Despite the fact that you may feel like you can’t possibly get enough sleep, you actually do, in fact, spend more of your life sleeping than you do anything else. Where you sleep matters, and even more, what you sleep on matters too. We’ve found the best mattress toppers that are eco-friendly and good for your health too.
You may not have given much thought to the materials that your mattress and mattress topper are made of, but you might want to. Especially considering that the average American spends nearly 36 YEARS in bed. So that means that if the average life span is about 80 years, you most likely spend half your life in bed.
More to the point, you spend nearly half your life on a mattress and mattress topper.
That’s why it’s important that you think about what your mattress and mattress topper is made of, and whether or not you’re avoiding the toxins that many of them have. Skin is our body’s largest organ, and when we’re spending half our lives with our skin in contact with toxins and chemicals? Imagine what we’re exposing ourselves to.
Yes, the materials in the best mattress toppers matter very much.
What Exactly Is A Mattress Topper And Why Do I need one?
That’s a good question, as many people think it’s the padding you put on the mattress and under the sheets. And, for the most part, it is. But, it’s different than a mattress cover in that the best mattress toppers are designed to give you an extra layer of comfort when you’re sleeping. Plain and simple, it tops your mattress and mattress cover to add an extra layer of sweet dreams.
Do you need one? Maybe you need one because you’re not in a position to replace your mattress. A mattress topper can make all the difference. Maybe your mattress doesn’t need replacement but you still need an extra support system for your body to relieve tension and pressure points for getting good sleep.
Maybe you just love that cushy feel of a cozy bed, and the best mattress topper will make you feel like you’re spending the night in a luxurious hotel every time you climb into bed.
Maybe you just want the best night’s sleep you can get, and the best mattress topper will get you there every time.
Why Is Good Sleep Important?
As parents, we understand how sleep is important and how we function when we don’t get what our brains want.
Sleep is important. Our daily functionality depends on sleep and our being well-rested. Our health is at risk when we don’t get good sleep. Postpartum mothers are more at risk for postpartum depression without good sleep. Sleep-deprivation can be dangerous if you co-sleep with your baby.
To put it bluntly, sleep is pivotal and vital and it’s important we do what we need to do so we get good, restorative sleep. Often that boils itself down to making sure our bedding and mattress toppers are the best they can be.
What Types of Mattress Toppers Are Out There?
Just as you’d imagine–there are many types of mattress toppers. The choices you have in both mattresses and mattress toppers are similar in materials, and so just as it’s important to choose a non-toxic mattress, it’s just as important to choose a non-toxic mattress topper. Remember, you’re spending half of your life on this mattress topper.
Non-toxic mattress toppers don’t necessarily use conventional fiber or foam. They rarely use synthetic latex, or anything synthetic or man-made when ‘fluffing’ your bed. Non-toxic and organic mattress toppers don’t use polyurethane foams, as the Environmental Protection Agency claims that long-term exposure can lead to infertility, miscarriages, allergies, neurological disorders, asthma, cancer and more. Think about exposing yourself to that for nearly half your life!
Traditional mattress toppers also are often made with adhesives and chemical flame retardants, as well as dyes, antimicrobials and other chemicals that are off-gassed like VOCs and which endanger us.
Most non-toxic and organic mattress toppers will use either organic wool or organic cotton for padding and fabric. Additionally, if an organic or non-toxic mattress topper uses latex, there’s a process in which latex can be grown organically and foam can be processed with Dunlop methodology to create organic and natural latex mattress toppers. The Dunlop method is a natural process, and if you’re looking for latex mattress toppers, you’ll want to look for one that uses that methodology.
Organic, Non-Toxic Or Conventional? Does It Matter?
Whether you choose a non-toxic, organic or conventional mattress topper does matter. The best mattress toppers are the ones that obviously are most comfortable AND safest. Some people prefer something that has mostly clean and green materials and with which they feel comfortable spending half their lives on, and others may insist solely on an organic mattress topper since so much time is spent in bed. And then still, you’ll have others who are looking for comfort at an affordable price, and materials don’t matter as much.
While we understand prioritizing budget with wants and needs, we do recommend looking at buying the best mattress toppers you can afford. Those would fall in the non-toxic or organic range, as they’ll offer you mattress toppers that are made with hypoallergenic materials that have no pesticide residues. You’ll stay away from chemical flame retardants and high-VOC chemicals, and you’ll also probably find your allergies and quality of sleep are better too.
Not to mention, when buying the best mattress toppers you’ll also find that you’re helping the earth by making better choices for her. Did you know traditional cotton is one of the dirtiest crops in the world? It’s laden with chemicals that are horrible for you and for your planet. Organic cotton or wool are better to our bodies and our earth, and many materials in non-toxic and organic mattress toppers are recyclable and biodegradable.
What Are Other Non-Toxic Benefits To The Best Mattress Toppers Are There?
