Sleep = Immunity
It's a fact: Good sleep builds a strong immune system. Now that working from home is the new norm with limited social interactions, we need to make sure we make the time and create the environment to sleep well.
As you lay in your bed trying to do the right thing by getting the right amount of sleep, it is also important to know what you are sleeping in. Most bedsheets are made with toxic pesticides, fertilisers, silicone waxes, harsh petroleum scours, softeners, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants, fasteners, ammonia, dyes, colourants, finishers, caustic soda, sulphuric acid, bromines, urea resins, halogens and formaldehyde to name just a few toxic chemicals used. This toxic chemical cocktail makes its way into the body, the bloodstream and lymphatic systems while we sleep forcing our immune systems to fight an uphill battle.
For many people, it can manifest in insomnia, multiple skin sensitivities, respiratory disorders, hormonal disruptions and skin allergies. Our bodies fight back, and attempt to safeguard against these intruders; but all warriors need rest, and if your immune system is constantly exposed to the fight against harmful chemicals, it will eventually begin to wither and wear down.
So when your day is done at your new dining table office, get in your bed and give yourself the best sleep you deserve.
Here are our 5 Top Tips To Help You Harness The Healing Power Of Your Sleep:
1. The Setting
Surround yourself with pure organic cotton breathable sheets, quilt covers and blankets your new best friends when it comes to surrounding your skin in non-toxic chemical free dyes to help strengthen your immune system. At Bhumi we offer five main types of organic fabrics for you to choose from. Sateen for the ever-constant super soft, smooth sensation; linen for its luxurious feel and temperature regulating properties; percale for that cool, crisp, crunchy feeling; jersey for the cosy cocoon; and flannel for the ultimate warmth.
2. Time to Disconnect
Turn off the lights and all electronics especially that phone! Light suppresses melatonin, which makes it harder to fall asleep so if you need some light keep the lighting as dim and warm as possible to engage with our natural circadian rhythm. Try an aromatherapy candle that will soothe your senses.
3. Slow Down
Avoid caffeine, alcohol or other stimulants. For an easy and rejuvenating hot drink, try a steaming cup of Golden Turmeric Milk or an herbal tea to sip slowly.
4. Time to Ground
Have a night time bath ritual or self massage - Warm water can soothe your joints, relax the body and settle nerves. To help de-stress, add magnesium-rich, detoxing Epsom salts, or essential oils like citrus, lavender, or sandalwood to your bath. A gentle, warming massage with organic coconut, olive or sesame oil helps recirculate the blood and rejuvenate the skin. This also stimulates awareness of our hands and feet - the action-takers often forgotten as we work through the day. Take the time to notice everything, from the texture of your skin to the giving and receiving sensations of pressure.
5. Breathe & Let Go
Breathe Deeply. As you climb, roll or slip under the cocoon of your covers, try paying close attention; feel the texture of the sheets, the temperature of your body, the weight of the covers, the sensation of sinking into your pillow. This is your sanctuary, your time to rest.
At Bhumi we are committed to helping protect you and your body from being exposed to harmful chemicals and most importantly, providing you the most beautiful luxurious organic bedding products to cradle you for a deep quality sleep.
About the Author: Vinita is the Founder of Bhumi Organic Cotton and passionate about an Earth Life Balance