via Tuned Body
Read the full article HERE but here is a sneak peek of just a few reasons why you're tired:
- You have a messy office
- You skip workouts
- You skip breakfast
- You're a perfectionist
via Tuned Body
Read the full article HERE but here is a sneak peek of just a few reasons why you're tired:
by Theresa Sirois, Social Media Coordinator
It is that time of year where we, as parents, either rejoice or become a bit melancholy: back-to-school. You've thought about the backpacks, the paper, the pens... but have you thought about the change in sleep schedule and how it might affect your child?
The Better Sleep Council conducted a study which found "alarming results" when it comes to how parents view the importance of sleep in their 7- 18 year old children.
Only 45% of parents here in the United States attribute loss of sleep to poor school performance and mood changes.* We, as a nation, need to start associating the importance of sleep at the same level with diet and exercise when considering our overall state of well-being. Ensuring our kids get a good night's sleep is just as important as making sure they're not watching too much television, not eating too much junk food, and getting enough daily physical activity.
The Better Sleep Council has these tips to help get your kids in bed and asleep at a reasonable time in order to succeed better in school and stay healthy:
Encourage 30 minutes of exercise daily.
Talk with your child about the day and ask about fears and concerns, as your child may not divulge this information offhandedly. Be sure to reassure him or her of any concerns.
Check the quality of your child’s mattress. If it is seven years old or greater, replacing it may be vital to improving the sleep environment. (The Clean Bedroom offers a great range of organic mattresses.)
“Children of all ages today, especially teens, are constantly ‘plugged in,’ and have hectic schedules,” noted BSC Director of Communications Karin Mahoney. “But they need to understand that unplugging themselves from gadgets and having quiet time is really important for getting a quality night’s rest.”
* read the entire article HERE
by Theresa Sirois, Social Media Coordinator
Greenwashing happens with more than just organic food, furniture, and bedding. How about the cleaners you use around your home everyday?
An article from the April 2014 edition of Natural Solutions magazine delves into some helpful hints for finding true green cleaning products:
* look for reliable 3rd party certification (like Whole Foods Eco Scale Certification)
See the full article, Going Chemical Free, HERE
When looking at the items in your home, including cleaners, be sure to read those labels. Broad descriptions like "natural fragrance" or "sustainable product" can be deceiving. You want to make sure products are made with plant- and mineral-based ingredients and all ingredients must be biodegradable. For more information on finding true eco-friendly products, greenwashing, and the latest in organic bedding ~ find and follow The Clean Bedroom on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and NOW Instagram!
by Theresa Sirois, Social Media Coordinator
We here at The Clean Bedroom are always looking out for the best ways for you to avoid various toxins, specifically in your bedroom. But what about the other chemical and toxin exposure that you experience daily? Are there ways to detoxify yourself?
A recent article in Natural Solutions Magazine explained that the health effects from this constant chemical battle range from "...central nervous system disorders, kidney and liver diseases, insomnia, personality changes, depression, panic attacks, excess salivation..." and that's just to name a few! To combat these disturbances, clay baths are a natural method that have been used for centuries.
Chemical toxins and heavy metals have been shown to hinder absorption of food and supplements. These toxins can also be an underlying factor to digestive problems, parasites, leaky-gut syndrome, allergies, depression, memory problems, and many other disease processes. Clay baths have been used for centuries for their health promoting benefits as they effectively remove heavy metals, pesticides, and various other toxic substances through the skin. The best clay is bentonite clay...*
* you can read the article in it's entirety HERE.
Clay baths are a treatment that can be performed at home. The Clean Bedroom has you covered in organic bath and spa accessories which will make this an even more luxurious process for you!
by Chris Chamberlin, co-founder of The Clean Bedroom
A pillow’s diminutive size belies its colossal importance to both a good night’s sleep and good health. The right pillow encourages and supports proper alignment of the neck and spine, leading to easier breathing, a deeper night’s sleep (with less tossing and turning) and reduced strain on muscles and joints to help ease chronic pain. In a word: Aah.
Plenty of pillow varieties are available, with a range of cover materials and types of fill. With so many options, here are a few factors to keep in mind when choosing the right pillow:
Preferred Sleep Position:
o Back sleepers should consider a pillow that’s thin at the center with good neck support, like Naturally Organic Oyasumi Shredded Rubber Contour Pillow by Sleeptek—it features GOLS Certified Latex in an adjustable baffled system for customizable neck support.
o Side sleepers should consider a thicker pillow to compensate for the space between the shoulder and the head and neck, like the Organic Wooly Bolas Pillow by Suite Sleep—it’s extra-stuffed, with a zipper to add or subtract fill as needed, and can be ordered with additional fill.
o Stomach sleepers should consider a thinner pillow to keep the neck from craning, like the Alpaca Wool Pillow by Crescent Moon—it’s available in soft and medium fill.
