How to Create a Healthy Organic Bedroom

Reader Contribution by Catherine Collins

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Getting enough quality sleep can not only eliminate those nasty bags under your eyes, but also improve your overall physical and mental health. However, even after knowing all the benefits of a good night’s sleep, we still tend to neglect our Zs. So, today, it’s time to set our priorities straight and turn our bedrooms into healthy and organic spaces perfect for relaxation and sleep.

Remove the Carpets

In order to create an organic and healthy space, you must start from the bottom. Remove your old carpets that are not just ugly and worn-out, but also serve as a breeding ground for all sorts of nasty critters like dust mites and germs. Replace your carpets with natural and hypoallergenic cork, natural wood flooring or recycled linoleum. These materials are easy to clean and don’t provide a home for allergens. For some warmth, use small area rugs you can regularly wash.

Opt for Organic Bedding

We spend almost a third of our lives in bed, so making it comfortable and healthy is the least we can do. Replacing bedding made of artificial and treated materials with all-natural and organic bedding will do miracles for your well-being and comfort during sleep. You can also opt for pillows made of natural and untreated cotton and natural latex. There are also buckwheat hull pillows that offer great neck support and wool ones with moisture-wicking properties perfect for hot climates.

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Replace Your Old Mattress

Another way to make your bedroom more organic and healthy is to get rid of your old mattress. This might be a costly investment, but when you consider the number of chemicals used in the production of old-fashioned mattresses and all the allergens contained in them, you’ll see the importance of this step. The best and healthiest option is to choose a natural latex mattress that offers great back support and is naturally anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and resistant to dust mites. Just make sure your pick carries a Good Environmental Choice label which makes it safer for you and the environment.

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Boost Your Air Quality

The best way to make the air in your bedroom cleaner and fresher is to invest in an air purifier, preferably one with HEPA filtration. These filters can eliminate almost all particles larger than 2 microns from the air and provide you with a clean and allergen-free bedroom, which is crucial for good sleep, especially for people with allergies. Additionally, if you have mold or mildew issues, make sure to take care of it with bleach or call the pros to expertly remove it.

Eliminate VOCs

Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs are gases emitted from certain solids or liquids that can be found in an average bedroom and can have various health consequences. Longer exposure to VOCs can cause headaches, nausea, skin, eye and throat irritation, fatigue and many other unpleasant health issues. VOCs are usually present in paints, sealants, aerosol sprays, cleaners, disinfectants and adhesives, all of which can be found in your place of sleep. However, today, there are many alternatives you can use that contain low or zero VOCs. There are zero-VOC paints, upholstery that uses no adhesives, and homemade organic cleaners all of which have the same aesthetic or cleaning effect but without all the air pollution.

Welcome Nature

If you want to have a truly organic bedroom, what better way to achieve that than with greenery. Plants help create a relaxing vibe, clean out the air and serve as a pop of color! Additionally, they are cheap and most indoor types require very little maintenance. For instance, succulents and snake plants need minimal space to thrive.

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Candles and Essential Oils

In order to create a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere in your bedroom, the smell should never be neglected. Some scents have a very beneficial effect on human mood and sleep cycle, which is especially great for those that have trouble sleeping. However, make sure to avoid using traditional air fresheners or big box stores. Handmade soy candles and natural essential oils from your local producer are always a better and healthier choice for your organic bedroom.  

A bedroom that follows these tips will not only be healthy and safe, but have a much better general vibe that will simply invite you to jump into your bed and get some quality sleep.