How To Improve Bedroom Sleep Hygiene
Here are a few simple tips you may not have thought of on how to improve bedroom sleep hygiene. We specify bedroom, because sleep hygiene extends to your lifestyle and environmental choices in the evening before you get into your bedroom and go to bed. And in case you are wondering, sleep hygiene is not really to do with how often you wash your sheets!
Where you sleep, your bedroom and your bed, should be as close to that pristine natural state that can be achieved when camping without power, wifi and mobile phone coverage. This is truly what our bodies need so that you can get a good restorative night’s sleep free from any man made frequencies interfering with and acting upon us at a cellular level. So learning how to improve bedroom sleep hygiene is a very important step in the process of allowing our bodies to heal and restore themselves at night.
How Close is your Bedside Lamp?
In the old days of incandescent bulbs this would not have been an issue. If you still have bedside lights using these bulbs – don’t change them (provided you can still get the bulbs when they blow!). Most bedside lights today use 12Volt halogen or LED bulbs, which might be energy saving but come at another cost, which is a heavy transformer, that acts also as the base unit for the lamp and gives it stability.
The picture at the top of this article shows the magnetic field reading taken using our Trifield Meter and set to the magnetic range of 0 – 100 milligauss. Continual exposure to fields over 2 milligauss are generally considered unwise and can lead to cell deterioration. Notice that the photo shows the meter reading over 100 milligauss on the edge of our bedside table.
This is the sort of reading that you will get from many high powdered electrical devices, such as electric kettles, vacuum cleaners, cookers etc. This field does decrease the further you get from the source. So when you think about how to improve bedroom sleep hygiene, please consider what type of bedside light you have and how close it is positioned to you when you are lying in bed.
Is Your Wall Power Socket Switched Off?
When you switch the light off, the field drops to zero as shown in the photo at left (you can just make out the needle on the left side of the scale). But there remains a field in the cables close to the wall power socket (see the photos below).
So rather than sleep all night with any field close to you, we would suggest the safest option is to turn off at the wall all power sockets close to your bed. If you must have an electric alarm/radio, try to plug it into a socket furthest from you.
How to Improve Bedroom Sleep Hygiene
- Aside from the inflatable mattress and tent, try to replicate the pristine environment you can find when camping without power, wifi and mobile phone coverage.
- Keep bedside lights as far from where you lie in bed as possible.
- Turn these off at the wall socket, not only on the light.
- Avoid having plugged in alarm clocks/radios close to your bed and re-position these as far from your bed as possible. If possible turn off at the wall socket all other electrical appliances. This is especially true for so called “smart” appliances, which will be continually transmitting signals to your smart meter (if you have one installed).
- Keep mobile phones at least 3 meters from your head when in bed and preferably switch them to airplane mode or turn them off altogether, and go back to using a simple battery operated alarm clock instead.
- Make sure you turn off your wifi router at night. You will not be using it while you sleep!
We will be writing about other aspects of best sleep hygiene tips in other articles but for the moment you now have some idea of how to improve bedroom sleep hygiene.
Sleeping as close to pristine as nature intended. The Team at CoolWellbeing Foundation
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