Get Better Sleep! 5 Ways to Create a Sleeping Sanctuary

Ahhhhhh … we love the holidays! But they can be exhausting.

Get Better Sleep! Here are 5 Ways to Create Sleeping SanctuaryDo you wish you could have better sleep? Do you need some rest? Likely. Or are you one of the millions of people who suffer from insomnia?

Tip: Ensure your bedroom is the safest and healthiest place in your home.

Did you know your body is in healing mode while you sleep? And, the human body is five to ten times more susceptible to toxins while sleeping? Getting better sleep can make the difference between being healthy and being ill.

Even if you can’t make the rest of your home healthy, you owe it to yourself to create a sleeping sanctuary. Better sleep matters. If you can get the proper healing while you rest, your body is much better able to take on the stress and toxins of your daytime schedule.

So here we go. Here are five tips you can use to transform your bedroom into a sleeping sanctuary.

  1. Non-Toxic Bedding. One of the best things you can do for better sleep is use organic sheets and blankets. And of course be sure you launder them in non-toxic detergent regularly and with heat to destroy dust mites and bed bugs. Keeping your home at 40-60% humidity will also keep these little pests at bay. But be aware that humidity over 60% encourages mold growth. Ideally your mattress should be all-natural as well. We love our organic latex (made from a rubber tree) mattress. And finally, do not use a metal bed, as it will conduct electricity. More on electromagnetic radiation later.
  2. Screens. We are sure you have heard this before but please do not use computers or other electronics in the bedroom. Research shows the blue light emitted by screens suppress production of melatonin. Additionally, they keep your brain alert when it needs to begin relaxing.
  3. Toxins. Be sure no product or building material used in the bedroom will off gas or increase toxins. Remove carpet (use area rugs if necessary) and use natural flooring such as bamboo that does not utilize toxic sealing or adhesives. A floating or nail-down floor is best. Any other paints, sealers, or caulks should be non-toxic. Additionally, remove any clutter so dust does not accumulate.
  4. Ventilation. Open a window! If you can, getting fresh air while you sleep will improve air quality and hence improve sleep. This may not be possible in cities with lots of noise or pollution.
  5. Electromagnetic Radiation. Finally, and our favorite: electromagnetic radiation (EMR). All forms of electromagnetic radiation are linked to insomnia. Cut the circuit to your bedroom or at least unplug anything around your head and use a battery alarm clock to reduce electric fields. Eliminate or shield radio frequency: cut off wifi while sleeping, remove cordless phones, cell phones and any wireless devices from the bedroom. If you live near a cell tower, you can use certain types of paint to shield your bedroom or any other room in your house from cell tower energy. You also want to be sure your electric meter or any big appliance such as a refrigerator is not near the bedroom.

Do you want to see how close you are to a cell tower? Check the website to see. It’s best to be more than a quarter mile from an antenna or tower.

If you apply these tips and experience better sleep, would you let us know? And as always, if you need professional help, we would be glad to connect with you and help you create your very own sleeping sanctuary. Send a quick message online or call at 864.980.3341. We would love to know how things are working for you!

Sweet Dreams!

Are Your Home Cleaning Chemicals Causing Illness?

Are your home cleaning chemicals causing illness?

Do you think you are doing a good thing by cleaning your home and office with those cleaning products “guaranteed to kill germs”? Think again. And the scent, oh my… we will get to that later.

Trade in toxins for healthier cleaning and laundry productsDid you know most cleaning products can release toxins into the air even when they are simply being stored? Yikes. Imagine what they are doing to the quality of your environment when being used!

Cleaning and laundry products are not only some of the worst offenders to indoor air quality; they can cause irritation to the eyes and throat, headaches, asthma, respiratory illness, and more. And after years of exposure there is often a risk of heart disease and even cancer. What’s more, if you currently suffer from any health ailment, you can be sure exposure to toxic cleaning products is not helping you recover.

So when we are talking about “toxic cleaning products,” what does this include? Well, everything you might imagine plus some highly toxic ones you might not think about: detergent and dishwashing liquid, spot cleaners, furniture and floor polish, and oven cleaners.

And did you know dry cleaning chemicals are dangerous too? If you need to dry clean, remove the plastic wrap and let the item(s) off gas in a ventilated location.

Now for the cleaner everyone loves: Bleach. You don’t need a chemistry degree to know that bleach is highly toxic. The irritation in your eyes and nose is usually proof enough.

Need we say more? Yes actually, dryer sheets are one of the worst offenders. They contain numerous chemicals, even a couple on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste List. (Source:

Back to fragrance. Generally speaking, if you can smell it, it’s probably toxic. Sadly, there is little to no FDA regulation concerning the ingredients covered under the umbrella term “fragrance” on the label. And might we say, yes, this does include perfumes, body lotions, cosmetics and more.

So What Do We Do?

You can make your own cleaners from natural, healthy ingredients. If you want to do your own thing, believe it or not, old-fashioned soap cleans really well! Vinegar is another great cleaner. You can also use borax, tea tree oil, and a personal favorite (especially for mold) is hydrogen peroxide. Here are two home-made cleaner recipes to get you started:

DIY Laundry Cleaner

DIY Laundry Cleaner Recipe

DIY Cleaner / Disinfectant

DIY Cleaner/Disinfectant Recipe

Healthy Cleaning and Laundry Products Offer Alternatives to Toxin-Laden Options

If you don’t want to make your own, the Shaklee Healthy Home Products are what I would recommend. They are so concentrated that a bottle will cost you as little as 2 cents per bottle, and one quart of their Basic G® Germicide will make over 500 bottles of antibacterial cleaner similar to Lysol® and Clorox®. And their Basic H2® will make an all-purpose cleaner, a window cleaner, and a degreaser.