How healthy is your bedroom? You spend almost a third of your day in it, so it’s best to be conscious about how health-friendly your sleep haven is. It may be cozy and decorated just the way you like it, but there are also some things that you may overlook that can affect your health in the long term.
From the drapes to our alarm clock, from the temperature to the mattress you lie down on, there are many ways to make sure your bedroom is as good for your health as can be.
How healthy are your curtains? Take a close look at your bedroom curtains. You may be surprised at how dusty they can be! Curtains should be washed every 5 to 6 months to remove dust and dirt that accumulate, no matter how great your bedroom’s air filters are. As much as possible, use only plain, lightweight curtains for windows. Keeping the design to a minimum can help minimize dust accumulation.
How healthy is your mattress? Dust mites can also gather in your mattress. These are especially troublesome for people with asthma. Regularly clean the mattress, not just the sheets, with a vacuum. This helps minimize dust mites. Aside from your mattress triggering a sneeze fest, how your mattress looks is also a sign of how healthy it is for you. Are springs sticking out onto your back and legs? Is the stuffing slowly spilling out? Then it’s obviously time to replace your mattress. These may affect the quality of your sleep. If you find yourself tossing and turning because of certain spots on your bed, then consider getting a new mattress.
How healthy is your side table? You sleep next to it every night. It ends up being the catch-all spot for the things you want to catch up on before hitting the sack – perhaps a book, your eyeglasses, a clock, your mobile phone, a lamp, a glass of water. It can be clutter central for all you know. Limit items on your bedside table to make the space look quieter, more relaxed. Take away your “to be read” books pile and place them back on your bookshelf. The less clutter that surround you before you go to bed, the more peaceful your resting time can be.
How tech-free is your bedroom? A technology-free bedroom can be good for your health. The more people engage with electronics in the bedroom, the less sleep they get. Think about how much time you spend playing games on your mobile phone while on your pillow, or how irresistible a movie marathon can be while in the comforts of your bed. The screen can be so immersive that we just can’t help but be drawn to it instead of turning it off. Studies show that exposure to artificial light between dusk and the time we go to bed at night makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. Even the blinking glow of your digital alarm clock can distract you from a restful sleep.
How rest-focused is your bedroom? Different rooms at home have different purposes. The bedroom is specifically for resting, relaxing, sleeping. Bringing your laptop into your bedroom is a surefire way of upsetting the supposed rhythm of your bedroom. For married couples, instead of having a conversation focused on each other, work-related items can easily distract one from the other. Toys in the children’s bedroom can also distract them from getting much-needed sleep. Keep the bedrooms as simply relaxing as possible so it delivers its true purpose: sleeping, relaxing time, to rest the body fully.
There are many more ways to keep the bedroom healthy. Go around your bedroom and evaluate each item to see how it affects your health. Ask yourself, “How healthy are my pillows?” Then check how long ago you had your pillow cases changed, and how long ago the actual pillow was washed. Walk around the bedroom some more and ask yourself that question again. “How healthy is my bedroom lighting?” If it’s too bright for you to fall asleep, consider getting dimmers for the bedroom. “How healthy is my bedroom closet?” If it’s highly cluttered and disorganized, then it’s quite unhealthy. Clutter causes stress, which is definitely not good for your health. “How healthy is my floor?” Make sure you don’t bring in any of the shoes you used for outdoors so you avoid dragging toxins in to your bedroom. Repeat the question for other items you see and act on it the best way you can.