You know you should probably put away yesterday’s clothes (and the ones from the day before too), and you are well aware that the zen of your bedroom would be all the more on point if your rubbish bin wasn’t overflowing, but as distasteful as it is your messy bedroom habit isn’t hurting anyone, right?
Wrong. According to a study by New York’s St. Lawrence University if you have a messy bedroom, you’re more likely to get a bad nights sleep and are at risk of increased anxiety.
The study, reported in Metro, found that those who have cluttered bedrooms take longer to tall asleep than those whose rooms are spick and span.
As such they get less sleep, less sleep means you are more tired the next day, the more tired you are the less likely you are to clean up the mess, and so the cycle continues.
This vicious circle of sleeplessness and messiness could result in sleep deprivation and a bedroom that’s stressful to be in.
Speaking about the study a psychologist at the university, Dr Pamela Thacher, said: “Hoarders typically have problems with decision making and executive function; poor sleep is known to compromise cognition generally.”
“So if hoarders have cluttered or unusable bedrooms, and less comfortable, functional beds, any existing risk for cognitive dysfunction, depression and stress may increase as sleep quality worsens.”
If you had been considering a deep Spring clean then perhaps this is the final push you need. You may be healthier and happier because of it.