This will be a 3-part blog on clutter and sleep.  The first blog was posted on September 9th and the second will be on September 16th.

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The Room

Once you have cleared clutter, you may want to consider if the color of your room is preventing your sleep.

According to Michael Breus, PhD, From WEB MD:

“There are studies that look at what is the color of your bedroom and how can that affect your ability to fall asleep. It turned out that the color itself is not important, but the hue of the color is. So the brightness of that color turns out to be a big factor. When you’re painting your bedroom, you don’t want a high gloss finish, you want a matted finish. Granted, a very bright yellow is probably not a great place to fall asleep, but a more muted yellow probably is.

Look around your room.  How do you feel when you see the color? Is it peaceful and calming to you or is it energizing and distracting?  If you don’t like what you see, it may be time for a trip to the paint sore.

How is your mattress? The consumer reports issue on sleep also rates mattresses. I will be honest we brought one from Costco last year without seeing and were really happy. It was rated a consumer reports best buy.

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From an article on WebMd:

“The mattress needs to support your body in a neutral position, one in which your spine has a nice curvature and your buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head are supported in proper alignment.  The right mattress, on the other hand, is one on which you feel no pressure, almost like you’re floating in air.

If you’re looking for a new mattress, experts suggest testing it in the store and lying down in the position in which you normally sleep. Breus suggests spending at least 10 to 15 minutes on the bed. And, bring your own pillow! The more you can replicate the way you’ll be sleeping on the mattress once you get it home, the better your chances of picking the right one.


Tips: How to Sleep Better

Pillow. Consumer reports suggests starting with your dominant position—likely your favorite.  The right pillow keeps your head and neck aligned without losing your neck’s natural curve. Many pillows are now labeled that way.

Side: Firm or extra firm and loft (pillow’s height) of around 4 inches

Back: Med firm, med. Loft pillow

Tummy: thin, or soft scrunch able pillow

Combination: softer and firmer sections or higher and lower sections.

Finally, consider the temperature. You want to be comfortable enough that you can fall asleep and a bit cooler tends to be better.

What pillow would best suit you? What other changes do you need to make to your bedroom to ensure a good night’s sleep? Have you cleared all the clutter from your bedroom?

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