If only one room in your home can be clean as you go to sleep each night, make it your bedroom. Sure, it is nice to wake up to a clean kitchen. However, if your bedroom is covered in clutter and is in need of a deep clean, it can actually lower your sleep quality.
Which leads to the question… Can a clean room help you sleep? We are going to answer this question, as well as provide a few tips and tricks on ways to keep your bedroom clean for your best sleep possible.
Can A Dirty Room Decrease Your Sleep Quality?
A dirty bedroom can absolutely make it more difficult to get a great night’s sleep. Let us list the many reasons why a dirty room can decrease your sleep quality. The allergies, stress, germs, clutter, and even creepy crawling critters can really ruin a great night’s sleep.
Dirty Rooms Are Stressful:
Clutter tends to increase cortisol levels; this is because a messy room is like staring a to do list in the face. It is hard to go to sleep when you are surrounded by laundry that needs to be folded, your kid’s toys, old dishes or cups that should go to the kitchen and so on.
Stress and an increase in cortisol, can make it very difficult to fall asleep. Even if you are very tired from a long day.
This is partially due to the fact that your body gives you a little spike in cortisol in the morning in order to wake you up. When you are stressed, you are more likely to take longer to fall asleep, and toss and turn throughout the night.
Allergies & Germs:
Another downfall to a dirty room is the added allergies and collecting germs. Dust and dirt can collect in your bed and surrounding surfaces. Even allergies from outside can collect on your hair or clothing and collect in your room. Which is why frequently washing your bedding, vacuuming, and dusting your surfaces can be so helpful to avoid dust from irritating your allergies.
Washing your bedding regularly also helps to get rid of sweat, oils, and skin cells that tend to collect in your bed as you sleep. Pillowcases can even cause acne when they go without being washed regularly.
Learn more about how to avoid allergies in order to get better sleep in our post: Allergies and Your Mattress
Dirty Rooms Can Attract Critters:
No one wants share their bed with creepy crawlies. A messy and dirty bedroom can attract bugs and in severe cases, rodents. Bed bugs are some of the worst, although they are typically attractive to skin cells and blood most. However, bed bugs can also be brought into and survive in clean bedrooms as well as dirty.
Eating in your bedroom and leaving out crumbs or extra food for extended periods of time before taking to dishes to your kitchen to be cleaned, this is the fastest way to attract bugs into your bedroom.
Worried about bed bugs? Learn everything you need to know in our post: A Guide to Bed Bugs
Can A Clean Room Help You Sleep?
Just as a dirty room can keep you from sleep, a clean room can help you get to sleep. Below you’ll see several reasons as to how and why a cleaner room will help you drift off to dream.
Lower Stress Levels:
Just as we mentioned previously, a dirty room can ruin your sleep. Which is precisely why having a clean room can help you sleep better. When your room is clean, it creates a peaceful environment. The lower your cortisol levels, the easier it becomes to relax and actually get quality sleep.
Even when you believe you are simply used to the mess in your room, you will be surprised at how much more relaxed you are when the mess is gone. It is one of the reasons we find peace in clean hotel rooms, sleeping in a clutter free, extra clean space, it is relaxing and makes it easier to get a great night’s sleep.
Sense of Accomplishment:
Leonardo da Vinci is quoted to have said “a well spent day brings happy sleep…” and we could not agree more. There is something about the sense of a job well done that makes heading off to sleep feel much more satisfying.
Cleaning up your bedroom, even if it is just tidying up a few things and moving the dishes to the dishwasher can make you feel accomplished. That sense of accomplishment can lead to happier and more satisfied night of rest.
Fresh & Clean Air:
Removing all of the dust, dirt, and allergens out of your sleeping space can greatly improve your sleep quality. If you suffer from intense allergies the stuffed nose, sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, raw throat, can all make it near impossible to get to sleep at night.
Take all of that away by cleaning your space, your linens, changing out your air filters can help to create a clean room with fresh air.
Comfortable Clean Sheets
Is there anything more comfortable than jumping into a bed with freshly cleaned sheets? Not much, it is one of those pure delights in this world. Clean fresh smelling sheets is a simple way to really treat yourself right before bed. It doesn’t cost much, and yet it always feels so luxurious.
