If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, it could be caused by many factors – such as stress, light levels, or even your age – but I bet you didn’t imagine that your bed, sheets and PJs might be contributing to your lack of sleep, did you?
With much more known about the effects of man-made fibres and chemicals in our living environments, the benefits of adopting an organic lifestyle have been well-documented in recent years. Going organic can help in so many areas of your life – and sleep is one of them. Here are some swaps you can make the next time you’re updating your room, bedding or PJs to make your sleeping environment more organic for a better night’s sleep…
1 ORGANIC MATTRESS
Let’s start with the most essential item in the room – your bed. When you next replace your mattress you might want to to choose an organic mattress for better sleep. Why? The natural and sustainable wool that fills an organic mattress is extremely comfortable and helps to regulate your temperature while you sleep by increasing air flow. Plus, it ensures that your mattress is free from harsh chemicals and polyurethane-based foams so you’re not breathing in any nasties.
2 LINEN SHEETS
Likewise, choosing natural fibres for your bed sheets can help you to sleep more soundly too. Organic linen is hypoallergenic so it’s a great choice for people who have sentitive skin or allergies. Plus, it keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, so your sheets can help you to sleep well if you often wake in the night because you’re too hot or too cold. The thing that I like most about my linen bedding is that it gets softer after every wash and is ‘supposed’ to look wrinkled so there’s no need for ironing – hurrah!
3 CHEMICAL-FREE CLEANING
If you’re going to have a lovely organic wool mattress and soft organic linen sheets, you probably don’t want to add chemicals during the washing process, do you? Choose a natural organic detergent, fill a laundry egg with mineral pellets, or use soap nuts as an environmentally-friendly alternative for natural washing. Vacuum up dust (and don’t forget to vacuum the mattress with the upholstery head too!) or use a steam cleaner to keep your bedroom allergen-free and prevent night-time sneezing.
4 COTTON PYJAMAS
When you’re getting ready for bed, make sure that the pyjamas you’re pulling on are are certified organic cotton. This material is light and breathable so will help you to sleep well if you regularly struggle with maintaining your body temperature at night. Other natural fibres are also grown on organic farms such as silk, jute, linen, hemp and wool so you can choose the right material for you and enjoy sleeping soundly in your chemical-free organic PJs.
5 NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Finally, if you’re putting on a night cream, eye serum, facial oil or hand cream at night, make sure that the products you’re using are organic. There are SO many organic skincare ranges out there that are non-toxic and natural – plus, they’re likely to be cruelty-free and vegan so choose beauty products from these collections. If you can choose a lavender scent, even better, as this will help you drift off to sleep.
Do you think that creating a more organic bedroom will help you sleep better at night? What other ways have you gone organic in your own home? Please share your simple swaps and organic hacks in the comments below as I would be very interested to hear your ideas 🙂
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