The connection between the state of our physical space and our mental health and wellbeing becomes more obvious with each new study that is published. A tidy, organized house equates a tidy mind and a sense of peace and well-being. And this is, experts say, especially true of your bedroom.
What does this connection mean for the state of your bedroom and its impact on your sleep? Well, when there are dirty clothes scattered everywhere, shoes splayed out on the floor, and all kinds of clutter overflowing the nightstands, dressers and shelves, you are far more likely to feel overwhelmed, stressed, and aggravated, making it hard to relax at night and even harder to get a good night’s sleep.
Here are four tips on how to transform your bedroom from a chaotic, insomnia-inducing mess into a serene sanctuary of sleep, so you wake up refreshed each day.
1) Make Your Bed
While you may have been annoyed at Mom for nagging you to make the bed as a kid, studies show that making your bed can have many positive repercussions. (Yes, Mum does always know best!)
Making your bed every morning has been proven to lead to a more productive day—it helps you stick to a routine, follow through on a commitment, and contributes to the overall cleanliness of your bedroom. Plus, getting into a made bed at night can help you wind down and decompress from the long day, putting you in a more relaxed state of mind for a better night’s sleep.
2) Change Your Sheets on a Weekly Basis.
Changing your sheets may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to make sure you change/wash them every week. Because fresh sheets feel and smell cleaner, you feel more relaxed when climbing into bed. To optimize the sheets’ freshness and enhance your relaxation, try drying them with dryer sheets in a calming scent like lavender.
3) Clean More to Snore Less.
When dust, dirt, and pet hair accumulates, it can cause congestion, which can lead to snoring and a lower quality level of sleep. To cut back on these allergens, take an hour every week to dust furniture, vacuum the floors and deep clean rugs to keep congestion and snoring at bay.
4) Lighten Up On Junk For a Deeper Sleep.
Clutter, in general, can overwhelm the senses, making them feel chaotic—a feeling you don’t want to experience come bedtime. To ensure your bedroom feels like a haven and not a hodgepodge, declutter by removing or storing knickknacks, keeping dirty clothes in a laundry basket, wrangling shoes into a closet, and eliminating garbage. An added bonus: Less clutter in your bedroom means less to dust!
Once you have an organized bedroom that is much better for sleeping, take things one step further. The scent in your room can make a big difference too and even ‘serious science’ is beginning to agree that certain scents do help even the lightest sleep get to sleep – and stay asleep – faster.
Rather than filling the air with nasty chemical air fresheners though – which don’t last very long anyway – experts recommend using essential oils instead. And one great way to make use of them is to purchase – and use – a sleep diffuser. Amazon offer good ones and they can even help enhance your bedroom decor while scenting the air.