Google search trends show a 50% increase in people searching for ‘tips for better sleep’. A popular New Year’s resolution is, unsurprisingly, getting more sleep, as 16.5% suffer from insomnia in the UK.
Unfortunately, with the festive season over, January can be an arduous month due to several factors such as, the holiday season being over, post-Christmas spending, cold weather and darker days. In fact, the year’s saddest day of the year is said to be 17th of January, this is coined “Blue Monday”. Good sleep routine is proven to boost moods.
To help aid sleepless nights, Dormeo (mattress and sleep experts), have listed the top 12 trending sleep tips on social media which could combat January Blues. Their research looked at all hashtags related to sleep tips and sleep hacks on Instagram and TikTok to find the top 12 most trending tips on how to get a better night’s sleep. Dormeo’s sleep experts have also given insights to each tip and which they recommend.
Top 12 trending sleep tips on social media
The method is focused on promoting emotional stability through gentle techniques, touch and understanding. It is based on the idea that babies learn to trust and thrive when their needs are consistently met by a parent or carer.
Weighted blankets are created to be heavier than normal blankets which many people find helps to promote calm when they are using it – and are commonly used for people who experience insomnia or anxiety.
If you’re around screens a lot, glasses to block blue light for sleep improvement may be a worthwhile investment to help with both the quality and quantity of sleep you get.
Deep sleep meditation is a practice or technique that promotes and produces, if done correctly, a state of deep relaxation while you remain awake and alert. This can help you to wind down, quieting the mind and body, and can help reduce insomnia or sleep troubles.
Having an evening bath with salts, oils or soaks can induce that sleepy feeling especially if infused with ingredients such ylang ylang, valerian root and lavender. If you’re more of a shower person, body washes and lotions with these scents work just as well.
Having a sleep routine enables your body clock to predict when to induce sleep, leaving you feeling more rested and waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Wearing a sleep mask helps you to maintain your natural sleep cycle, acting as a shield against intrusive light.
It may sound too good to be true but eating a small bedtime snack can help you catch some zzz’s. Certain foods trigger sleepiness, with some able to assist in a longer and deeper night’s rest. Walnuts enhance sleep cycles as they contain melatonin, so a handful before bed can restore your levels.
Participating in mindless activity such as counting can indeed put you in a sleepy state, however, it’s little to do with the choice of animal.
Listening to rain sounds for sleeping is one of the most soothing as the quietly rhythmic patter makes for a natural lullaby. Studies have shown that the sound of rain causes the brain to relax unconsciously, nudging it towards a state of sleepiness.
While caffeinated teas can increase stimulation, herbal teas have the opposite effect with chamomile tea widely used to promote relaxation and drowsiness. Other teas such as spearmint and lemon balm, reduce anxiety along with improving sleep quality.
Research has shown that aromas encourage our bodies to produce that all important sleep hormone, melatonin, with scents such as lavender, vetiver, chamomile and frankincense the most powerful blends for relaxation.