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By Lorraine Alexander
Lorraine Alexander Interiors
Published by Redwood Empire Remodelers Association Newsletter April 2010, and by U.S. Green Building Council Chapter News Fall 2010
On average, we spend one third of our time in our bedroom. Many of us are completely unaware of the impact this single room has, affecting our mood and even our sleep. Creating a serene and healthy bedroom environment can greatly improve our sleep quality, while producing a positive effect on our health and well being. Our bedroom should be a place of serenity and rejuvenation, our own private sanctuary.
First and foremost, when designing a healthier environment we must consider indoor air quality (IAQ). Each selection you make will influence the air quality of your bedroom. For the best material selections choose natural organic fibers; cotton, linen, wool, hemp and jute, just to name a few. If you are a homeowner with allergies to down, find comforters filled with wool or cotton. Avoid polyurethane, synthetics or poly-cotton blends. Look for products that have not been chemically treated or bleached. Avoid wrinkle-free and stain-free finish treatments that use formaldehyde and produce off-gassing. If you are in the market to purchase a new mattress, look for manufacturers that offer healthier organic mattresses.
Dust can be problematic for many people. A quality air filtration system, regular filter maintenance, and fresh air, are essential. In addition, your room design should be simple to allow for ease of cleaning. Be aware of potential allergens you may bring into the home. Consider implementing a shoe-less policy for your home, this method used throughout Japan insures a cleaner healthier home by keeping toxins out.
When possible, eliminate electronics in the bedroom. Electromagnetic fields or EMF’s disturb deep sleep and have a negative health effect. If you cannot do without a television, place it inside of a cabinet that can be completely closed off at bedtime. Computers and cell phones should be kept in another room. Choose alarm clocks with rechargeable batteries or old-fashioned wind up. If you use an electric alarm, place it away from the bed.
For a serene and healthy bedroom, follow these simple guidelines:
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