Tips for Better Sleep in the New Year

Do you have a New Years’ resolution yet? If not, 2022 may be the year to improve your sleep.

Resolutions to do with overall health and wellness are very common. Many people find that their sleeping habits are slacking quite a bit once the new year rolls around. The change of routine from the holidays can have a lot to do with this, but maybe you have a few bad sleeping habits happening for a while that you would like to improve on.

Here are a few common sleep resolutions you may want to consider implementing.

Going to bed at a reasonable time: have you been going to bed later and later each night? Maybe you are notorious for binge-watching TV before bed and it’s easy to lose track of the time. Or maybe you have been staying up late over the holidays whether you are celebrating or just enjoying the time off work. Make sure you get back on track and stick to a consistent bedtime.

Getting in 8-10 hours of sleep: most adults need at least 7-10 hours of sleep each night in order to feel well-rested and have a productive day. Similar to the last point, staying consistent in your bedtimes (and wakeup times) will help you to get enough sleep, in addition to practicing some healthy habits to promote better sleep.

Creating a good sleeping environment: make sure that your bedroom is an environment that is suitable for sleeping! Otherwise, it will be difficult to improve your sleep. Keep your bedroom dark and cool (but not too cold!). Use blackout curtains to keep the room dark and make sure your bed is comfortable for sleeping.

Practice healthy habits for sleep: staying healthy with a proper diet and exercise is important in helping you to get a good night’s sleep.  Don’t indulge in coffee, alcohol, or heavy meals too close to bedtime. And keep your phone and other technological devices out of the bedroom!

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