My One Resolution For 2021 Is To Get More Sleep
But it turns out I needed a little "smart assistance."
You'd think that staying at home all day every day would make it easier to go to bed early and get a good night's rest. But, nope. Last year my sleep was the worst it's ever been. It takes such a long time to actually fall asleep, and then I have trouble waking up in the morning.
It's the New Year, and last year's problems may not vanish overnight, but one thing I can work to change is the quality of my sleep.
Of course, the advice I got was to give up caffeine and switch off screens in the evenings. I cut down my coffee intake and instead of scrolling and scrolling on my phone before bed, I started reading books and magazines, but it didn't help. I even tried supplements and felt no difference.
I didn't realize how bad it had gotten until I added one of those sleep apps on my phone that detects how long you're asleep each night. I was only getting about 4 or 5 hours of sleep on average!
My friends and I were exchanging our New Year's resolutions in the group chat. And when I said I intended to improve my sleep, one of my friends recommended I check out Hatch Restore.
Hatch Restore is a brilliant device known as a "smart sleep assistant". It functions as an alarm clock, a sound machine, smart light, sunrise alarm, and even offers wind-down meditations.
I was skeptical of whether this would actually help me sleep. I have a smartphone so I didn't need an alarm clock. But I decided to look into Hatch Restore anyway.
Turns out, Hatch Restore wakes you up more naturally with the sunlight alarm. Simply set your wake time, alarm sound, and sunrise color. Then Restore will mimic a natural sunrise to gently wake you before your alarm goes off.
This seemed super innovative so I immediately wanted to try it. I can't tell you how tired I was of the jangly smartphone alarm I'd wake up to (and repeatedly hit snooze) every morning. So I ordered a Hatch Restore.
It arrived in a few days ready to plug in and only took 5 minutes to set up. Once you download the app and pair the device to wifi, you're ready to start curating your personalized bedtime routine.
The Hatch app syncs with your device allowing you to choose your sleep sounds, alarm sounds, light settings, and more. Plus, the premium version is free for the first 6 months. They have nature sounds, white noise, bedtime stories, and more. Hatch is constantly adding new sounds and features to their app, so you're bound to find the perfect fit. You can create an entire new nighttime routine - Hatch Restore features a subtle reading light setting that allows you to unwind before bed without straining your eyes. Then you can set time to relax by doing a meditation, and then completely customize a new sleep routine by picking a sound that will soothe you to sleep. And the best part? Once you establish your routine on the app, you can control everything on the device itself.
When I placed it on my nightstand I couldn't believe how sleek it looked in my bedroom. That wasn't my concern though - the big question is would it help me with my sleep problems?
That night, I couldn't wait to listen to ocean sounds as I fell asleep. After a few chapters I was ready to hit the pillow, and with the relaxing sound effects, I fell asleep more quickly than I had in a long time.
I was sure I'd be jolted awake by an obnoxious alarm, but the natural sunrise setting gradually woke me up. I never realized how much sounds can relax you - the ocean sounds really settle me into a nice sleep every night.
I've already noticed a huge difference in my sleep, and how I feel overall, and this is all thanks to the Hatch Restore. If you're looking for a way to improve your sleep, try it. It really works.
You deserve better sleep. Start enjoying a restful night's sleep with Hatch Restore today!