If you struggle to get to sleep and have tried all the traditional methods to help- consider this- is your room too crowded with things?
Are you a clutter bug?
If yes, then that pile of clothing and table top of mugs may be having more of an effect on your mind than you thought.
Many a minimalist started life the same way, with mounds of unnecessity taking up their space, and their quality of sleep suffering as a result.
If you’re waking to find yourself just as exhausted as when you hit the pillow to begin with, then maybe minimalistic is the answer you’ve been looking for.
Let’s find out why.
How Can Clutter Stop You Sleeping?
Whether we’re aware of it or not, we all look at mess the same way.
Sometimes it’s a sigh, sometimes it’s a mental note to clear it later; whatever your physical response, it’s rarely positive.
A 2015 study conducted by St. Lawrence University found that those who hoard objects and whose rooms contain a degree of clutter suffer from lower quality sleep than those who keep a clean pallet.
And it’s all because the human response to clutter is a programmed desire to clean it up.
When your mind is constantly preoccupied by the mess that’s surrounding you, the added anxiety will cause your mind to focus on what’s wrong with your environment, rather than its own fatigue and need to recharge.
So, What is Minimalism?
Minimalism needn’t be white walls and zero character.
Instead, the minimalistic approach is more so a frame of mind that will help your attempts to de-clutter and improve your sleep quality.
When attempting to take steps toward minimalism, always ask yourself; “what function does this have in this space?”
The foundation of minimalism is indeed functionality. If you don’t need it, then why is it there?
I appreciate that going from one extreme to the other may be a difficult transition, but if you’re truly ready to get some real rest and finally rid your room of all that clutter, then this is the approach you need to take.
How Does Minimalism Help You Sleep?
Minimalist décor is much more than just aesthetically appealing, it actually has a lot of positive psychological impacts too.
Life can be so busy sometimes, and the bedroom should be somewhere where both your body and mind can escape.
White, soft greys and mismatched blues are all warm colours that encourage a calming atmosphere, while green pastels imitate nature, also inducing mental relaxation.
In ridding your room of unnecessary elements, you’ll be letting go of the past both physically and spiritually. We often attach sentimentality to objects, and the memories attached to them may not always be positive ones.
By enforcing a minimalistic rule of thumb, you’ll finally be able to let go of what’s been weighing you down.
Minimalism is as much a psychological decluttering as it is a physical one, and in cleaning up your surroundings, your mind will feel instantly relieved having said goodbye to what’s been causing your anxiety.
And, of course, with a clean room and an ordered mind, sleep will come quickly and easily.
About the Author
Joy Richards is the sleep specialist at UK bed and matress retail store Happy Beds. She loves nothing more than ensuring that those who are struggling with sleep get the advice and help they need to rest easily.
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