I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but here goes… I had my old bed mattress for 16 years.
Wow! That’s a long time to have a mattress, especially when the warranty on it was just 10 years. But let me tell you, even after just a couple of years I could feel the mattress sagging. I had to flip it over every few months. I tossed and turned when I slept on it. I regularly had kinks in my neck. So it was functional as a bed, but truthfully I didn’t really have a restful night’s sleep on it.
And all of this paled in comparison to what my husband was going through. Soon after we got our bed, he began having back issues. Since then he’s been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, ankylosing spondylitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He’s also dealt with sleep issues that cause him to toss and turn constantly throughout the night and waking up nearly every hour – which means he’d wake up feeling sleepy and unrested.
I never knew that a bed can make a huge difference for us. That’s why I had put off looking for a new bed for so many years.
When I was ready to buy a bed, I was overwhelmed with all the options: natural, latex, organic, chemical-free, foam, wool, Tempurpedic, Sleep Number… the choices were limitless. In fact, it took me a couple of years (literally) to end up with a bed mattress I was happy with.
Can you relate? Are you overwhelmed by all the choices in bed mattresses? Just the organic/natural market alone can be daunting.
I chose a non-toxic mattress instead of an organic one. Keep reading and I’ll tell you why.
The Chemicals Lurking in Your Mattress
I had a conventional bed mattress, and frankly I’ve done enough research to know that most conventional mattresses (with an inner spring) are coated with toxic flame retardants, such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), to ensure they confirm to the Federal Standards on flammability.1 These chemicals in these flame retardants are linked to thyroid hormone disruption, permanent learning and memory impairment, behavioral changes, hearing deficits, delayed puberty onset, decreased sperm count, fetal malformations and, possibly, cancer.2
Pretty scary, right?
Well… guess what? Those memory foam beds may actually be WORSE since there’s more filling compared to the inner spring-type mattress. In either case, both types of mattresses have chemical off-gassing (emitting the chemical isocynate – which is linked to headaches and respiratory irritations). In addition, the chemicals that glue the mattress together (including formaldehyde) has been linked with asthma, allergies, and lung, nose and throat cancers.3
Plus, over time memory foam beds lose their ability to support the back over time. This leads to back pain and may cause sleep disorders.
Okay, so conventional inner spring and memory foam mattresses are out. What about organic or natural mattresses?
The Problem with Organic and Natural Mattresses
I know what you’re thinking… Just like food organic must be better when it comes to mattresses, right? That’s what I thought too. In fact, that’s what I originally looked for when I was shopping for a new bed.
But here’s the thing, mattress manufacturers often use marketing terms to sell their products. Keywords like “plant derived” can still be made with petroleum-based products. Bamboo mattresses may not even contain much bamboo in the mattress foam.
There’s a handful of mattresses that are certified organic. The problem is that many don’t have the support needed for most people. After just a couple of years, organic mattresses can start sagging (which can lead to back pain and sleep issues) and in the end don’t last that long. Plus, they’re incredibly expensive for just a short life cycle.
Thinking about a latex mattress? I did too. In fact, I almost bought one because I knew that latex mattresses aren’t treated with flame retardants. But guess what? Most latex mattresses aren’t natural. They’re typically made from synthetic latex – which goes back to off-gassing chemicals in the mattress. And certified latex mattresses are incredibly expensive. I’ve tried many latex beds myself and just didn’t feel like they provided the support I needed.
So now organic and latex mattresses are out. What’s left?
Why I Choose an intelliBED Non-Toxic Mattress
I had literally been shopping for a non-toxic mattress for years and couldn’t find anything that met my needs. I wanted a mattress that provided excellent durability and back support, yet didn’t have toxic off-gases or chemical fire retardants. I found that mattresses had one or the other but none held up to all my requirements until I found intelliBED. What I love most about intelliBED is the intelli-Gel technology. It supports my hips and shoulders like nothing else. I have more restful sleep. I’m getting relief in my neck and lower back from a bed that actually supports my body. And I sleep better at night knowing that intelliBED is made with non-toxic materials.
I had a pretty long laundry list of requirements for a new bed mattress, and intelliBED exceeded all of them. That’s why I chose an intelliBED. Here’s why:
1. Prevents Back Pain
While most mattresses are made mostly with foam material (which sags up 25% in TWO YEARS and up to 55% in FIVE YEARS!), intelliBED is made with a firm coil spring to hold the spine in alignment. Plus, the Intelli-Gel column buckling technology has ZERO sag, maintaining optimal alignment and spine support while you’re sleeping. The Intelli-Gel technology is like the column that supports the room, in this case, it’s the whole back. Intelli-Gel supports the back and the whole body evenly.
Plus, intelliBED was developed primarily for people with back pain. Top sleep doctors and chiropractors recommend intelliBED for their clients to provide a non-toxic sleep system for people with back pain, including those with scoliosis, restless leg syndrome, arthritis, herniated discs, and much more.
