Being well rested has numerous benefits. From being more focused and productive to having a strengthened immune system, getting enough sleep is key to your overall wellness. Getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night is a great goal to have but, let’s face it, it’s not always so easy to accomplish. With work, family and other commitments making so many demands on our time and raising our stress levels, it can be difficult to drift off to sleep at night.
If you want to sleep better in 2020, these New Year’s resolutions can help.
2020 New Year’s Resolutions for a Better Sleep
Daily Hot Tub Hydrotherapy
Taking a dip in the hot tub an hour or two before bedtime can help to improve your sleep patterns. Jet massage can be customized according to your needs. Whether you need a therapeutic or a reflexology massage, the jets can provide that, relaxing tight muscles and soreness while also alleviating stress.
The heated water, meanwhile, tells your brain to produce melatonin, a sleep hormone, which helps you to fall and stay asleep. As an added benefit, after exiting the tub, your core body temperature will slowly drop. As your body loses heat, you will be better prepared to fall and stay asleep.
Everyone knows regular exercise has health benefits. But did you know incorporating regular physical activity into your routine can also help you sleep better? Exercise increases the level of adenosine in the brain, a chemical that causes drowsiness while also improving circadian rhythm, your body’s natural, internal process for regulating sleep.
With that in mind, why not make exercise a priority in 2020? There is no one workout that is best for sleep. Both aerobic exercise and strength training are equally effective, so choose an activity you enjoy. For optimal results, shoot for 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.
Modify Your Eating Habits
It’s easy to dig into a bag of chips while watching your favorite nighttime drama on Netflix, but unhealthy snacking isn’t doing your body any favors. Consuming salty, greasy or high-fat food before bed often stimulates your brain in such a way that you have unpleasant dreams after drifting off. Caffeine is also a major no-no before bed. Coffee, soda, chocolate and many varieties of tea act as a stimulant — not what you need before bedtime. Instead, choose a soothing herbal tea or a glass of milk.
Choose Books Over Screens
While there’s nothing wrong with watching television or surfing the Internet, doing so right before bed can disturb your ability to sleep well. That’s because the light emitted by your television, tablet and phone disrupts the production of melatonin, an important chemical for sleep. When this happens, your brain stays stimulated — not what you want before bedtime. Instead, try turning all screens off an hour beforehand. Rather than relying on technology for entertainment, read a book, listen to soothing music, knit or try your hand at coloring an adult coloring book.
Mountain Leisure Hot Tubs
If you want to experience the benefits of hydrotherapy, get in touch with us at Mountain Leisure Hot Tubs. Not only do we have the best hot tubs in North Carolina, but the best prices too. Our hot tubs for sale can help you achieve and maintain your New Year’s resolutions. Come visit us at our Arden showroom. One of our experts would be happy to help you find the spa of your dreams.