Does decluttering your bedroom help improve sleep? Experts say yes!
A cluttered bedroom can wreak havoc on your sleep quality. This is not an opinion, but a researched fact. According to researchers, an unorganized bedroom can have the same effect on your sleep as stress does. When we are stressed, our body releases a hormone called cortisol into the bloodstream which makes it very difficult for us to fall asleep. The cortisol level, ordinarily, is the highest in the wee hours of the morning right before we wake up. This level starts dropping throughout the day, reaching its lowest point right before we doze off. When our sleep space is full of clutter, then the cortisol levels refuse to fall. As a result, we struggle to go to sleep.
So how do we solve this sleep problem? Declutter your space today! Here are some tips to help you with your bedroom decluttering project:
Attack the closet
Start with the closet the Marie Kondo way. Bring all your clothes down, and then categorize them, putting anything that you don’t need any more into a discarded pile.
It is suggested by experts that you should try and organize your closet once every week to ensure that the mess does not get out of hand.
Invest in a laundry basket
Buy an aesthetically pleasing and yet sturdy laundry basket for your bedroom. Dirty clothes are the biggest clutter in the bedroom, and so by piling up your dirty laundry in one place instead of scattering them all around you can manage your bedroom mess better. Make sure you clear the basket once a week.
Limit blue light
The other clutter you need to pay attention to, is the digital clutter. Try, as much as possible, to limit electronic devices in the room. By saying no to the blue light emitted by these devices, you will be saying yes to good sleep.
Monsters under your bed
It is true that the storage space under your bed gives you the luxury of extra space; however, that doesn’t mean that you can use it to store anything. According to sleep researchers, storing articles under your bed that have nothing to do with sleep, can hamper your sleep. Therefore, papers, books, toys, etc. aren’t meant for that space. They suggest using a storage bed to keep materials related to sleep, such as extra bedding, comforters, blankets, etc.
Your nightstand can’t stand all that clutter
A cluttered bedside table can cause stress. And since stress is no good for sleep, it is essential you clear and organizes your nightstand every night. Do not use it for electronic devices. For those who use their phones as an alarm clock, it is recommended that you invest in a real alarm clock instead so that you can keep the digital clutter out of your room and at the same time manage the mess on your nightstand. If you are into reading, then make sure only the current book you are reading finds a place on the table. Apart from a book, a small table lamp and a bottle of water are all that your nightstand should be bearing, literally!
That’s all in today’s post on why we need a clutter-free sleep and environment along with tips on how to create such an environment. Was this helpful? Share with us.