We’re halfway through January and your new year resolutions might already be waning. Hey, don’t beat yourself up, January is a tough month at the best of times! However, one thing you may not have considered this year is making some sleep resolutions. Whilst most of us are all too familiar with setting fitness and diet goals, a lot of us continue to neglect our sleep. It is a sad truth that more and more of us are struggling with our sleep and yet we underestimate the importance of a good kip. Indeed, sleep is the cornerstone of good health both physical and mental. If your sleep needs an overhaul and your ready to make some sleep resolutions, then this guide is just for you.
You’re probably going to think we’re killjoys for making this one of the sleep resolutions that you really need to commit to. Indeed, we know how addictive scrolling in bed is. You may even think that it’s helping you relax. However, the rise bedtime phone usage is a modern-day scourge and possibly one of the most damaging things to sleep. So please do yourself a favour and have an hour cut of before bed. Believe us, your body and mind will thank you for it.
Reading before you head off to the land of nod is a great way of unwinding and taking your mind off the worries of the day and no, we’re not contradicting our first sleep resolution. The phone is still out of bounds! Instead, try grabbing a good old-fashioned paperback and unwind in another world.
Caffeine is a stimulant and therefore cutting down is one of the sleep resolutions that we recommend. Most people find that cutting down 4 to 6 hours before you visit the land of nod is sufficient. If you can’t live without a cup of tea or coffee then trying switching to caffeine free alternatives.
Love a mammoth lie in at the weekend? Well, we’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news but sticking to a sleep schedule can be highly beneficial for your sleep and consequently health. Sticking to the same schedule can help to reinforce your sleep-wake. Try to make sure that you get at least 7 hours or more if you feel like you need it.
Think your favourite tipple helps get you off the land of nod? Well, unfortunately it is one of the worst things you can do. Whilst a boozy drink might make you sleepy, you can be almost certain that it will cause restless sleep. Try having a soothing drink instead such as a hot chocolate or a Horlicks.
Exercise has so many benefits but not many people realise how beneficial it can be for sleep. Indeed, physical movement is a great way of getting rid of the stresses of the day and therefore can make it easier to get to sleep. However, you should be mindful not to exercise too near to your bedtime as it can have the opposite effect.
If you thought journals were just for angst ridden teenagers, then you’re missing out. Indeed, writing down your feelings and thoughts is a great way of offloading. Remember, a journal doesn’t have to be a literary masterpiece so don’t panic if putting pen to paper isn’t your forte.
If your mattress has seen better days and your waking up with more aches or pains then you went to bed with then it might be time to consider a new mattress. As a rule of thumb you should change your mattress every 7 to 8 years but this can vary depending on the quality of the mattress. Want to know if it is time for a new mattress? Then you can read our blog here.