This is the last in a 3-part blog on clutter and sleep and I share tips for better sleep.  The first two blogs were posted on September 9th and September 13th.

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Health:

If you have cleared the clutter, looked at your room, mattresses and pillow and don’t have a lot of mental clutter, it may be time to see a health professional.  From the Santa Barbara sleep med:

Sleep problems add an estimated $15.9 billion to national health care costs
 
And 84 classifications of sleep disorders exist.  Over 2 million children suffer from sleep disorders  

Sleep Apnea Statistics

Over 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea
  
An estimated 10 million Americans remain undiagnosed
  
Over 50% of all apnea cases are diagnosed in people aged 40 and over
  
  

Narcolepsy Statistics

Affects as many as 200,000 Americans
  
Fewer than 50,000 are diagnosed
  

Restless Leg Syndrome Statistics

Affects as many as 10% of Americans   If everything checks out okay and you still struggle with sleep, you can look for a sleep coach at the Association of Professional Sleep consultants.
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Love the one you are with 

Better sleep.org states that 1 in 4 couples sleep alone. I personally have trouble falling asleep when my husband isn’t there.  He had a few night shifts recently and I did not sleep well.  I would sleep in separate beds as a last resort, but here are some other options.

If being hit by elbows and legs are a problem, consider a pillow barrier: get a body pillow and place between you.

Have a partner that snores? Invest in earplugs or consider a white noise machine.

Have separate comforters or blankets if you have someone that steals during the night.

If you are in anything less than a king, consider a king or a California king, although someone recently told me it was harder to find sheets for them.  When we went to the beach we were in a king size bed and I was like dang, I didn’t realize kings had so much room. When we move and are settled we are investing in a king size platform bed. 

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Mental: what is keeping you up at night?

I suffered from insomnia for about a month. I was worried about something. Mental clutter was definitely causing my inability to sleep.

What is keeping you up at night? Job? Relationship? Any changes to routine or diet?  Take the time to sit down and see if you can pinpoint what is the cause of your stress. Once you figure out what exactly it is, you can go from there.

If you are worried about something, take steps in the present moment to alleviate your concerns.  A regular mindfulness practice can also reduce your mental clutter.

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Consider beginning a bedtime routine if you don’t have one.

  • Try to get up and go to bed at the same time, even on days off.
  •  Getting out in sunshine early in the day can help set your 24-hour clock. 
  • Regular exercise encourages sleep. 
  • Watch your caffeine intake.  I know I can’t have caffeine after 3 PM or I am doomed. Most recommend no later than 6 hours before bed.
  • Get out in the sun again in the afternoon to strengthen your 24 cycle.
  • Cut out naps.
  • Have an early, light dinner.
  • Quit the computer and other gadgets a few hours before bed.
  • An hour before bed, dim the lights and do something relaxing. Read, meditate, listen to quote music.
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Take aways from the 3-part blog series on clutter and sleep:

  • Declutter!  A cluttered room overwhelms our senses and makes it more difficult to relax and can make us more anxious.  Having a cluttered bedroom can lead to emotional clutter of guilt and frustration;
  • If you have cleared the clutter, looked at your room, mattresses and pillow and don’t have a lot of mental clutter, it may be time to see a health professional. 
  • What is keeping you up at night? Job? Relationship? Any changes to routine or diet?  Take the time to sit down and see if you can pinpoint what is the cause of your mental clutter.

Have you had a health check up to rule out any health issues that may be disrupting your sleep? Do you need to have your partner do anything to help you get a better night’s sleep? What mental clutter do you need to tackle for a good night’s rest?

Go out clear the clutter to create the life you choose, deserve and desire!

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