With well-being front of mind more than ever right now due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, you may be thinking about ways you can improve your health and that of your family members at home.
While what you eat has a lot to do with this, there are other ways you can boost heartiness. For example, the bedroom is where we spend around a third of our lives, so it’s a vital part of any property. Read on for some tips to follow to make this resting environment healthier in 2020.
Update Your Bed
It’s necessary to have a good bed set up if we want to have the healthiest bedroom possible. From the bed frame through to the linen you use, think about ways to make improvements that help your body and mind. Many people have old bed frames passed down to them by family members or low-cost ones they’ve picked up from the shops. It’s wise, though, to invest in a quality product, such as a wood bed frame, that is more natural, lower in chemicals, and supportive enough to help a mattress do its job correctly.
Consider replacing your mattress when you can, too, especially if your current one is more than eight to ten years old, doesn’t suit your body shape, is lumpy, or has holes in it or other damage. For optimum rest and health, you need a mattress made from breathable materials. It should be supportive, relieve pressure on joints, and promote proper blood circulation.
You also need a pillow that’s the right height and style for your body type and the way you sleep, so you don’t end up with pain and kinks due to bad posture through the night. Swap out your pillow every few years as these can be a hotbed of dust mites and dirt. Also, add soft, breathable bedding made from natural fabrics that preferably limit chemicals.
Do a Thorough Clean
Many of us neglect the bedrooms a bit when it comes to cleaning, as rooms such as the kitchen, lounge, and bathroom seem to get more use and be seen by other people. However, the bedroom needs proper cleaning like anywhere else. To boost the health of your rest zone, do a thorough clean.
Wipe down all surfaces and vacuum even hard to reach places, such as under your bed or the back or top of wardrobes. Dust shelves, closet doors, and curtains or blinds, and focus on getting floors and area rugs clean to reduce allergens. Wash your sheets weekly, too.
As for cleaning equipment, use natural solutions as much as possible, so you bring less toxic chemicals into your bedroom. Plus, it pays to leave shoes at the door. Set up this routine, and you’ll be less likely to keep tracking debris into the room. Keeping pets out of your bedroom will also help to make the room cleaner and give you less to worry about when keeping dirt and hair at bay.
Get Rid of Clutter
Clutter doesn’t look great, but it also has other consequences. For example, a cluttered bedroom will have more dust build-up, which can interfere with breathing, especially at night. The more dust in an area, the less healthy it is, particularly for anyone who suffers from asthma or allergies.
A bedroom with too much “stuff” in it also impacts mindset and stress and anxiety levels. It increases a sense of overwhelm and can make it harder for occupants to fall asleep and stay asleep. The more items you have in your bedroom, the more likely it is that you’ll be reminded, continually, of tasks you have to do or decisions you must make.
To make your bedroom healthier, find ways to streamline your physical belongings, so you get rid of emotional weight, too. Go through everything in the room to see what can be thrown out, sold, or donated, and what should live in another part of the home. Store the items you want to keep in your bedroom out of your line of sight where possible, in drawers, closets, under-bed storage bins, and so on.
Some other things you can do to encourage good health in your bedroom are:
- Remove mold, mildew, and lead-based paints
- Bring in greenery to promote higher air quality, and open windows regularly
- Try a white-noise machine to block distracting sounds
- Obstruct light at bedtime with thick drapery
Take steps to create not just a great-looking bedroom but also a healthier one today, and you should soon start to feel better in mind and body.