Intellibed: My Favorite Non-Toxic Mattress
I need to be honest here, for most of my 27 years here on earth, I haven’t cared much about sleep. It was just something I had to do in order to function somewhat properly the next day. In college, I would go out boozing all night, fall asleep at 2am to wake back up at 5am that same morning to head to work. After college, I would work until 9pm, blog until 12am, then wake back up at 4:30am to work again. I barely slept and I thought I was “just one of those people” that didn’t need much sleep. Boy was I hella wrong. After about 6 years of playing this terrible/no sleep game with myself, my adrenals were pretty shot. I was constantly stressed, gaining weight, depressed and honestly, I just felt plain terrible. Something had to give.
After changing my work schedule and rearranging some of my priorities, I was able to begin sleeping AT LEAST 6 hours per night. I would constantly wake up drenched in sweat and sometimes my feet would have fallen asleep because of the shape of the mattress, but I was feeling better and better as I got more and more sleep. I was finally losing some weight, becoming a happier person, and feeling less anxiety. It was the first time I actually understood the importance of a good night sleep.
As you’ve dabbled in paleo and probably read all of the benefits of eating grain free and gluten free, I’m sure you’ve stumbled upon a couple websites or books pressing the importance of sleep. I know when I first started eating paleo and read The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, I noticed that he wrote a good amount about proper sleep. Of course, me being the idiot that I am, ignored this important fact thinking I was “one of those people” who it didn’t pertain to. I’m so annoying. It’s taken me 27 years to finally understand I’m not “one of those” because no one is. Ok, I’ll stop making finger quotes now.
Everyone needs a good night sleep, everyone deserves a healthy sleep, but not everyone knows the importance of both these things and how they related to each other.
So let’s talk about it. Let’s talk about sleep. Because even though it may be the most boring thing on earth to talk about (unless you’re talking about your weird ass dreams…I dreamed about zombie hunting me last night) it’s super important to know more about it so you can make an informed decision when choosing a new mattress. Let’s get to some facts. We have to talk about the elephant in the room: why spring and foam mattresses aren’t the best choice (and I’m not even talking about how they break down over time and begin to sag – ew, nobody wants a saggy anything, let alone a mattress):
- Toxic Sleep: Honestly, I never knew any mattress could be toxic. I didn’t know toxic was a word that would even be used in the same sentence as mattress. But after doing research and finding out some of the chemicals that are used in making a mattress flame retardant, I was astounded with what I found out. Most mattresses are sprayed with a flame retardant cocktail that can include a mixture of:
But you know why this is all so gross? Because over time, the mattress can off-gas these chemicals which you either breathe in or absorb through your skin. That means that you’re literally breathing in formaldehyde. WHAT? That’s some crazy sh*t right there.
- What Toxic Sleep Means for Pregnant Women: “Research has proven that significant exposure to toxins during pregnancy can be harmful to both the woman and the fetus. Another study found that toxic chemicals actually pass from a woman’s bloodstream, through the placenta and to the fetus. Toxins were also identified in breast milk. (Harvard School of Health/Centers for Disease Control)” Via.
- What Toxic Sleep Means for Infants: You ready for a crazy freaking fact about a link to off-gassing and SIDS? “Recent studies examine an infant’s sleep environment as a possible contributor in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, cases. Two doctors in the United Kingdom and New Zealand concluded a decade-long study that linked toxic crib environments to infant health issues, including possibly SIDS. The resulting awareness campaign caused the number of SIDS cases in both areas to drop dramatically.” Via. Learn more about the evidence here. Read it, it’s insane.
- What Toxic Sleep Means for Adults: 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. But what is even worse is that the toxins in normal mattresses can be correlated to asthma, allergies, and even cancer. Find more information about toxins and cancer here.
Ok, I have to stop saying the word toxic. Because it’s a sad word. And it’s sad that the place we rest our heads at night, the place we stuff our slobbery face onto for around 8 hours, is the place that we are continuously breathing in toxins without the right mattress. It’s just crazy. Crap, I said it again. Man, that word sucks.
Why Intellibed is Different:
When I found out about intellibed, I was more shocked about all the crap-bed statistics out there that I didn’t totally concentrate on all the benefits of an intellibed. They concentrate on four pillars to help their bed stand above the rest:
- Pressure Relief
- Back Support
- Safe Materials
- Superior Durability
Intellibed’s gel technology uses a patented gel-matrix that keeps the body balanced and comfortable while sleeping. This reduces pressure points on the shoulders and hips so they don’t get irritated and tell the body to move, which wakes us up from a deep sleep. Because their beds have a firm foundation under the intelli-gel, the hips and shoulders are able to stay in proper alignment with the rest of the body, therefore staying in a comfortable sleep longer.
Intellibed’s gel technology is a co-polymer made from food grade material. I won’t even act like I know what the word co-polymer means, but I know that it is proven to be non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and doesn’t generate heat. Because of this, intelli-Gel is used in hospitals to help with bed sores and even burn victims!
