The Truth About Organic Bedding

Shopping for sheets can burn a hole in your wallet — there's no two ways about it. But, with the influx of organic fabrics for anything from clothes to linens, the price of bedding can skyrocket. Luckily, as more options become available, the cost has seemed to dip. Before you head to the store, there are a few things you should consider before you spring for conventionally made linens.

Since we spend an average of 30 hours or more in our beds per week, the fabric that we're sleeping on is important. The reason that many are making the switch to organic linens is similar to the cause of the mass-exodus to organic foods — people are less and less comfortable with pesticides and chemicals being so close to their bodies, SheKnows explains. As cotton is one of the most chemically sprayed plants on Earth, according to Modern Dane, switching to brands that avoid using such harsh chemicals makes sense to many in the health-conscious population. Particularly since our skin is our biggest organ, many consider making the switch to organic linens so that they absorb fewer of these pesticides.

Furthermore, SheKnows notes that many traditional linen companies spray even more chemicals onto their sheets to prevent wrinkles. On top of the pesticides used throughout the production process, these added chemicals may be more damaging to your system than many realize.

Organic linens may be helpful if you have a skin condition

Beyond being better for your peace of mind, sleeping on organic bedding may also soothe issues with your skin. Whether you have psoriasis, eczema, or just dry skin, sticking to a breathable option for your nighttime routine may make a big difference in the way you feel. Dermatologist Dr. Kemunto Mokaya tells Elite Daily that those with sensitive skin should opt for "lightweight, breathable, and smooth fabrics to reduce friction and sweat, which can irritate skin that is already inflamed or sensitive."

Furthermore, she recommends looking for naturally derived materials like silk, bamboo, and 100% organic cotton that are devoid of heavy dyes. But, perhaps an added benefit of sleeping on chemical-free sheets comes from their production line. Rather than subjecting farmers and producers to loads of toxins throughout their manufacturing process, organic-linen production avoids these chemicals completely — keeping you, and the people that make them, healthier, according to Coyuchi. This process also goes easier on the environment, releasing fewer chemicals into the atmosphere.

While the switch to organic products is personal, it doesn't need to take place overnight. If it feels right to you to use organic bedding, you can find a cost-effective option first and see how it makes you feel.