We have heard it before: getting a good night’s sleep is important. Sleep not only allows our body and mind to rest after a long day at work or school, it also helps our body detoxify. Yes, while we are floating away in dreamland, our body continues its work of rejuvenation, repair, and detoxification. According to a study from the University of Rochester Medical Center, our brain works overtime in order to remove toxic waste as we sleep. Our hormone system also goes into an anabolic state which allows for energy conservation, repair, and growth processes. And at night, our skin increases its protein production that aids in cell growth and damage repair.
However, if the environment we sleep in is toxic, we are limiting our body’s ability to detoxify and prepare us for a long day ahead. But do not worry. Here are some important points to remember to help us in making our bedroom healthier and toxin free.
– Check your mattresses and avoid those that are made with materials and chemicals such as polyurethane foam and other flame retardants, formaldehyde, chemical adhesives, pesticides, and GMOs.
– Opt for mattresses that are waterproofed with food-grade polyethylene.
– Note that the healthiest mattresses are those that are made with organic materials (organic cotton, organic wool, and organic latex) and natural fabrics.
– Open your windows for at least 10 minutes before sleeping to decrease any build up of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
– Avoid the use of synthetic pesticides and fragrances.
Remember: the environment you sleep in is also as important as the length of your sleep.
Source: Huffington Post