The Easter break is a period you can use to wind down from all the stress of working and chasing the dough. It is a period you can use to develop a good sleep routine that will generally improve your quality of sleep.
SPEND AS MUCH TIME IN SUNLIGHT AS YOU CAN MANAGE
Even though you would probably rather spend all day cooped up in bed, it is important to note that exposure to sunlight during the day is a great step to take to improve your quality of sleep. According to Healthline, the human body has a natural alarm clock known as the circadian rhythm and adequate exposure to sunlight makes an impact on your body and hormones that lets you know when to stay alert and when it’s time to sleep.
EVALUATE YOUR BEDDING ESSENTIALS
We know you’ve not had the time or even been in the frame of mind to consider how your bedding essentials are or how they’ve been affecting your sleep routine, so we are encouraging you to take advantage of this break to think about the following: do I have the right bed frame and mattress? Am I using the right bed sheets, pillowcases, and/or duvet quilts? How often do I take care of my beddings? All these are questions you should take the time to think about and provide answers to. Good and quality bedding essentials will not only improve your sleep but will also encourage a healthy sleep routine.
AVOID USING ELECTRONIC GADGETS IN BED
Yes, we know that technology is now the rave of the century and it can be pretty difficult to let go of your gadgets while you are trying to get that much-needed sleep. However, we also know how badly these gadgets can affect our quality of sleep. Exposure to blue light; the light that is produced by electronic gadgets, can keep the mind alert for a long period therefore affecting the amount of sleep you can get. You want to ensure that you keep your devices away from your bed area so you avoid exposure to blue light.
CREATE THE RIGHT SLEEP ENVIRONMENT
Your sleep area is another factor that can have a great impact on your quality of sleep. Clean sheets and duvets, clean pillowcases, quiet, calm, cool, and dark bedrooms are all qualities that make for an ideal sleep environment.
DEVELOP A PRE-SLEEP ROUTINE TO HELP YOU RELAX
It is important to engage in activities that can help you relax before bedtime. Think of calming activities that you can engage in before bedtime that would help you relax. Some examples include; reading a book, drawing yourself a scented and relaxing bath, listening to calming music, meditating, and so on.
BUILD A SLEEP ROUTINE YOU CAN BE CONSISTENT AT
Your Circadian rhythm can get messed up if you would need to change your sleep routine again. You should start with a routine that you can be consistent at, even long after the end of the break.
Don’t panic about not being able to sleep the moment you lie in your bed, it gradually puts your mind in overdrive. Take deep and calming breaths and slowly empty your mind of thoughts.
Have a Happy Easter and remember that your sleep routine can make the right impact on your quality of sleep.