided, because they can foster the growth of dust mites. Also, the presence of mold and mildew in the bedding can aggravate allergies and asthma. A breathable mattress is a good choice for allergy sufferers, because they are cheap and can be replaced every few years.

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