Make Your Bedroom a Natural and Healthy Place to Sleep
There have been many, many times when I have woken up in the morning and my allergies are horrible. Itchy eyes, stuffy nose, the works. I know this is because of the toxins and allergens that have built up in my room. I am a strong believer in doing what you can to naturally prevent allergies from getting to you, so we are going to look at how to make a natural, healthy bedroom, keeping dust, allergens, and household toxins away for good.
To live a simple life… you need sleep! The fast paced lives of today’s society is really hindering our sleep and our health. So I would like to encourage you to slow down and focus on your quality of sleep. Today’s tips, plus my 5 Easy Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep, will have you sleeping like a baby.
Avoiding Toxic Chemicals
I don’t think I will ever stress this enough, the cleaners that you are using in your home can make a huge impact on your health. Bleaches and other more popular products don’t just give the home a more abrasive smell, they can do real damage over time. They can cause irritation to the skin, the eyes, and exacerbate or lead to respiratory conditions. There are plenty of green cleaning alternatives on the market now and it is super easy to make your own. I strongly believe that using non-toxic cleaners has made a huge improvement in my asthma. Check out my natural products shopping guide if you are not sure where to start.
Clean Your Bedroom Often
To keep dust, pollen, and other allergens at bay, you need to be thorough in your cleaning and you need to be consistent. It’s all too easy to let things slip and watch it slide back into depressing dustiness. To make sure that doesn’t happen, it’s a good idea to think about creating a cleaning schedule. If you are not sure where to start you can use my cleaning schedule. I even have a printable for you! Get it here.
Cut the Clutter
Clutter is never a good thing. It’s been shown to play a role in increasing feelings of stress, as well as getting in the way of sleep, which you clearly don’t want in the bedroom. If you’re trying to keep the room cleaner and friendlier to breathe in, then clutter can be your worst enemy. It gives dust and other allergens a lot more small spaces and corners to hide in. You can clean around it if you really don’t want to get rid of all your knick-knacks but getting rid of clutter by re-organizing the room is going to be a lot less time consuming and a lot safer.
Try going through the items in your bedroom and only keeping what brings you joy. If you feel it is just taking up space then get rid of it.
Take Care of Your Bed
Boy am I looking forward to the day we can start considering a new mattress. I have no doubt there are lot of nasty allergens buried deep in the mattress and I’m sure getting a new one would benefit our health a ton. However, it is not currently in the cards for us, so if you are like us, then there are some to a new mattress. Turning it over and vacuuming it thoroughly is one thing you can do; or consider getting a mattress protector. It’s a lot easier to wash than a mattress and keeps the majority of dust from ever reaching the mattress itself.
Along with your mattress, your bedding can harbor a lot of dust and other allergens. Washing and changing your sheets every week can help get rid of the buildup of dust, dead skin cells, and the sweat and oil we all give off. However, hypoallergenic options can reduce your risks even further.
Give Dust Mites Nowhere To Hide
Dust mites will find a place a hide so don’t give them a place to hide. Try changing out your curtain for blinds. The more fabrics on show in the bedroom, the more places that dust mites have to hide. If you are ever in the market for a new home, or new floors, think about choosing hardwood floors. Solid, wipeable surfaces are a lot easier to maintain and give dust mites nowhere to hide.
Keep Control of the Air
There are a few things you can do to positively impact the air quality in your bedroom and the rest of the house. For example we use a humidifier in our room during the winter because our house gets so dry. Or maybe your house is the opposite of ours and there is a lot of humidity for those dust mites to hang onto. I would then consider getting an air dehumidifier.
I hope this encourages you to take control and make yourself a natural, healthy bedroom, so you can get a better night’s sleep. Also, let me know how you deal with the allergens in your home!