Best Ways to Detox Your Bedroom and Sleep Healthy

Detoxing your bedroom is a process where you remove the things in your bedroom that are preventing the healthy night’s sleep you need and deserve.  A healthy night’s sleep routine will enhance your daily performance, boost your mental acuity, improve your immunity and maintain your overall happiness and well-being.

Here are five ways you can detox your king size beds  and entire bedroom, so that you can optimize your sleep for better health:

  1. Make Greener Bedding Choices

From your king size beds  to your comforters and quilts, there are greener, less toxic options to bring into your bedroom. Many mattress and bedding options introduce toxins into the air in your bedroom.

The fire retardants materials in some mattresses alone contain polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) that have been connected with damaged reproductive systems, behavioral changes, immune system impairments, skin irritation, thyroid and liver damage, diabetes, and nervous system problems.

You won’t find PBDEs or any other toxins in 100 percent natural latex mattresses, made with organic and natural materials and manufacturing processes. This means you can rest easy knowing you’re not introducing new toxins into the air you breathe, while sleeping, and that you’ve eliminated one huge contributing factor for poor air quality in your bedroom.

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It goes beyond mattresses, though. Many bed sheets, comforters, quilts, duvets and other bedding products, also contain chemicals that permeate the air inside your bedroom. While you may only smell the chemicals during the first few nights of use (due to powerful off-gassing), they remain in the air long after their odors dissipate.

Sleeping on a mattress and bedding made of organic and natural materials can go a long way toward your goal of detoxing your bedroom.

  1. Bring Plants into Your Bedroom

Plants are excellent, natural tools for purifying the air inside your home. If your goal is to eliminate as many toxins from the air in your room as you can, the following plants make excellent choices:

  • Snake plant
  • Spider plant
  • Bamboo palms
  • Peace lilies
  • Rubber trees

If you would like to freshen the air in your bedroom or add a little fragrance, the best all-natural and non-toxic solutions involve bringing fragrant plants into your bedroom such as:

  • Lavender
  • Jasmine
  • Gardenias
  • Rosemary
  • Valerian

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Keeping indoor plants in your bedroom can help to detox the air, while providing a pleasing fragrance and enhancing your mood levels. These are all excellent choices, just remember that with fragrant plants, a little bit will do the trick. Too many fragrant plants can be overpowering in small spaces.

3, Remove Visual Toxins from Your Bedroom

While most people focus on things like clutter, the truth is that electronics in the bedroom are every bit as toxic as other forms of visual clutter. Your bedroom should be for two dedicated purposes: intimacy and sleep. If the items in your room do not promote one or the other, you need to remove them.

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This includes fitness machines, computers, televisions, mobile phones and countless other items that serve to distract rather than relax you at night.

Why is it so important to remove electronics? The primary reason is simple. Electronics can keep you up at night and rob you of precious sleep. Think about how much time you spend on your mobile phone at night before going to sleep. Just checking your email one last time can quickly become a two hour ordeal that prevents you from getting the restful sleep you need and deserve.

Also, studies reveal that our small electronic devices (cell phones, tablets or laptops) emit enough blue light to promote wakefulness and alter the brain, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

  1. Switch to Natural Cleaning Products

Eliminate all synthetic cleaning products and switch to green cleaning products made with natural ingredients and no harmful chemicals. There are plenty of convenient products on the market today that offer healthy cleaning for your entire home, as well as many products that you can make on your own.

The benefit of making your own cleaning products is that you can use a few simple ingredients and clean, knowing exactly what you’re introducing into your bedroom. You can make a variety of highly-effective and natural cleaning products with things you have in your home already, such as:

  • Baking soda
  • Essential Oils
  • Lemons
  • Salt
  • Vinegar

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You can even turn to your spice cabinet for a variety of items that can freshen the air. That is, of course, if you aren’t already using the fresh flower and plant tip above, or if you want a little extra pop of fragrance.

  1. Wash Your Sheets More Often

Besides our partners, some of the things we sleep and cuddle up with nightly are skin cells, pollen, perspiration, bacteria and pet dander, if we allow fido on the bed. Yes, these are all things we’re cuddling in bed with us at night.

So, it goes without saying that our sheets must be washed frequently. How often? The general recommendation is that you wash your sheets at least once per week.

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If you have problems sleeping or if you have allergies, consider increasing the frequency with which you change your sheets. This is also true if you or your partner has been ill, sweats excessively, or even if you prefer showering in the morning rather than before turning in at night.

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There are plenty of simple things you can do that will help detox your bedroom and clear the air you breathe while sleeping. These five tips are excellent places to begin, so you can get the healthy sleep your body deserves.

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Mattress Protectors and Mattress Toppers- Know the difference.