Most importantly, the best mattress topper may extend the life of your mattress, and possibly prevent you from needing to buy a whole new mattress. Sometimes, getting the best night’s sleep is as simple as finding the best mattress toppers to make you comfy and cozy. Mattresses themselves may be able to continue to get the job done without needing replacement if they have a bit of help. Or, you may not be able to afford an organic or fully non-toxic mattress, but…
That’s where the best mattress toppers come in.
Sleeping on a non-toxic, chemical-free surface isn’t going to just help your sleep quality be better, but your health too. Restful sleep with a power charged immune system? Yes, please.
The Best Mattress Toppers For Sweetest Dreams
This Naturally Nestled mattress topper is made with 100% certified Organic Latex. It’s covered with a GOTS certified Organic cotton cover, and with Naturally Nestled, you’re never compromising with added synthetic latex or other filler materials. All the latex trees and cotton fields used for making the Naturally Nestled products are farmed with organic practices that use no chemical pesticides or fertilizers. That means you’re sleeping on clean and green materials and it’s better for your health and the earth.
The certified organic latex is farmed in Sri Lanka with the latex sap sustainably harvested in small batches from rubber trees that are at least 40 years old or older. Naturally Nestled uses the Dunlop process to produce their latex (this uses much less energy than the Talalay production process) and there are no petrochemicals. The latex is antimicrobial and dust mite resistant, so you’ll have fewer allergic reactions and irritants.
The latex used is produced by the only Certified Carbon Neutral latex manufacturer in the world, and they have no flame retardants, fillers, VOCs, formaldehyde, pesticides or herbicides. The cover is Oeko-Tex 100 certified that is removable and washable.
All the specs aside, the latex is comfy, cozy and downright buoyant. It provides structure and support for you as you sleep, which gives pressure relief and a better night’s sleep. Plus the natural latex has an open-cell structure so it breathes better and leaves a breathable layer between you and your mattress.
The infused bamboo charcoal in this therapeutic memory foam mattress helps eliminate pressure point pain and offer a naturally hypoallergenic sleep environment for you. The bamboo also helps regulate moisture, temperature and odor and prevents bacterial growth from forming, creating a barrier of protection. The topper has ventilation that offers superior airflow for just that purpose, keeping it cool and comfy no matter the ambient air temperature.
When you think of or hear wool, you may think that means ‘cold, wintery feel,’ but this organic merino wool topper from Sleep & Beyond is exactly the opposite. It’s a material that keeps you cool in the summer, warm in the winter and it’s encased in a certified organic cotton sateen that’s super soft.
This is a fan favorite for those suffering from arthritis or fibromyalgia or rheumatism, as it offers comfortable cushioning and support to soothe pain and relieve pressure points. It’s also a fan favorite since it is chemical-free bedding; it’s a perfect choice for those allergic to dust mites or with sensitivities to chemicals. Wool lasts forever if you take care of it and it that makes this not just an investment in your health, but in the health of your children and their children too.
Pure Green has been working to produce the highest quality natural latex foam in their Sri Lankan factory since 2013. They didn’t want any synthetic latex, and they wanted it to certify with internationally recognized health and environmental certifications. Not to mention, it had to meet a multitude of performance and aesthetic standards.
And that’s the story of how the Soft Topper was born. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a mattress topper to add softness to your bed but still give you firm support that doesn’t make you feel like you’re sinking into the mattress. Side sleepers love it because while a firm mattress is great for backs, sometimes they can be too tough on hips and shoulders. The soft topper gives relief to those pressure points. You can also opt for medium and firm versions if you want that added comfort in medium or firm support.
The Pure Green mattress topper is made with 100% natural latex harvested in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, a trick of the mattress topper trade is to include a small amount of natural latex with synthetic latex so it can be labeled natural, but Pure Green doesn’t use any fillers and it doesn’t use any synthetic latex in production. It’s also more durable than polyurethane or even a memory foam as it is a durable material. Many who have fallen in love with the Pure Green say it outlasted their mattress!
It’s a heat neutral mattress topper that doesn’t absorb body heat or change firmness, and that’s because of its open-celled foam that has tiny air chambers running throughout. This adds to the breathability, and it is a great buffer between you and a hot mattress.
The latex is made through the Dunlop process made in molds, which is different from those that are ‘continuous pour’ latex as those often include fillers or latex.
If you’re looking for the premium experience in mattress toppers, you’ve found it in Holy Lamb Organic Wool Mattress toppers. They’re handmade (yes, handmade, so they take a few weeks to create) in Oakville, Washington, and they’re made from the purest latex (using the Dunlop method) wrapped in the finest eco-wool. They’re then encased in GOTS-certified organic sateen covers, and they’re obviously flame retardant naturally because of the wool. They also are free of chemicals, synthetic fillers and additives, and cared for properly? They’ll last for generations.
No matter the topper, the bottom line is you want comfortable, consistent sleep. It’s restorative, and necessary, and the best mattress toppers will help you ensure you get it.