Today on the blog, I’m sharing my Avocado Mattress Review and why we switched to non-toxic and organic mattresses for our family of four.
Let’s get right to it: sleeping is not a luxury, it is a necessity. While we sleep, our bodies are repairing, detoxing, creating long term memories and new neuronal connections, releasing necessary hormones and fighting inflammation.
If you have autoimmune disease, chronic illness or life stress, sleep is even more important for your health and wellbeing. When we don’t get quality sleep, our immune function decreases, blood sugar is harder to stabilize, and we don’t have the mental or physical energy to approach our day mindfully and with controlled cortisol levels.
Many years ago when most of my peers were staying out late, I was digging into all the research surrounding sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene includes a set of routines and habits that create a positive and restful sleep environment.
Some examples of good sleep hygiene I practice include:
wearing blue light blocking glasses once the sun sets – this helps your body move away from producing cortisol (wake hormone) to producing melatonin (sleep hormone)
limiting the use of screen and technology in the evening (screens at night affect natural melatonin production)
getting enough morning and daytime sunlight to regulate my circadian rhythm so I tire naturally as the day progresses
having a “no stressful conversations at night” rule – and definitely no news, scary or intense TV or movies
a set bedtime routine and sleep time (the 10 pm to 2 am sleep is thought to be most restorative)
creating a comfortable sleep environment (inclusive of non-toxic mattress and bed sheets, cool temperature and air circulation and quality)
Here’s the thing: when you actually fall into that glorious deep sleep, you don’t want to be breathing in harmful chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption and allergies. You may not smell them (or maybe you do – off-gassing VOCs can be potent) or see them, but with conventional mattresses and even some organic ones, they are present.
While you spend 33% of your life in bed, you are likely being exposed to flame retardants, formaldehyde, toxic glues and water-based adhesives, foam, phthalates (carcinogens) and pesticides, if you’re still sleeping on a conventional mattress.
It may take some time to save up for a truly healthy mattress, but it will be worth it to significantly decrease your daily toxin load, especially when your body is working hard to detox while you rest.
When I became pregnant with my first, we decided to toss our old conventional mattress and opt for something more natural. We dutifully went to our local natural mattress store and chose the one that fit our price range, not taking into consideration comfort or quality.
Our old (but still safer) mattress retained heat and had little give or spring – we were waking up with muscle cramps, overheated and just couldn’t get as comfortable as we did with our old conventional mattress. We put up with it for 5 years (because mattresses are not cheap, hello!)
But I’m here to say: don’t compromise your sleep comfort and safety if you can help it.
I had my eye on Avocado Mattress for years since it has become the industry standard and #1 rated organic mattress company. Avocado‘s mattresses meet the rigorous safety standards of several certifications, and they are handmade to order in their own Los Angeles factory.
Look at this impressive list of commitments to safety, transparency and comfort. I was truly shocked to see a mattress company go above and beyond like this!
GOTS Certified Organic
Uses Organic Latex, Cotton and Wool
Green Guard Gold Certified
No Flame Retardants (which are linked to cancer and hormonal disruption and present in conventional mattresses)
Hand-Tufted, Not Glued with Chemical Solvents
Recycled steel springs (also biodegradable)
Ergonomically designed for back and neck safety
American-made in California
B Corp: committed to the safety of people and the planet
First mattress company to create negative carbon emissions (offsetting all of their environmental emissions and then some!)
Fair Trade Certified
More than 10,000 5-star reviews
You can geek out with even more information about all the steps they take to ensure your mattress is safe, comfortable and ethical here.
Okay, so we know this mattress is using safe and sustainable materials. But is it comfortable? I often assume I will be trading some modern comforts when transitioning to a non-toxic lifestyle.
After sleeping on the #1 rated Green Mattress (King Pillowtop) for several nights, I can see why Avocado has such a large fanbase. WOW! I can’t believe I spent 5 years (technically sleeping for almost 2 of those years) sleeping on a hot, overly firm mattress instead of this one.
It arrived rolled up in a fairly heavy (but not large) cardboard box with white glove service. Our delivery driver got the box up two sets of stairs, and my husband was able to lift it himself onto our platform bed the next day.
Our mattress had a moderate smell straight out of the box – definitely not a chemical smell – more like the smell of a new wool rug that faded within a few hours.
The pillow top is incredibly plush and soft, and the mattress doesn’t transfer motion or bounce from my thrashing husband and 4-year-old. I recommend the pillow top to take away some of the firmness that comes with natural latex and wool mattresses.
And can I make a confession? Our old mattress was so hot, we could barely sleep on it together. Avocado Mattress is helping us return to a true family bed – not just me and the kids – but my always-runs-hot husband too.
I can actually sleep with my organic bed sheets, heavy comforter AND 8-pound weighted blanket (I’m a high maintenance sleeper, if that isn’t obvious from this email) and wake up completely cool and not drenched in sweat. Quite frankly, that is a miracle.
After trying out the King Size Pillow Top Avocado Mattress, those 10,000 5-Star reviews make complete sense. It’s really gratifying to know there are companies out there this dedicated to human and environmental health and running their business in a transparent and ethical manner. They have my official BIG seal of approval!
Wondering how you can save on Avocado right now?
They happen to be running their annual Labor Day Sale through September 9th!
Use code ALAENA for $200 off your mattress (includes Green, Vegan and Luxe Crib Mattresses) through 9/8.
If you want to add on a bed frame, get it $150 off using code BED150 on top of the $200 off mattress discount.
I know so many of you have been curious about Avocado Mattresses, so I hope this review helped you decide if it’s the best investment for your family.
Please let me know if you have any other questions about my experience!