How to Have a Healthier, Happier Bedroom for a Good Night’s Sleep
Do your bedroom walls need a zero-VOC coat of paint?
A VOC-free paint on your walls and woodwork will help you to breathe more easily by minimizing any chemicals. There are several paints available with zero VOCs including MythicIn, Freshaire Choice (a Home Depot exclusive) and Safecoat.
In addition, choose soothing paint colors to make you feel more relaxed.
Consider changing to anti-allergy flooring
If you suffer from allergies, installing hard flooring in a bedroom is a safer option than carpet which attracts and holds onto dust and allergens. Consider a wooden floor that can be swept and mopped so easily. In addition, a bed and simple furniture that is raised off the ground will be easier to clean underneath.
Curtains and blinds are important too
While many different factors contribute to a good night’s sleep, making sure the light levels are right in your bedroom can be crucial. If you need a dark sleep space to really switch off, invest in blackout-lined curtains that reach the floor.
An extra layer can include a blind to make sure no light pollution from street lamps or passing cars gets through. Other sources of unwanted light could be LED clock displays or gadget chargers with tiny lights that flash throughout the night. Make a plan so that they do not interrupt your sleep.
Natural bedding is best
Choose those plants that help you sleep
Get rid of the technology
If you want to properly unwind before bed, it’s worth keeping computer and other screens away from the bedroom. Too much exposure to the blue light that many screens emit can interfere with the production of melatonin, making your mind work overtime when your body is craving rest. Light stimulates that part of the brain that tells the pineal gland to decrease the melatonin level when it is daytime and to increase it when it is night time and dark. You can reduce any light source gradually to improve both the quality of your sleep and the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep and get that rest.
Leave the phone outside the bedroom at night or just turn it off! If that is a step too far, switch your phone to night mode (dialing down the blue in favor of warmer tones).
And finally a few drops of our Natural Sleep Aid on the back of the neck at bedtime will help you to relax – and drift off to sleep, safely and gently.