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Your home is supposed to be the best place to be. But why does it sometimes make you feel more tired than you actually are? Here’s a list of 10 things in your home that may be secretly bringing your energy levels down!
Though a cluttered space may not directly affect your energy levels, a Princeton University Neuroscience Institute Study found that messy spaces causes you to shell out mental energy on stress – which will in turn exhaust you!
So the next time you decide to spend some down time in bed while your house is in a mess…think again. Not cleaning up may just make you more tired in the long run!
2. Blue walls
The color blue promotes peace, serenity and calm. It is no wonder that blue walls would tend to slow down your heart rate and reduce your blood pressure.
With knowledge of what the color blue can subconsciously do to you, it would be wise to not have blue walls in areas of your home where you want to be especially productive. Don’t hesitate on getting blue walls for your bedroom though!
All kinds of screens. Your television, tablets and smartphones. All these screens exude a blue light (that you can’t inherently see). The blue light represses your brain’s production of melatonin – the vital chemical that helps you fall asleep!
Solution? Try to stop usage of screens a few hours before bed to ‘wind down’ for the day. Alternatively, you can install an application Flux – it removes the blue light from your laptop/computer and makes you sleepier when you use it at night!
4. Drawn curtains
A recent study finds that workers who were in offices with windows and natural light slept significantly more than those who don’t. This only means one thing – draw those curtains!
Letting natural light in will help you get your restful hours of sleep and have you waking up energized and ready for the day. Besides, it’s also good to look at some greenery every once in awhile!
5. Lavender candles
The use of lavender has been widely known for its calming properties. People with insomnia or have trouble getting to sleep will usually use some form of lavender to help them sleep.
Burning these candles in the day when you’re supposed to be the most productive will be counter-productive. Instead, burn some citrus-scented candles with fresh notes to help perk you out during the day!
6. Your phone
How many times have you been a victim of an unwanted text or phone call when you were already fast asleep in dreamland? Your landline and mobile phones may be costing you some serious energy during the day – all because you were woken up by that phone call or text.
Switch it off or set it to the silent mode when going to bed. Leave your landline on though – just in case of emergencies!
7. Your couch
Yes, you may have spent a considerable amount of money on the comfiest couch. And yes, you have the right to enjoy it whenever and however you want. But there has to be a happy medium here – spending too much time chilling on your couch may make you more tired.
Get out of your home and go for a run or brisk walk instead. Always slumping in a couch may just increase feelings of lethargy and probably won’t make you feel any better either. Balance is key!
Alcohol may seem like a good way to chill out before finally going to bed. Though alcohol may produce sedative effects, it could be counterproductive.
Though it initially depresses the central nervous system, it has the tendency to create a sudden surge of adrenaline in the middle of the night. This may lead to you waking up at odd hours – tired and unable to fall back asleep! To prevent this, stop drinking 3-4 hours before bedtime.
9. Junk food
Your pantry may be making you feel tired all the time. If it’s filled with junk food – high fat, high sugar and laden with artificial chemicals, they may just be the culprits!
Foods with simple carbohydrates and sugar will give you a blood sugar spike which is always followed by a sharp drop, making you feel tired after!
Caffeine is an excellent way to perk you up for the day but be warned that its effects wear off over time. Like junk food, caffeine gives you an energy spike but that energy will also wear down – this means that you’ll feel more tired than usual!
If you’re constantly feeling tired in your own home, making these tiny changes might greatly improve your energy levels – giving you brighter and more productive days ahead!