Unhealthy Effects of Tempurpedic Mattresses

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Unhealthy Effects of Tempurpedic Mattresses
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Tempurpedic mattresses are a popular choice for consumers looking for a bed with comfort and added back support. The memory foam in Tempurpedic mattresses was first developed by NASA. However, despite the advanced technological research that went into developing memory foam, there are many unhealthy side effects of Tempurpedic mattresses. These unhealthy side effects affect not only your health but the environment as well.

Heightened Body Temperature

Tempurpedic mattresses are weight and heat sensitive. They are made with open cell technology, which is said to increase airflow throughout the entire mattress. However, some consumers report that the open cell technology present in Tempurpedic mattresses causes them to have an increase in their body temperature. Though this poses no serious health risk, it can be irritating and may contribute to sleeplessness and night sweats. Make sure you are used to your Tempurpedic mattress before you sleep on it during hot summer nights.

Chemical Allergies

Memory foam gets its signature properties through a series of chemical processes used in manufacturing. Some people may experience an allergic reaction to the chemicals present in Tempurpedic mattresses. These allergy symptoms include sleeplessness, itchy eyes, rashes, nausea and headaches. People who have chemical allergies should not buy Tempurpedic mattresses, since these symptoms are unlikely to lessen over time.

Environmental Hazards

Tempurpedic mattresses are produced without chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). However, all Tempurpedic mattresses are produced with petroleum-based chemicals during the manufacturing process. Petroleum is a major contributor to harmful emissions that ultimately lead to pollution of our environment and the depletion of fossil fuels and natural resources.


Numerous complaints about Tempurpedic mattresses and memory foam are about the odour. The manufacturing proccess of Tempurpedic mattresses involve harsh chemicals like polyurethane, which leave behind foul odours that can last for weeks. All products that use polyurethane have a similar odour, but the density of memory foam will hold the odour for even longer. This odour may be unpleasant and cause headaches, nausea and may contribute to sleepless nights.

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