Five sleep resolutions to make in 2023

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Many people pledge to eat better and exercise more at the start of each year.

But when making your New Year's resolutions for 2023, it's smart to think about sleep hygiene, as getting better shut-eye can have a multitude of benefits - from improved mood to general health.

To help you on your way to better sleep, Alison Jones, sleep expert at leading mattress brand Sealy UK, has offered up some top suggestions.

Reset your routine

Sure, we all love a weekend lie-in - but this can actually be detrimental to sleep patterns.

"By allowing ourselves a later bedtime, and in turn, a later wake-up time on the weekends, our bodies are actually experiencing the same impact as they would from jet lag," she advised. "A regular bedtime, on the other hand, will signal to your body that it's time to feel tired, meaning you'll be more likely to drop off to sleep no matter the day of the week."

Consider your 'sleepscape'

We spend roughly a third of our lives asleep, but replacing our bedding - including mattresses, pillows, and duvets - can often fall by the wayside.

"When choosing a mattress, consider the support level it provides. A truly supportive mattress will not only provide comfort, but it will place less strain on pressure points, which leads to less tossing and turning and a deeper, more rejuvenating sleep," the expert advised.

Reduce light pollution

Light is one of the key influencing factors in your natural body clock, which is why it's important to limit the amount of light you're exposed to before hitting the hay.

"The best way to avoid this is to keep the lights dimmed in your home in the hours before bedtime, and to limit the amount of blue light you're exposed to from screens such as TV and mobiles for around 30 minutes before you plan to sleep," noted Alison.

Keep a sleep journal

A sleep diary is a great way to help you identify what factors in your life are helping and hindering your slumber.

"Make a note of everything from your sleep times and what wakes you up during the night, to the food you've eaten, your amount of screen time, and your day's activity," she continued. "After keeping a record of your sleep for a month, you'll be able to see any trends emerge."

Declutter

And if you're already struggling to drop off to sleep at night, a cluttered bedroom is going to do you no favours.

"While a comfy and supportive mattress is crucial to helping you rest, the environment in which you sleep also plays a huge part in the quality of your slumber," added Alison. "Make sure to have a clear out and tidy to create the perfect sleep oasis that will leave you feeling calm and relaxed, rather than stressed out!"