Your Messy Bedroom Disturbing Your Sleep?

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Your bedroom should be the most relaxing place in the home. But the reality for many parents is that becomes something of a cluttered mess, full of bits and bobs, laundry leftovers, and junk. And while your messy bedroom might be helping the rest of your home look OK, it certainly isn’t doing your sleep any favors. According to research, people with untidy rooms experience more sleep disruptions than those that keep their bedrooms nice and tidy. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some simple solutions to the cluttered bedroom conundrum.

Create a home for everything

It’s not much of a surprise that the bedroom quickly becomes a dumping ground – especially when you have kids. When there is a lot to do around the home, the simple solution is to hide away the mess, and your bedroom is often the ideal spot. But it’s important to stop doing this as soon as possible. If you don’t have enough storage around the house to give every item a home, invest in some. It makes tidying up so much easier when you have enough storage, and most importantly, means you don’t have to use your bedroom as a dump.

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Leave daytime life at the door

What goes on in the day often comes with us when we go to bed. It’s important to try and forget about the problems and stresses of the day, but it’s hard to do if you are surrounded by reminders. Don’t use the bedroom as a place to keep documents, bills, or work projects – leave them elsewhere in the home, so they have less ability to play on your mind. It’s the same with your electronic devices. Having a smartphone near your bed means you could be disturbed by notifications, or have work on your mind when you are trying to get to sleep.

Keep your bed clean – and cool

Make sure that you are washing your bed sheets and pillowcases at least once a week. And invest in some new covers, too – as you can view here, the sheets you choose can have a significant impact on your sleep quality, as some materials will help you keep cooler than others. Natural fibers are necessary, and you should also avoid choosing mattresses or pillows that have been made from allergen-free materials.

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Light and noise pollution

It’s not just mess, junk, and paperwork that are causing you clutter in the bedroom. Light and sound are also clutter of sorts, and you need to ensure you are doing all you can to block it out. Sources of light from outside, for example, could trick your brain into thinking it is time to get up, rather than time to go to bed. And outside noises will wake you up, too, so consider investing in some earplugs is a good idea. You also might have some success by sleeping with some form of white noise in your room – a bedroom fan or even an untuned radio might do the trick.

Hope these tips help – feel free to share your cluttered bedroom experiences below!

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Having 3 grandsons, messy is our middle name.  We love to play outside and get dirty. Thank goodness getting all that dirt out is not a problem. We love Dreft and use it all the time. It is gentle for our little ones, yet tough enough to remove all of the dirt. I love how wonderful it smells and how awesome it works.

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*We can all agree that babies are messy, but did you know that studies show that smashing, throwing and playing
with food actually helps babies learn?* And science has confirmed what kids seem to instinctively know – that
playing in the dirt and mud is fun! But did you know that it actually helps soothe, calm and relax children! In
short, playing with mud can make kids happier!**

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*A Dreft survey with Wakefield found that 87 percent of moms frequently encourage their children to pick
activities that are unlikely to get them messy over ones that are, even though 81 percent agree that their child
learns more when they make a mess and 89 percent agree that children are happier when they make a mess!

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*The survey also showed that 88 percent of moms have let their children play in only a diaper specifically so they
don’t get their clothes messy! And 80 percent of moms have thrown out clothes specifically because they felt
the mess wasn’t worth washing out.

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Dr. Dyan Hes, Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics, was recently named a 2013 top doctor by NEW YORK magazine, is the Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics in New York City, and sits on the board of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Hes is double boarded in both pediatrics and obesity medicine. With all this in mind, it’s important that parents seek out products that are gentle on baby’s sensitive skin but tough on stains. Dreft is a great solution for gentle, worry-free clean-up so families can embrace the mess and enjoy making memories with their little ones.

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Dr. Dyan Hes has the following tips to bring out your baby’s messy side and embrace that being messy has its developmental benefits:

* Count the fun and use your fingers: Use your little one’s food as a fantastic way to learn how to begin
counting. When snacking, start counting with your little one and encourage them to use their fingers. Also,
this is a great time to use food to help them learn how to properly grasp things. It will take time and practice
so let them get a little dirty with their food and practice, practice, practice!

* Throwing practice: Throwing food can definitely be messy, but did you know it helps with their
development? Little ones are also still developing object permanence, which means that they don’t know
that when they throw things, they won’t come back to them. So throwing food or dropping in on the floor
can actually help them learn this basic lesson in physics! Maybe just lay a mat on the floor to protect carpet
or allow for easy clean.

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Model and actress Molly Sims hosts Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby Play Date to help Dreft launch its nationwide search for America’s Messiest Baby, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in New York. For more information, visit www.dreft.com or the brand’s social media channels on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Dreft), Twitter (https://twitter.com/Dreft) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/dreft/). Parents can enter to win Dreft’sAmerica’s Messiest Baby Contest for a chance to have their little one featured on the cover of Parent’s Magazine by submitting a photo of their favorite messy baby moment at www.parents.com/dreftmessiestbabycontest or posting their photo on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #messiestbabycontest. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Dreft/AP Images)

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