Keeping up with household chores can be tough. Making sure all of your ceiling fans aren't collecting an overabundance of dust, sweeping up the crumbs underneath your kitchen table, sanitizing your door handles to keep little kid hands from leaving behind snotty germs — it all adds up fast. Because you're busy keeping the rest of your home tidy, sometimes it's easy to overlook the one place you're supposed to spend at least eight hours sleeping every night, and these seven gross things you're probably doing wrong in the bedroom could be impacting your health in a major way.
According to Janet K. Kennedy, PhD, clinical psychologist and founder of NYC Sleep Doctor, “A clean room is important for our physical and mental health. Keeping clutter at bay and changing bedding frequently helps to control dust, mites and other allergens that can interfere with sleep quality,” she tells Romper. “And messiness can be stressful because it serves as a constant reminder of tasks left undone and triggers thoughts about things that are best left to daytime. A clean bedroom can help us separate from the stress of the day and enter into sleep without so many distractions.”
Unfortunately, some of the cleaning you skimp on in your own bedroom can have an adverse effect, and it's time to step it up for the sake of your health.