Learn everything you need to know before purchasing a mattress: the slick marketing tactics of the mattress industry, their use of cheap materials that wear out quickly, the differences in quality and durability between latex and polyurethane foam, the toxic fire-retardant chemicals that mattress manufacturers use to meet Federal flammability regulations, and the effect that these chemicals may have on your health.

The big brand name mattress manufacturers use inferior polyurethane “memory” foam rather than the more expensive but more durable latex foam. They also use toxic chemicals — including boric acid, formaldehyde, and antimony — to make mattresses flameproof.