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5 Ways Green Furniture Can Improve Your Sleep Patterns—and the Science Behind It

Getting serious about living an eco-friendly lifestyle does more than just help save the planet. It can improve your quality of sleep too. If you’re curious, keep reading as we’ll talk about the different ways that green furniture contributes to you getting that quality shuteye.

Eco-friendly mattress for the best rest

A new mattress can be a big expense; when you have the right one, it’s worth the cost in exchange for that quality sleep. This is green furniture that is not just made sustainably, but is also good for your health. 

For starters, an eco-friendly mattress without harmful chemicals does not ruin the air quality in your room. You get the best sleep without worrying about laying on bedding that’s soaked in pesticides. They’re also hypoallergenic, breathable, and easy to wash. By the time you have to throw them away, you don’t have to feel guilty since they biodegrade faster than a mattress made with synthetic materials.

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Blankets, sheets, and pillows

In addition to investing in an eco-friendly mattress, beddings that are covered in organic sheets can help contribute to a greener, cleaner room. Think wool, cotton, and hemp. These are sustainable materials that can help enhance the air quality in your room, resulting in a better, more relaxing sleep. 

Sustainable shelves

There are plenty of beautiful shelves in the market but nothing beats used furniture made with natural materials. By the time it’s in your possession, it’s already rid of the gas contained in the paint and varnish. If you’re buying brand new, opt for spacious ones made of recycled paper wood that uses low-VOC paints, glues, and finishes.

One of the reasons why you’ll want a spacious shelf is so you can immediately put away things when it’s time for bed. A cluttered room is a cluttered mind. When you have room to put your clutter away, you won’t have a hard time falling asleep.

LED light bulbs

This is another easy way that green furniture can improve your sleep. Simply switch your fluorescent light bulbs to LED lights. Fluorescent lighting has been found to emit more UVC and UVA rays than any other kind of lighting. 

By switching to LED lights, you’ll have the option to adjust the dimness of a room. The right amount of light during evenings makes it easy to maintain your circadian rhythm which regulates your sleep cycle. LED lights also last longer than conventional bulbs! Less waste is always good for the environment.

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Natural air purifiers

When it comes to purifying your home, you always want to opt for the most natural form: plants! They have the ability to get rid of harmful gases in their air, thus improving the air you breathe. Opt for indoor plants known for improving air quality such as aloe vera, bamboo or reed palm, rubber plant, chinese evergreen, and spider plant. It’s also worth doing some deeper research of your own to find indoor plants that fit your bedroom’s aesthetic.

If you can’t bring plants in but still want to enjoy better air quality, consider other natural alternatives such as candles and essential oils. You’ll want to opt for candles that are soy-based since most traditional candles are made with paraffin that actually pollute the air.

As for essential oils, the best choices for sleep include lavender, rose, jasmine, and marjoram. Have these ready beside your essential oil diffuser or mix it with water and spray on your linens.

By having pleasant natural smells in your room, you not only have better sleep but possibly better dreams as well! So make sure to follow the nose on this tip. 

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Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.