Simple Ways To Detox your Bedroom
Often, when one is not able to sleep, one blames it on the stress received from your workplace, family problems or maybe even the smallest details that annoy you and just won’t let you stop thinking over and over about it. However, this may not be the only case. It has been understood that your bedroom has the inane capability to store toxins, not entirely physical like the slight dust on the bedside drawers or even the chemicals from the paint slowly shedding off your walls; your room could even be filled with pollutants that come in the minute you open your windows or maybe even the electromagnetic radiations from your electronic devices, left switched on 24/7; it could even be a bad case of ‘feng shui’.
To let your bedroom be the true, safe palace of your requirements, where you need a caring and enriching environment, here are some methods to detoxify your bedroom.
- Change your sheets and your mattress regularly
Bed sheets can often be the greatest source of toxins that we are seemingly unaware of – we spend a minimum of 9 hours on our beds and it covers enough and more of chemicals that are some of the main causes of respiratory and skin inflammatory diseases. A good night’s sleep requires the easy flow of air and this may be disrupted by the synthetic material used for the construction of such materials. Chemicals like formaldehyde and a significant amount of others could lead to resultant insomnia, memory loss and may even physical and mental development. Try to use a cotton mattress for better care for your body.
- The Indoor Air – avoid toxins or purify
The air within our homes has been found to be on a more toxic level than the air we breathe outside. The contributions to the toxins within are often from your cleaning agents, the dust and other minute particles brought in from outside or when you open the window or even from the furniture and the coverings like the carpets which we use. The air-fresheners that we often apply with no care for the residue are chief causes for respiratory diseases and contain substances that are carcinogenic. Let’s not forget the chemicals used in the candles that we use for the fresh smell; most of them use paraffin and this leads to the emission of common yet hazardous toxins, benzene being one of them. Benzene is a leading carcinogen and a prime cause of cancer. Air out your stuff often – make sure to use organic candles and other sources of smell rather than chemicals. An air purifier can also assist you in more ways than one; it is as practical purchase as a water purifier or organic food items.
- Say no to electronics
Every single device that you use today emits low-level radiation and light that alerts your brain, to pay attention. This inherently messes up with the melatonin secretion in your body, melatonin being a hormone that tells you it is time to sleep, which consequently causes you to incur insomnia or restlessness. These radiations only allow slower reaching of the deeper stages of sleep, and when you do so, you spend very little time in them, ripping the body of the chance to repair the damages done throughout the day. These radiations have even found to be carcinogenic, which is a leading cause of heart attacks, according to recent surveys by scientists. Try to switch off your devices when entering the body, or better yet, keeping your bedroom a ‘no-electronics-allowed’ zone. It’ll create a habit in people which will allow them to lead longer, healthier and well-rested lives.
- Add plants – for beauty and brains
Plants are well-known for filtering the air as well as providing fresh oxygen to breathe. Let’s not forget the aesthetic appeal, too. When one spends close to one-third of their time in the bedroom (children spend half their day), one may feel the need to introduce these leafy members that have been found to filter the most common toxins found in a bedroom, like formaldehyde and benzene.
- Shoes – keep them out
Shoes have been found out to be the literal carriers of pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals when stepping on lawns even after a week of application. Particles like lead dust, highly poisonous even in minute quantities, are carried by shoes into residences, wherein which they stay in the same quantities as carried by outside. So, make sure to label the shoes used outside and use them only for that purpose; use indoor shoes specifically for the purpose of walking in the house.
- Be selective – even of your furniture
Cheap furniture might go easy on your pockets, but not on your respiratory system – it is a common carrier of the toxin formaldehyde, usually found in the glue that sticks the different pieces together. This toxin is a volatile organic compound and keeps emitting the gas into the air, leading to slow poisoning and becoming the root cause of many illnesses. Solid wood or even second-hand furniture, where the emission of formaldehyde will below, may help you here. For sealants, try to be a little selective and look for natural glue; ranging from beeswax to oil.
- The lighting of your room
Your room should be as dark as possible – the brain responds to the slightest ray and this yet again leads to the suppression of melatonin, which leads to an uncomfortable and unsatisfactory sleep. That means nothin curtains, no night lights that are bright, shocking and uncomfortable and definitely no television set in your room.
- Your pets – cute, but not sleep-friendly
Snuggly and cute for all they are, they need to be kept out of the bedroom as they disrupt your sleep to a certain extent – and it counts as a disturbance, even if you don’t mind so. Most pets have a tendency to jump on and off the bed, regardless of your sleep schedule, and this will disturb you for sure, whether you are a heavy or a light sleeper.
- Paperwork and Clutter
Keep your office work and other paperwork away from the bedroom. Let your bedroom be your refuge and haven, and not your stressed-out place of fitful sleep and restless awakening. Checking your email and reading paperwork over and over again will not give the feeling of a resting area to your bedroom area. Make sure there is no clutter surrounding and your bed looks inviting to sleep, whether or not you are tired to the bone or not. Cleaning up the clutter will also relax your mind and also reduce the dust collection, relaxing an allergic reaction.
- Remove the negative vibes
Let your bedroom be your happy place, literally. Let it be your relaxing place, with your loved ones. Burn organic incense (dried sage also works) and associate the good smells with your room. As mentioned before, bills and other paperwork, as well as arguments, must be kept far away from the bedroom; they are the prime sources of negativity which is not the recipe for happiness. Wake up with good hormones, a little gratitude that makes you feel warm and thankful for what you have – maybe a good room, a loving family, a warm bed and healthy food and also the freedom to do what you choose with your life. Fresh air is vital to feeling good – nothing like a blast of fresh air to help you feel at home. It cannot be mentioned how many times a cold, fresh breeze has left me feeling on top of the world. Try to wash before bed; if you feel clean, the bed feels clean and rejuvenated.
These are only the tip of the mountain – there are many more methods to make your room more welcoming, homely and definitely more accepting of your health. The most important factor in the detoxification of one’s room is the happiness of one’s state of mind; a room feeds off the happiness of its occupant, so try to be upbeat, relaxed and cheerful in your bedroom and take care not to bring in any negative vibes.
Your room is your sanctuary. Make sure you feel so.