A mattress is one of the most important factors that help in determining the quality of your sleep. However, in this day and age of technological advancement, several accessories are also available, which when paired with your mattress add to the comfort and luxury of a bed.

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Good bed accessories help you sleep better

 

Mattress Toppers and Mattress Protectors are two such accessories. They are considered to be one and the same thing my most, when they are actually two different things. They have different places on a bed and serve different but very important purposes.

Mattress Protectors:

It is a largely unknown fact, but on an average a person can sweat up to 220 ml every hour in a warm room. This can leave stains on mattresses that might never come out. This also allows bed bugs, mites and other allergens that are present in a mattress react and lead to conditions like asthma and eczema. This is where a mattress protector comes into play.

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Zippered mattress protectors are the most common kind

 

Just like its name, a mattress protector, protects your mattress from allergens to stains that might degrade the quality and life of a mattress, by forming a barrier around the mattress. Available in a variety of sizes and kinds, they are a great investment as they help in enhancing the quality, durability, hygiene and comfort of your mattress.

  1. Zippered mattress protectors: in simple words these are mattress covers that fit around a mattress when zipped. This allows you the freedom of movement in bed without having to worry about the protector slipping off. It also forms a barrier for stains.
  2. Fitted mattress protectors: these are pretty basic and just to be tucked under the bed. They can be changed with great ease and are easier to maintain.
  3. Waterproof mattress protectors: as the names suggest, these provide protection against water spills and stains, in turn reducing the ability of molds and bacteria to grow on your mattress.
  4. Polyurethane mattress protector: these make for a fine and soft mattress protector. They are also waterproof. However since they are made from chemicals they can be toxic.

Mattress Toppers:

As the name suggests, a mattress topper is placed on top of a mattress. The main use of a mattress topper is to either add to the comfort that your mattress already provide or to address its limitations. It can add to the softness of your mattress, make you cozy and regulate your body temperature while you sleep.

Mattress toppers are an inexpensive way of extending the life of your mattress, if you do not have the budget for a new mattress. A good quality and the right kind of mattress topper can easily add 1-2 years to your mattress’s life.

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A mattress topper sits on top of a mattress to add extra cushioning.

 

After continuous use, mattresses begin to age and lose their original comfort and cushioning.  While a mattress topper won’t magically repair what is wrong with your mattress, it will certainly add to the support and comfort. In case your mattress is not old, but just too hard, toppers will make them softer and more sleepable.

There are different kinds of mattress toppers available. It is important to know these and to decide which suits you best.

  1. Latex: Mattress toppers made out of latex are a great choice for toppers. These cover pretty much all aspects of a mattress topper, including an added layer of cushioning, comfort and relief from muscle pain as well as regulating body temperature. 100% latex toppers mean that they are eco-friendly and resistant to bacteria and mold, which in turn means that they help in avoiding allergies unless of course, you are allergic to latex itself. Latex toppers also have a long life, easily spanning anywhere between 10-20 years, sometimes even longer. However, these are more expensive compared to other kinds of toppers. Some people also find them to be too firm.
  2. Memory Foam: these come in a wide range of thickness and density that add to the comfort and support of your mattress. Just like memory foam mattresses, the greatest advantage of memory foam toppers is that they provide relief from joint and muscle pains. They also reduce the motion disturbance caused when your partner moves in bed. However, they can get pretty hot while sleeping and are also difficult to move around. Their high price also makes them less affordable.
  3. Polyester blends: these are the most inexpensive kinds of mattress toppers. The most common blend is of cotton and polyester. The fact that they are made out of combining two different materials makes them very affordable. They are often easier to clean than other kinds of toppers. However, they do not provide a lot of cushioning and wear out quite quickly.
  4. Wool: for people who are looking for an option that doesn’t hold body heat, wool mattress toppers are ideal. They keep you warm in the winters and cool in the summers and since most mites and bed bugs stay away from wool, they are also naturally antimicrobial. However, they can be pretty expensive and hard to find and they also don’t provide a great level of cushioning.
  5. Feather: often referred to as featherbeds, they are very similar to feather filled duvets. They are extremely soft and less expensive than latex or memory foam toppers. They do not retain body heat but can be noisy. Since feather compress over time, they tend to lose the level of cushioning.

 

Despite the fact that a mattress is the most important contributor to a good night’s sleep, a mattress protector and a mattress topper are an ideal addition to your bed for extra comfort and the prolonged life of your mattresses. It might seem like a huge hole in your pocket, but in the long run, it will save you the pain and cost of replacing your mattress.

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Hibernating for winter? Try out Slumberzone’s Hibrido Luxury Beds

While New Zealand’s sun is still providing us with vibrant blue skies and clear sunlight, the nights are starting to wane a little colder. Waving a reluctant farewell to the close of summer, Kiwis from the Cape to the Bluff are beginning to unearth their warmer sleepwear and their favourite woolly socks!

