Hi, it's Emily Shurr, guest blogging for Savvy Rest. As a coach and counselor for people with ADD/ADHD, I often hear that my clients struggle to get a good night's sleep. This is a pretty common complaint for ADD/ADHD folks. Can a natural mattress and bedroom furniture make a difference?
For people who have trouble focusing, good sleep is absolutely vital to consistent functioning.
Sleep deprivation can have many causes. For people with ADD, it may result from using too high a dose of stimulant meds in our quest for the sustained concentration. Or it may be that we take meds too late in the day, which keeps us cranked up into the wee hours. As we ride the rollercoaster of an ADHD brain, we often stare into a computer screen right up until bedtime, which keeps our brain stimulated just when we need to slow down. Perhaps we're not getting enough exercise, and the body simply isn't tired enough to sleep. In addition to all that, we may be suffering from allergies and chemical sensitivities that often accompany ADHD, aggravating the nervous system.
Sleeplessness and ADHD can even look the same: The National Sleep Foundation reports that ADHD is often misdiagnosed in cases where sleep deprivation is actually the cause of restlessness, inability to focus, and difficulty regulating emotional states.
Sleep is essential for optimal brain function.
Many people respond to sleep deficit as they would to a constant physical threat—by tensing up and staying tense. When you get cheated on sleep, your body may become overactivated and stay that way to over-compensate for grogginess—so much that someone who is habitually sleep-deprived can be as hypervigilant or even paranoid as someone with PTSD. (Sleep Deprivation and Vigilant Attention, Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci) This is yet another reason a good night's rest is essential medicine for attention management issues.
ADHD, chemical sensitivities, & a good night's sleep on a natural mattress
People with ADD/ADHD often have serious chemical sensitivities as well. It's part of a cluster of neurological symptoms common in people with learning disabilities, ADHD, Dyslexia, Aspberger's, and Autism/Spectrum as well as other conditions. It means that we're unusually sensitive to odors, & allergens, & aerated chemicals.
So how does this relate to my mattress, bed, and pillow?
Most mattresses, pillows, sheets, pillowcases, and bedroom furniture are manufactured in a way that leaves them "off-gassing" when they get to you. That means they are still "exhaling" chemical vapors from the manufacturing process, and you get to inhale those vapors while you sleep.
I don't want to inhale vapors from the chemicals, do you? Do you want your kids inhaling them? They're harmful to your health. Some of the flame retardants used in conventional mattresses are proven carcinogens, and polyurethane memory foam comes with copious formaldehyde vapors. A few studies have even indicated these chemicals as a possible cause of ADHD. All-around gross, don't you think?
The moral of the story
Savvy Rest mattresses are made from certified 100% organic materials which are still flame-retardant and do not have the off-gassing element. Yes, you're providing yourself and your loved ones the assive comfort of natural latex from the rubber tree.
You are actually removing obstacles to clearheadedness when you sleep on a Savvy Rest mattress. When you're choosing furnishing for the room you sleep in—particularly the bed, where you spend a third of your life—take into account the chemistry involved, and get a good night's sleep without toxins addling your system.