Have you ever stopped to consider how earth-friendly your sleeping environment is? This can include everything from your bedding and mattress to the air and temperature, all of which can affect the quality of your sleep. “Green” sleep doesn’t have to be difficult and there are many easy solutions to make your bedroom safer, healthier and more eco-friendly.
The article, Sleeping Greener: How Organic Bedding Can Help Stop Toxins on Plushbeds.com refers to six different tips for turning your bedroom into a greener space. Here are some helpful solutions:
- Use organic cotton, wool or latex bedding whenever possible. Additionally, an organic mattress can help to further reduce toxins and pesticides. A wool topper is also recommended, which acts as a natural fire retardant.
- Cover your pillows and mattress with “allergen impermeable” zippered covers to help control dust mites. Wash your bedding weekly, or at the very least biweekly, in hot water with a mild biodegradable laundry detergent.
- Look into air filtration systems for your home to reduce airborne toxins and allergens. A broad selection of air filtration products are available, but be sure to review details such as noise level, capacity, and the costs of upkeep. Also, consider adding household plants to your home to help filter indoor air. Varieties known to be effective include lady, areca, dwarf date and bamboo palms, rubber plants, English ivy, dracaena, Boston fern, peace lily and many more.
- Use “no-VOC,” “VOC-free,” or “zero-VOC” products when painting or refinishing furniture and floors. These are virtually free of toxic chemicals.
- Dim the lights in your home a couple hours before bedtime and keep your bedroom completely dark when you go to sleep.
- Adjust the temperature in your room to no higher than 68 degrees at night. A cooler temperature not only promotes better sleep, but also conserves energy.
Have you made any changes to make your home or bedroom more eco-friendly? If so, how has it impacted your sleep? Additionally, do you have any other suggestions or tips?