7 Sustainable Ways to Make Your Bedroom a Healthy Sanctuary

Your bedroom should be a healthy sanctuary that you look forward going to at the end of the day. Everyone understands the importance of a good night’s sleep, but do we realize how much a bedroom’s interior can affect this? It is very important to make your bedroom one of the greenest, healthiest and most sustainable rooms in your home.

We do not have much control over our environment when we go to work, the gym, shopping or traveling. The bedroom is one area of today’s contemporary home in which we can take control, so it helps to improve our well-being.

The following are seven eco-friendly ways to help make your bedroom into a room that feels more welcoming and improves your sleep:

• Bedroom Pollutants. One of the biggest bedroom pollutants is formaldehyde. It is a known human carcinogen and is found inside all kinds of products, including mattresses, pillows, carpets, window treatments, and paints. Investing in an organic mattress and bedding are an excellent starting point, but also investigate other components in your bedroom to minimize your exposure to toxins.

• Floors. Wood floors are softer than stone or tile and area rugs help to add a warm and comfortable feeling to a bedroom. Area rugs are best for covering flooring in bedrooms. Invest in natural fiber area rugs that are made from renewable resources, are biodegradable, have natural stain resistance, and emit low amounts of VOCs. Choose fibers that are untreated or minimally treated, such as wool, wool silk mix, organic cotton, jute, sisal, coir, and sea grass. Look for area rugs with non-toxic backings and underlay pads. Before purchasing, check for certifications by independent organizations such as The Carpet and Rug Institute, as they have set high standards for indoor air quality (IAQ) and ensure that you are purchasing the very lowest emitting products on the market. Clean area rugs frequently.

• Wall and Ceiling Materials. Both materials should be nontoxic. Particularly in bedrooms, it is important to use no-VOC paints, healthy wall coverings, or earth plaster. If humidity levels are a concern, then consider breathable surfaces like earth plaster for its ability to absorb and release moisture as needed.

• Windows. Bedrooms should have operable windows that allow plenty of air and natural light into the room. Even in the colder months, fresh air needs to be allowed to circulate in a room for a short time to permit old stale air to be replaced with fresh air. Using ceiling fans in conjunction with open windows really helps in bringing air circulation into the space. If you want the cooling effects of a ceiling fan, make sure the fan is rotating clockwise.

• Light Pollution. Research indicates that a bedroom should be pitch-black, because light pollution cuts down on the productions of melatonin. Wood and bamboo blinds perform well because they block light and are easily cleaned.

• Electromagnetic Fields and Electro-pollution. Reduce electromagnetic fields and electro-pollution by unplugging anything that is running next to, under, or behind the bed. For a healthy environment, keep computers and TVs out of the bedroom.

• Keep your bedroom clutter free. A clutter free bedroom is crucial.

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