We often think about what we need to add into our lives in order to make them better. However, today we are going to focus on what you need to take out of your bedroom in order to improve your sleeping habits. The following is a list of our top ten things to remove from your bedroom in order to get the best sleep possible.
If you have a habit of answering emails in bed, or taking work calls before you have even gotten out of bed in the morning, then you are doing something wrong. So many of us live very busy lives. Getting as much sleep as possible is a priority, but sometimes our work lives try to squeeze in between you and your sleep.
This can also be a huge irritant if you are a part of a couple that sleeps in the same bed. It is difficult to snuggle up with your partner when they have their laptop open in bed.
Another negative factor to working in the bedroom, is that it brings along with it a lot of stress and anxiety. It is hard to fall asleep after you open up that email that should have waited until the morning. Or when you are trying to fall asleep while staring at your work computer thinking about that thing that would only take a couple minutes. It becomes all to easy to get drawn into your work life when you allow it into your relaxation space. Creating boundaries is a great way to get better sleep. If there is only one thing you remove from your bedroom, it should be your work.
Click the link to learn more about keeping work out of the bedroom in our post: Separate Work From Your Bedroom
While you may not want to take your pets and remove them from your bedroom entirely. You may want to consider atleast removing them from your bed. We are huge pet lovers here at Our Sleep Guide. Pets are a big part of the family and we understand wanting them with you at all times. However, sometimes depending on you and your pets. Having your pets in bed with you is a big mistake.
Dogs, cats, and other furry friends can bring with them a lot of dirt, dander, and allergens. This alone can make it harder to get to sleep at night if your eyes are itching and you start sneezing through the night.
Next reason why you may want to consider kicking your pets out of bed is purely for space. Even the smallest of pets can take up a surprising amount of space in bed.
Click the link to read more about the pros and cons to letting your pet sleep in the same bed as you in our post: Sleeping With Your Dog
During those warm summer months, it may be difficult to keep the heat out of the bedroom. If your room is too hot, it may prevent you from getting to sleep as quickly as you would normally. This is because our bodies naturally lower in temperature as we head off to a deep sleep. Making it harder to fall asleep when your body is struggling to stay cool.
If your bedroom gets a lot of evening sun in the summertime, try using blackout curtains and keeping them closed while they are getting direct sun. This will help to keep your bedroom from heating up and stay cool instead. Breathable bedding, pajamas, and a cool sleeping mattress will also help with keeping heat out of the bedroom.
Learn more about how to stay cool with bedroom accessories in our post: Best Cooling Sleep Products For Hot Sleepers
In the winter you may find yourself with the opposite issue, the cold. Not only do we need to not get too warm when we sleep, it is also important to stay nice and warm. Shivering the night away is no way to get a good night’s rest. If you are too cold throughout the night you may be unable to get the rest you need because your body is fighting to stay warm.
Making sure your bedroom is the proper temperature so you can fall asleep and stay asleep is vital. Believe it or not thick curtains can help to retain heat in the evenings. Just be sure to let the sun in when it is shining.
Click the link to view our top favorite products for staying warm in the bedroom: Best Cozy Sleep Products For Cold Sleepers
We understand this step is sometimes harder said than done. We love our kids and sometimes letting them crawl under the covers is the easier choice than fighting them back into their own beds. However, once you do get your older children to sleep in their own beds consistently everyone will be sleeping much better.
With the exception of a nightmare one night, or an illness another night. Being able to sleep in your bed without little kicking feet or flailing arms will greatly increase your sleep quality. There are of course also the many benefits that come from being able to share your bed as a couple without kids pushing you both apart from each other. Eventually, getting your kids to sleep in their own beds will be best for everyone.
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Worn Out Mattress
A good mattress can absolutely change your sleep quality. Even high-quality mattresses that are comfortable and supportive can breakdown over years and years of use. If you have had our mattress for a long time, you may want to give your mattress a good hard look and feel to see if it is worn out. It may be time to say goodbye to your trusty old mattress and give it an upgrade.
When your mattress is worn out, it lacks the support needed in order to keep your spine in proper alignment. This can lead to a lot of lingering aches and pain throughout the day. While also making it difficult to get comfortable while you are in bed. Overall, an unsupportive worn out mattress is definitely something that you need to remove from your bedroom.
Wondering if it is time to say goodbye to your old mattress? Then you may want to read our post: Is It Time to Get A New Mattress?
Of course, you are going to want a good bedside lamp, and light is a great tool to use when waking up in the morning. However, in the evenings when you are trying to fall asleep, or during an afternoon nap. You are going to want a way to shut out any and all unwanted light. Whether it is from street lights, moonlight, or general ambient light from outside, it can make it difficult to fall asleep at night. Let alone the sunlight during an afternoon nap.
Blackout curtains are such a great tool to use when you are wanting to block out unwanted light from your windows. They make rather light and beautiful curtains with blackout capabilities these days. Allowing you to have blackout curtains without sacrificing your style.
Learn more about why it is so difficult to fall asleep with lights on in our post: Why We Sleep In The Dark
It is about time we go back to the days of using alarm clocks instead of our phones to wake up in the morning. Smartphones are great tools that have many different functions. Unfortunately, they are not only purposeful, they also supply an unlimited amount of entertainment at your fingertips.
This often leads to hours on end of watching videos, scrolling through photos, and playing games. All of a sudden you find that hours have flown by. Leaving you wide awake long past your bed time. Not only is this due to the influx of entertainment, it is also partially due to the blue light that smartphone emit. This kind of light can stimulate your circadian rhythm and keep your body from producing melatonin naturally.
Learn more about blue light and ways you can avoid it in our post: Can Blue Light Blocking Glasses Help You Sleep?
Yet another blue light emitting entertainment device we all seem to love keeping in our bedrooms. Overall having television in the bedroom can be a distraction to sleep. You may find yourself watching something much later into the evening, keeping yourself awake. When you would normally be sleeping if the tv was not there. While having a television in the bedroom may seem fun and convenient.
It is fun to watch television in bed. However, if you are finding that you have difficulty getting to sleep. Or you are falling asleep with the television on every night, then it is time to kick out the TV. Even if you are under the impression that having the TV on helps you to fall asleep faster, it is actually lowering the quality of sleep you are getting while the tv is still on. Learning to live without it will increase your sleep quantity and quality.
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A cluttered and untidy bedroom, really can make it more difficult to get to sleep at night. This is because for most people, an untidy room makes them feel stressed. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also feel like a lingering to-do list. Falling asleep while looking at items them need to be put away can be stressful and distracting. This kind of stress can make it difficult to fall asleep at night.
Getting all of that clutter out of your bedroom and sleep space will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. A clean and tidy bedroom is a happy sleep environment.
Learn more about how a clean room can help you sleep in our post: Can a Clean Room Help You Sleep?
10 Things To Remove From Your Bedroom – Final Thoughts:
When you are choosing to remove things out of your bedroom in order to improve sleep, we hope some of these things make it onto your list. Some things like your children and pets could be a much more difficult task to remove from your bedroom entirely. While others may take a simple clean up, like clutter. However, all of them have the potential to have a positive impact on your sleep once you get the out of your bedroom at night. We hope this list helps you to evaluate how you have been sleeping and adjustments you can make to get even better sleep from here on out.
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