Did you know that sleeping in a cluttered bedroom can affect your sleep patterns? There are studies that prove a direct correlation between insomnia and sleeping in a cluttered room. 

A recent study by Princeton University Neuroscience researchers found that cluttered environments impede your ability to focus. Not being able to focus causes stress and stress inhibits our ability to solve problems and create new patterns. 

With less sleep and slower thinking, we can not problem solve which might take us into a funk and create a low lying depression.

A new sleep study has found that people who doze in cluttered rooms and are at high risk for developing hoarding disorder are more likely to have sleeping problems. This includes having trouble falling asleep at night and experiencing rest disturbances.

An article I read says that even though some while people might be used to living in a cluttered home, they do not necessarily mentally tune out the clutter. Clutter represents things left undone and will create a niggling feeling of unrest in our brain, which in turn, can prevent us from being able to relax into a deep nights sleep. 

We tend to experience a great deal of guilt around clutter because, as previously mentioned, clutter is a representation of chores, projects, tasks left unfinished.

A finding by UCLA researchers showed a direct link between high cortisol levels in women who lived in cluttered homes. High cortisol levels can cause weight gain so it is true that the more clutter you have, the more likely you are to be overweight. I have witnessed this with my clients time and time again. The less clutter you live with, the happier and thinner you will be!

While clutter can be a culprit to a good night’s sleep, so can allergies. And guess what? There is yet another correlation between clutter and allergies. Yes – you got it – the more clutter and tchotchkes you have lying around, the less able you are to effectively clean and then – like magic –  more dirt and dust accumulates. 

Did you know that seasonal allergies have a connection to anxiety and sleep interruption? 48% of people with seasonal allergies said symptoms like sneezing and itchiness make it hard for them to sleep.

Experts recommend taking steps to remove allergens from the bedroom environment for better sleep at night, and there are also tips and tricks that sufferers can use to stay more comfortable at night. Download your free report here and learn what the experts recommend to help keep your bedroom allergen-free. 

So if you are looking for a bit more motivation to declutter your bedroom – here is a big reason > A new sleep study has found that people who doze in cluttered rooms and are at high risk for developing hoarding disorder are more likely to have sleeping problems.

If you don’t have a lot of bedroom clutter and your allergies are fine but you still have a hard time sleeping, it might time to replace your mattress. There are a lot of studies suggesting that good mattress is essential to have a great night’s sleep.

If you find yourself waking up with discomfort, your mattress might be the culprit. I can attest to this fact. For about 2 years my husband and I had terrible aches and pains along with not sleeping well at night until we figured out the problem and ditched our 19 year old mattress. I guess we should have known that mattresses don’t last forever but I had no knowledge about mattress life expectancy until I did a little research! We now sleep great every night and plan on getting a new mattress every 8-10 years.

A suggested way to prepare for a good night’s sleep is to unplug from your electrical devices at least 30 minutes before you go to sleep. The blue light from your devices activates your brain.

It also helps to sleep in a room temperature of 60-67 degrees and go to sleep at the same time every night and enjoy at least 8 hours of zzzzz’s. I dont know if you also read the report about recommended sleep times? I loved reading this years ago as I am a proud 9 hour sleep gal. It showed that adults need to sleep 7-9 hours each night to be fully ignited during the day. Children and teens need even more. I guess that explains why teens always want to sleep late every morning!

Huffington post surveyed 1000 adults about the things they worry about and guess what – “Worrying my home isn’t clean or organized enough” came fifth on their list of the most common stress triggers in their lives.

Don’t let clutter, worry or allergies hold you back from experiencing a good nights sleep. Take action and clear up whatever cobwebs, muck and clutter you have in your bedroom this week!

Kathi Burns
Kathi Burns

Would like to feel more organized? If so, Kathi is here to help you.

Kathi’s expert advice has been featured in national media outlets including Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes and Gardens, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more.

As the author of 2 books, Kathi has also developed several online courses to help clients get better organized and energized in all areas of their home, life, and business.

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