Christmas is now a distant memory and the harsh reality of winter weather isn’t going away, so it’s understandable that mid-January can have everyone feeling a little down. ‘Blue Monday’ has been coined by some, as the most depressing day of the year, and we agree that at this time of year everyone could do with a little pick me up.
Sleep will always have an influence on our energy levels, and subsequently our mood as well. Sleep is a time where our bodies get a chance to recover from the tasks of the day, so it’s vital that we get good quality and sleep the right amount. Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, Silentnight’s sleep expert, advises we should aim to get a good quality sleep instead of stressing about the amount. We’ve brought together some tips to help you make your Blue Monday a little brighter.
Aim to get into bed around 10:30.
Getting into bed late can deprive your body of important stages of sleep that our body achieves in the hours before midnight. These stages help heal the body and allow us to fall into a deeper sleep easier. So, if you’re still feeling tired after a full night’s sleep, make the most of the longer nights and head to bed a little earlier.
Don’t commute on an empty stomach.
With many people now skipping breakfast or starting the day with a ‘deskfast’, it can be hard to realise the implication this has on the following night’s sleep. Putting your body through a stressful commute on an empty stomach can cause us to run on ‘adrenaline energy’ which can cause shallow or light sleep.
Think about the half life of caffeine.
It’s now common knowledge that cutting down on caffeine can help you achieve a better night’s sleep. However, if you’re someone who needs a coffee in the morning, simply thinking about the half life of caffeine can help ensure your tea or coffee isn’t making mornings harder. With a half life of 5 hours, the caffeine in your coffee at 5pm will only have halved when you aim to get to bed at 10pm.
Drink alkaline water.
Although getting enough water throughout the day is highly important to our sleep. Adding a little salt and lemon, or ‘alkalising’ your water can help your body run properly, as the change in PH helps our physiological process and assists us in getting a good night’s sleep.