The wrong Sacramento mattress choice can affect your health in more ways than just mere back pain. If you’re ill, your doctor may be able to diagnose the direct cause, but it’s not likely that he’ll point your bed as a contributing factor. Here’s how your mattress could be killing you softly:

It hosts the little things that irritate you.

Dead skin and body oils penetrate the mattress over time, serving as an invitation for dust mites and other allergens to take residence. Can you imagine sharing your bed with tiny creatures that intrude your nasal passages and cause you to wake up sneezing and itching throughout the day? An allergen-infested bed is nothing but discomfort, especially for people with chronic breathing problems such as asthma.

If you suspect that your bed is the culprit behind those watery eyes and a congested nose, you might consider replacing it with hypoallergenic mattresses from Sacramento companies such as The Healthy Bed Store.

It has a cancer-causing radiation antenna beneath it.

A study published in Scientific American uncovered that electromagnetic radiation of particular wavelengths are known contributors to the development of a variety of illnesses. Radiation can come in high doses particularly in areas where there are large volumes of FM radio and TV transmission.

The capacity of metals to attract and amplify radiation depends on the wavelength match. Since coil springs in your mattresses are made of metal, they can collectively serve as an impromptu antenna for electromagnetic radiation at a particular wavelength. Such a confluence of factors will lead to greater health risks by magnifying the radiation you’re exposed to. Consider shifting to a spring-free mattress such as memory foam.

It has toxic flame retardants.

The law requires your bed to be fire resistant because beds and furniture as major fire hazards. To comply, many bed manufacturers have resorted to incorporating various chemically treated materials into their mattresses.

Antimony, for instance, is absorbed by a person at a rate of about .8 mg every night—an amount 27 times greater than the EPA’s safety limit. This can cause gastrointestinal problems, kidney and liver damage, and cancer. Along with antimony are boric acid (a toxic respiratory irritant for roaches) and formaldehyde (a carcinogen). In low quantities, absorption of these chemicals is a non-issue, but the danger lies with the adverse health effects associated with long-term exposure to these substances.

Varying bed types offer different advantages in terms of comfort, style, size, and other factors. But it is important to prioritize safety above all. Always read about the materials the mattress is made of, and don’t pay a steep price in your health to save a few dollars.

(Source: Science-Backed Tips to Pick the Perfect Mattress, Greatist.com)