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Making sleep your new year’s resolution? Improve the quality of your shut-eye with these 5 simple tips...
Give yourself the gift of energy in 2020 by making sleep your new year’s resolution. These five simple tips will help you regulate your sleep pattern, leading to less stress, fewer mood swings and more energy for the things you love.
1. Take time to wind down
Set aside at least 30 minutes to relax before bed, free from the glare of screens. Whether you choose to have a bath, read a book, or simply listen to some relaxing music, a little down-time will do wonders for helping your brain switch off and your body come to rest.
2. Have a set bedtime
Try to follow the same sleeping pattern at the weekend as you do in the week. Going to bed later over the weekend can throw off your body clock, stopping you getting a full night’s sleep and knocking your energy levels come Monday morning.
3. Stop pressing snooze
Kick the habit this new year. Hitting the snooze button doesn’t just risk you being late for work, it could actually be bad for your health. The negative effects of snoozing could lead to increased stress and anxiety while doing nothing for the overall quality of your sleep.
4. Cut the caffeine
Caffeine is disruptive for sleep patterns, keeping you alert and making it difficult for your body to wind down. It also remains in your system for up to 5 hours after your last cup of coffee. Switching to decaf could be the key to helping you get quality sleep through the night, as well as reducing headaches and boosting your mood during the day.
5. Create a relaxing environment
Is your bedroom keeping you awake? Distractions like adaptor lights or ticking clocks are the last thing you need when you’re trying to drift off. Take time to create the perfect sleeping atmosphere by clearing your room of clutter, blacking out the windows and leaving your gadgets to charge in a different room.