As much as we all lead different lives, we all finish our day in the exact same way – in the comfort of our beds. And statistically, we spend more time in our bedroom than anywhere else – a whooping 1/3 of our lives! That being said, the environment we sleep in can not only affect how rested we feel, but also other aspects of our lives, such as physical health, mental focus, and even productivity. So, if you were wondering how you can create a better, much healthier sleeping environment, here are some great tips.
Switch to Bamboo Sheets
Unfortunately, many people still sleep on synthetic bed linens which emit toxic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, in the air. You might think natural fabrics are the obvious solution as they are free of toxins, but that’s not always the case. Cotton and wool are heavily treated with pesticides which can still linger in the sheets. Bamboo, on the other hand, is an organic fabric that’s produced without the need for chemicals or pesticides.
But best of all, bamboo sheets are hypo-allergenic and have some anti-bacterial properties which makes them the best choice for people suffering from eczema, allergies, or asthma. Not only is bamboo bedding healthy, it’s also super comfortable due to its thermoregulating abilities, which means it will help you stay warm in winter and cool in the summer. Breathable, lightweight and heavenly soft on the skin, sleeping on a bamboo fitted sheet will make you feel like being on cloud nine.
Avoid Exposure to Blue Light
Tell me how often do you switch your bedroom lights off only to stare at your phone for another half an hour? Turns out, this little habit of ours is ruining our sleep. This exposure to blue light shortly before going to bed suppresses the production of melatonin by more than 50%. And without melatonin, your body doesn’t get the hint that it’s time for sleeping, so you end up tossing and turning no matter how straightened you bamboo fitted sheet is. So, if you want to improve your sleep, it’s important to turn off any electronic devices.
Invest in a Comfortable Mattress
Do you experience back or joint pain in the morning? Do you feel 100% rested upon waking up? If the answer is no, chances are you have a bad mattress. But finding a mattress that’s actually good for you can be a long and expensive journey. It’s up to you to research which type of mattress suits your needs and preferences. In general, memory foam and latex are considered the best due to their ability to adjust to the body. Both foam and latex are antimicrobial and resistant to mould, which makes them great for people with allergies. If you want a firmer, more bouncy feel, an innerspring mattress is the best for you.