Did you know that a sleep-friendly room does not necessarily mean adding more accessories and luxury bedding essentials to the sleep haven? According to sleep experts from around the world, a bedroom that is ideal for sleep is one that is organized, one that has bid goodbye to all the clutter. A cluttered room will prevent sleep, it will induce anxiety and affect the quality of the sleep you get every night. Do you want to know about this in detail? Keep reading!
How clutter bedroom affects sleep
According to researchers who study sleep, the quality of sleep and clutter have a direct relationship. If your bedroom is messy and not a clean bedroom, then you are highly likely to get poor sleep. A cluttered room is extremely unfriendly to sleep.
Our body produces a hormone when it is stressed or anxious. It is called cortisol and you might have heard of it before. This hormone gets released directly into your bloodstream as a result of which your sugar levels and salt levels in the body are regulated. According to studies, the level of cortisol is highest in our body early in the morning, and it starts dropping as we go about our day. The cortisol levels drop lowest before bed and help us maintain a proper sleep schedule.
When our bedroom is cluttered and full of mess, the cortisol levels of our body refuse to drop. This prevents us from falling asleep on time, which ruins our sleep schedule, thus disrupting our entire sleep cycle. And if we are not sleeping well, it means a host of other problems are about to make living difficult for us. Insomnia and sleep deprivation will be the first sleep conditions that you will have to deal with, and then the other systems of the body, such as the cardiovascular system and the digestive system will also start acting up.
Mentally too, a cluttered room can add to your problems. When you do not sleep well owing to the mess in your room, then higher levels of anxiety and melancholy can attack you. It will also be very difficult for you to focus on your work or to make good decisions that require you to be completely rested.
How to improve your sleep by decluttering your sleep space
The first area that you need to focus on when decluttering your room is the closet. To manage the whole process of decluttering your clothes better, categorize them, and then go for getting rid of what’s required and what can be given away to someone else who will cherish it more than you ever did.
When decluttering your sleeping space, make sure none of your devices and gadgets are given any room. These devices and the light from them crave our attention. As such, our sleep is hampered terribly. The blue light from our tablets, our phones, our computer screens, etc. fool our brain into thinking that it is still daytime. As a result, our brain delays the release of melatonin, which in turn, hinders our sleep schedule. To sleep better, therefore, keep these devices out of the bedroom.
The other space that is hidden from sight but can do as much damage to sleep is the storage under the bed. The wooden bed storage is used by many people to create space in the bedroom, as a result of which these spaces are usually cluttered with papers, books, clothes, etc. According to sleep experts, the storage under the bed should only be used for articles related to sleep. It should be the space for extra bedding materials that you only need when guests are there. Having these articles under the bed promotes sleep while other things that are unrelated to sleep can hamper sleep quality and therefore be the cause for various sleep-related illnesses.
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