How to improve your health by detoxing your bedroom

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Your bedroom is where (hopefully) you spend the most time in your home. It’s a place used to relax and recharge while getting a much needed good nights sleep. Our health can be severely affected by toxic elements that can be hiding in everything from the mattress to the paint. Sleep time is the time when the body repairs and detoxifies itself. 

Give yourself the best chance at feeling healthy and energised with our tips on turning your bedroom into a soothing sanctuary. 

Keep that air flowing

This tip isn’t only for the bedroom. The air inside your come contains a host of toxins that affect our health. Toxins can come from your furniture, walls, cleaning products, carpets, and outdoors. Opening a few windows to let that fresh outside air in s the easiest way to ensure your home is getting sufficient ventilation. 

Choose organic 

We spend six to nine hours every night wrapped up in our sheets, so its a good idea to choose linen that is good for our health. In general, non-organic sheets have been treated with chemicals that can affect your respiratory system and cause skin irritation, not mention they’re damaging to the environment. 

Stay clear of synthetic fibres such as polyester that don’t breathe very well. Instead invest in some natural fibres like organic cotton, silk or bamboo for a comfortable nights sleep.

Go green

Everyone loves the look and feel of house plants. Not only have plants been proven to enhance air quality, but they can also reduce stress and boost wellbeing. If you are having trouble deciding which plants are for you some of the best plants for purifying the air and removing toxins, include - aloe (Aloe vera), spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium), Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifritzii) and peace lily (Spathiphyllum). 

Pro tip: make sure you keep the potting mix fresh to avoid growing mould spores which can aggravate allergies. 

Natural pillows only 

When it comes to pillows natural is always best. Look for organic cotton, wool or natural latex. Often forgotten, somewhere on the pillow is a visible expiration date for when they’ll need replacing. Make sure you replace your please regular or use the experience date as a guide to avoiding the build-up of germs and toxins. 

However, washing pillows occasionally will help minimise allergens such as dust mites and a build-up of dead skin. In the summertime, try freshening your pillows by hanging them in the sun and kill mould that may be growing.

Clear clutter 

This one may seem obvious, but a clutter-free room is really the simplest way to make regular dusting and vacuuming a breeze. Find storage solutions for smaller items such as paperwork in draws, keep all clothing in cupboards and focus on quality rather than quantity when it comes to furniture and decor. 

Replace your mattress 

We know you don’t replace your mattress very often. But you’d think after all the horror stories about creatures that lurk in our mattress you’d be inspired to clean it regularly. Synthetic materials of conventional mattresses can cause harm, especially ones containing polyurethane, formaldehyde and boric acid. 

Natural later or organic cotton are both great choices. However, if replacing your mattress isn't an option. Try covering your existing mattress with an organic cotton cover to create a barrier between toxins and allergens. 

Remove Technology 

As most of us have bad habits when it comes to technology, this tip is vital. It can be hard to restrain from keeping your mobile phone or laptop out of the bedroom but trust us when we say it’s good for your health. Keep in mind that your electronics emit low-level radiation and light can disturb your sleep and result in insomnia and loss of concentration. 

The best solution is to remove all electronics from your bedroom - if this is utterly unachievable at least switch them off before you go to sleep.

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