Paying a Little More to Keep You Healthy:
Ok so I know you’re totally asking yourself right now, why the hell is JB telling us about a mattress? She blogs about food. Oh, and workouts. Oh, and fashion finds. But that’s pretty much exactly why I’m telling you about a mattress. After beginning paleo about 5 years ago, I really only concentrated on the food side of things. I thought that food was all I needed to make myself a better and happier person. But over time, I figured out that not only did I need clean and delicious food, but I also needed my workouts for a happier mind and body, outfits that made me feel good in my skin to keep a happier spirit, and a better night sleep to keep me kicking ass every.single.day. Paleo began all about food, but it’s now become all about a better way of life. Keeping our bodies as well as our minds, as healthy as possible.
But I know what you’re thinking right now… so what is this intellibed going to run me, Juli? I get it, I’m a thrifty spender and I’m always looking for deals. When looking at intellibed’s different bed choices, they have king size mattresses that run on average about $3,500. But what’s so cool about Intellibed is that they promise you and warranty their beds to last for 30 years, meaning you’re paying about $116 per year for your mattress. PER YEAR! For me, not having to think about buying a mattress for another 30 years is quite a relief and completely worth $116 per year. Our last spring mattress was bought about 10 years ago, for around $3,000 and has completely sunken in in the middle. And I can’t imagine what kind of gases it was releasing.
And since Intellibed is so awesome and has agreed to work with me, I get to bring you a deal today! For the next month, until June 18th, when you purchase a therapeutic bed with Intellibed, you’ll be getting 10% off your order when you use the discount code PaleOMG. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL *in a game show host announcer voice*. When you purchase a bed using my discount code, you’ll also be getting:
- 10% off your order (I know, I said that already)
- 2 intelliPillows for FREE (a $299.90 value)
- 1 Dreamfit Sheet Set for FREE (up to $189.99 value)
- 1 Mattress Protector for FREE (a $90 value)
That’s a total value in savings of $579.89 plus the 10% off your order! Pretty rad. And if a bed isn’t in your price range right now, they also have mattress toppers that have the gel matrix inside and you’ll still receive the 10% off discount with the PaleOMG discount code! If you’re nervous about getting a bed you still haven’t tried out, know that you have a 60 day in-home trial to test out the bed the bed to make sure you absolutely love it! If you have any questions, feeling free to leave a comment below and I’ll make sure to answer all of them as quick as possible!
Click Here to Find Out More About What Intellibed Has to Offer and Get 10% Off Your Purchase with PaleOMG Discount Code at Checkout!
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50 thoughts on “Intellibed: My Favorite Non-Toxic Mattress”
Thanks for this post! I have been waiting for your review on this mattress! Very happy to see that you can also bring us a discount as well!!
This sounds ah-mazing and it just so happens my partner and I are in the market for a new bed/mattress. Do you know if your bonus offer (the 10% off and the extras) are valid for us Canadians as well?
Thanks so much!
not yet, but i’m in the process trying to change that. i should know in a couple days!!
this is exactly how i felt when i got my new mattress last year. i couldn’t believe how comfy it was and i felt/still feel like i’m sleeping on clouds. i had my previous one for 19 years so it was time to get a new one. i bet this will last me another 20!
Obviously you like it since you’re telling us about it but is it more comfortable than a spring mattress? What does the gel feel like? Similar to memory foam? Are you sleeping better on it than you would a normal spring mattress? I’ve really been considering getting one of these so I’m glad that we can get a discount!
i think it totally depends on what you prefer with a mattress. i prefer super soft so it was definitely different compared to a spring mattress. since it’s gel, it kind of “bounces back” in a way. memory foam sinks, this keeps you propped up while still being soft. i hope that makes sense! and i never slept poorly, so i still sleep great, but i honestly keep sleeping better and better the longer i have it!
Thanks for the review, I’ve also been awaiting your feedback as I know I’m creeping up on needing a new mattress. Question for you: did you buy their box spring as well or keep the one you had?
we got the box spring as well, but you don’t have to. completely up to you, I just thought since we were moving into a new house, might as well start totally new when it came to the bed!
Besides the plug (which you did well) how is it for you? How many hours do you sleep now? Is it truly non-heat generating? Do you feel like it helps/supports your back and pressure points better than a standard mattress? Have you found any cons? A personal review would be more helpful in my decision making process than a recap of highlights from their website.
It’s great! I didn’t have trouble sleep before, but I still sleep great. It is non-heat generating, even more so in the pillows. My head always gets hot first and the pillow is cool to the touch! It definitely supports your back and you can feel how it keeps your hips from sinking. The only con i’ve found was it was a little different to get used to after having a sagging, super soft mattress because it doesn’t give the same. But I was used to it after a couple nights. Each night I seem to sleep better and better, and that’s total honesty! Hope that helps, feel free to ask any more questions you can think of!
Which model do you have? I am buying a mattress this week and have been waiting for your review on intellibed!
i have the relief perfect!
Great I got the same one! It’s being delivered on Saturday! 🙂
Is the discount also for your neighbours in the great white north? I haven’t tried to use it yet, just curious!
not et, but i emailed about changing that. i should know in a couple days if it’s possible! fingers crossed!
