The world keeps changing but one thing that remains the same is the importance of getting sleep. Today, however, we are seeing a number of issues that’s causing us to not get more shuteye than we need. That’s why sleep experts never stop to come up with ideas on how to make sleep better. For 2020, there are a number of sleep trends that Americans should pay attention to.
- Circadian rhythms
Circadian rhythm is the body’s natural internal clock. Healthy sleepers swear by following the circadian method as a way to get adequate sleep. This year, we can expect more individuals to pay attention to their circadian rhythms going as far as taking on the circadian diet and installing lighting that supports the circadian cycle. These technologies are also meant to help fatigue and jet lag which are sleep problems related to our body’s relationship with light and time.
- Gentler waker ups
It’s very common for us to wake up feeling groggy and miserable in the morning. Blame it on those highly triggering alarm sounds that we ourselves have set. However, we may not be needing those alarms for long as there are now apps designed to make wake up moments much gentler. What these apps do is monitor your sleep and slowly wake you up 30 minutes before your actual wake up time. It uses gentle sounds that eventually become louder. It can even work in sync with your lighting which also gradually lights up as you wake up.
- Mental health apps
This year, sleep experts seek to use technology to help with mental health. In 2020, we’ll see a growth in apps about mood tracking, mindfulness, reflection, and virtual therapy. Having good mental health can help with anxiety and depression which can lead to better sleep.
Aromatherapy has been around for a long time but it’s gained mainstream popularity again due a growing wellness industry. Those seeking to solve their sleep problems naturally will turn to essential oils. These scents are known to relieve stress and anxiety and help the person to relax and sleep. Such oils include lavender, frankincense, vanilla, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, citrus, and geranium. To make aromatherapy work better, consider a mattress protector to shield odor. This allows the nose to really absorb the smells.
- Smart beds
Speaking of mattresses, there are now beds designed to provide quality sleep. These beds can manipulate temperature, firmness, and adjustability so that the sleeper is more comfortable. Lots of research goes into developing this technology with the aim of solving the most common sleep problems that people face.
- Longer weekend naps
Most people binge on sleep during the weekend as a way to make up for lost shuteye during the week. However, an erratic sleep schedule is not good for the body and impacts it the same way jet lag does. Sleep experts now recommend to sleep regularly during weekends and limit extra sleep to only 90 minute naps. It’s a good way to get some rest without sleeping too much.
- Sleep coaches
New parents often struggle with sleep when they have a baby or toddler to take care of. It’s about time sleep experts found a way to solve this age-old problem. We now have sleep consultants which aim to help parents solve their child’s sleep challenges. As a result, parents can be less stressed and get better sleep themselves.
Some of these trends might seem too out of the box while others might actually be helpful to you –one thing is for sure, they exist because we are always finding new ways to improve our sleep. Don’t be afraid to explore them and see what works for you.
Which of these sleep trends caught your attention? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
This feature was submitted by Kiley Morrow
Kiley took the big leap from working a 9-5 to quitting. getting out her laptop and becoming a freelancer. Since then. she has found her passion in writing valuable. informative lifestyle and travel articles. After Traveling for years. she knows just how valuable a quick how-to guide can be for readers. which is why she contributes guest posts to various blogs.