As we embark on the new year, many of us are probably still thinking through and setting goals and resolutions for the year. For many, including ourselves, “exercising more” and “eating healthy” are probably the more common resolutions that feature in each year’s list, but this year we have included “embracing better sleep” as one of 2019’s goals. Remember how we used to sleep so well as kids? That's what we aim to work towards to!
In a sleep-deprived nation like ours, good sleep and its effects are often underrated. However, it is a well known fact that good sleep is important to our physical and mental wellbeing, and is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are tons of literature on how one can achieve a good night’s sleep but as with how everyone’s new year resolutions are different depending on circumstances, we too have given some thought to what practical steps can be taken and habits cultivated to help ourselves sleep better. Here is our list:
1. Avoid caffeine before bedtime
Caffeine is a stimulant and keeps the mind alert. This may make it more difficult for us to fall asleep at bedtime. Research has shown that it takes about 6 hours for one’s body to process half a cup of coffee. This means that we should start to avoid coffee 6 hours before our scheduled bedtime. This is certainly going to be tough for one half of us at Annette, who is an avid coffee lover but we shall try our best to keep to the no-coffee-after-4pm rule.
2. Give ourselves at least 30 minutes to wind down
3. Keep a journal or notebook by the bed
4. Keep to consistent bedtimes
5. Keep screen time before bedtime to a minimum
We hope that we have in our own little ways inspired you to also work towards embracing better sleep this year. If you have any other tried and tested methods to help you sleep better, do share them with us. We will be doing a poll on IG stories soon!