In between lockdowns and the emergence of remote work becoming the norm for many employees, it’s become apparent that people are spending far more time indoors than ever before.
With that, our sleeping habits are changing dramatically as a result.
Often, it’s not for the better, staying indoors all day without any indication of day or night, or connection to the outside has made it harder for people to judge when the appropriate time is to kick back and get some sleep.
Never fear though, with this handy guide, we’ll have you back on track in no time.
Keep That Body Clock Ticking
As mentioned before, more often than not, when we spend all day inside it makes it harder for our brains to figure out when bedtime actually is.
Often we rely on the change of day to night and how different senses engage with the daily cycle. When indoors, we often block that all out.
Even worse, our bright screens from smartphones, computers, and televisions often trick our brains into thinking we’re in a perpetual day cycle.
Changing that is the first step.
To start, if you’re finding it hard to keep track of time, start engaging with your daily schedule and use routines to maintaining a daily rhythm.
For example: Getting up around the same time every day will help massively in allowing your body to naturally time when you need to sleep, based on how long you’ve been awake.
Similarly, if you’re finding yourself detached from the outdoors, then make your indoors more like the outside world.
Now, of course, we don’t mean you need to drag some bushes and grass into your living room, but dimming your lights during the evening is a great way to simulate a nighttime environment that will help enforce a better daily rhythm.
Even better, you can enforce an even better nighttime environment by using a sleepmask such as the Mulberry Silk Sleep Mask, which can block out light and ensure an uninterrupted sleep all night long.
Maintain Some Healthy Sleep Habits
Maintain Some Healthy Sleep Habits Keeping some habits around your sleeping time is usually the best way to make sureyou’re mind and body are adequately prepared to go to sleep.
Humans love routine and maintain habits is undoubtedly the best way to make your brain anticipate what will happen next when you complete certain activities or tasks.
Unwinding before bed is a great example, switching off your screens and staying away from getting visually stimulated is easily the best way to prepare your body for sleep.
Reducing eyestrain roughly an hour before you intend to go to sleep is key. So, read a book or magazine while in bed and get your body synced up to be ready to get some sleep.
Additionally, while it may be tempting to move everything, like work and snack to your comfy bed, often times, it’s much better to make sure you have a clear boundary between your bed and your daytime activities.
Doing this ensures that your body won’t confuse going to bed for a sign that you’re looking to do anything else other than going to sleep.
Try combining these tips with our other products, like the Lushdream Smart Pillow or the Lushdream Chunky Knit Blanket, you’ll find that a good night’s sleep is pretty much never far away.