I’ve been sleeping on my intelliBED for four weeks, and I’ve never felt so rested. I usually have a kink in my neck (I use intelliPILLOW too) in the morning or some lower back pain, but now I feel great. My husband has arthritis and degenerative disc disease, so he’s in constant pain. He loves our intelliBED too.
2. Eliminates Tossing and Turning
intelliBED reduces pressure points up to 80% compared to typical foam mattresses, which contour to the body but once compressed can create painful pressure points during sleep. Less pressure prevents tossing and turning, which helps to improve sleep. So instead of your heavier body parts, like hips and shoulders, sinking further into the collapsing foam and wrecking your sleep posture, intelliBED supports your back and prevents tossing and turning.
I used to feel my husband toss and turn all night, and not only do I not feel it (intelliBED mattresses feel like they absorb the movement on the other side of the bed), but my husband says he’s getting better sleep and isn’t moving around nearly as much.
Here’s a webinar I did with intellibed founder and engineer Bob Rassmussen:
3. Helps to Improve Sleep
Ever wake up feeling like you aren’t fully rested? That may have to do with your sleep cycle.
Your body goes through Stage 1-4 sleep and then REM (dream) sleep. It takes 45-90 minutes to go through a sleep cycle. When you sleep on your side, your body will want to move every 10-15 minutes. If you’re trying to get to a 45-90 minute sleep cycle, but your body is moving every 10-15 minutes then you won’t get through a full sleep cycle.
4. Get Better Sleep Without Toxins
intelliBED mattresses are made with non-toxic materials so you can get a better night’s sleep without the toxic chemicals of conventional mattresses. Made with a polyurethane soy-based foam (no off-gassing), silica fire blocker (no flame retardants or asbestos), and a food-grade, non-toxic mineral oil (the same non-toxic, BPA-free material found in baby bottle nipples) that makes up the intelli-GEL technology. intelliBED mattresses won’t off-gas and everything from the foam fillers, adhesives, and waterproofing are made from non-toxic materials.
This is huge considering many so-called natural or eco-friendly mattresses can still be made with a cotton liner produced from cotton exposed to pesticides, or adhesives that are made from toxic chemicals.
5. Try It Hassle Free
One of the hardest things about buying a new bed is figuring out whether or not it’s a good fit. You can try intelliBED for 60 days, and if you don’t like it then you can return it hassle-free. You will be reimbursed for the bed, minus $199 for shipping and $90 for the mattress protector.
I know getting a new mattress is an investment. Wouldn’t you rather try something that has a money-back guarantee AND allows you to try it for 60 days? That’s amazing customer service right there.
And if you do decide you like it, intelliBED mattresses have a 30 year warranty. Most beds are worn out within 5-10 years. With the intelli-GEL technology, intelliBED mattresses have amazing durability and wear for the entire life of the warranty.
Ready to learn more? Want to try intelliBED for yourself?
How Much is intelliBED?
I know what you’re thinking… okay, it all sounds great but how much? I’m with you. I’m all about the bottom line too.
Let’s face it – when you buy a bed you’re going to keep it for at least 10 years (or like me 16 years!). That’s an investment in your health and better sleep. But you don’t have to break the bank to get the best.
intelliBED offers non-toxic bed mattress options as low as $999. (WHAT?!)
Yep, you read that right. Seriously, that’s cheaper than Tempurpedic, Sleep Number and any organic mattress out there. And you can customize your bed based on your needs. If you need something budget, then you can do that. If you want more bells and whistles, then you can do that too. I opted for bells and whistles since my husband has major back and sleep issues. He’s never slept better!
BONUS: intelliBED actually offers 2 financing options on approved credit: Plans starting at $99/mo OR 12-month interest free financing. How awesome is that?!
Try intelliBED for 60 Days + 10% Discount
This is an EXCLUSIVE deal for Don’t Mess with Mama readers: Get 10% off with coupon code DMWM. This coupon code is EXCLUSIVE to Don’t Mess with Mama readers. You can try intelliBED for 60 days, and if you don’t like it then you can return it hassle-free. You will be reimbursed for the bed, minus $199 for shipping and $90 for the mattress protector.
Not sure what intelliBED mattress is the right fit for you? Call intelliBED at 1-888-GEL-BEDZ and mention you’re a Don’t Mess with Mama reader for help on how to choose a mattress based on your needs.
Don’t Need an intelliBED Mattress Right Now?
There’s something for everyone to get started with non-toxic bedding at intelliBED.
1. Try an intelliPILLOW to get a better night’s sleep on a pillow made without toxic chemicals. I take the pillow with my when I travel because it works THAT WELL to help me get better sleep without the neck pain and kinks I get from regular pillows.
2. Got a hard mattress? Try a non-toxic mattress topper to get a soft, pillow-like surface that actually supports your back.
3. Consider intelliBED mattresses for the baby crib or for your kids. It’s worth the investment to reduce toxins and help to support growing spines for little ones. This is great for anyone who has a kid who’s not the greatest sleeper.
Are you ready for an intelliBED mattress or bedding?
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