The right pillow is very personal, and doesn’t always match with sleep position. A broad-shouldered side sleeper, for instance, can use a pillow with softer fill, as long as the pillow has a good amount of fill; conversely, the same person might opt for a lower profile pillow with less give if the preference is for a firmer feel.
· Mattress Firmness: The same pillow will perform differently on a soft mattress than it does on a firm mattress, so mattress type needs to be taken into consideration when choosing the right pillow. It’s important to find an all-natural or organic mattress in a sleep showroom like The Clean Bedroom that replicates the feeling of sleeping at home, and then test pillows on that mattress while in the preferred sleep position.
· Personal Build: Everyone has his or her own unique body type, which is why it’s critical to test-drive (or test-nap!) a pillow in a true sleep setting to get a proper fitting.
The pillow is a powerhouse, but it can only do so much—for the best night’s sleep and the best health, the pillow works in tandem with the mattress. If the mattress doesn’t properly contour to the sleeper’s shape (especially men, with a typical “V” shape), the shoulder will be pressed out from the mattress and cause strain on both the neck and shoulder, regardless of the pillow.*
Looking to make a change? Here are two ways to get a NEW pillow:
1. SAVE: 20% OFF organic pillows going on NOW through July 31st
2. WIN: Instagram Contest #TCBpillowfight : post the pic of your desperate pillow to be entered to WIN a brand new Naturally Organic Oyasumi rubber pillow! WINNER chosen Friday July 18 at 7pm EST.
* Excerpted from original article, titled The Secret is Picking the Perfect Pillow, published in Essential Living Maine, June 2014
Chris Chamberlin , Co-owner of The Clean Bedroom
Imagine being able to sleep each night knowing your pillow is helping to save threatened species.
Your pillow could protect monarch butterflies if it is filled with Hypodown®, a fluffy mixture of goose down and the silky fibers found in the seed pods of the common milkweed plant.
The relationship between this humble weed and regal butterfly is a fascinating bedtime story...
Milkweed is the sole food source for the monarch caterpillar, which ingests the plant’s milky sap that is poisonous to the monarch’s predators. To many people, however, milkweed is viewed as a nuisance. Farmers put herbicides between the rows of food crops, where milkweed naturally grows, to stop its growth, thereby destroying millions of acres of the plant.
Changes in agricultural land use, drought, and massive fluctuations in temperature have also diminished milkweed habitat. The Midwest milkweed habitat is now virtually gone, having lost 120–150 million acres over the past two decades.
Without milkweed the monarch butterfly cannot exist, and the loss of milkweed habitat has put the monarch population in jeopardy, dwindling it to the point that the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has the monarch on their watch list of “near threatened” species.
By developing products that use milkweed, thereby increasing the demand for the plant and promoting its development as a crop. Monarch Flyway buys harvested milkweed seed pods for their silky fibers, called coma or floss, to produce hypoallergenic down bedding products. Trademarked as Hypodown®, these products are distributed through Monarch Flyway’s subsidiary, Ogallala Comfort Co.
Milkweed seed pods suppress allergens found in down that cause allergic reactions, and the insulating quality of these seeds makes Knudsen’s Hypodown® bedding more breathable, durable, and able to regulate body temperature better than down.
Knudsen’s Hypodown® is now the only hypoallergenic down fill product of its kind. His fascination with a humble weed is now saving the fragile milkweed habitat and the monarch butterfly population, so, as with all bedtime stories, this one has a happy ending.
***Read this article in its entirety HERE
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originally published May 2014 by The Epoch Times
by guest blogger Gary Lovelace, Austin showroom manager
I have suffered from migraines for as long as I can remember. I don't know exactly what started my spiral into hypersensitivity and constant head pain - it could have been the diesel fumes from the school bus I rode every day or the new paint and building materials in our home. As I grew older and entered the world as a young man I started losing energy and was tired all the time, suffering from sore muscles and bones. For years I searched for the cure.
I went to numerous doctors and therapists and tried all sorts of remedies but nothing worked except to take several pain killers as soon as I felt a headache coming on. If I missed this short window I slowly spiraled into more severe pain in my head. My stomach would start to wrench violently, soon I would begin to dry heave and, if I was lucky, vomit, which would relieve some of the pain.
Surprisingly, no one could give me an answer to my problem. Some said it was mental or depression and I would try their depression pills and therapy with no relief. Others said it was allergies but when tested for allergies I came up clean and the pills only made me more tired.
One day I decided that I would stop listening to common medical and social ideas of what is healthy and what is not. I thought that perhaps everyone’s body is different and that I may just be having a negative reaction to something in my environment.
