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Maintaining a Restful Bedroom

When it comes to sleep, your bedroom should be your personal sanctuary. However, many if not most of us know that clutter sometimes builds up in the same room where we go each night to recharge our battery. It can be difficult to maintain these relaxing places in our homes, especially when long hours blur the line between work and leisure. Still, it is critical to your sleeping health to declutter your room, both physically and psychologically, in order to maintain the one place dedicated to rejuvenating rest.

 


Cut Clutter to Sleep Sounder

 

From piles of laundry to stacks of books to-be-read and otherwise, clutter transforms relaxing spaces into stressful ones. Whether we claim to notice it or not, our subconscious minds will return to these distractions, even when we are attempting to shift gears into chilling out. In particular, our mind will continue believing it should complete a given task, such as clearing away a pile of books, and it is only when we finally do such chores that we can relax. The hard part, of course, is starting to declutter your bedroom, but the first step is to recognize the problem and make a plan. With a list of smaller, manageable tasks, you can then start separating clutter into piles to keep, donate, or discard. Focusing on larger items or furniture, in particular, can help quickly bring order to the chaos, as can organizing closets or simply asking for a helping hand from friends and family. Be sure to donate or trash items that same day, and, as a final, reward yourself and your helpers – with dessert or other delicacies.

Tips for Sleep Hygiene

Once you tidy your actual sleeping space, it’s time to declutter your mind, too. Start with a regular sleep ritual of preparing your mind and body for sleep, and then re-christen your bedroom for sex and sleep only. Here are a few tips to help you on your way.

-          Even if you still have some clutter issues, clear the floor and surfaces before bedtime.

-          Maintain an overall calm décor in your bedroom, with soothing art and decorations.

-          Since the light from electronic screens will activate your brain, shut down all technology a half hour before sleep, and keep any unnecessary devices away from the bed or nightstand.

-          Block out light with blinds and curtains, and use dim lighting to craft a calming environment.

-          Ensure a relaxing soundscape with noise-cancelling curtains, ear plugs, or a sound machine.

-          Keep the temperature around 65 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your head cool, which encourages your body to feel sleepy sooner.

With technology and work materials banished, too, you’ll be able to strengthen your mind’s association between your sleeping space and sleep itself. In short, establishing this calming environment will help your brain relax itself.

Once you have established a clean and sleep-optimized bedroom, you’ll still have to maintain that space and the sleep hygiene rituals associated with it. Plus, should you have trouble sleeping, you’ll need to remember to read or do other relaxing activities to help prepare your brain for sleep. When bedtime gets near, though, turn off your technology, set aside your worries, and allow yourself the time and space to savor your sleep-inducing environment.