5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Sleep and Health
Quality sleep is a valuable, and often limited, resource. One of the contributors to poor sleep is the air quality in your bedroom. Here are some easy ways to give you the best air quality so you can breathe deeply and sleep well.
- Dust and vacuum regularly
Having a neat and clean environment is important to both your mental and physical health. Having an organized, clutter-free home decreases stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. Dusting and vacuuming also keep allergens like dust and pet dander at bay. Even if you don’t have allergies, particles in the air can make indoor air quality significantly worse. However, you should avoid harsh cleaning chemicals, where you can. Many cleaning products can be toxic to breathe and linger in the air, so look for sustainable and green products.
- Decorate with houseplants
Houseplants add a cheerful element to your decor while they improve air quality. They process carbon dioxide into oxygen, which gives you and your family more air to breathe. They also pull volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, such as flame retardant chemicals and formaldehyde, out of the air. These VOCs worsen air quality, making it more difficult to breathe well while you sleep, and can be carcinogenic. Spider plants and Boston ferns are great for your air and safe for your pets.
- Invest in an air purifier
While your houseplants are taking care of the VOCs and carbon dioxide, an air purifier will help with the allergens. An air purifier will pull the tiny dust mites, pollen, and dander out of the air while helping to neutralize odors. Most air purifiers have a HEPA filter option. They come in many sizes and colors to fit any room.
- Change Your HVAC filter
One of the easiest ways to improve your air quality is to change your HVAC filter. All of the air that passes through your ventilation system passes through this filter. Manufacturers usually recommend you change the filter every three months, but you might need to change it more regularly. You should consider how much your pets shed, how big your house is, how often you use your HVAC, and if you have allergies.
- Stay up to date on HVAC maintenance
Research shows you sleep best when your bedroom temperature is cooler. You fall asleep more quickly, breathe better, and don’t sweat as much during the night. The best way to be sure your HVAC is running as efficiently as possible is to schedule regular HVAC maintenance. You should have it inspected, cleaned, and serviced at least once a year. Not only will this ensure your house is the perfect temperature, but it will also save you money on your energy bills.
These tips will help you sleep deeply and comfortably. Better sleep means you’ll have more energy for playing with your kids and family outings. Cleaner air, houseplants, and comfortable temperatures will also improve your mood and minimize allergens. Just a few small changes can make a huge difference in your quality of life.