What does it take to have a truly sacred slumber? There are certainly some herbs, essential oils, and talismans that I could share with you. But for now, let’s focus on the environment of the your bedroom.
If I were to recommend just one things you need to create sacred sleep space I would recommend…DARKNESS.
Yep! Light pollution can disrupt your sleep and the production of melatonin. The hormone melatonin regulates your sleep cycle and your immune system.
Being exposed to light pollution has been linked to:
- Disrupting your day/night cycle (also known as circadian rhythm)
- Changing your brain chemistry and function
- Increasing tumor growth
- Causing sleep disorders
- Changes melatonin production
Which leads to:
- Weight gain
- Diabetes, especially in women
- Weakened vision
- High blood pressure
6 Ways you can reduce light pollution in your bedroom:
- Put up blackout curtains. This reduces light coming in from outside.
- Cover the light emitted from alarm clocks and other appliances that emit light in your bedroom
- Download an app for your computer and phone that makes the display screen mimic outdoor light rhythms. You might try: f.lux, Lux, and Twilight.
- Avoid Blue Light. This light wave has been associated with poorer health in particular. When looking for new light bulbs, choose ones that have a warmer hue and are less white in color. Specifically a color temperature of 3500K or lower.
- Use dimmer switches. This allows you to reduce the amount of light exposure you have after dusk and before dawn.
- Opt for softer light from lamps.
Light pollution can be coming from your window, your electronics, street lamps, and even your porch light. You might also experience light pollution from keeping your TV on while you are sleeping. For your best health, experiment with just how dark you can get your bedroom. As you darken your bedroom, consider a flashlight to keep by your bed in case of any midnight bathroom trips.