As of 2007, all mattresses are required to contain enough Fire Retardant to withstand a 2 foot wide blowtorch open flame for 70 seconds. Nearly 90% of the market, or most major sleep product brands, use a highly toxic fire retardant due to it's cost efficiency.
Hazardous Chemicals found in toxic Fire Retardants:
Boric Acid (reproductive and developmental toxin, used as a pesticide)
Antimony (causes heart and lung damage, possible carcinogen)
Decabromodiphenyl Oxide (causes hair and memory loss, possible carcinogen)
Heart, lung and kidney damage
These highly toxic chemicals leech though pillow and mattress covers and are absorbed through the skin.
Exposure to these Fire Retardants has been linked to:
Chronic exposure to these chemicals causes them to accumulate in the body and present themselves in:
The blood stream
Umbilical cord blood