Having trouble falling asleep at night? Indulge in these relaxing tips from nontoxic living expert Sophia Ruan Gushee, author of A-to-Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, on how to detox your bedroom to help create a peaceful night’s sleep every night.
Avoid technology before bedtime.
Turn off your TV and computer a few hours before going to bed each night. The blue light emitted from video displays can confuse your body clock and keep you awake. Studies have found that blue light from technology screens can disrupt sleep, and electromagnetic fields from electronics may contribute to various adverse health effects, including DNA damage, reproductive issues, and obesity.
Develop a routine.
Sticking to a regular sleep schedule 7 days a week will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer every night.
Detox your bedroom.
Electronics—even cordless phones and electric alarm clocks—emit electromagnetic fields (or EMFs) that strain your eyes and your overall health. Try turning WiFi and other devices off at night to create as much distance as possible from WiFi routers. You can also crack the windows open to allow toxic fumes inside your bedroom to escape.
Create mini detoxes an hour or more each day.
During this time, move your body in fresh air: bike, walk, jog, or play a sport. Even better, walk barefoot on grass or the beach: Electrons from the Earth may help boost immunity and fight inflammation.
Stock up on sleep essentials.
Below are nine new products that I’ve recently incorporated into my sleep routine.
Two regular things on my nightstand now include Lavender and Frankincense essential oils. I dilute one of them with fractionated coconut oil to moisturize my body, which helps with my insanely itchy skin, repels mosquitoes, and relaxes my nervous system. Make sure you use pure essential oils, as many products contain petroleum-based ingredients too.BUY HERE
Essential oils can also mist your bedroom area through an essential oil diffuser. Using it for lavender oil can help make your bedroom more conducive for restorative sleep. This Aura Cacia essential oil diffuser protects the natural aroma of the oils by not using heat.BUY HERE
Recommended by an expert in electromagnetic fields (EMFs) who also participates in triathlons, I now sleep with an earthing sheet. The claimed benefit is that our bodies absorb electromagnetic fields from various sources, including WiFi routers and cell phones, and an earthing sheet helps your body release some of that and rebalance. The EMF expert finds that the earthing sheet helps his recovery time after a triathlon so I’m testing whether it helps my nightly restoration.BUY HERE
Fractionated coconut oil is processed in a way that creates less greasy oil, and is easier for the skin to absorb, than regular organic coconut oil. So it’s a great carrier for essential oils, and can be used as a moisturizer for skin and hair, shaving lotion, hair gel for men, wood moisturizer/polish, and has antibacterial properties.BUY HERE