Healthy Sleep Blog

How Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Affect Your Health

The primary components of flame retardants in your mattress are endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The name alone is enough cause for worry, but the truth is that EDCs affect your health far more than you realize. At BioPosture, we make it possible for you to get your mattress without flame retardants. But we want you to know how EDCs in flame retardants affect you and your family, so that you can make an informed choice. We’ve talked at length about the dangers of flame retardants. But how … [Read more...] about How Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Affect Your Health

Can You Use FSA Funds To Purchase A Mattress?

Remember that flexible spending account (FSA) that your employer set up for you? It's a perfect way to use pre-tax dollars on eligible medical expenses. However, it's likely that whatever funds you still have in your FSA won't roll over into the new year. Or you may have opted into a health savings account (HSA), which gives you more flexibility on when you use your funds. But can you use your FSA or HSA funds to purchase a mattress? So the answer is usually "no", despite the massive health … [Read more...] about Can You Use FSA Funds To Purchase A Mattress?

Is My Mattress Affecting My Sleep?

35% of American adults report that they don’t get enough sleep. If you are one of those people, your mattress might be the problem. Let’s take a look at some common sleep inhibitors to find out if your mattress is affecting your sleep.  Chemicals in You and Your Mattress What you put into your body before bed (and what goes into it in bed) will have a significant effect on how much sleep you get. Here are some chemicals to avoid: Caffeine: Even though the effects of caffeine wear off within … [Read more...] about Is My Mattress Affecting My Sleep?

Body Temperature for Better Sleep

When it comes to quality sleep, the importance of temperature cannot be overstated. Your body needs to be able to thermoregulate in order to lower you into the most important stages of sleep. So what can you do to regulate your body temperature for better sleep? Turns out, quite a lot! Your body's temperature is related to circadian rhythms, which are cycles it runs through on a daily basis. These rhythms are controlled by your hypothalamus, but are affected by your diet, light intake, and your … [Read more...] about Body Temperature for Better Sleep

When Should You Buy a New Mattress?

If you are one of the many people who sleep on a regular basis, it’s likely that you haven’t replaced your mattress in quite some time. In fact, you might not even remember where or how you got your current sleep solution. You may not know when you’ve reached that recommended 10-year mark for replacing it. So when should you buy a new mattress? Fortunately, you don’t need to remember the details, because your mattress will tell you when it’s time to replace it. Age Indicates When You Should … [Read more...] about When Should You Buy a New Mattress?

Technology Can Hinder Your Sleep

Your smart-phone might not be the only reason you’re losing sleep at night (here are some others), but it’s absolutely connected. In fact, your computer and cell phone use is likely having a very negative effect on both the quantity and quality of your sleep cycle. In today’s technology-saturated world, what’s a smartphone user to do? Here are three ways technology can hinder your sleep, and how you can break free. Blue Light Hurts Your Sleep Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone in … [Read more...] about Technology Can Hinder Your Sleep