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Needless to say, 2020 did not begin on the right foot, but on the flip side, we are witnessing the gradual easing of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) which promises brighter days ahead as we venture into the middle of the year. 

We’ve all missed the good ol’ days before social distancing was even a thing. Nevertheless, we are forced to adapt to this new norm as we see out the final CMCO day. Amongst those adaptations are our sleep cycle which has truly been disrupted throughout these 3 months of being at home.

Since we all might potentially be returning to our usual working hours in the coming days, we might want to get our body clocks turned back – easier said than done. It is not something that can be done overnight but requires some time. Although there are many things we do throughout the day that can assist us, today, we will be focusing on what we should be doing before we hit the sack.

Here are 4 things to do before we cuddle under our blankets and call it a day. 

1. Read

Read helps us go to sleep.

Whether you find it calming or just plain boring, you cannot deny that reading helps you get drowsy. The eye movement and the focus used when reading a book is a small exercise for your body as you follow each word, sentence, and paragraph. Naturally, as you exercise, you tend to tire, thus leading to drowsiness in the process. 

Reading gives your mind a break and allows you to be somewhere else temporarily, diverting your attention away from your rigorous task and the stresses of the day. 

Reading has also been known to ease muscles which helps you relax and slows down your breathing, making your feel calmer and making it easier for you to fall asleep.

2. Electronic downtime

Keep away for devices which disrupts sleep.

A point reiterated many times but sadly, have fallen on deft ears. We have grown to be so reliant on our electronic devices that once taken away we experience withdrawal syndromes.

Our electronic devices keep our brains engaged and emit blue lights which tricks our brain in thinking it is daytime thus, preventing our body from relaxing. As hooked as we are to our devices, it is advised to stay clear of our electronic devices for about 2 hours before hitting the hay to have a sound sleep. 

3. Warm shower

Warm showers helps us sleep at night.

There is something therapeutic and soothing about a nice warm bath after a loooong day, that makes the sofa feel extra comfortable. 

Much like reading, a warm bath before hitting the hay relaxes muscles and improves the quality of our sleep at the end of the day.

As odd as it may sound, taking a warm bath helps to change your body’s temperature that allows us to go to bed with a lower temperature. This eases us into a state of drowsiness making it easier to fall asleep.

4. Set the scene

Suitable bedroom to sleep.

While we’re on the topic of lowering our body temperature, having ideal bedroom temperature is also essential in falling asleep – one that is not too cold and not too hot. This boils down to your personal preference. You don’t want to be shivering or sleeping in a pool of sweat when trying to fall asleep.

You will also want to have your bedroom as quiet and dark as possible to set the scene for your beauty sleep and not to forget – a comfy bed, so you won’t be tossing and turning in an attempt for some shut-eye or wake up the next day with an aching back or a headache.

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