We think of our bedrooms as our safe haven — a place we can feel safe and comfortable, away from outdoor allergens and pollutants. But just how safe are our bedrooms? Some environmental researchers would say, they are not very safe at all. On average, Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and for most, a majority of that time is in our bedrooms. Unbeknownst to us, our homes can be breeding grounds for a host of pollutants, with concentrations of allergens and toxins two to five times higher than typically found outdoors. This is due to the fact that a lot of products we trust to be safe are actually loaded with things that can make us sick, such as synthetic mattresses and bedding, air fresheners, paint, dust, and household cleaners. The presence of these toxins can cause a range of problems from eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches; respiratory disease; heart disease; reproductive problems, and even cancer. Poor air quality in homes has also been blamed on issues not traditionally considered to be “health-related.” These include poor school performance, low occupational productivity, and even autism. Those at greatest risk […]


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