I started with food. I began a long process of reducing or removing certain items from my diet and re-introducing them. I noted how I felt with and without each item. I also noted any foods that I ate prior to getting sick. I slowly removed a vast amount of items that Americans eat daily and believe to be safe and even healthy. I realized that all the foods I have problems with are heavily processed and are filled with preservatives and synthetic chemicals. The longer the shelf life the worse I felt. I switched to an organic diet and felt much better but I still had pain and, though more infrequent, I still had migraines.
I began to evaluate my surroundings, thinking, if I have problems with chemicals in food then why not in the air? At the time I managed a graphic design and sign studio in New York. I always assumed that what I was doing was safe and that someone regulated the materials we used. I began reading labels and realized that all the paints, inks, vinyl, and glues that we used where labeled hazardous and even thought to cause cancer in California. Though I did not live in California, I was pretty sure that the rest of the US was not immune. What could I do? This was my job and I loved it. I tried getting around it. I sealed off my office and ran an air purifier 24/7 yet I could not hide in my office all day. It became more and more clear that the longer I stayed off the work floor, the better I felt.
I made the decision to resign and find cleaner employment. I tried my hand at managing a large corporate furniture store. I really enjoyed training the sales associates, taking care of customers, and meeting and beating goals. It was exciting. Though I felt better I still had my bad days. I noticed that furniture and mattresses gave off the same noxious fumes that I was exposed to on the work floor of the graphic studio. How could this be? It was just furniture, after all. I began to do more research and even visited the plants where the furniture was made.
I realized that the paints, foams and synthetic fibers that made up furniture and mattresses where all derived from the same hazardous chemicals with the same labeling.
I also realized that these items where then packed with chemical flame retardants, making the product unbearable to smell when first delivered. The smell would subside a little with time but it was still there and never fully went away.
After realizing I had traded one bad environment for another I began researching alternative options for employment. One day I stumbled upon an ad for a manager of The Clean Bedroom. I was intrigued. This was a small but growing company that dedicated its resources to providing customers with the cleanest most organic sleep environment possible. I took the job and quickly realized that, when in the showroom, I had no pain and never left with a migraine. This was amazing. I continued to research using the multiple resources The Clean Bedroom had available and found that these hazardous chemicals were everywhere - deodorants, perfumes, dryer sheets, clothing, you name it and hazardous chemicals are there. I cleaned out my whole house. I switched to organic cleaners, soaps, shampoos, got rid of most of my carpet and stopped using fragrant candles and sprays. I replaced my furniture with new organic and natural options. I also stopped using the air conditioner as much and kept my windows open more.
Now I feel like a new man! The energy I had when I was a teenager is back and my migraines have gone. I notice that I sleep less yet wake refreshed. My mood has become more positive. I used to struggle with trying to fill some void in my life with constant shopping and purchasing trivial items to entertain myself. But no longer - I now feel content and look forward to a long healthy life with my family.
All that was good about our food and furniture has been replaced by cheaper materials to produce synthetic versions that have great implications on our health. Yes, they are tested for 'safety' but to what extent? Each individual item may pass the allowed human tolerances but what happens over the long term? Furthermore, we do not just live with just one single chemical-laden item at a time. We live in a sea of manufactured items all spewing out their 'tolerable limit' of poisonous gasses. Who tests the impact of the whole picture?
Bottom line: before you purchase anything do your research. Don’t take for granted that someone is protecting you because there is no such person.
Sleep healthy. Sleep better. Stay well.
by Theresa Sirois, Social Media Marketing Manager
Here at The Clean Bedroom, we strive to constantly provide you with the most up-to-date information on not only healthy sleep, but also general health. We feel very strongly about the use of chemicals in our furniture, homes, and bedding and stand behind those seeking #RealReform.
To that end, we wanted to share this extraordinary post from our friends at Safer Chemicals. This post shows that, no matter how diligent you are at reading labels, you could still be exposing yourself and your family to harmful chemicals - largely due to the lack of proper legislation when it comes to monitoring toxic chemicals in products.
Read Careful Shopper or Not: Your Body May Still be Polluted with Toxic Chemicals to find out more.
by Theresa Sirois, Social Media Marketing Coordinator
It is always a pleasure as we enter a new year, to reflect on what worked best the year before. With the current state of technology constantly at our fingertips we have all heard and perhaps heeded the warnings of electronics in bed and the detriment they can be to a good night's sleep. Constant communication and access to the internet has proved detrimental to sleep, especially for our children and teens.
