If you often find yourself unable to sleep, or frustrated every time you enter your bedroom, you might be in need of a little overhaul, says psychologist Gemma Cribb.
“We all need a space where we can relax and be calm in order to thrive in the outside world of stimulation and competing demands,” explains Gemma.
If we don’t get this balance of both ‘excitement and calm’, says Gemma, we can feel exhausted, overwhelmed, irritable and agitated. If that sounds like you, check your bedroom off against the list below and channel your inner Marie Kondo.
It’s too messy: “Clutter can cause stress as it represents a job undone,” says Gemma. “Often when we have reminders of work around us we find it hard to switch off and be peaceful.” Avoid this by making your bed, putting away your clothes and clearing surfaces regularly.
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It’s too bright: Not surprisingly, light has a huge affect on our sleep. It affects our 24-hour body rhythm and is nature’s way of stimulating the sleep hormone, melatonin. Invest in some block-out blinds or heavier curtains and turn off all hall lights to help you sleep.
It’s too hot: Studies show that sleeping between 18 - 20 degrees Celsius ensures you don’t spend the night overly hot or cool. Achieve that by wearing natural fibres to bed (cotton, bamboo) and consider leaving the window open, even in winter.
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It’s too dirty: According to the Better Sleep Council, we should all be changing our mattress every 7-10 years, but don’t forget that clean sheets every week and a mattress and pillow protectors will make your bed feel fresh too.
You’re too connected: “When we are connected to our phones we can get overstimulated and lose the ability to know how to 'switch off' and wind down,” explains Gemma. Sound familiar? Analog alarm clocks have been trending recently for this very reason. Leave the phone, laptop, ipad and anything else digital outside the bedroom for the night, and snooze better.