With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about resolutions for a new happier and healthier year ahead. On average, a third of your life is spent sleeping, so it’s time to put sleep at the front of your health. Choose one or all of these sleep resolutions below to start getting a healthier night’s sleep and start getting the most out of your life!
Invest in a new mattress and accessories.
It might seem obvious, but it really is a crucial necessity to have a mattress and pillow that work well with your alignment. If you’ve had your mattress for more than eight years, it’s time to visit your local Denver Mattress for a custom sleep evaluation. Eliminate those morning aches and pains and choose a mattress that is just right. With the help of knowledgeable sales staff, they’ll fit you to a mattress based on your sleeping habits, whether you need firm, plush, or something in the middle, they’ll find a mattress that supports and cushions you in all the right places.
And let’s not forget about pillows. The pillow and neck support is just as important as your spinal alignment. Not everyone sleeps the same, so your pillow should be catered to you. If you’re a side, stomach, or back sleeper, check out this article How to Choose the Perfect Pillow to Sleep Better to help get you on track.
Cut back caffeine and alcohol.
If your mattress and pillow are not the issue. It’s time to take a look at your food and drink habits prior to your bedtime. Caffeine is a stimulant and is not something that should be consumed if the ultimate goal is to sleep. Caffeine is a common substance found in many foods and drinks, if you need help identifying what you should and shouldn’t have as a late night snack, read these 10 Foods to Avoid Before Bed and Healthy Alternatives.
Additionally, a glass of wine or a cold beer might be your go-to treat to relax after a long day of work, however, this could be harmful to your restful night’s sleep. Alcohol can affect your REM sleep and can cause you to wake up multiple times in the middle of the night. While it may seem like you fall asleep faster, it is not a sleep-aid and should be avoided to achieve the deepest sleep possible without interruptions.
Unplug from your technology.
Technology and blue light can be harmful to your sleep. If you’re the person who finds themselves scrolling through Instagram, or reading the latest sports news while lounging in bed, consider shutting down the phone 30 minutes to an hour prior to when you plan on catching some zs. This may seem like a difficult task to achieve, but you won’t regret the decision once you start getting that sound sleep you’ve been longing for.
Organize your bedroom.
In today’s society, our bedroom can turn into a multitude of uses, like, our study, entertainment, or even a place for eating. Consider changing up your habits and only using your bedroom as a place to sleep. To start, we’d recommend by re-arranging your room to create a tranquil space. By creating a calm and peaceful environment, your brain will have an easier time shutting down and recognizing when it’s time to sleep.
Start a sleep journal.
If you own a planner, calendar, or keep track of other records, what’s stopping you from keeping track of your sleeping habits? A sleep journal can be as basic as you want. Keep track of the exercise you achieved during the day, the food you ate prior to bed (and how long before), as well as the time you got in bed, an estimation of the time you fell asleep, and what time you woke up in the morning. These are all beneficial things to be aware of. Add any additional notes that you’d like and think may help personalize your own sleep journal and adjust where needed if you aren’t getting the restful sleep your body requires.
Enter 2019 with a resolution you may have never realized is so important. Focus on the sleep you need and you’ll notice results in all aspects of your life. Time to take your health seriously, start with sleeping better.