Got a problem with clutter? You are also more likely to have a problem with sleep.

A study by Alexis Reinheimer, a psychology major at St. Lawrence University in Canton, has found that those that hoard are more likely to have a sleep disorder.

Hoarders appear to struggle with sleep onset, sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness. Hoarding is thought to hurt sleep as it interferes on a number of levels-

  • Cognitively, there is a lack of quiet space as the clutter makes it harder to switch off and relax when at home.
  • Physically, there may be less space to sleep as beds and bedrooms become storerooms that trigger the release of stress hormones.
  • On an emotional level, hoarders may experience more stress and interpersonal conflict as there stuff gets in the way of positive relationships.

Lead author, Pamela Thacher, assistant professor of psychology at St. Lawrence University in Canton noted that sleep problems could also exacerbate hoarding tendencies: “Hoarders typically have problems with decision making and executive function; poor sleep is known to compromise cognition generally, so if hoarders have cluttered/unusable bedrooms (and less comfortable, functional beds), any existing risk for cognitive dysfunction, depression and stress may increase as sleep quality worsens.”

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