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Better Sleep

Sleep is a big part of our daily lives. Whether you have a sleep pattern down or constantly crave more, a few changes in your sleeping space can make for a healthier and more relaxing slumber.

For one, stop energy zappers in your bedroom. If there are too many electronics and plugged in items dangling around, they are draining energy and your sleep. It is hard to get shut eye with all kinds of incessant or blinking lights in the room.

Also, don’t make rest quarters a docking station for things that need to be charged. This will make it less tempting to have miscellaneous technology nearby. Although some necessities have to stay, try and keep anything with a cord and power light to a minimum in your designated sleeping area.

Studies show that disrupted sleep from things like lighting in the bedroom can lower melatonin, or sleep hormone levels. Make lighting as relaxing as possible using energy efficient bulbs, but make sure that they are bright enough for reading areas. Ban clutter too, as it is visually and mentally distracting, even if you don’t realize it.

Take a look at bedding items, also. Although extravagant linens and mattress prices can be astronomical, focus on coziness before style. A lot of time is spent in the bedroom so don’t skimp on the comfort factor. Look for natural materials for your sheets, pillows and pillowcases, like organic cotton or bamboo fabrics, that are available in wide price ranges.

Installing a ceiling fan can reduce energy use and will make your room feel more pleasant. Fans help with air circulation and can keep indoor climates stable if they are rotated according to seasonal temperatures. For cooler weather, fans should be rotated clockwise and in warmer weather they should be turned counter-clockwise to force air down to help warm up spaces.

Often we become so busy it can seem like we don’t even get the chance to really look at our own surroundings. By taking a few moments to consider where we recharge and how it affects our mood and sleep cycles, we can sleep better and live better.

Wellness Council of America: A Good Night’s Sleep. 2008.
TheHuffingtonPost.com: Naiman, R. Earth Day/Earth Night: How Green Is Your Sleep?


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