While many of our New Year’s resolutions involve doing as much exercise as we can and being as active as possible, it’s also vital to make sure we factor rest and good sleep into our New Year fitness regime. All the exercise in the world won’t do you any good if you aren’t getting sufficient sleep!
During sleep a number of different biological processes happen: the brain stores new information and gets rid of toxic waste; nerve cells reorganise to support healthy brain function; the body repairs cells, restores energy and releases molecules such as hormones and proteins.
So, the exercise that’s going on in your body while you’re sleeping is just as important as the exercise we do while we’re awake!
How can we maximise our chances of getting good sleep? Here are some New Year’s resolutions worth sticking to:
- Establish a healthy bedtime routine
Try going to bed around the same time each evening. Activities such as having a bath, writing a journal or reading a book, help us to mentally and physically wind down after a busy day.
- Limit screen time before bed
It is a well known fact that looking at devices stimulates our brains, so being on a phone or iPad before bed is absolutely not conducive to being able to fall asleep easily. Try and come off your phone at least an hour before bed, so that your brain can start readying itself for sleep by naturally producing the sleep hormone melatonin.
- Get your diet right
Eating the right foods not only promotes good health, it can help good sleep, too. Cutting out (or at least cutting down!) stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol particularly before bed and replacing with drinks such as herbal tea or warm milky drinks, can be the difference between a good and a bad night’s sleep.
- Create a calming environment in the bedroom
Making sure your bedroom is a warm and welcoming space will help to promote sleep and relaxation. Lighting is important, so use blackout blinds, curtains or even a sleep mask to let your brain know, it’s time for bed. Getting the right bed is absolutely crucial to a good night’s sleep, so take a look at your mattress and see if it needs replacing. There are a number of factors to take into account when looking at the right mattress so talk to the experts at Sleeptight, who will be able to advise on a mattress that is perfect for you.
Getting a good night’s sleep could be the best New Year’s resolution you ever make to safeguard your mental and physical health for the future. Speak to the team at Sleeptight today about how we can help you make your new year’s resolutions last beyond January…