Christmas is over once more and the New Year has begun! While we love the indulgent festive period, the excess of food, celebratory glasses of champagne and lack of our usual routines can start to leave us feeling sluggish, out of sync and begin to have a negative effect on our sleep.
If, like many of us, your New Year's resolutions involve implementing healthier habits and starting afresh, here at Pure Collection, we’ve got just what you need. Read on for sleeping solutions to help you recharge your batteries and the best health and wellbeing tips to start the New Year right.
Whether it’s due to stress from Christmas or one-too-many late nights over the party season, come January, our sleeping patterns can need a reset. Here are our top 5 tips for getting a better night’s sleep this year.
Find yourself exhausted during the day but wide awake at night? When we’re feeling sluggish during the day, it can be tempting to rely on a caffeine hit to perk us up. While your morning brew shouldn’t cause a problem, having a heavy intake of caffeine later in the day can be counterproductive, as caffeine stimulates the nervous system and can prevent your body relaxing. To fall asleep faster, avoid caffeine after 3pm in favour of herbal tea such as calming chamomile.
If you’re prone to scrolling through your phone in bed, this is one of the first things you need to stop doing. The blue light emitted from our phones and TV screens can interrupt our circadian rhythm (our sleep-wake cycle) by confusing our brain into thinking its daytime. One of the most highly recommended sleeping solutions is to avoid your phone and other bright screens at least an hour before you settle down for the night.
Following on from this, one of the best sleeping solutions is to ensure you wind down properly before bed. As well as reducing your screen time, if you find it hard to switch off when you should be asleep, try incorporating relaxation techniques into your bedtime routine to help clear your head and combat any residual stress from the day that could be hampering your sleep. This could be meditation, listening to relaxing music or simply reading a chapter of a book; whatever helps you feel relaxed and ready to nod off.
Another recognised sleeping solution is to create a routine that your body can get used to. Irregular sleeping patterns can throw our body’s circadian rhythm off and affect melatonin levels that help us to sleep. If you’re struggling to drop off at night, sticking to consistent sleep and waking cycle can help your body get back in sync, as well as improve sleep quality.
Our last sleeping solution is also one of our general health and wellbeing tips: regular exercise. It’s known that exercising can help us sleep better at night and increase our productivity during the day. It can improve symptoms of insomnia and improve our quality of sleep, helping us wake up feeling better rested. Just be sure not to exercise too close to bedtime, as the stimulation can have the opposite effect to drifting off.
Alongside our sleeping solutions, we’ve listed some simple health and wellbeing tips to making 2020 your best year yet.
As well as an excellent sleeping solution, exercise has so many positive effects when it comes to our general health and wellbeing, too. Not only does it help get us to sleep, but exercise also releases endorphins (chemicals in our brain) that boost our mood, improve our productivity and reduce stress and anxiety. Whether it is yoga, pilates, running or weight training, incorporating more exercise into your daily routine can work wonders for both the mind and body.
After all the excess of Christmas and New Year, getting your five-a-day can help you feel back on track to taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. Ensuring you have a varied diet that includes a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables are the best way to intake the crucial vitamins and minerals we need to feel our best.
While it can be hard this time of year, one of the best and most simple health and wellbeing tips is to ensure you get plenty of sunlight. Sunlight is a fantastic source of Vitamin D, which helps our brain release mood-boosting chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin. Even when the weather seems gloomy, your body will still benefit from the natural light and fresh air.
What better time than the new year to try your hand at something new? When it comes to health and wellbeing tips, taking up a hobby is a great way to challenge ourselves, train our brains and take enjoyment from learning a new skill.
And finally, last on our list of health and wellbeing tips is to schedule in some ‘me’ time. Whether it’s a busy working schedule, social pressures or kids to look after, it can be easy to forget to make time for ourselves, which can lead to a build-up of stress, anxiety and sleep issues. This year, make it one of your resolutions to take some time out for yourself to recharge your batteries.
To help you on your way, here at Pure Collection, we’ve curated a range of luxury loungewear and nightwear for you to explore. From our eye masks and hot water bottles to our cashmere slippers and soft jersey pyjamas, you can find all you need to help you wind down, relax and get the best night’s sleep every night this year.