You might think that a few piles of clothes here, stacks of books and magazines there, and junked-up dresser drawers aren’t hurting anyone. Think again. All of that clutter overcrowding your personal space might be affecting your health. Don’t take our word for it. Here are science-supported reasons why a neglected mess may be messing with your mind and body, and what you can do about it (besides hire a cleaning lady).
1. Clutter impacts your…sleep.
If the last thing you see before you go to bed is dirty clothes or scattered papers covering your desk, it can leave you feeling stressed and anxious, which can result in a 3 a.m. staring contest with the ceiling. A study published in an online supplement of the journal Sleep last June analyzed the sleeping patterns of subjects who had filled their homes with excessive objects. Researchers found that those who had very cluttered or even unusable bedrooms had worse sleep quality than those people who were less at risk for a hoarding disorder.
Clean up: Before hitting the hay, take a few minutes to put away clothes, organize your papers and generally straighten up your bedroom. When you’re exhausted at the end of the day, this may be the last thing you want to do, but taking a moment to tidy will ensure a better night’s rest. Also consider adding this calming meditation from Deepak Chopra to your bedtime routine to set yourself up for serene slumber.
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