The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Better Night's Sleep by Getting Organized

A little bit of organizing in the bedroom leads to a better night’s sleep. Getting better rest means you’ll be healthier, happier, and more productive.

By Alison Kero

 

Do you feel tired all the time? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Only one in seven people report waking up feeling refreshed on a regular basis. So why aren’t we sleeping better?

 

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Sometimes the explanation for feeling tired is simply not getting enough sleep each night. Currently, the recommendation is to get between 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Yet 45 percent of those people still claim they wake up feeling tired.

 

Many things contribute to sleeping poorly. Your pre-bedtime habits as well as what you keep in your bedroom will all affect how well you sleep. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to ensure a better night’s sleep just by getting organized.

 

That’s why we’ve developed this ultimate guide to getting a better night’s sleep by getting organized. Don’t worry, though. These tips are easy to use and won’t take up a lot of your time so keep reading.

 

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What to Remove from Your Bedroom for a Better Night’s Sleep

Did you know that clutter causes depression? It can, and depression makes people feel lethargic, tired, and unmotivated. It’s hard to get organized or sleep well when you’re depressed. So it’s a smart idea to start removing clutter from your bedroom as soon as possible.

 

There are three areas where clutter tends to accumulate in bedrooms: on the floor, on chairs, and on nightstands.

 

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Really, any available surface can end up with clutter. Keep only what you need, use, and actually like for your bedroom in your bedroom. Place everything else in other spaces around your home.

 

Here’s what else you may want to remove from your resting space:

 

Electronics

While your TV, iPad, and smartphone might be must-haves during the day, electronics can ruin a good night’s sleep. The energy given off by the electronics can actually affect your sleep cycles negatively.

 

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Not only that, but having those devices nearby can trick your brain into thinking there’s work to be done. Removing those devices will tell your brain that it’s time to sleep.

 

For those of you who can’t seem to part with your electronics, try these steps to help you sleep better:

 

1. Turn them off.

 

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2. Cover them.

 

3. Place them in a drawer or cabinet until morning.

 

Photographs

Family photos are great! Just not in your bedroom.

 

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Why? Think about it: Your bedroom is the space where you rest and rejuvenate. It’s a space where you spend your most vulnerable and intimate moments in life.

 

When you have photographs all over your room, it’s like your family is watching you in those most intimate moments in life. Do you really want your family members staring at you while you sleep? Or get dressed? Or… Well, y’know?!

 

Try placing photos of friends and family in other rooms.

 

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Paper

Your bedroom should be about getting a better night’s sleep, not working. However, that doesn’t stop many people from bringing their work into their bedroom. While paperwork in the bedroom during the day isn’t so bad, your brain will have a hard time shutting down if it still remains.

 

Here’s how to tackle paper kept in the bedroom:

 

1. Place ongoing work in a box when not working on it. It will contain everything, keep it organized, and allow you to place a lid on it when you’re finished for the day.

 

2. Designate one spot for paperwork to be placed in your bedroom. Keep it neat and contained.

 

3. Don’t keep paperwork out and next to your bed at night. Your brain will think you’re still working.

 

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Mirrors and Plants

Both mirrors and plants also give off energy. While the energy they emit isn’t as strong as electronic devices, they do affect sleep cycles.

 

Try covering the mirror and remove all live plants from your bedroom.

 

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Clutter Under the Bed

What you can’t see can ruin your sleep. While it’s okay to keep items under your bed if you lack storage space, it’s imperative you keep what you store underneath your bed neat and clean.

 

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Here’s why:

 

1. It’s easier to find everything.

 

2. It’s easier to grab what you need.

 

3. It makes the storage space functional.

 

Storing items in clear plastic bins will help you easily locate items you need. Just make sure the bins actually fit underneath your bed.

 

Nighttime Habits to Break

Bad habits can also lead to a poor night’s sleep. Here’s what to avoid:

 

1. Drinking caffeine close to bedtime. Stop drinking fluids 2 hours before bedtime for a better night’s sleep.

 

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2. Eating sugar. If you have a sugar craving, try eating a banana instead. Eating a banana before bed will help you sleep way better than a candy bar will.

 

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3. Not going to bed at the same time every night. Seems silly, right? Yet going to bed at the same time every night can have a huge effect on how easily you fall asleep. It also can help improve your marriage if you both go to bed at the same time.

 

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Sleep is hugely important. It helps you feel happier, healthier, and be more productive so don’t wait to make these changes.

 

What methods have you used to help you enjoy a better night’s sleep? Let us know!

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