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September 23, 2016

How To Create a Healthy Sleep Environment

Healthy Sleep

Your bedroom should be your sanctuary, a space for retreat that provides a respite from daily stress. Yet often, we give little thought to creating a healthful environment in the room where we will spend at least a third of our lives. Luckily, it’s simple to make changes that can have a lasting impact on your overall health.

Think Organic

Of course our sheets are organic and we wouldn’t want you sleeping in anything less. But there are many other ways to lessen the impact of the chemicals you breathe, starting with your houseplants.

Indoor plants add color, texture and warmth to the home, but scientists at NASA say they also improve the air quality. Plants are air purification factories, absorbing carbon dioxide, and a long list of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene (found in plastics, pesticides and cigarette smoke) and formaldehyde (found in dish detergents, fabric softeners and carpet cleaners). These indoor air pollutants have been linked to numerous acute conditions, such as nausea and asthma, as well as chronic diseases such as cancer and respiratory illnesses.

We put this under “think organic,” because if you already have houseplants in your room, it might be time to amend the soil. Believe it or not, there is an enormous difference between most soils offered for houseplants—many of which are loaded with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides—and nutrient-rich, organic soil. You can find organic soil in your garden center along with other organic gardening accessories. Good soil should be dark, moist, and fragrant.

Just Say No To Noise Pollution

You might not recall external sounds awakening you from your slumber, but even the slightest noises register with the brain and can cause you to shift between deep and light sleep. It’s also highly likely you wake up so briefly you don’t remember it in the morning. The way you feel about the sound matters, too. If you live in an urban area with emergency vehicles occasionally going by in the night, that is likely to be more jarring than the sound of crickets.

If you believe you’re getting seven and a half or more hours of sleep per night but still feel drowsy during the day, sleep-depriving sounds may be the culprit. Consider a white noise machine that masks the difference between background sounds and sudden spikes in noise from say a car alarm or a door. You can give one a test run as easily as downloading an app on your phone.

Your Sleep Cave Should Be Cave-like

Daylight is a powerful cue that tells your body to wake up. Even the smallest amount of light peeking in through curtains can affect your sleep, and this includes illumination from street lamps. If you’ve already got blackout shades on your windows, consider the light pollution of your various electronic gadgets. Is there an alarm clock blinking at you with a red glow all night long? What about glow lights on chargers, TVs, or other electronics.

If you’ve covered all these bases and are still having trouble powering down, you might want to check your bedtime habits. Scientists have found that the light given off by computers, cell phones, and energy-efficient bulbs, delays melatonin release. So if you’re checking your phone at bedtime, it won’t be as easy to fall asleep. Help your body prepare for sleep by reading a book instead.

Feel The Love

Finally, your bedroom should be inviting. De-clutter the space to eliminate distractions. Don’t make it a spare office. Choose colors, artwork, and fabrics that are inviting to you. Your body temperature rises and falls during the night, so choose a mattress, blankets, bed linens and pajamas that allow your skin to breathe.

Our 100% organic linens make an excellent start, and some studies back that up. More than 75% of people believe that comfortable sheets and bedding are important to a good night's rest. And here’s where it gets really interesting. Respondents who reported making their bed in the morning were 19% more likely to get a good night’s sleep, every night.

There is a strong connection between feeling good about where you sleep and how well you sleep. Sleep well.

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Michelle Henry
Michelle Henry

January 08, 2017

Great advice! I love the cave like mentality. Very thoughtful. I also think having a quality mattress is huge for getting a good night’s sleep. Thanks for sharing!


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