Can you remember what New Year’s Resolutions you made this time last year? Don’t worry, we can’t either but it was probably along the lines of eat healthier, exercise more or maybe even learn a new skill.
It’s all well and good for the first few months – you’re hitting the gym regularly and you’ve lost a few pounds (go you!) but suddenly you hit a wall and most (if not all) of your New Year’s Resolutions are out of the window. You’re back in the same old routine that you were in before you sat down on January 1st and vowed to yourself that this year was going to be the year you achieved all your goals.
Well we’re going to let you in on a little secret that will help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions for 2021… Sleep!
Lack of sleep can affect us, both physically and mentally. This can result in poor daytime performance, meaning you might skip that 6am spinning session you had booked at the gym for an extra 20 minutes in bed! It can even affect our memory and our ability to learn and store new information - which means your New Year’s Resolution to learn a new skill could become a distant memory (literally!).
If you’re going to make any New Year’s Resolutions this year, why not make sleep your top priority – get this right and all of your other New Year’s Resolutions will follow suit!
Here’s some tips to get you sleeping better and sticking to those New Year’s Resolutions:
- New year, new mattress - Better sleep starts with your mattress. Whether you’re a sink in snoozer or twister and turner - why not try our mattress buying guide to find the perfect sleep solution for you.
Don’t hit the snooze button – we know it’s hard on these cold Winter mornings to get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off but you’ll thank us for it later!
- Tip 1 - A sunrise alarm clock is a great way to help you gradually ease into wakefulness and wake your body up naturally
- Tip 2 – as soon as your alarm goes off try counting down from 5 and getting out of bed as soon as you get to 1
- Make sure you eat breakfast to kick start you day - eating within half an hour of rising sets you up for the day and also regulates your melatonin production, meaning you get a better night’s sleep the coming evening.
- Cut back on caffeine - caffeine has a direct impact on reducing our sleep quality. Try replacing your afternoon latte with a decaf one! Or why not try some herbal tea for a change?
- Keep hydrated - staying hydrated throughout the day is essential for great health and a great night’s sleep. Aim to drink at least 2 litres of water a day.
- Be smart with tech - leave phones, tablets and devices that emit blue light out of the bedroom. Your sleep will reward you for choosing to rest rather than scrolling through your social media feed.
Wind down routine – even us adults need a good bedtime routine. Winding down before bed is the best way to get a good night’s sleep.
- Have a relaxing bath – not only is it calming, it also releases endorphins in the brain that make you tired.
- Get in your cosiest PJ’s – when you put your pyjamas on, your brain starts to get into a bedtime frame of mind which induces tiredness.
- Write down your thoughts – write in a journal before your head hits the pillow. This is a good time to reflect on the positive things that have happened to you during the day.
- Read your favourite book – reading before bedtime enriches the mind. Just make sure it’s not horror themed, as these may keep you awake and get your mind racing!
- Invest in a sunrise alarm clock – a sunrise alarm clock helps you drift into a peaceful slumber by imitating the sun set and allowing your body to fall asleep naturally.