I was intrigued then, when I saw several lists for 2013's Top 10 Sleep Apps. I decided to scour the internet for you to ensure the top 5 sleep apps for both iPhone and Android. Here's what I came up with:
Ok, so the plan was to stick with apps available for BOTH the iphone and android, but this one took the cake by far between high internet ratings and the NY Times article Turning to Your Phone for a Better Night's Sleep. SleepCycle is an app meant to work with your iPhone setting on your mattress;
"The app is meant to work with your phone set on your mattress. It uses the iPhone’s sensors to monitor movements, recording when you were in different phases of sleep — from light to deep. In the morning, you get a time graph showing how well you managed to stay in deep sleep.
There’s a notes section for each night’s data, so you can track if drinking a cup of tea upsets your sleep or if your sleep patterns are related to stress. If you’re really interested in detailed analysis of your sleep habits you can export the data to an Excel spreadsheet."
Both the author, and ratings from Yahoo describe the app as very easy to use, despite the plethora of information and complex sensory data it interprets.
2. Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson
$2.99 iPhone/$2.99 android
Andrew Johnson is a renowned hypnotist in the UK and this guided meditation app is designed to professionally lull you to sleep every night.
3. Yoga for Insomnia
$2.99 iphone/$4.50 android
This app uses hatha yoga poses with a strong emphasis on correct breathing techniques in order to successfully create better sleep patterns in the long term for your body. There are advanced and beginner level sleep sessions available.
4. Relax & Sleep Well
FREE iPhone/FREE android
Offering a 27-minute hypnotherapy session to relax your mind and body, and dissolve the stresses of the day, this one is a huge hit due to the fact that it's FREE. After all, who doesn't enjoy free?
5. pzizz sleep
$5.99 iPhone/$9.99 android
Pzizz provides a 10 - 60 minute, depending on your choice, random algorithm of either inspiring words, music, sound effects, binaural beats, or any combination. It boasts you will never get the same sequence twice.
And last but not least, it should be mentioned that the ever popular Audible app can also prove helpful for sleep. Listening to an audiobook of your choice as you sink into the sheets can be just what the sleep Doctor ordered.
So take your time, browse your app or play store, and find the one that's right for you to sleep better and sleep healthy.
Information gathered from:
Guest Blogger: Michael Earnheart, Rhode Island Showroom Manager
There is no doubt about down feathers – they are a fine thermal insulator and great for adding puff and padding, but part of the problem with down is the eventual flattening that occurs with the loft of a comforter or pillow.
It is not uncommon for a once light, resilient and wonderfully supportive pillow and duvet to lose its loft. It is an inevitable deterioration due to age and compression from constant use.
The most debilitating part of having down bedding is in the long term. As down feathers age, they tend to become more concentrated with allergens, due to contamination from mold because of exposure to moisture. Dust mites are also a primary concern, because of their rapid reproduction and ability to thrive in various environments. Contrary to popular belief, allergic reactions that occur are because of the aforementioned very common irritants and not the feathers, as supported by the 1998 Finnish research study by K. Kilpiö.
The Clean Bedroom offers an excellent solution to those who have a love-hate relationship with their down bedding – a hypoallergenic down comforter.
Hypodown is a blend of clustered Syriaca or milkweed and goose feathers. The true benefit of this combination is that Syriaca is a natural fiber that dust mites do not like. In addition to the inherent dust mite resistance of the fiber, Syriaca also has a natural filtering property that traps and suppresses dust and dander, keeping the allergen properties of down feathers at bay.
I recommend the Harvester Hypodown. Its unbleached, chemical-free 312 thread count fabric makes it soft to the touch, but not as silky and slick as a sateen weave. Classic loft tends to be more than acceptable for all-around climates, cold winters. I would reserve a recommendation for an arctic loft for only those who are extremely sensitive to cold or for a region that experiences excessively frigid temperatures during the winter season.
It is important to note that there are special cleaning considerations that must be taken into account when getting this comforter laundered and that taking note of these instructions will provide decades of comfort and warmth.
And that’s what’s up with down!
Jennifer Roberts: Good Green Homes
A wonderful resource for renovating or building clean & green. Photography makes this a useful coffee table book. (*****)
Alan Greene: Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care
Must-have resource for every new parent. Buy this before you step into a baby store. Grandparents, gift this not-so-subtle gift and sleep better knowing your grandbaby will get a healthier start in life. Yes, it's that good. (*****)
Jackie Craven: The Stress Free Home : Beautiful Interiors for Serenity and Harmonious Living
If you're a Highly Sensitive Person or looking to create a peaceful haven to come home to, this book is for you. (*****)
Jackie Craven: The Healthy Home : Beautiful Interiors That Enhance the Environment and Your Well-Being
Martha Stewart would love this book. The design is beatiful. Content rich and accurate. According to customer reviews, it's very helpful. (*****)