Have you started having more health problems ever since you changed your bedding? This could be anything from pillows to mattresses and comforters or quilts. One possible cause of your problems could due to the increasing treatment of bedding products with flame retardant chemicals. The US Federal government and even many state governments have passed laws within the past few years mandating this.
While this is good news for people who smoke in bed – they greatly reduce their risk of burning to death while sleeping – it is bad news for those of us who are non-smokers. There is anecdotal evidence that the chemicals used to retard flame have been known to cause health problems to those who are sensitive to them.
Some of you may say that you only buy fully-organic and non-allergenic bedding. Unfortunately, what makes you think they are not also subject to these rulings? Ditto for imported bedding.
Although this problem probably only afflicts a small percentage of the population, that statistic is small comfort to you if you are one of those affected. So what can you do? With regards to bedsheets, pillow cases and blankets, the easiest solution is to air them out right after you buy them, and then wash and dry them several times before you start using them.
Of course, this will not work with your mattresses, pillows and comforters (or quilts). In this case, the simplest option is to make your own bedding (or have it made for you). While there are some disadvantages, going this route is not expensive or particularly difficult.
At the most basic level, all you need to do is to sew cloth of the right size and shape together and then fill them with cotton or down. What cloth you use depends on what you need to make as well as your own preferences. All that matters is that it be thick and strong enough to keep the filling in when you use it.
What if you do not know how to sew (or what if you are a guy)? Then you ask your neighbors for help. Or you pay a tailor a nominal sum to do it for you. Not too difficult, is it? Just remember that one edge should contain a zipper so that you can open up your mattress or pillow to refill the cotton whenever it starts to sag.
That is actually one of the big advantages of DIY bedding compared to buying mass-manufactured mattresses and pillows. You can remove the filling and wash the case anytime it gets dirty. You can cheaply replace the filling if your sweat soaks in and causes it to stink. You can add additional filling if you find that it starts to sag or does not provide enough comfort. You can remove some filling if you find that you need more support. Try doing all these with a commercially-made foam-filled mattress or pillow.
The most obvious disadvantage of making your own cheap bedding is of course the fact that you are largely limited to cotton or down filling. Those who are more adventurous and resourceful can try some alternatives like buckwheat (in some places it was quite the fad for a while) or beans (if it works for a bean bag why won’t it work for bedding? ).
If you have been getting sick more often (or getting more aches and pains) since changing your bedding, it could be due to the anti-flame treatments mandated by new Federal and state laws. One solution is to make your own. As explained above, it is not difficult.