Did you know that spending too much time in your kitchen could lead to weight gain, or that your choice of lightbulbs could hinder your efforts to get a good night’s sleep? If not, you might want to check out these shocking facts about common household objects. Here are some things you can do to have a healthy home.
Ways to Achieve a Healthy Home
Only Use the Kitchen for Cooking
For most families, the kitchen is the heart of the home and a place for everyone to hang out. This could be a problem. Cornell University’s Food Lab found that families who make the kitchen the hub of their home are likely to eat 15 percent more each day than those who don’t. This is because the food is so close by. You might want to rethink how your kitchen is used and make it a place for cooking only. If you really want to keep the kitchen as your family’s main hub, try hiding junk food and leave fruit out on the counter to encourage healthy snacking.
Bring Nature and Order to the Bedroom
There are many things you can do to increase your odds of having a good night’s sleep. One of these things includes purchasing a natural bamboo mattress, such as the ones sold at BetterBedSolutions.com/bamboo-mattress/. It’s important to make your bed each morning, especially with a bamboo mattress. Bamboo will wick moisture and regulate your temperature. Having a nice and clean bed seems to trigger positive feelings about sleeping.
With the Lights Down, It’s Less Dangerous
You probably don’t want to sit in darkness each evening, but you should at least install a dimmer switch. Bright lights can make it tougher for you to get to sleep, especially if they contain blue light. Researchers at Harvard found that bulbs and devices emitting blue light would suppress sleep-aiding melatonin for twice as long as those that emitted green light. Therefore, switching out your bulbs can help you sleep more.
Turn Down the Thermostat
If you have a thermostat, chances are it is set higher than it needs to be. By turning it down just a few degrees, you can lower your chances of weight gain. As you can see at Salon.com/thermostat-lose-weight, when the body is cooler, it has to work harder to warm itself up. This means that you will burn more calories. A cooler bedroom can also help you to sleep better at night.
Watch Some Fish
Have you ever noticed that a lot of dentists, doctors, and therapists have fish tanks? It’s not a coincidence. Researchers at the National Marine Aquarium of Plymouth University discovered that looking at aquariums can help lower blood pressure and heart rate. They promote an increased sense of wellbeing. If you have an aquarium in your home, you just might feel less stressed out.
What are your best healthy home hacks?
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