Every year at the start of January, following a season of indulgence, we often turn our attention to our wellbeing, which more often than not includes how we sleep.
With so much of life now ruled by technology, it was only a matter of time before we were able to analyse our sleep in unlimited detail, from the number of hours we sleep to our movements in bed. 2017 saw the rise of sleep apps, which meant that recording these details on a device was suddenly possible.
Whether we use this information to actually benefit our sleep is arguable, but there is no denying that these apps were popular last year. So, with a new year already unfolding, what’s on the cards for our sleep over the next 12 months? Well, we’ve made a few predictions about the sleep trends of 2018, and we’re looking forward to seeing if any of them come true.
Long live the humble nap!
Our younger selves were taught to embrace a nap – we’d enjoy our lunch and then prepare for a snooze without fail. It’s not uncommon for a good afternoon nap to be a consistent part of most toddlers’ routines, but we seem to forget about this as we grow up.
We predict that more of us will enjoy a few post-lunch siestas this year in order to boost our energy levels. We also foresee employers making the workplace much more nap-friendly!
2017 was all about clean living and adopting a more natural lifestyle. We predict that 2018 will be much the same, with more people embracing holistic remedies when it comes to getting some shut-eye. If you struggle with your sleep, 2018 may see you trying natural remedies and self-assessments, such as keeping a sleep journal.
Preparing for bed early
Most of us will start our bedtime routine as soon as we begin to feel sleepy, although however tired we feel, once we start to move around and get ready for bed, our bodies can release a surge of adrenaline that counteracts our feelings of tiredness. Why not avoid this in 2018 by taking the time to enjoy your pre-sleep rituals before sitting down and relaxing in front of the TV? We see this being popular in 2018, and it should reduce disruption to your sleep.
Avoid excessively tracking your sleep
We’ve already mentioned that 2017 was a big year for tracking your sleep, but continually counting the hours and wondering “Am I getting enough sleep?” can be a hindrance to the quality of your shut-eye, so we hope that 2018 will be the year that we filter out excessive tracking and start listening to our bodies instead.
Do you have any predictions for sleep trends that could be big this year? Are you on a mission to improve your sleep in 2018? If so, tell us about it below!