Insomnia: how a building biologist can help you get a better sleep

Are you or someone in your family suffering from sleep troubles? Apparently you're not alone - up to 45% of Australian adults sleep poorly most nights.  We're in the grip of an epidemic!

Here's an overview of some things that we building biologists would investigate in and around a home, that may contribute to poor sleep.

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The truth about human chemical exposure

Every day we eat, drink and breathe in chemicals.  We come in contact with them in our jobs, homes and community.  They’re everywhere and they’re practically unavoidable.  These chemicals don’t just hang passively around us.  They infiltrate our body and they build up in our blood and urine.  In this post we cover chemical exposure in humans and how you can best reduce your toxic load in your own home.

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Nature & health. What's the connection?

In our increasingly urban lives, we are all spending too much time indoors and too much time around technology.  It's not a good combination.  Thankfully, getting back in touch with nature is easy enough to do and will reap you many rewards, both in mind and in body.

For a start, getting outdoors and into a natural environment will do wonders for your stress levels, emotions and sense of wellbeing.  But the benefits are much more far reaching and encompass mental function, psychological happiness, physical health and social gains.

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Chemicals in Cosmetics: are your personal care products toxic?

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Well it is, and in some areas it can absorb up to 100% of the ingredients you apply to it. Unfortunately, many cosmetic and personal care ingredients are far from wholesome.  They can include a range of synthetic chemicals that are downright toxic!  Such pollutants in the body are potential hormone disruptors and have been linked to a range of health problems including developmental delays, reproductive system issues, low birthweights and behavioural issues.  In this article you'll learn how to avoid the nasty chemicals, where to go for safe cosmetics, and tips for adults and children alike.

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Household air quality: are you breathing toxic air?

Chances are, you're breathing in toxic air in your indoor environment.  Even in your own home.  People now spend around 90% of their time indoors and research has shown that exposure to indoor air pollutants is one hundred times higher than exposure to air pollutants outdoors. Thankfully there are things you can do about it.  Here we will give you 6 key pointers to help you radically improve the air quality inside your home.

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Top 3 things to look for in a new mattress

If you're in the market for a new mattress, you ought to know that most mattresses sold on the Australian market are made from petroleum-based polyurethane, and are treated with potentially lethal flame retardants. Flame retardant chemicals have been linked to serious health risks, such as hormone disruptions, infertility, birth defects, neuro-developmental delays, cancer, reduced IQ and behavioural problems in children.  Here we give you our 3 top tips for promoting a peaceful, chemical-free sleep for you and your family.

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Rising Damp: what are the dangers?

Did you know that water penetration and dampness is the number one problem faced by the construction industry in Australia?  And further, that a staggering 4% of homes in Australia are affected by rising damp?  Here we outline what rising damp is and the dangers involved, how to prevent it and the various treatment options including a new, non-toxic and non-invasive solution.

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