Our homes are a place of comfort and a place that we go to escape the rest of the busy, toxic world. In fact many of us are spending more time inside our homes than ever before in history. Statistic show that the average person spends up to 80% of their time indoors.
This number can be surprising and somewhat alarming given the fact that health officials and home inspectors have determined that most indoor air is actually more polluted than the outdoor air we breathe. And why is this? The cause for this problem comes from the fact that our products and building materials contain many harmful toxins which are released into the air inside our homes. The problem is accelerated by the fact that homes are sealed incredibly tight to minimize energy loss. This means the toxins inside our homes are staying there for the long haul.
Just a few decades ago, a home exchanged its indoor air with fresh outdoor air about 5 times per hour. Today in our modern society, most homes introduce fresh air into the home just 5 times per DAY. Because of this, toxins have no place to go and end up staying inside our indoor air, becoming concentrated in areas as we breathe them in.
One toxin that has been the center of many studies and research as of late is formaldehyde.
A healthy house is more than just a space free from toxins and mold. A healthy house is the foundation and start of a healthy life in whole. We wouldn’t expect an apple to stay fresh if we stored it in a wet paper bag outside. It’s the same thought with our home. It’s been said that our house is like a second skin to our bodies, creating benefits or problems.
Where we sleep is a place that we should take extra precaution about. It’s an area that we will end up spending about one third of our lives in. If we are in one particular environment more often, we should make sure it’s a healthy and safe environment to be in.
We are going to cover five ways you can make sure your sleeping environment is healthy. There have been studies shown that a healthy sleeping environment can actually promote sleep, and an unhealthy sleeping space can cause sleep disorders. It’s true that your house can cause insomnia.
And why does sleep matter so much? Sleep is one of the biggest contributors to a healthy lifestyle. When we get proper rest and sleep our body has time to repair itself from day to day stressors as well as detoxify the brain. When you’re rested you can function on a higher level. Improving your sleep environment can drastically change the quality of your day. Rachel at PillowPicker has written an incredible guide with 30 science-backed ways your body can benefit from a good night of sleep. You can check it out here.