For years we’ve been warned of the inherent risks we should avoid to maximize our health. Cigarettes can cause lung cancer, too much sun can cause skin cancer, abusing medications and toxic fumes are things all of us know to stay away from. But have you ever heard you should be cautious with what you sleep on?
Think about it, most of us will spend about a third of our life sleeping. If the materials we are sleeping on are not good for our health, how will that affect us, especially over a long period of time? Many sleepers report sensitivities to many of the materials that are in common use in today’s mattresses. Some of their complaints include headaches, rashes, and other allergic reactions.
Many of these complaints are due to the various synthetic materials that are added into mattresses. For example, nearly all mattresses use different types of foam as the primary cushioning layer. The primary ingredient that goes into foams are petroleum-based chemicals, which, when broken down, release toxic fumes. This “off-gassing” contains chemicals that are known carcinogens.
Compounded by this problem is the fact that recently, the federal government required that all mattresses be fire-retardant. Unfortunately, the cheapest way to make a mattress fire-retardant is to use chemicals such as boric acid, which has been shown to have negative health effects in animals and is so toxic that Europe is phasing its use out completely.
So if almost all mattresses use foam, and foam isn’t good for you, what should you use? Doctors including allergists, oncologist, and immunologists have suggested that the ideal mattress should use non-toxic, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal materials. An amazing sleep material called Intelli-Gel is able to meet all of these requirements.
Intelli-Gel, a durable polymer material used in hospitals because of its safety and pressure relieving ability is exclusively available in intelliBED mattresses. These mattresses minimize the use of synthetic foams used in other mattresses and provide cushioning that gives all of the optimal characteristics described above. Plus, intelliBED mattresses use all natural silica for fire blocking and organic cotton or cotton/polyester for the quilt layer to create the safest, most durable sleep surface available for home use.
As a trained chiropractor, Nicole uses her extensive understanding of human anatomy and biomechanics to bring awareness to healthcare professionals and the public regarding the importance of sleep, which is an often overlooked aspect of our health.
The quality of our sleep can positively or negatively affect everything from our cognition, weight management, our ability to fight illness, and our happiness.
She is dedicated to bringing to light sleep’s impact on our health, as well as explaining the science of sleep by creating educational materials and training wellness professionals.
Nicole did her undergraduate work at Purdue University and received both her Doctor of Chiropractic and Bachelors of Science from Western States Chiropractic College.