The Sneaky Way You’re Sabotaging Your Clean Life (And How To Fix It)

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In our never-ending quest to detox our lives of unnecessary chemicals, words like organic, GMO, and natural have taken center stage in our vocabularies. "Clean living" has transformed from a fringe phrase of the über health conscious into something we’re all after. And while most of us know how to clear the toxins from our pantries and beauty cabinets, we’re missing one major source of chemicals—our mattresses.

If you’re someone who carefully scans the ingredient list of the food you eat, it makes sense to do the same for something you spend upward of seven to eight hours a day on top of. Traditional mattresses are packed with chemicals, and many of them emit volatile organic compounds that can cause headaches, allergies, and irritation night after night. Not to mention, the synthetic materials used in many beds can contain traces of petroleum and potentially carcinogenic formaldehyde. Yikes. Step one to a healthier night’s sleep is finding a mattress that is made of materials that actually exist in nature, so you don’t have to worry about these potential stressors.

Once you find a bed with a solid ingredient list, the next thing to look at is comfort, support, and temperature regulation. Beyond being plush enough to fall asleep on, your mattress should be firm enough to support your body through the night. Minimizing sleep interruptions will make it easier to stay in the critical stage of sleep, REM, when your body does everything from move information from your short-term memory to your long-term memory, produce healthy hormones, and fight inflammation. In addition to being soft yet strong, your mattress also needs to keep your body from overheating. Doctors and sleep experts agree that an atmosphere between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit is the sweet spot for restorative sleep, since our body’s temperature naturally ebbs and flows during the day and tends to be coldest right before we drift off to bed.

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While it may seem tricky to find a mattress that checks all these boxes, Essentia’s natural memory foam option does just that. Made using the highest quality natural and organic components that reduce VOC exposure, it’s allergy-friendly (no dust mites here), allows for heat to flow away from the body and permeate out through the mattress, and adjusts quickly to your natural movements to keep you in that coveted REM state through the night.

Here’s a peek at how a few of the biggest names in wellness are using Essentia’s bed to rev up their healthy routines:

1. Yogi Tara Stiles uses it to relax with her new daughter.

Yogi and best-selling author Tara Stiles decided on Essentia when crafting a cozy sleep sanctuary for her young family. The memory foam offers pressure relief, which can combat the numbness and soreness she feels after days of spinal twists and inversions. Tara also rests easy knowing that its natural, organic components are totally safe for her new baby, Daisy, to snuggle up in too.

2. Chef Seamus Mullen loves how it supports whole-body recovery.

Between being an award-winning New York City chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author, Seamus Mullen has a crazy schedule that keeps him on his feet all day. He loves how Essentia supports his back, as its natural latex support layer that promotes spinal alignment and relieves stress on the lumbar region. To get ready for sleep, this chef gulps down an elixir of passionflower extract (a mild, natural sedative) and magnesium powder.

3. Trainer Kenny Santucci takes advantage of its cooling technology.

For the NYC-based trainer, the thing that sets Essentia apart is the fact that it cools naturally and won’t stimulate the central nervous system. This creates the perfect environment for him to unwind as an athlete. After all, he sees recovery as being just as important as exercise in any training routine.

Eating organic, wholesome foods and being mindful of the personal care products we use are just part of a healthy lifestyle. To truly embrace clean living, it’s important to look beyond the obvious and make sure that everything we use—from the bed we sleep on to the cars we drive—is good for our bodies and our world.

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