What is your bedroom?
Your bedroom is your retreat away from the world – your sleep sanctuary, your safe place to unwind, hide, fall apart, regroup, recharge, renew, regain yourself. Your bedroom should calm you, inspire you, restore you, value you – a place for love, healing and relaxation. There is a hidden beauty in the simple moments of unwinding. When you allow yourself to unravel, you feel these moments that lie in the depths of your heart bubble to the surface. It is in the silence that you can hear, it is allowing the human heart to be exposed, awakening your innermost thoughts and feelings. And this is beautiful. Haunting, but beautiful. Daunting but beautiful. Painful but beautiful. Allowing yourself to see your own shadows dance, you become the artist of the masterpiece of your life, painting with colours of your soul.
“It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Creating peacefulness in the bedroom means more than simply the absence of sound. Peacefulness is the absence of noise, and noise comes in many forms like visual clutter and lights. In your den, use soft lighting, surround yourself with nature inspired earthy colour tones to ground you, make a corner for reading or meditation, listen to soft music that soothes your soul, infuse your space with subtle scents and ensure it is a sleep-only zone. Every night you should aim for 6-8 beautiful hours of sleep in your sacred sanctuary of restoration. In a week that is 56 hours and in a year that makes up about 3,000 hours of sleep. The benefits of a good night’s sleep are improved memory, stress reduction, reduced inflammation and longevity. But do you really know what you’re sleeping with all this time? Do you know what chemicals you may surround yourself with in your sheets for all of these hours, and how it may be adversely affecting your health? Is your bedroom really a sacred space free from chemicals and toxic dyes? It should be.
Is your bedroom toxic?
How toxic are your sheets? How toxic are your pyjamas? How about the underwear you sleep in? What are you really sleeping in? 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 are toxic substances in all of our clothing, bed sheets, quilt covers and pillowcases that make their way into the body, the bloodstream and lymphatic systems while we sleep. We breathe in the toxic cocktail into our skin and bloodstream when we sleep forcing our lymphatic system and our immune systems to fight an uphill battle.
Do you need protection while you sleep?
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It is our first line of defence and its’ covering protects us as it holds us together. Our skin is known as the passageway to your bloodstream and research suggests our pours absorb much of what we place on it. Did you know that our skin is most porous and absorbent when the skin is warm (like when we are cosy in bed)? Did you know it only takes seconds for chemicals to start entering your bloodstream? 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. Create the ultimate cocoon for sleeping with your sheets, pillowcases, quilt covers and blankets that are free from chemicals and toxic dyes.
Start. Reading. Labels.
It is so important to ask questions, read labels and become empowered and educated about what you put on your body. Just like you feed your body with nourishing food you also need to feed and surround your skin with products that will heal, nurture and protect your largest organ. Be mindful of what you are putting on or close to your skin- from your sheets and underwear to your pyjamas. Watch out for words like: NATURAL, PURE COTTON, PURE, even ORGANIC as these terms are loosely used. Ask questions. Look for certifications and how strict they are. In the textile world, GOTS is the gold standard and safest organic certification possible. Find out about the process something is required to go through to get to the end stage of certification. Then, you can create your toxic free sleep sanctuary knowing with absolute certainty there are no toxic chemicals, finishers or dyes used.
“Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep.” – Unknown
Fall in love with sleep again
Bhumi want you to fall in love with sleep again and we are firmly committed to providing ethical alternatives for sustainable luxurious toxic free sleep. We are seeing a rise in the number of people with skin sensitivities, allergies and reactions to dyes and fabrics. We are thrilled to be able to provide people with beautiful healthy alternatives that protect and nurture. All Bhumi products are made from Fairtrade Cotton and adhere to the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) and dyed using water based GOTS approved dyes, which are free from AZO dyes, toxic chlorine bleach, toxic heavy metals, toxic formaldehyde, toxic aromatic solvents with no toxic colour fasteners to artificially lock in the colour with chemicals. All of our products are made with love for the Earth and Her People. We strongly believe that knowledge brings power. Power brings choice. Choice brings change. Change for the better – for the earth and for humanity.
Make the first things that you see in the morning or the last things you see at night remind you of the things that you love and are passionate about. And last of all, be present in your bedroom sleep sanctuary. Embrace the simplicity. Reflect on the serenity. Breathe in the peace. Feel the connection with nature. Surrender to the silence of your oasis.
Written by: Founder of Bhumi Organic Vinita Baravkar
” A place of solitude offers a retreat from the opposing forces and diverse demands of living, an entry into a state of peace and unity. Mind and body can retire from confusion and conflict to a sanctuary of clarity and harmony.”
– Anthony Lawlor
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