We all know how important finding time to relax is, but endless invites to holiday parties and rushed deadlines as the year comes to an end makes it impossible. Sometimes finding the time can become a stress in itself, too. Because even when you make time, it’s important to know how to use it wisely to maximize your chances of total relaxation. Now might be the perfect time to get a handle on your sleep routine so you’ll have a restful and healthy new year.
But before you do anything, make sure tomorrow is sorted and planned. Setting out what you will wear the next day will take away the possibility of any last-minute panic and preparations. This can help you start your day more calmly. Who knows? You might feel much better the moment you wake up with these few habits.
Use this guide to recalibrate your sleep pattern:
Take a warm bath
A warm bath has been proven to reduce anxiety and soothe aching muscles. Note: warm. If the water is too hot and makes you sweat then it could have an adverse effect and leave you wound up or even put a strain on your heart. It might feel cliché, but lighting candles and playing relaxing music can also help create an even more soothing experience.
Clear your schedule
It’s hard to wind down when you have so many thoughts in mind. If possible, try to clear your schedule of unnecessary tasks and give yourself time to chill throughout the day. Once you’re close to bedtime, your body will be calibrated to a more restful state so sleep will come easy.
The earlier and healthier you eat, the more time your body has to properly digest your meals. Plus, your blood sugar levels will stabilize by the time you climb into bed.
Do stretching or meditation
Stretching and meditating even for just a few moments have been linked to better sleep and greater relaxation. Controlled breathing can also help you reduce stress and reduce your blood pressure.
The DPT (deep pressure touch) of a weighted blanket has been found to ease anxiety and improve sleep quality in insomniacs. Maybe it can help you! Find the right one from our list here.
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