With the onset of Autumn’s pervading ‘chill in the air,’ we tend to appreciate our creature comforts all the more – a hot cup of milo, toasty toes by the fire, and the soft, dry cosiness of a Slumberzone bed.

Perfect for preparing for hibernation this coming winter, Slumberzone have designed the Hibrido. With its sturdy NZ pine frame, the Hibrido has a particularly indulgent touch of luxury. Layers of, high density foam, Purolax Natural Latex and Orthocool Gel Memory Foam, provide the perfect balance between soft comfort and unyielding support.

Dr Slumber also added a final touch of finesse in the design with the inclusion of Silk Floss Quilting. Cherished the world-around for its opulent lustre and feel, silk it turns out is also quite a handy natural material.

A long-lasting fibre obtained from the cocoons of the silk worm, silk absorbs moisture and is a natural temperature regulator.

Why does moisture absorption help to keep us warm? Perspiration is our body’s answer to keeping us cool – great in summer, but not so helpful in winter. Natural fabrics like silk and wool help to draw moisture away from the skin, leaving us dry, warm and fresh.

The Hydrido also features BREATHSOFT™ foam. A type of foam designed with an open cell structure, allowing for improved air circulation and a healthier temperature controlled sleeping surface.

The latest advances in foam technology results in better mattress aeration, keeping you and your family dry, toasty and tucked in during those quiet winter nights.

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Life Can Be Hard, But Finding The Best Memory Foam Mattress Doesn’t Have To Be.

Are you waking up tired, even a little stiff after a night in your own bed?  Are your and your partner constantly waking each other up tossing and turning? Maybe that hand-me-down mattress that you got to save money just isn’t cutting it anymore.  Or it could just be time for an upgrade.  Today with so many beds for sale it may seem a daunting task to find the right one for your needs.  Whatever the case may be, here is exactly what you need to know about memory foam mattresses.

Memory foam beds have been growing in popularity since their inception over the last several decades.  NASA originally created memory foam technology in the 1970’s to help protect astronauts from high intensity liftoffs and landings.  Not too long after, the material became commercialized and found its way into the mattress industry.  Today it a popular alternative to innerspring mattresses.

But what are memory foam mattresses actually made of?

The main property of memory foam mattresses is polyurethane, a visco-elastic material.  Polyurethane is a synthetic foam material that is non-toxic and molds to the shape of your body.  Depending on where your memory foam mattress comes from it will contain additional chemicals that affect the density of the mattress.

The visco-elasticity of the material simply means that the foam will mold to your body based on the heat that your body produces.

Memory foam mattresses are graded based on three primary factors :

First is the weight of the mattress.  As mentioned before, the weight simply refers to the density in pound per square foot.

Resilience is the next factor.  The resilience of the mattress is a reflection of its springiness.  Lower levels of resilience mean less pressure on your body while the higher levels indicate a firmer foam and increased pressure.  Many memory foam mattresses use alternating layers of differing resiliencies to maximize comfort.  Often this means a layer of low resilience foam on the surface level with higher resiliency foam underneath.  This is something to look for in your search for the best memory foam mattress.

And finally, the ILD Rating (Indentation Load Deflection), which is really just a measure of how hard or soft the mattress is.  A higher ILD rating reflects firmer foam.

If you want to read more about how beds are graded check this article out. (http://www.memoryfoammattress.org/#The Origin of Memory Foam)

 Memory foam has been noted by many for its ability to provide pain relief.  This is crucial especially if you or your partner are the types to sleep on your side.  Side sleepers often experience more pain because of the increased number of pressure points on the mattress.  Lower density foam mattresses take the load off of that pressure and leave you with a painless nights sleep.

Along with providing comfort to your achy body, memory foam can also be an amazing solution for light sleepers.  If you are like many other Aussies, even the slightest movement from your partner can jolt you out of your slumber.  Well fortunately for you memory foam mattresses are great at dissipating movement leaving you and your partner unbothered by tossing and turning.

Now one thing to consider when buying a memory foam mattress is the temperature factor.  Unlike your traditional innerspring mattress, memory foam is more influenced by ambient heat.  That means that the mattress may retain more of the surrounding heat.  Generally this won’t be the worst thing in the world as you can hop over to your thermostat and turn it down a few degrees.

Another thing to note is the odor of a memory foam mattress.  When you first get your new memory foam mattress, you may notice a slight odor from the production process.  Not to worry this is completely normal!  Just make sure to leave your mattress to air out for 24 to 48 hours before putting the sheets on and catching some zZzZzZ’s.

Remember! Your mattress is probably the most important piece of furniture in your house.  Doing your research and learning more about what is out there is the first step to finding the mattress of your dreams.  A new mattress could truly change your life and the best memory foam mattress for you could be just a few clicks away.

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