Transform your sleep in 2022

Transform your sleep in 2022

How to transform your sleep

The advent of the new year is traditionally a time for new beginnings. After the excesses of the festive period the focus inevitably shifts towards physical and mental wellbeing. One resolution that will be easy to fulfil is to change your sleeping habits. Good sleep not only contributes to better brain function, such as reducing stress and improving memory, but can also be a factor in boosting the body’s immune system and maintaining body weight.

It is a well-established mantra among sleep experts is that adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night, with good quality sleep being defined as falling asleep within half an hour of going to bed and sleeping continuously or waking briefly just once during the night. This pattern should leave you feeling well rested in the morning which, in turn, should lead to being better equipped to tackle the what the day has in store.

Transforming your sleep doesn’t have to be a huge hurdle to overcome. There are a number of small changes that can be made which should in time transform the way you approach winding down and going to bed. Set yourself a curfew for using screens and technology, as the light emitted from electronic devices mimics cortisol-inducing daylight, in turn stifling the production of melatonin, a key ingredient to a stressless night’s sleep. Optimise the temperature of your sleeping space (experts recommend that the bedroom should be between 18-20 degrees centigrade for ultimate comfort). Open a window overnight to let fresh air flow and keep the room cool. Choose to sleep in natural fabrics, such as bamboo as this is wicking and will help to regulate your body temperature overnight. Bamboo has the added benefits of being naturally antibacterial, as well as meeting vegan and sustainability criteria that fits so well into the “one small change” ethos of Veganuary and pledging to be more eco-friendly in 2022. Better bedsheets and nightwear are a great way of making a small change that could revolutionise your nights. For example, the simple act of wearing an eye mask to cut out unwanted light can help you to fall into that coveted state of deep sleep quicker.

These simple steps can be introduced together or in stages over time. Take advantage of the long winter nights to concentrate on your sleep health and hopefully you will feel like a new you come summertime!

We will be delving deeper into the science of sleep over the upcoming months, but for now we wish you a happy, healthy and sleep-filled new year.

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