So...a couple of months ago I noticed I would wake up with welts all over my body. I thought I must be allergic to my sheets. I spoke with my nutritinoist and she said that I was probbaly allergic to my mattress. I got a cover for it, all is better. I dont sleep too comfortably though. Sleep with the mattress on the floor. It's kind of cheap and medium firm. I wake up tired.
Now I'm reading AN AMAZING book called The Autoimmune Epidemic and it talks about all the chemicals in everything (including flame retardents) and how sick they are making everyone. Not news to most of you, I'm sure, but I'm a newbie to all of this and boy it's a real eye opener.
So now I'm thinking of totally getting rid of the mattress (if something has all those chemicals, I dont want to cover them, I want them OUT of my life!) and also am thinking of sleeping on the floor or getting a tatami mat (like the Japanese sleep on) with a thin organic mattress, or just a thin foam pad with no tatami mat (i just read about sleeping pads on another thread here, never even heard of them) - all in an effort to eliminate chemicals, have tons more energy and sleep better and wake up with no back or neck pain I've read other threads here where one person mentioned the more they slept on their mattress, the more tired they would get. VERY interesting. I'm excited to try something new.
My question is - does anyone have a particular pad or sleeping thing they could recommend? Foam pads look great, but again, I am concerned with chemicals. Am I better off getting a tatami and thin cotton mattress? Am i better off sleeping with just blankets on the floor? I also love the idea of portability.... And I also dont want to spend a lot of money.
I am planning on asking my chiropractor what he thinks, but with all my bad experience with doctors I put more trust in community experience. What are your thoughts on the absolute best thing to get so you wake up with a ton of energy, sleep well, and not sleep on something toxic? What should I buy or use?? THANK YOu! This is so exciting to me ;) Even eating paleo, I never thought about how all the other things in our lives we take for granted can make such a difference. What a wake up call. And I did read the other threads where some people said they sleep on tempurpedic - i cant afford that :) and i did read about foam pads but i dont know how many chemicals they have in them...
I cannot wait to read your responses!! Thank you!