Even those of us who are sleep deprived probably spend 2,000 hours a year in our beds. Babies, who are undergoing processes of critical developmental while they sleep, sometimes spend 10 hours a night (if their parents are lucky) on crib mattresses. Mattresses—particularly crib mattresses—can contain some really nasty hidden toxins, including unnecessary flame retardant chemicals, PVC (vinyl) plastic, and allergens. The problem with these toxic chemicals? They can be released from the mattress into the air that you breathe, as well as settle in house dust providing ongoing exposure to you and your family. These hazardous chemicals are linked to many serious health issues, including endocrine disruption, thyroid problems, learning deficits, hyperactivity, hypospadias, reduced ovarian follicles, reduced sperm count, cancer, and more. Click here for a more in-depth study of the impact of mattresses on these issues.