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“Quiet, dark, and cool has always been the rule for good sleep,” says James Maas, PhD, a consultant on sleep and performance and CEO of Sleep for Success. “We now know that 65 degrees Fahrenheit promotes the deepest and longest sleep.” Why: The hotter you are, the more likely it is that you’re going have a lighter and shorter sleep. “You want a body temperature where neurons aren’t firing intensely, and that happens when the hypothalamus, the temperature regulator in the brain, is cool,” he says.
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Messy clothes, work files all over the floor, books piled on chairs: A messy environment can be stressful—and your bedroom should be the opposite: comforting, says Maas. You want your room to be minimalist in design but also in appearance—so make sure to hang clothes and clean up before bed so that you’re calm (not overwhelmed) when your head hits the pillow. Here are more tricks to ban clutter from your bedroom.