Many people, no matter how tired they are, experience insomnia. For them, it’s often hard to get some sleep, and they end up awake until the wee hours of the morning. The result is being exhausted every single day, which also takes a toll on their overall health.
Various factors come into having trouble sleeping. Stress is a common culprit. But have you also considered the setup of your bedroom? Survey results show that a majority of adults get better quality of sleep in a clean and organized bedroom. Here’s how to organize your room to help you get better slumber.
Store your clean (and dirty) laundry
At some point in our lives, we’ve all experienced having that one chair in our room filled with dirty laundry. Or maybe you were in such a rush that morning and just threw your clothes around the room instead of putting them back in the closet. But this mess can impact the quality of your sleep.
Studies found that a messy room can worsen sleep, causing people to feel tired and drowsy the next day. It also fosters feelings of mental distress. On the other hand, keeping a room clean and organized at all times helps gear up the mind for slumber. Hence, a calmer mind and better quality of sleep.
Once you’ve cleaned up your room and put away all the clutter, consider redecorating. Of all the rooms in your home, your bedroom should be the coziest. Put up a painting that makes you feel peaceful. Scour online to find a modern rug for a plush underfoot when you step out of bed in the morning. Invest in new soft sheets and pillows. These simple accents and decorative pieces can easily convert your room and instantly make it the ideal place for quiet slumber.
Keep your gadgets and TV out of reach
If you find yourself scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed or turning on the TV at night, it might be the reason you’re not getting the best quality of sleep. Phones, laptops, and television screens emit a blue and white light that prevents the brain from releasing a sleep hormone called melatonin. The result is that we feel wide awake and highly alert as long as we’re looking at our electronic gadgets before bed.
The key is to practice self-control. As much as possible, limit your use of electronic devices before bedtime. Ideally, you should stop looking at your phone screen one hour before you go to sleep. If you know you won’t be able to resist the temptation, keep your TV and phone out of your bedroom.
Have a notebook on your nightstand
One of the reasons we might not be getting enough sleep at night is because of anxiety and overthinking. When we hit the sack, it’s common for us to look back in the day and think about everything that went wrong or what we weren’t able to accomplish. This is called the Zeigarnik effect, which is our tendency to list down our troubles and worries mentally.
One way to tame our tendency to overthink is to jot our worries down in a notebook. This can help you squash your anxiety and help your brain release these thoughts, instead of repeating them over and over again in your head.
To get better quality of sleep, all you have to do is to keep your room organized and get rid of any distractions. Take these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to peaceful slumber.