Your Action Plan for Better Sleep


We could all use more sleep, but what about better sleep? Often, people focus on how to get more sleep than they currently are, but the real problem is the quality of sleep you are currently getting. Your bedroom is the key to better sleep and you can put together a plan to make it possible.

Better Sleep Step 1: Organize

We all have that one chair. The chair on which the clothes are thrown. These clothes are “not dirty enough for the laundry” but “not clean enough for the closet or drawer.” Piles of clothes get thrown on it.

Or maybe your nightstand might be a mess of clutter of things you “need” in your bedroom. Your dresser might have jewelry all over it. During the holidays, you might use your room as a staging area for gift wrapping, thus extra things might be stacked up on your floor.

It’s time to stop.

You need to declutter your bedroom in order to get a good night’s sleep. If you go to sleep thinking about all the things you didn’t get done during the day, the clutter in your bedroom will only increase the potential for those thoughts. In order to properly turn your brain off, your surroundings need to enhance that, not hinder it.

If the chair with the clothes needs to go into another room, move it. Maybe your jewelry needs to be kept in your bathroom. Use the guest bedroom as a gift staging area, not your bedroom. If the job is too big, you can always use a professional organizer to help you fix the space. Once everything has been organized, a cleaning service would be useful to help keep the space clean and organized.

Better Sleep Step 2: Environment

Regular exercise will help you sleep better. Ditching bad habits-- drinking alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine-- will ensure you get the recommended amount of sleep every night. Turning off all screens -- computers, televisions, tablets, and smartphones -- one to two hours before you go to sleep will also help you sleep.

Cleaning plays a role in your environment. Helping Hands Maid Services can help you have better sleep by regularly keeping your room clean. Dusting, vacuuming, changing sheets, wiping down blinds and baseboards, can all lead to better sleep, especially if you’re prone to allergies. You might not notice a bit of dust while you’re awake, but it can actually hinder your sleep.

If your room has bright colors or intense artwork, it might be time to redecorate. Keep these considerations in mind:
  • Which colors are calming?
  • Which artwork will promote sleep?
  • Are there plants in your room that might irritate your allergies?
  • Do you have enough air circulation?

All these things will create a better environment for better sleep.

Better Sleep Step 3: One Room, One Job

Your bedroom should have one job: it should be the place where you sleep. While it might be nice to watch television, work, or even read in bed, it really can have a negative impact on how well you sleep. Get the electronics out of the bedroom.

Aside from trying to stay off the screens for a while before you go to bed, the ambient noise of electronics in your bedroom can harm your sleep cycles. Falling asleep with the television on means there is unnecessary light and noise in your bedroom. If your laptop is nearby your bed, you might be tempted to answer emails that pop up even when you’re trying to go to sleep.

Getting as much noise, light, and distraction out of your bedroom as possible is the best way to improve the quantity and quality of your sleep. You might not even need as much sleep as the quality of your sleep improves.

Better Sleep Step 4: Scents

The sense of smell is closely linked to many of the human body’s experiences. Do you have flowers in your bedroom that are very fragrant? This might be pleasant during the day, but it could be harmful to the actual purpose of your bedroom, to get good sleep.

For centuries, essential oils have been used for different things by mankind. People use them in all different ways, but they can also be used for cleaning purposes. There are many essential oils that promote better sleep, and a few you should stay away from. Talk to your cleaning service about whether or not they use essential oils in their cleaning and specifically those that are used in your bedroom.

Helping Hands Maid Services is here to help the greater Chicago area sleep better! Contact our experienced team today to see how we can ensure your bedroom is an optimal space for better sleep!

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