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A messy room affects your sleep, new study warns

A messy room negatively impacts sleep, can increase stress and aggravate mental illness, a study found   For some, a clean and tidy bedroom is their haven.   But others clamber through mounds of clutter, boxes of old books and trinkets, and piles of washing on the floor, to reach their bed in time for sleep.   But borderline-hoarders should beware.   A new study warns a messy room disturbs sleep, can increase stress and aggravate mental illness.   People at risk for hoarding disorder report more problems with sleep than their tidier

Bright lights and streetlamps 'could be causing weight gain'

Light at night, including street light creeping through the curtains and the glow of smartphones, is making us gain weight, according to new research   Do you spend all day eating salad and carry out lots of exercise, but never seem to get any thinner?   Your bedtime habits could be to blame, as new research shows too much light in the bedroom may make us pile on weight.   Scientists believe that light at night, including street light creeping through the curtains and the glow of smartphones, is causing us to pile on the pounds.   In experiments on mice,

Too much screen time linked to poor sleep in teens, study

The longer a teenager spends using electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones, the worse their sleep will be, a study of nearly 10,000 16- to 19-year-olds suggests.   More than two hours of screen time after school was strongly linked to both delayed and shorter sleep.   Almost all the teens from Norway said they used the devices shortly before going to bed.   Many said they often got less than five hours sleep a night, BMJ Open reports.    The teens were asked questions about their sleep routine on weekdays and at weekends, as well as how
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