The Mental Benefits of a Clean Home

April 3, 2018
Our homes are our castles, our nests, our places of refuge against the outside world. They can also come to reflect the people living in them, especially when it comes to cleanliness and health. Scientists have been investigating the relationship between people’s health and their homes for decades and have made some pretty incredible discoveries. Here are just five studies that show a link between a clean home and your mental and physical health. Better Attention Span A cluttered home, it seems, can actually lead to a cluttered mind. A recent study actually connected cluttered homes to shorter attention spans. A study at Princeton in 2011 concluded that “the visual cortex can be overwhelmed by task-irrelevant objects, making it harder to allocate attention and complete tasks efficiently.” Better Health Overall While the study is a little older now, researchers in Indiana discovered that people who keep their homes clean tend to be more active and enjoy better overall health. It turned out that house cleanliness was found to be a better predictor of someone’s health than the walkability of their neighborhood. A Good Night’s Sleep A survey performed by the National Sleep Institute in America recently discovered that people who make their bed every day may actually sleep better as well. Those surveyed were “19 percent more likely to report regularly getting a good night’s…
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