Detoxing Your Bedroom for Healthy Sleep
Your bedroom is your sanctuary where you retreat to find peace, quiet and sleep after a long day out in the world. It’s important to make sure that your sleep space is outfitted with things that bring you joy and rest that will keep you healthy and refreshed. If you find that your sleep quality has been declining and that you haven’t been feeling your best in a while, a good place to start for a detox would be your bedroom. Here’s how you can go about detoxing your bedroom to make it a healthy and clean space for you.
Mattresses and Pillows
Beds can lose their springs and pillows can go flat after constant use. Upgrade your beds with ergonomic elements that can help complement and fix your sleep posture for a good night’s sleep.
Deep clean and air your pillows 3-4 times a year in the sun if possible. Natural oils from your skin and scalp, along with unabsorbed skin/body care products and dead skin can form an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and this can affect your skin and sleep in many harmful ways. Detox your sleep experience by deep cleaning every element of your bed or replacing them when they’ve become too old to be effective.
Sheets and Bedlinen
You should invest more effort and money towards maintaining clean and good quality bedlinen as they come into direct contact with most of your skin and sensitive organs. Wash your pillowcases, sheets and other bedlinen every 1-2 weeks on the regular. If your bedlinen is made of synthetic fabrics like nylon, it’s healthy to replace them more often as they tend to get more worn with regular washing and can attract more bacteria. Natural fabrics like bamboo, lyocell and modal retain their softness for a longer time.
If you have sensitive skin, you can avoid negative skin reactions by detoxing your bedsheets and other bedlinen with safer detergents or to replace them with linen that are made of ‘cleaner’ materials e.g. safe dyes, less pesticide etc.
Another very important element of your sleep experience is the lighting in your bedroom. Take stock of your sleep quality for the past few weeks or month to see how the light in your bedroom has been affecting it. If you feel like you’re straining to see in the dark, or there’s too much light seeping from your window, you might need to overhaul and detox your current set up.
There are a host of options out there to help you achieve the ideal lighting for good sleep. From LED lamps that emit sleep-inducing light and light-blocking curtains to soft, modal eyemasks that help to keep your eyes closed throughout the night – you can try them to see which one can fit your sleep habits.
You are spending about 8-10 hours a day in your bedroom so it’s very important to ensure that the quality of air that is flowing through the room is of good quality. If you find yourself regularly sneezing or having difficulty breathing at night, it might be time to detox the air in your room. Clean air also ensures that your sheets, skin and even furniture are well-kept and protected.
Air purifiers and plants that help to clean air are great at removing dust, smoke and pollen in your bedroom – especially helpful for those with asthma and other allergies.
Set reminders to service your air conditioners and fans regularly every 3-4 months, especially if you like to leave your windows open, light candles and/or have pets in your home.
Vacuum robots like the Roomba are all the rage now, because of how convenient and fuss-free they are. They unfortunately are not a replacement for a good-old deep clean of your floors around your furniture. Move your bed, nightstands, lamps and desks around to make sure that every inch of your floors is clean.
Webs, dust and other bacteria thrive in damp, dark and still environments – so get moving! Shift your bedroom furniture like beds, nightstands and desks from their usual places to clean under and around them.
Take this chance to deep clean or replace the rugs in your room and rethink your furniture placement to be more optimal for yourself.
From declaring the bedroom a no-electronic devices zone to carefully considering the feng shui of the room for bed placement, there are many different ways you can ensure that your sleep environment is customised for the best night’s sleep you deserve.