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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Organic sheets for healthier sleep!

I recently found these sheets at my local Target store, and really like them. The thread count is high enough that they don't feel cheap, they do not pile, and are pretty wrinkle resistant if promptly dried after washing. Also, I think they are competitively priced.

Organic Sheets? Yes, I know some of you may be rolling your eyes right now. Remember, your skin is a porous membrane, absorbing everything with which it comes in contact. Consider the following; let us assume you spend an average of 7.5 hours each night sleeping. Lying with your skin and face (cheek/mouth/nose) in direct contact with the sheets on your bed. That is 2,737.5 hours per year, or consolidated; it is the equivalent of 114 days. Imagine the impact of 114 days of your life spent lying on chemical-laden or chemical-free material. Which would you choose?

Sleep is defined as a heightened anabolic state, accentuating the growth and rejuvenation of the immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems. So, while your body is working to rejuvenate and recooperate from the day, it is also dealing with the man-made chemicals residing in all of your non-organic sheeting.

Here is an excerpt on bedding & sleep provided by :
Most cotton sheets, unless flannel or organic, are treated with formaldehyde so as to reduce wrinkling. This can cause health problems, especially since the sheets and pillowcase are right next to your head where you breathe in the formaldehyde while you are sleeping. These formaldehyde treatments are designed to stay impregnated in the sheet and resist coming out even with many trips through the washer and dryer. In addition some sheets are made from synthetic materials, which release chemicals that you will breathe while sleeping on them.

The company they recommend for purchasing organic bedding is called Shepherd's Dream, the leading wool & organic bedding company in the USA.

If there is any single household material item that you might consider purchasing organic, I would recommend bedsheets. Also, when you purchase anything organic, it is a statement to the commercial industry that you support organic farming (hurray!). Organic farmers have an interest in sustaining American families' health and the earth, which is why they go through the additional work of farming organically. It requires more effort in all aspects, but turns out a much higher quality product. Better for the human body, and better for the earth. As a consumer, each purchase you make is a statement. Keep that in mind every time you reach out to choose a product at the store.

1 comment:

  1. love it girl! keep it coming... it's just less research for me to do!!! ha! ;)