Many of us will have “sleep better” as a New Year’s resolution for 2018. Unfortunately, not everyone gets it done. Sure, it can increase the time you spend in bed in January, but this resolution tends to be one of the easiest to break.
If you don’t want to break the same promises over and over again in 2018, you might want to start small. Tweaking a few habits can also improve your zzz’s so why not start from there?
Where do you start? Here are a few that you can add to your list:
1. Drink more water during the day.
Dehydration can affect a person in so many ways. When you’re awake and dehydrated, you’d feel tired, sluggish, and even irritable. This is why it shouldn’t be too surprising that it can also have a negative effect to your zzz’s.
If you haven’t been drinking fluids all throughout the day, it’s very common to find your sleep disrupted during the night. Dehydration will naturally dry up your nasal airways which can then cause great discomfort and sleep disrupting snoring. Nocturnal leg cramps are also typically attributed to dehydration.
The key, however, to getting this technique right is to hydrate well during the day. Don’t guzzle a liter of water before hitting the sack as that will also result to disrupted sleep.
2. Stop trying to perk yourself up in the late afternoon or early evening with caffeinated drinks.
Caffeine is best known for its stimulating effects in the body. It also stays in your system for up to five hours. So if you drink some in the late afternoon or early evening in hopes to energize yourself, you can also be sure that it will affect your sleep. You can get some sunshine or take a walk outside to jolt yourself awake as alternatives.
3. Unplug an hour or two before bedtime.
Experts say that the internet is the biggest sleep disruptors in the modern age. The fact that it offers so many content to devour and it’s so easy to access make it nearly impossible for lots of people to disconnect.
The devices used to access the World Wide Web are also very disruptive to sleep. The blue light found in electronic screens tends to trick the body into thinking that it’s daytime. This is why staying glued to your device, even when you’re already in bed, won’t make you sleepy right away.
These are some of the reasons why most sleep experts want electronic screens banned from the bedroom. If this is too drastic for you, you can always just unplug an hour or two before your bedtime.
4. Learn how to unwind after a long day.
Ever tried going to bed while you’re still super stressed? It’s highly likely that you didn’t conk out right away that night. If you often find yourself still super wired by bedtime, learning how to relax and unwind is a must. This can be the very trick you need to help yourself fall asleep faster.
5. Stop hitting the snooze button.
Believe us when we say that we get the allure of the snooze button. However, there are tons of compelling evidence that it’s bad for your sleep, health, and day, so please, just ditch this habit in the new year.
While improving the quality of your sleep can be a challenge, there are small things can do to make a difference. Starting small can also make the task more manageable, so give these tips a shot. You might be surprised at how effective they can be in improving your zzz’s.