New Year’s Day is known as the “sleepiest day of the year,” according to a survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Of the adults who were surveyed, more than half (57%) said they are more tired than usual on New Year’s Day compared to other holidays–which makes sense, since most of us stay up well beyond midnight on New Year’s Eve.
But what if getting poor quality sleep doesn’t stop there? The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reports that only one in four American adults get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.
While many of us might acknowledge that sleep is essential to good health, we still fail to prioritize it. Luckily, it’s about to be the start of a brand new year, which means it’s the perfect time to set healthier sleep goals.
Make 2021 the year of healthy sleep by making one (or several!) of these sleep resolutions part of your routine.
I will make my bed every morning.
It may surprise you to learn that doing something as simple as making your bed every morning can promote better sleep. Making your bed will ensure your bedroom is an inviting place that you want to unwind and relax in at night. A poll by the NSF even found that people who make their beds are 19% more likely to get a good sleep at night than those who don’t.
I will avoid screen time before bed.
This year, make it a priority to minimize your exposure to that disruptive, eye-straining blue light when you are cozying up in bed. Ideally, you should power down all of your devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime. By turning off your devices well before you plan on sleeping, your brain will be far less active and you will be more primed to relax.
I will invest in a supportive, organic mattress.
Since sleep is so important (and you spend close to one-third of every day in bed), it makes perfect sense to invest in good quality sleep by purchasing a safe and healthy organic mattress–like one of our mattresses from Naturepedic. When it comes to your health and getting a good night’s sleep, there really is no room for compromise. By choosing a mattress that eliminates hazardous chemicals found in conventional mattresses while offering a more natural and non-toxic alternative, you’ll set yourself on the path to healthier sleep in 2021.
I will sleep in a quiet room.
The start of the new year is a great time to reevaluate your sleep environment. Even if you think that loudly-buzzing air purifier is good for you and that having a sleep podcast playing while you fall asleep is helpful, these might actually distract you from sleep. If you’re not sure whether noise is affecting your sleep, try using earplugs for a few nights and see if it makes a difference. The goal is to make sure your bedroom is as calm and as peaceful of a sleep environment as you possibly can, and this means limited (if any!) excess noise.
I will keep the same sleep routine, even on weekends.
It’s tempting to want to stay up late watching movies on the weekends or to have that extra glass of wine at dinner on Friday, but this might end up throwing off your sleep routine. It’s crucial to get into an unchanging sleep routine of waking up at the same time each day, and going to bed at the same time each night, to properly set your internal clock. This will keep you from getting caught in an endless cycle of catching up on sleep that you’re missing on weekends!
What are your sleep resolutions for 2021?If you’re looking to learn more about the link between stress and your ability to sleep, check out our recent blog on the depths of this connection.