Sleep hygiene is so important. Learn how I started sleeping better with the Hatch Restore smart sleep device!
My new year’s resolution did not work, but I genuinely have more hope for summer. Who makes a big change in January, the cruelest month?!
No, summertime is coming, and I’m recommitting; I’m getting a sleep routine. I always get into bed, stare at my phone for an hour, and then lie awake for another hour. Then in the morning I hit snooze too many times and end up waking up late. I know if I can just go to sleep earlier, I can wake up ready to start every day better.
I want to change my routine for summer and beyond, and I know screens are my culprit, but it’s hard to break a habit without starting a new one – so I got Hatch Restore.
I’d seen the ads and it’s so sleek, I’d been wanting it on my nightstand forever. It’s a natural sunrise alarm, sound machine, and reading light all in one.
With Hatch Restore, I can establish an entirely new sleep routine on their awesome app. I can set time for reading and meditation, as well as selecting what relaxing sleep sounds I want to carry me through the night from their robust library. When you purchase Hatch Restore, you get a six-month free subscription to Hatch Premium, which gives me access to an entire library of sleep sounds and stories.
I knew I had to wake up at 7:30 a.m., and a solid 8 hours would put me at an 11:30 p.m. bedtime. Lately, I’ve been going to sleep around 12:30 and waking up more like 8:07.
With the app, I was able to create a personal bedtime routine, commit to a 10-minute meditation (something I’d tried doing on my own, but never with guidance), and get in 20 minutes of reading. The Silicon Valley scandal novel had been on my nightstand for weeks.
I swapped out my too-bright lamp for Hatch Restore, and when I got into bed that night, I loved how the purple-y light illuminated the room. It was so gentle and peaceful, but perfect for reading. Getting into bed at 11, I put on the meditation. I was able to put my phone away and control the flow of my routine from the device itself, which really helped me relax even more. I was guided to listen to breath and I’d never known that if my mind is racing, it’s better to acknowledge all those thoughts instead of trying to shove them away and force myself to clear my mind.
Then, I began to read, and I knew my light would gently change to signal when it was time to stop reading. It was such a perfect way to read – I wouldn’t accidentally read until 2 in the morning, and I didn’t need a loud alarm to get myself to stop. I also got to select from their robust library the relaxing sleep sound I want to carry me through the night – I like water sounds so for my first night, I chose “Rain on a Window in Washington, D.C.” and “Ocean Sounds in Maine.”
When I woke up in the morning, it was to the gentle bird chirps of my Hatch Restore, and a sunny light filled the room. Hatch allows you to set up a morning routine also, and control everything from the sound of the alarm to the color of the light that will gently wake you. As a soft peach glow filled my room, I asked myself how on Earth I ever tolerated an iPhone alarm sound!
I didn’t feel that sense of dread in the morning, and from staying off my phone the night before, I definitely felt more awake, even before I got my coffee.
I’m confident I can start getting great sleep with Hatch – it gives you all the resources you need to gently go to sleep and wake up. I’m never going back to a loud alarm and you know what? It’s not as good as a gentle one!
With long, sunny days, summer is the perfect time to find the tools and resources you need to recommit to those new year’s resolutions, and if yours is better rest, Hatch is the way to go.