Consideration for your own wellbeing when purchasing bed sheets.
Let’s start off by considering…
How well do you sleep at night?
According to some estimates, we spend as much as a 1/3 of our lives sleeping.
Sleep is a vitaly important human function. Without it, most of us would fall apart rapidy.
yet there is a large percentage of people who have problems getting a good night’s sleep.
- Sleep Quality:
- Acknowledge the importance of quality sleep.
- Understand that a significant percentage of people face sleep-related issues.
- Invest in Quality Bedding:
- Consider beds and their coverings are crucial investments in your home.
- Be aware that certain types of beds and beddings may have adverse effects on health.
- Chemical Residues and Health Issues:
- Be cautious of toxic residues in conventionally grown cotton bed sheets.
- Understand that chemicals used in cotton cultivation and processing can lead to health issues.
- Recognise symptoms such as insomnia, skin problems, respiratory issues, watery eyes, coughing and other allergies.
- Formaldehyde Finish in Bed Sheets:
- There is no requirement for product labelling to disclose what the bed sheets have been treated with.
- Be cautious of labels such as ‘no-iron’, wrinkle-free’ or ‘water-proof’, indicating potential formaldehyde use.
- Realise that virtually all polyester/cotton blends may have a formaldehyde finish with a heavy chemical presence.
- Understand that formaldehyde in fabric production is a known irritant and cancer-causing chemical.
(International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded that formaldehyde is “carcinogenic to humans” based on sufficient evidence it can cause nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia.)
- Realise that formaldehyde resin finishes become a permanent part of the fibre and release fumes over the fabric’s lifespan, wash after wash.
- Labelling Laws and Synthetic Materials:
- Be cautious of Australian labelling laws allowing a percentage of synthetic materials in “100% cotton” products.
- Recognise the drawbacks of synthetic fibers for the environment and health.
- Beyond Thread Count:
- Look beyond thread count when choosing sheets.
- Understand that softness depends on the quality of the fibre, emphasizing fine cotton for better sleep.
- Dust Mites and Allergens:
- Understand that beds can harbor dust mites, potent allergens.
- Realise that pillows and mattresses may be treated with perfluorochemical (PFC) finishes for water and stain resistance.
- Pillow Protectors:
- Use pillow protectors for extra fabric protection against stains, mold, bacteria, and dust mites.
- Regularly air protectors, preferably in a tumble dryer, and vacuum mattresses to minimize dust mite problems.
- Recognize that dust mite droppings can cause allergic reactions and compromise the immune system.
By considering these points, you can make informed choices that contribute to your overall wellbeing when purchasing bed sheets.