Detoxing your bedroom is a process where you remove the things in your bedroom that are preventing the healthy night’s sleep you need and deserve. A healthy night’s sleep will boost your daily performance, enhance your mental acuity, improve your immunity and maintain your happiness and well-being.
Here are five ways you can detox your bedroom, so that you can optimize your sleep for better health:
- Make Greener Bedding Choices
From your mattress to your comforters and quilts, there are greener, less toxic options to bring into your bedroom. Many mattress and bedding options introduce toxins into the air in your bedroom.
The fire retardants materials in some mattresses alone contain polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) that have been connected with damaged reproductive systems, behavioral changes, immune system impairments, skin irritation, thyroid and liver damage, diabetes, and nervous system problems.
You won’t find PBDEs or any other toxins in 100 percent natural latex mattresses, made with organic and natural materials and manufacturing processes. This means you can rest easy knowing you’re not introducing new toxins into the air you breathe, while sleeping, and that you’ve eliminated one huge contributing factor for poor air quality in your bedroom.
It goes beyond mattresses, though. Many bed sheets, comforters, quilts, duvets and other bedding products, also contain chemicals that permeate the air inside your bedroom. While you may only smell the chemicals during the first few nights of use (due to powerful off-gassing), they remain in the air long after their odors dissipate.
Sleeping on a mattress and bedding made of organic and natural materials can go a long way toward your goal of detoxing your bedroom.
- Bring Plants into Your Bedroom
Plants are excellent, natural tools for purifying the air inside your home. If your goal is to eliminate as many toxins from the air in your room as you can, the following plants make excellent choices:
- Snake plant
- Spider plant
- Bamboo palms
- Peace lilies
- Rubber trees
If you would like to freshen the air in your bedroom or add a little fragrance, the best all-natural and non-toxic solutions involve bringing fragrant plants into your bedroom such as:
Keeping plants in your bedroom can help to detox the air, while providing a pleasant fragrance and enhancing your mood. These are all excellent choices, just remember that with fragrant plants, a little bit will do the trick. Too many fragrant plants can be overpowering in small spaces.
- Remove Visual Toxins from Your Bedroom
While most people focus on things like clutter, the truth is that electronics in the bedroom are every bit as toxic as other forms of visual clutter. Your bedroom should be for two dedicated purposes: intimacy and sleep. If the items in your room do not promote one or the other, you need to remove them.
This includes fitness machines, computers, televisions, mobile phones and countless other items that serve to distract rather than relax you at night.
Why is it so important to remove electronics? The primary reason is simple. Electronics can keep you up at night and rob you of precious sleep. Think about how much time you spend on your mobile phone at night before going to sleep. Just checking your email one last time can quickly become a two hour ordeal that prevents you from getting the restful sleep you need and deserve.
Also, studies reveal that our small electronic devices (cell phones, tablets or laptops) emit enough blue light to promote wakefulness and alter the brain, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
- Switch to Natural Cleaning Products
Eliminate all synthetic cleaning products and switch to green cleaning products made with natural ingredients and no harmful chemicals. There are plenty of convenient products on the market today that offer healthy cleaning for your entire home, as well as many products that you can make on your own.
The benefit of making your own cleaning products is that you can use a few simple ingredients and clean, knowing exactly what you’re introducing into your bedroom. You can make a variety of highly-effective and natural cleaning products with things you have in your home already, such as:
- Baking soda
- Essential Oils
You can even turn to your spice cabinet for a variety of items that can freshen the air. That is, of course, if you aren’t already using the fresh flower and plant tip above, or if you want a little extra pop of fragrance.
- Wash Your Sheets More Often
Besides our partners, some of the things we sleep and cuddle up with nightly are skin cells, pollen, perspiration, bacteria and pet dander, if we allow fido on the bed. Yes, these are all things we’re cuddling in bed with us at night.
So, it goes without saying that our sheets must be washed frequently. How often? The general recommendation is that you wash your sheets at least once per week.
If you have problems sleeping or if you have allergies, consider increasing the frequency with which you change your sheets. This is also true if you or your partner has been ill, sweats excessively, or even if you prefer showering in the morning rather than before turning in at night.
There are plenty of simple things you can do that will help detox your bedroom and clear the air you breathe while sleeping. These five tips are excellent places to begin, so you can get the healthy sleep your body deserves.
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