A new year is always a great time for a fresh start and a favorite for resolutions of all kinds. If your sleep has suffered this past year, why not try getting into better sleeping habits? Making sure you are well-rested is one of the ultimate self-care goals you can make. Start slow and choose just one or two of our recommendations, or go full-throttle and really commit to obtaining your best sleep possible. Whichever route you go, it is sure to be a step in the right direction. Make this year your best one yet, and improve your sleep:
- Sleep More: It is recommended that adults sleep at least 7-9 hours each night, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 30% of Americans don’t get enough sleep. Not only can sleep deprivation lessen your productivity during the day, but it can also result in memory issues or loss, mood swings, trouble concentrating, a weakened immune system, and weight gain.
- Create a Bedtime Routine: You can follow up “sleep more” by implementing an actual bedtime routine. If you wake up at the same time each day and fall asleep at the same time each night, your body will become accustomed to that schedule, and you will feel more refreshed each morning.
- Avoid Late-Night Snacking: You might have healthy foods all day, but when it comes to late-night cravings, these snacks are more likely to be stored as fat since your body is preparing to fall asleep. If you cannot break this habit, then try substituting for a healthier alternative.
- Drink Less Caffeine: This may be an obvious one, but many people tend to ignore it as they use it to help aid their productivity during the day. Little do they realize that a good night’s sleep is not only better for your productivity results but better for your mind and body, too. Try reducing your caffeine intake, and your body will thank you.
- Track Your Sleep: As technology advances, more and more devices are on the market, helping track your sleep patterns and wake times. If you are lucky enough to have one of these devices, then monitoring your sleep each night will help optimize future sleeping patterns. You may even look forward to falling asleep so that you can track your sleep each night!
- Makeover Your Bedroom: Rejuvenate your space by changing up the room in which you sleep. Grab a new pair of sheets, bedspread, or curtains to spruce up your room. If you struggle with sleep issues like insomnia or depression, the smallest change might help you enjoy your bedroom space more and allow you to feel more comfortable. After all, we spend a large majority of our life sleeping, so you might as well enjoy the space you’re sleeping in.
Although the past year may have brought on struggles and stress, the new year is a new chapter that you can start today! Allow yourself the sleep you deserve. Sleep better today, and you’ll feel better tomorrow.