Bedroom

Your bedroom should be a welcoming retreat from the pressures of the day. It is a place where you can relax, unwind, and drift off to sleep unencumbered by the cares of daily life. If you lie in bed at night running through the lists of obligations in your mind, take an inventory of your bedroom. Chances are it feels more like a storage locker or an extension of your laundry room than a restful oasis. Here are 12 items to banish from your bedroom in order to create a calming, peaceful sanctuary.

12. An Uncomfortable Mattress

Mattress

Let’s start with your bed. If your mattress is old, hard, lumpy, or saggy, it is probably not providing a place of restorative slumber. According to Amerisleep, a good mattress supports your back, cushions your joints, and keeps your spine in alignment. With many varieties of mattresses available on the market, it can be helpful to make a list of your preferences before shopping for a new one. Keep in mind your budget, your desired level of firmness, and the desired lifespan of your mattress. In general, mattresses should be replaced approximately every ten years.

11. Your Cell Phone

Cell Phone

The ability to be available and connected anywhere and at any time can be addictive. Your cell phone may seem to function as a second brain. It can store your calendar, link you to friends and colleagues, and provide entertainment. However, the one place your cell phone should not follow you is your bedroom. The blue light emitted from your phone, as well as the distracting buzz of incoming messages, stimulates your brain. This prevents you from truly relaxing and resting your mind. Invest in an old-fashioned alarm clock to wake you in the morning, and ditch your cell phone at the door.

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