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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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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