The New Year is here, which brings the hope of second chances and new resolutions. However, the excitement of a new year can also bring sleep deprivation and exhaustion. If you have decided to add better sleep to your list of resolutions this year, we have some tips to help you make it happen.
Create a bedtime routine.
A strict, relaxing nighttime routine can help your brain recognize that it’s time to sleep and can help you get to sleep faster when you lay down. Maybe start with a cup of relaxing tea, then a bath or shower, and then read a couple of chapters in a book to wind down. Following a routine each night can help you relax from a busy day and help your body get into sleep mode more quickly.
Avoid screens at bedtime.
Using technology before bed can inhibit sleep because devices like phones, tablets and computers emit a harmful blue light that can actually keep us awake. Scrolling through social media or watching TV until you feel sleepy can disrupt your body’s secretion of a natural sleep hormone called melatonin, which can cause a night of restless sleeping.
Cut out the caffeine.
Even a mid-morning coffee can leave trace amounts of caffeine in the body that can disturb your sleep. If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep, start to cut out the caffeine in your diet. You may find that you don’t actually need it because you’ll be sleeping better and therefore feeling more awake and alert throughout the day!
Chances are, exercising is already a part of your New Year’s resolutions! Exercise serves a dual purpose: it keeps your body healthy and also helps you sleep better. Just try not to exercise too close to bedtime. Exerting energy through regular exercise can help you feel more tired at the end of the day, which can help you fall asleep faster.
If you have New Year’s resolutions, consider adding better sleep to the list. Your body will thank you!