Juli, thanks for the info! I’ve been waiting to hear what you liked about it. Do they have stores where you can lay on them to try them out? Wondering if it feels like the Tempur Pedic ones, my mom had one of those and I didn’t really like it. But this all sounds awesome. My 3 year old mattress is already sagging and killing my back.
Hi, the coupon code only took off the ten percent. Do you know how the extras are handled?
The free gifts are added to your order once you place the order!
Hi! Love your review here – I put everything in the cart but only the 10% was taken off. Do I need to call and reference your discount code for the rest of the freebies? Thank you!
nope, those will be attached with your order!
Is there an expiration on how long the discount code will be available?
It will be available for a month, so until june 18th
Do they have showrooms? It sounds interesting! I prefer firm mattresses and absolutely HATE Tempurpedic mattresses so I wonder if I would like this style. With Tempurpedic I feel like I’m laying on top of quicksand – yuck!
here’s the list of the showrooms: http://www.intellibed.com/contact-us there aren’t a ton, but that’s why they give you the 60 day trial period, to make sure you like it!
When purchasing the mattress, you said the extra stuff is added once you place the order. So should I purchase a mattress protector with my order and expect it to be refunded or should I not order one with it, get it with the free gifts, and still be able to get the 60 day, in home trial? Thanks!
no, don’t order one. it will be added on for you.
We bought one of these a week or two ago. My husband hasn’t slept well for years and his sleep has been better since we got the bed, but now I don’t sleep well! I am hoping I just need to get used to it. I think it has more to do with the pillow than it does the mattress- it’s just too big, even though it is fully deflated. Don’t plan on moving this bed around much. it is CRAZY heavy for a mattress! One thing I really like about it though is that I don’t wake up with a sweaty back like I would sometimes with my other mattress!
Thank you for your post on this mattress! I’m trying to upgrade to a queen (I still have my twin from growing up!) and I’m very sensitive to the chemicals in polyurethane foam. So I’ve been looking for a “nontoxic” bed that isn’t going to completely break the bank 🙂 THANK YOU!
And by break the bank, I mean that the whole package with the discount is an awesome bundle! Versus finding all these types of things separately 🙂
Your timing in this is perfect! Just wondering if you have an update about whether or not your Canadian fans/readers will receive the discount? Thanks in advance!
no update yet! i’m so sorry!
Hi Juli! I have a few questions about the freebies in the discount offer. Would really appreciate any feedback 🙂
-If buying just the mattress topper, are the freebies included as well or is that just for mattress?
-If buying the mattress, do the freebies come with any bed type or just the Relief Perfect?
-When purchasing the mattress, do you have to buy the whole set (box spring, frame, etc.) to be eligible for the freebies?
-Do they ship the freebies for free?
Thank you for letting us all know about Intellibed; great post!
I am here for feedback!
1. no, the freebies only come with the purchase of a mattress
2. yes, the freebies come with any bed type
3. no, you do no have to buy the whole set for the freebies
4. yes, they are shipped for free
Thank you for the coupon code! Any idea if we happen to not like the mattress and send back if we get charged for all the freebie stuff?
They will just ask you to send back the freebie items with the bed
Have you heard back for your Canadian readers? :S fingers crossed!!!
Are the boxspring and frame just the standard you can get anywhere? Also, if I finance it do I still get the discount and the freebies? Thanks. Looks like a very nice bed.
I’m joining the throng of Canadian followers who are eagerly awaiting a Canadian-applicable discount code. Fingers crossed!!
I was wondering if you had a current promo going for the intellibed. I love your blog. Thnaks
just the 10% off right now!
Hi Juli me and my wife were thinking of a new comfortable platform and Intellibed seems great. Is the 10% offer still applicable on orders ?
yes! just not the gifts!
Seriously considering this mattress, are you still loving it?
Hey Juli have you had any issues with this mattress being too firm?
not at all! it felt a little weird for the first month since i like my bed really soft but i love it now!
Your post on this mattress is from a couple years ago, but after waking up feeling like I’ve slept in chemicals (oh the smell!) after purchasing a memory foam mattress…I just feel like I can’t do it anymore! It’s only been three nights, but I just can’t handle the smell. Even my pj’s smell like the mattress! Why did we fall for the “black friday” deals and order this mattress????? Gah!! Wondering how you’re liking the mattress a couple years later, still enjoying it? Would love to hear your feedback before we spend the $$ on another new mattress…eyecarumba!!
~Michelle @backporchpaleo (sorry about the frigid temps in Denver today, I’m sure the pics will be great…but oh the goosebumps!!)
i still love it!! it’s great!
After reading your review Juli, I can see that this Intellibed mattress is something that I should consider in my soon to be quest for a new mattress for myself. I like the fact that Intellibed used non toxic materials to produce their mattress but what is more interesting to me is the IntelliGEL.
It seems very interesting and appealing to me, knowing that this mattress can support and align my body in a right way. I need to try one out and see how I like it.
Juli are you still using this Intellibed mattress?
If yes, how does it perform after some time, is it still as good as when it was new?
yes, i’ve loved it the whole time i’ve had it!