Most people think that their bed is a haven, but recent research indicates that your body heat could cause your color to release potentially dangerous chemicals. Mattresses are known to emit minute concentrations of gases called organic volatiles (VOCs). The scientists said the VOCs are primarily made of polyurethane used in the mattress and other chemicals used in flame retardants and plastics. Regrettably, your body heat seems to increase your mattress VOC emissions according to experiments on eight different styles of polyurethane mattresses. But don’t just throw away your mattress: The average doses of the majority of VOCs remained well below thresholds, researchers observed. However, certain substances have reached the extent of risk for adolescents and young children, the researchers said, if their age was considered in exposure estimates. “There is no need for alarm, but it is important to note that air quality is important in our sleeping microenvironment when it comes to different contaminants like VOCs,” said Yael Dubowski, senior research scientist, an associate professor at the Israeli Technology Institute. “We should therefore make an effort to change it.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says the health effects associated with VOCs vary from skin, nose, and throat pain to headaches and organ injury. Increased chance of cancer has been associated with some VOCs, including benzene, acetaldehyde, and formaldehyde. The Best firm mattress does not restrain any foam or extra toxins.

For the study, Dubowski and her fellow students replicated sleep conditions in eight separate mattresses that imitate people’s high bodily warmth, humidity, and carbon dioxide. In contrast, they sleep for even a few hours. Sarah Evans, an assistant professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mountain Sinai, New York City, noted that the mattresses should be released at least six months before the report. “Sometimes we imagine, well, when you let things out for a while, you will significantly lower the number of off-gas chemicals,” Evans said, who didn’t participate in the analysis. “In this situation, they already had significant off-gas levels even after six months.” Researchers observed body heat seemed to enhance the release of VOCs by mattresses relative to the release levels.

Estimated exposures were below the ‘No Significant Risk Levels,’ set by stringent environmental legislation in California, scientists reported. However, if the light thresholds take a child’s age into account, the picture has been taken more seriously. Researchers have reported, for example, that cancer-related compounds such as acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, and benzene have reached or surpassed age-adjusted thresholds. The latest research was published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal on 10 July. Experts are usually most interested in infant exposure to VOCs, said Dr. Kenneth Spaeth, Northwell Health’s head of occupational and environmental medicine in Great Neck, N.Y. Babies spend a lot of time in their crib lying on foam mattresses that contain these gases, Spaeth said, who was not involved in the research. The easiest way to defend against VOCs is by opening windows and using fans to ensure good ventilation inside your house. Evans said that consumers can now choose mattresses manufactured from other materials than polyurethane foam. Cotton, wool, and natural latex mattresses can also yield lower gases.