Actually enjoy 'shelter in place'

3 Tips To Create a Wellness Sanctuary Inside Your Home

You're already utilizing technology when working from home, so you might as well use it to stay healthy too.

By Gabi De la Rosa April 3, 2020

Right now our homes are the safest space to be, and whether we like it or not, we’ve all been tasked with the essential job of spending a whole lot of time inside. Why not use this time to think about how to optimize health and wellness inside your home?

CEO and owner of Media Systems Donnie Boutwell is a proponent of home automation and technology to take the burden of health at home squarely off your shoulders.

“Our home environments play a significant factor in our wellness,” Boutwell says. “Creating automated systems are an easy way to make your home work for the health of your family.”

Boutwell created a list of three technology-focused solutions to everyday household wellness issues. Once you create the ultimate wellness sanctuary, you may never want to leave.

Sleep and your circadian rhythm

We’ve all heard it a thousand times, but it’s true: Ensuring quality sleep is paramount to optimal health. At night your body repairs and resets, and adequate sleep helps boost your immune system. According to wellness expert Denise Hernandez, MS, RD, LD, we should focus on good sleep habits and try to get at least six–seven hours of sleep each night.

Getting those crucial hours of sleep can be hard, especially when the body’s natural circadian rhythm is out of whack or, for many of us—thanks to constant screen time—nonexistent. The circadian rhythm is the body’s internal clock that helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle, and it is ultra-sensitive to light, which is why you should avoid screens and bright lights before bed. 

How Technology Can Help

According to Boutwell, one of the easiest ways to create healthy sleep habits is to automate them through a centralized home system. Curtains and lights throughout your house can be programmed to close or dim at a specific time, which will prompt your body’s natural response to relax and wind down each night. The same can be done in the morning when lights and curtains are programmed to gradually ramp up before your alarm goes off.

Indoor Air Quality

You can’t see it, and only sometimes can you smell it, but indoor air quality is one of the most important indicators of the health of your home. A wide variety of pollutants, from candles and dry cleaning to materials like carpet and paint, can introduce contaminants into your home. An easy way to control indoor air quality is to open doors or windows and allow fresh air inside. You can also reduce indoor air pollution by controlling the items that come in and out of your home.

How Technology Can Help

A properly designed heating, ventilation, and air condition system (HVAC) can report air quality, carbon monoxide, humidity, and temperature, Boutwell says. An automated system would have scheduling features that are easy to set up so that you don’t have to worry about making constant adjustments. Boutwell also touts the importance of changing out filters on a regular basis.

EMF Pollution

EMF pollution are the invisible areas of energy that radio signals, microwaves, cell phones, cordless phones, and many other devices give off. Although the jury is still out on whether or not EMF pollution is harmful to humans, if you prefer to err on the side of caution, there are easy ways to reduce EMF while you are in your home.

How Technology Can Help

A simple button or timer is all you need to turn off all network connections inside your home, Boutwell says. To reduce EMF in the air, you can hardwire most of your network connections, like a smart TV or computer, which also helps with connectivity, because hardwired connections are more reliable than wireless.

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