How to Set (and Keep!) a Healthy Sleep Resolution

2021 is finally here and it’s all about “new year, new me.”

The most popular New Year's resolutions tend to be about exercising more often or eating a healthy diet, but many people also vow to become better sleepers. While we welcome in the new year after a life-changing 2020, which interrupted much of our sleep habits, now more than ever we recommend making a resolution to sleep better -- and stick to it.

While there are many ways to foster healthy sleep habits, we’ve compiled our top seven tips to get you catching some Zzzs in 2021.

Check-in on your personal health

Improving your overall physical and mental health can ensure you will sleep better. If you have not had a recent physical or check-in with your doctor, now is the time. Schedule a visit with your physician to review any recent physical changes or potential health issues. Manage any stress by incorporating physical exercise, such as yoga, or meditation for at least a few minutes each day.

Make your bedroom a utopia

Keep your bedroom comfortable, cozy and free of clutter. Make it a warm and welcoming environment with light bedding. Keep your room cool (65 to 69 degrees) and dark (no TVs, electronics, or nightlights).

Cut out your afternoon coffee and your nightcap

Caffeine and alcohol can make it tough to get quality sleep and while we’re still celebrating that 2020 is gone, it’s time to be more mindful. While it’s known that alcohol may help you nod off initially, it does cause you to wake up throughout the night. Consider having caffeine only in the morning and early afternoon—you should definitely skip any in the hours leading up to bedtime.

Eat dinner earlier

It takes our bodies anywhere from three to four hours to digest food. So, try not to eat too close to bedtime. And when choosing what to eat, go with lighter foods. Large, rich carb-heavy meals that are eaten too late in the day may cause indigestion and heartburn, making it hard to fall asleep.

Master your pre-bedtime routine

Don’t go straight to bed after watching a TV show or finishing a work project—it can be hard to switch off your brain. Take 30-45 minutes to wind down and transition to bedtime. Lower all the lights in your home, sip on some tea, or read one chapter from a book. Do whatever typically relaxes you.

Lose weight, sleep better

It’s not well-known, but fatty tissue and poor muscle tone can contribute to snoring, which impacts sleep negatively. Even if you’re not overweight or obese, carrying excess weight just around the neck or throat may cause snoring. Exercising and losing weight can often be just the trick to end your snoring. If that doesn’t help, read on!

Address snoring issues

If you or your spouse are a snorer and it's been disruptive to a good night’s sleep, now is the time to address it head on and stop once and for all. Try our Anti-snoring mouthpiece to stop snoring in its tracks and provide you (or them) with a quality nights’ sleep. It’s safe, effective, and the universal fit works for both men and women.