It has long been assumed that your college years breed bad sleep habits. Practices like pulling an all-nighter to finish a paper, multitasking right before bed and trying to get some shut-eye while your roommate studies with the lights on are all realities any college student is likely to experience at some point in their college career. However, you can set yourself up for sleep success with strategies like scheduling, eye covers and not having caffeine too late in the day. Any good sleep plan, however, starts with a great bed. Don’t settle for the over-used, under-cleaned stereotype of dorm beds. There are endless ways to personalize, cushion and make your new bed feel like home.
Sleep is sacred. Getting a solid night’s sleep can give you a boost in every aspect of your life. Going about your day, well-rested, often means you’ll be in a brighter mood, as well as more alert and focused.
Think about how much time you spend in bed, compared any other singular location. Ideally, you’re spending about 8-9 hours a night between your sheets. Plus, those eight hours are when your body is healing and resting. Now, think about how much you come into contact with the materials your sheets and bedding are made of! That’s why we clean our sheets, right? So, we don’t sleep on filth?… Still with me?
Did you know conventional cotton is considered the ‘dirtiest’ crop in the world? Growing non-organic cotton uses the largest amount of insecticides (the most harmful pesticide to human and animal health). Conventional cotton consumes a massive amount of water and pesticides. Opting to buy organic cotton, will have a huge impact on your health as well as the health and sustainability of our agricultural system. Check out this infographic from visual.ly for a dynamic look at organic cotton production. Want to know more about organic cotton? Sign up for Project Green Challenge 2014, starting October 1!
This is why it’s so important to invest in bedding that is free of pesticides and other harmful toxins in many conventional mattresses, pillows and sheets. Luckily, we’ve got some organic bedding favorites to share that you can probably find at stores you’re already visiting.
-Mattress- If you’re moving into a dorm, most likely this item will be decided for you. ( I promise though, with the right stuff over your mattress, it’s age and scent will be rendered neutral!) However, if you are moving into a new apartment this fall and in need of a new mattress– we have some suggestions! Naturepedic’s Mattresses provide an organic, supportive, and effortlessly breathable foundation for your new bed!
-Mattress Pads + Toppers- If a dorm mattress is your fate, a mattress pad or topper is an easy fix to cover anything uncomfortable, unseemly or harmful. Earthsake has a selection of mattress addition made of “PureGrow” Wool. The difference between “PureGrow” wool and conventional wool is that it has skipped the hazardous cleaning process of “carbonization” which is actually what many are interacting with when they experience a wool sensitivity. Give these luxurious mattress-additions a try! They even come in Twin, and Twin XL (standard dorm bed sizes).
-Sheets + Comforter- No matter what kind of housing situation you’re walking into this fall, you’ll have a place to rest and the opportunity to dress it up in a way that expresses who you are and how you want to sleep. Choosing a color and style that suits you are crucial and important still is making a statement about your own sustainability standards. Under the Canopy has an excellent selection of sheets, comforters, duvets and pillow shams in a splendid variety of colors– all super soft and heavenly!
-Pillow- The pillow is a key item in assembling your bed. Your brain dreams on it, your mouth drools on it, and your face absorbes whatever is in it. Make sure that isn’t toxic. Naturepedic has a 50/50 Organic Kapok + Cotton pillow fit for a conscious queen! Firm enough to prop you up and soft as a cloud, will make your dreams come true. Pun intended.
Change the World. Please, and Thank You! – Jenna xx