New Year’s sleep resolutions: regular bedtimes, no snoozing and phones off!
After the indulgence of the festive period, for many people, the New Year often begrudgingly ushers in a time of less eating, a lot less drinking and a whole lot more exercise.
And, inevitably, a sense of despondency when those New Year’s resolutions come spectacularly undone when the dark days of January just get too much!
However, there are plenty of other promises you can make yourself in January that are a lot easier and pleasurable to keep.
TEMPUR looks at some of the sleep resolutions that can help you spring into the New Year feeling fresher and healthier than ever…
Resolution No.1 – Implement a good bedtime routine
With a lot less parties and late nights, January is the perfect time to get into a regular bedtime routine.
One of the best ways to ensure you give yourself as good a chance as possible of getting a good night’s sleep is to get into the habit of going to bed at the same time every night.
Your body will start to program its internal clock to anticipate falling asleep at that time and will make nodding off much easier when the set time comes around.
Resolution No.2 – Make sure you get enough sleep
Sticking to a regular bedtime is a good place to start, but ensuring you get enough sleep when you are actually in bed is vital to stay happy and healthy.
Everyone is different, but it’s generally recommended that the average adult gets between seven and nine hours sleep a night – any more or less may leave you feeling lethargic and groggy.
Resolution No.3 – Put the tech away
Most of us know that we shouldn’t be sat on our phones answering emails immediately before we try to go to sleep, but how many of us actually follow this advice?
The light emitted from our phones, tablets and laptops disrupts the natural pattern of the sleep-wake cycle and can make it a lot tougher to get to sleep.
Putting a pre-bed tech curfew on yourself an hour before you go to bed is one resolution that should be kept throughout the year.
Resolution No.4 – Stop hitting snooze!
Hitting the snooze button is second nature to many people when their alarm goes off – but it certainly isn’t the best way to prepare for the day ahead.
You often feel even more tired after waking up from pressing the snooze button as those extra few minutes only allow for a light sleep, skipping the much needed deep sleep beforehand.
Set your alarm for the time you need to get out of bed and get up straight away to help you be mentally prepared and alert.
Resolution No.5 – Invest in a good quality mattress
When was the last time you changed your mattress?
Many people only change their mattress once it starts to badly sag – but it should be changed long before it even gets to this stage to ensure you have a restful and supported night’s sleep. The TEMPUR Mattress Collection is guaranteed for ten years and provides a supportive and responsive feel that adapts to your temperature, weight and shape. If you share a bed, motion transfer is also dampened because each person is independently supported so you can both sleep undisturbed.
Follow these five sleep resolutions for January and beyond to help get the most out of your shut eye, and be ready for whatever the year throws at you.
Have a great 2017!