Great sleep is quite reliant on being comfortable. A well-made bed with fresh clean sheets adds a lot to your comfort. Making this small activity that can be done weekly or every other week, in order to make heading off sleep much more enjoyable.
Tips for Cleaning Your Bedroom
Now that you know all the reasons why a clean room is a must, we want to make sure you have the tools to create and keep a tidy space. Below are several tips and tricks to getting your room more organized and clean.
Relocate Items That Don’t Belong:
At times, our bedrooms collect items that don’t serve a purpose. When an item is supposed to life somewhere else, create a pile for each designated room. All of the kitchen items go in one area, everything for the closet in another, and so on.
Then you can take all of those items to the space they belong in all in a single trip (or a few if it is a lot of stuff.) Instead of getting overwhelmed by running all over the house putting things back where they belong.
Clean from Top to Bottom:
When you begin to do the actual cleaning process, we suggest starting from the top surfaces and working your way down to the bottom floors. First things first, dust off your ceiling fan. It would be a shame if you made your bed with freshly cleaned sheets and then dusted the fan, having loads of dust fall onto your clean bed.
Then work on headboards, window shutters, side tables, until you get to cleaning your floors at the bottom of the room. Then you can take off your linens and put them in the wash.
Have you gotten hooked on the idea of the minimalist lifestyle? Or perhaps you just have a LOT of stuff? It may be time to take a good hard look at what you really need and want to have in your bedroom.
Unless your bedroom is multifunctional, all you really need in your bedroom is a bed and a place to hold your water or a good book. Other than that, your bedroom really doesn’t need much. So if your bedroom has excess, it might be time to toss it.
Do you have a dirty pillow? Learn how to deep clean you pillow in our post: How To Clean Your Pillows & Keep Them Fresh
For items you have decided to keep in the bedroom, find clean and manageable ways to organize these items. If these items are not decorative, try to store them in a way where they are tucked away.
Perhaps in drawers or a closed dresser or cabinet. Baskets are also a great way to discreetly store items you would like on hand, but don’t necessarily want to look at.
Buy Less Items:
One reason our bedrooms, kitchens, closets, and garages end up stuffed with items is mostly due to how we continuously refill them. The best way to avoid having a cluttered home is to bring less things into it. Begin to rethink and edit your purchases before you make them.
This will help you to avoid having to get rid of things later. Just because it is a good deal, doesn’t mean you need it. Also, is buying something in bulk worth it if your home turns into a storage unit? Just some food for thought.
Interested in the minimalist lifestyle? Check out our post: How to Maximize Your Minimalist Bedroom
Make Your Bed:
It is always nice to get into a nicely made bed each night. It also sets the tone for your entire bedroom throughout the day. By making your bed you not only start off your night on the right foot, but also clean up any excess blankets and pillows that may be lying around too.
This not only helps keep you bedroom cleaner overall, but also your bed. It also is a great reminder of when it’s time to wash or change your sheets. Making the bed each morning allows you to see how worn and out of place your bedding is. Giving you a que it is time to wash your linens.
Understand more about the importance of making your bed in our post: Why You Should Make Your Bed Every Morning
Inspire Yourself to Clean:
It isn’t always easy to work up the energy and drive to clean. Which is why we have a few tips for sparking the inspiration to clean. Anytime we know we need to clean or pickup the house, these little tricks help us to get in the mood.
- Watch Tidying Up on Netflix
- Follow Cleaning Tip Blogs
- Watch YouTube Cleaning Videos
- 10 Minute Timer
- Tackle Small Areas First
- Invite Someone Over
Want to know more about the best ways to keep your bed clean? Read our article How To Clean A Mattress to learn more!
Can a Clean Bedroom Help You Sleep? – Final Answer:
YES! Of course having a clean bedroom can and will encourage more high quality sleep. When your sleep space is relaxing and enjoyable to be in, it becomes much easier to relax and drift off to sleep. A dirty and cluttered bedroom makes it far more difficult to relax. The stressful environment can increase your cortisol levels and make it far more difficult to fall asleep, and stay asleep. We hope our tips and tricks make it easier to get your bedroom clean, and keep it clean. All so you can sleep easier at night.
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