Today marks the start of Sleep Awareness Week 2022, an annual event organized by the National Sleep Foundation to emphasize the connection between good sleep and better health. To mark the occasion, this week TechRadar will be taking an in-depth look at all things shut-eye, with expert advice from neuroscientists, nutritionists and sleep experts to help you get a better night’s rest.
Sleep is essential for your physical and mental wellbeing, but it’s not always easy to settle down and get good quality rest, so we’ll be sharing expert advice on how you can drift off more quickly and sleep more deeply. We’ll be taking a deep look at the foods that can help you sleep, plus the relationship between sleep and caffeine so you can avoid sabotaging your own slumber with the wrong foods and drinks.
We’ve also put the best sleep products through their paces, so you can fall asleep faster and wake up feeling refreshed. We’ve rounded up the best mattresses for cozy, body-cradling sleep, the best sleep trackers to track your heart rate and sleep stages, and the best wake-up lights to rouse you gently in the morning.
From Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 March, we’ll be updating this page with the latest Sleep Awareness Week 2022 features, buying advice, and reviews, so make sure to bookmark it and come back each day to discover everything you need to know about sleep and how to do it better.
Sleep Awareness Week 2022: how to sleep better
We’ve got a packed schedule of articles for you this week, all designed to help you understand why sleep is so important, and how much you actually need in order to get the maximum benefit.
We’ll also be investigating the best ways to get to sleep faster. Is it possible to drift off in two minutes, and does 4-7-8 breathing really work?
The state of your mattress and pillows have a huge effect on your sleep too, so we’ll be putting them under the microscope and finding out exactly what happens if they aren’t washed. If you decide it’s time for a total refresh, we’ll also have some exclusive deals to save you cash. We’ll even explain how to dispose of your old mattress ethically afterwards.
Here’s a few to get you started…
What is Sleep Awareness Week?
Sleep Awareness Week was launched by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) in 1998 as a way to put more emphasis on the importance of getting regular, good quality sleep. Ever since it launched, Sleep Week (as it’s fondly known) has been a way to open up the conversation about sleep: how to do it better, for longer, and why getting your seven to nine hours a night is important.
Each year the NSF chooses a new theme for Sleep Awareness Week, and this year its all about being your Best Slept Self. One of the best ways to do that is to ensure you have a relaxing bedtime routine in place each night, including going to bed at the same time and winding down fully before you close your eyes.
Some other sleep tips you can use to be your best slept self include the following:
- Stick to a consistent sleep and wake up schedule
- Limit your use of tech (or using night mode) in the hour before sleep
- Avoid consuming caffeine after midday as it can affect how fast you fall asleep
- Don’t exercise too vigorously close to bedtime as it can wake you up
- Practice a deep breathing technique for sleep, such as the Military Sleep Method
- Use a good sleep app to relax your mind and body for sleep
- Ensure your bedroom is cool, dark and quiet – use sleep earplugs to block out noise
Claire is a Sleep Editor at Future Plc and covers all things slumber, from mattresses and pillows to the latest sleep research and advice. Before delving into the world of sleep, Claire was Health & Wellness Editor at Top Ten Reviews, and before that worked as a Senior Content Editor at T3. Having suffered with insomnia for years, Claire knows how much of a difference a good night’s sleep can make and is super-passionate about helping others to snooze better.