Whether we realise it or not, the arrangement of our space and what lies therein affects the quality of sleep we get.
With the stress and demands of 21st century living, the importance of quality rest cannot be overemphasised. Health care experts recommend a minimum of 7 hours sleep for adults, but many are not able to achieve this for a number of reasons.
For some, demanding work schedules keep them from getting the required amount of sleep while for others, its simply a question of a bedroom with poor feng shui.
Whether we realise it or not, the arrangement of our space and what lies therein affects the quality of sleep we get. Light from television and laptop screens, phone noises and even the voices in our heads are just some of the things that can affect the quality of sleep we get.
So, do you take your laptop to bed with you, or perhaps there's a large television screen positioned right in front of your bed? Here are 4 things you need to get out of your bedroom for better quality of sleep.
Screens: Television, laptop and phone screens are not the best bedroom companions. Not only do they serve as distractions, they also emit a blue light which researchers say disrupts the natural sleep-wake cycle. The ideal situation would be to avoid looking at screens 2-3 hours before hitting the pillow - an almost near-impossibility in this age. But think about the great disservice you do to your body every time you disrupt your sleep cycle. A quick peek at Instagram really isn't worth your health, so lose the screens.
Clutter: Think about it, don't you feel all the more refreshed when you sleep on clean sheets free of scattered clothes and books as opposed to when the bed is littered? A scattered room doesn't really do any good as it gives off an unsettling vibe. So endeavor to clean up your room this weekend for a more refreshing night's rest.
Work station: It's a bedroom folks, not an office. Leave the work files out of the bedroom and even if you happen to live in a one-room apartment, keep the work files and laptop out of your sleeping area. The point - the sight of work materials is bound to leave you distracted, messing your sleep-wake cycle. So leave work outside the sleeping area.
Food: The logic behind this is real simple - where food is, goes rodents and ants. Now the last thing you want is sharing your sleeping area with rodents and ants.