You’d be surprised to find out how many things can get better with small life changes. You could try something different and suddenly, everything around you seems better, and you feel better about yourself once again.
Sometimes, what causes us to find life so difficult is all in the way we do the most important things in our life, like sleeping. When you’re sleep-deprived or you’ve struggled to sleep well, every task during your day feels much harder than usual. That’s because you don’t have the energy to care for yourself or to work on your dreams.
That’s when change needs to happen, and it’s all about going back to the way we used to sleep, like mother nature intended it. We need to connect with our roots to be able to truly relax and enjoy a good night’s sleep. But don’t worry, we don’t mean that you should go sleep in a cave and literally immerse yourself in nature!
What is affecting our sleep?
What we are talking about is removing all distractions that stop us from being able to sleep naturally. When we used to have no electricity or way to light up a room, we used to sleep at earlier times in the day. Our bodies are designed to fall asleep when the moon rises and this is the way that our biological clock has always worked.
Now, our concept of ‘night time’ has significantly changed, and as soon as it gets dark outside, we’re exposed to all kinds of lights around the house. From the one on our tv, the one from our light bulbs, the one from our mobile phone, and so on. If you live in a city, then even when you go outside you hardly experience the night as it used to be. Seeking real darkness to aid our sleep becomes close to impossible, and this has contributed to our struggle with insomnia. We live in an environment that leaves no space for nature, and that’s designed to cause us stress and anxiety.
Think of the temperatures we’re used to experiencing - every year, the planet gets hotter. Our summers are becoming increasingly warmer and our winters increasingly colder, something that encourages us to keep jacking the thermostat up or down. The latter, though, contributes to the problem of global warming and also does no good to our health.
Did you know that our bodies are designed to sleep in a cold environment? This is because our bodies naturally warm up over the night so that we can wake up feeling well-rested and energized. These changes to the planet have made it harder for our bodies to adapt. That’s why we’ve written a blog all about how temperature plays a significant role in our sleep and what you can do to sleep better, in a sustainable way. You can check it out here.
Researchers have also discovered that you have a 60% higher chance of struggling to sleep if you’ve been exposed to a high-level of air pollution. You’ve probably been affected by this if you live anywhere near closed oil mines, factories or highways. Unfortunately, the recommendation of opening a window to let fresh air in to improve sleep quality does not apply when the air outside is much worse than the one inside. Nowadays, this is an increasingly popular cause of insomnia.
Not only that, our sleep is also affected by the toxic chemicals used to produce the bedding we sleep in every night. They are not designed to aid our sleep and they can even cause problems to people with sensitive skin. Thankfully, we’re trying to move towards more sustainable fabrics for bedding, but even popular ones like bamboo in reality use a lot of unsafe chemicals in their production which are bad for your health. Next time you look to buy new bedding, don’t just think about the fabric itself but how it’s been produced too. For example, bedding made from Eucalyptus is manufactured with a closed loop process that uses just a single organic solvent, 100% ethical, and that recycles all water and solvent used in the process to make more bedding.
There are a lot of things that affect our wellbeing in this fast-paced world but thankfully, there are also a few things we can try to make our lives, and the planet, better. Let’s not lose hope!