While flowers and forget-me-nots are certainly sweet, why not get smitten this Valentine’s Day with something that will last all year? While maintaining a healthy sleep schedule can seem daunting in the midst of our busy lives, our tips to rekindle your relationship with rest will have your heart and health rejoicing.
1. Master Your Wind-Down Routine
Establishing a relaxing bedtime ritual is the first step in helping your body and mind prepare itself for sleep. According to sleep researchers, your wind-down routine should start about an hour before bedtime.
- Dim the lights. Creating a visual mood of relaxation helps trigger your mind’s sleep signals.
- Ditch the tech. It’s time to face the music—cell phones and late night TV are single-handedly distracting you from better sleep. While many consider their devices essential to “relaxation,” sleep experts strongly disagree. If emails and to-dos keep you from closing your eyes, it’s often a sign of anxiety that you are going to forget something important. For one week, try writing (that means by hand) a to-do list for the next day and replace your Bing watching with a book on tape. Sound silly? It won’t when you’re sleeping.
2. Adore Your Abode
If your bedroom is just another room in your house, you’re doing it wrong. Your sleep environment should be your sanctuary—somewhere you look forward to retreating to every night.
- Clean your cave. Piles of dirty, clean, and somewhere in between clothes aren’t helping you relax. This Valentine’s Day, put your cupid to work on creating a calmer, cleaner sleep environment starting with your sleep surroundings.
- Invest in comfort and health. There is nothing better than crawling into bed on a set of clean, comfortable sheets. If you can’t remember the last time you invested in a quality set of linens, you’re overdue. Checkout our PureCare Elements Halio® sheets infused with SeaCell™ fibers. This technical textile is derived from high quality seaweed that contains natural cellulose and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and introduce nutrients that revitalize and protect skin.
3. Make Bedtime Your Beau
Sleep experts like our partners at The National Sleep Foundation recommend seven to nine hours of Zz’s a night. Sound impossible? Keep this in mind: healthy sleep patterns don’t form overnight.
- Make gradual adjustments to your rest routine this week by hitting the hay 15 minutes earlier than you did last week. Over the course of a month, you’ll add an additional hour to your existing sleep schedule.
4. Skip Sleeping In. Yes, Really.
Sticking to a set sleep schedule and powering down at a consistent time (even on weekends) helps to regulate your body’s clock. The same goes for what time you wake up.
- Your sleep pattern doesn’t understand “sometimes.” Eliminate the extra Sunday morning Zz’s that throw off the established sleep pattern you’ve worked so hard to maintain during your work week.
- Snoozing isn’t sleeping. Bottom line, those extra half-awake snooze minutes aren’t quality sleep and can leave you feeling out of whack for the day to come.
Making a sweetheart out of sleep creates a relationship that nourishes, refreshes, and rejuvenates your routine. It’s time to say “be mine” to bedtime and embrace a devotion to dreamland this Valentine’s Day.