May your goal this 2022 be to have better sleep hygiene to achieve the rest you deserve.
Do not get frustrated for not fulfilling all those purposes that sometimes accumulate, and it is better to set some goals that can be met and gradually increase them. According to Forbes, only 8% of the population manages to fulfill all their purposes.
What is sleep hygiene, and why is it important?
Sleep hygiene is a set of healthy habits that help a person sleep better. These habits range from what your diet is like before going to sleep, what activities you do during the day, the age and sleep cycle of each individual, and especially, the space in which you rest and relax every day.
All this will influence your well-being, performance during the day, and even your sense of humor.
Follow these recommendations:
1. Prioritize your rest haven
Your refuge for all your days, awakenings that never end, reading afternoons, restful naps, cold nights well wrapped up in a warm-down comforter.
So that you can have the best rest, it is necessary to pay special attention to all the elements surrounding you. Particularly, your bedding: that set of clothes that you use to accompany your hours of rest, the perfect feather pillow where you rest your head every day; the sheets, the bedspread, the blanket… all the bedding that you use and that goes according to the needs of your body, your space and the region where you are.
Natural fibers like bamboo, cotton, and wool are much better for bedding, as they’re free of harmful chemicals and allow our bodies to breathe. In addition, bamboo sheets are more absorbent than synthetic ones, so they’ll help keep you cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Make sure that your room reflects your tastes so that you feel as comfortable as possible and that when you go to bed, everything is a space for relaxation.
2. Constancy: the key to achieving a habit.
Establish a sleep routine that fits your daily activities and work schedule. Remember that it is important that you meet the amount of sleep you require.
Avoid naps during the day as they can affect your sleep cycle. Being consistent is one of the keys to success; dedicate the necessary time for yourself and your rest.
3. Clear your mind
Put the negativity of the day aside and try not to take your stress and worries to bed, as they interrupt your sleep. If this ever happens to you, get up and walk around a bit or listen to the sweet sound with the white noise machine, giving yourself some time to think about what keeps you up at night and how you can fix it.
The idea is to accompany your good habits with exercise during the day. You can also do some meditation before going to sleep. This will relax your body and mind, helping you to sleep better.
4. Food and drinks: light
At night, try not to take substances that activate you, such as coffee, alcohol, or tobacco, and have a light dinner at least 1 or 2 hours before bed.
On the one hand, it is very important not to go to bed feeling hungry, and on the other hand, it is necessary for the body to have a correct period to carry out digestion. You will prevent your sleep from being interrupted by any discomfort.