When I moved into my new apartment, my mom surprised me with a housewarming gift. I excitedly opened the box only to find the world’s ugliest rock lamp inside. It looked like a relic you might find in a hippie’s basement. Or maybe a crystal stolen from a middle school science lab. It was not something I wanted in my meticulously decorated room. However, my mom insisted that I keep the lamp, claiming it had many “health benefits.” She sent me article after article about how amazing effects of Himalayan rock salt lamps, so I begrudgingly put the hideous rock light in my room.
Despite being ugly, the lamp actually provided nice ambient lighting for my bedroom. I started sleeping with the lamp on the lowest setting, using it as a sort of night light (because yes, I still sleep with a night light). After a few nights of falling asleep with the lamp on, I realized that I was consistently sleeping throughout the night. I’ve always been a restless sleeper, so this was a big deal. I casually mentioned this to my mom and she proudly proclaimed, “The lamp is working!”
I was still pretty doubtful of my mother’s claims until I started reading all the articles she has sent me about Himalayan salt lamps. Apparently, the electronics we use everyday product positive ions that can cause problems like allergies, insomnia, and mental heath issues. Over-exposure to positive ions can effect your quality of sleep. Himalayan salt lamps produce negative ions, which neutralize the positive ions. This process is supposed to improve the air quality of your home and improve the quality of your sleep.
In fact, it turns out that the pink salt that has many healing properties and the light is not only supposed to improve sleep, but actually purifies the air in your home (you can read more about this process here). As a result, the lamp can reduce asthma and allergy symptoms. To be completely honest, I’m not sure if this is hippie nonsense or not. However, I have noticed a significant improvement in my sleep and breathing since putting the horrendous looking lamp in my room.
To my mom’s credit, Himalayan salt lamps are actually pretty popular these days. I’ve seen them in a lot of stores, like Target and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Urban Outfitters even sells them as decor, so you know they are trendy. I will admit that the lamp can look cute in a hipster, boho chic kind of way (if that’s your thing). Regardless of what I think about it’s appearance, the lamp has earned a spot in my room. It might be ugly, but if it helps me relax and sleep through the night, I’m sold.
[Image: Urban Outfitters]