Sleep Trends 2022

Coming into the new year, we’re going to see a wave of new trends taking shape. Trends are often influenced by social and political events, pop culture, and they are also often influenced by technology advancements. 


One of the overarching trends we’ll be seeing more of in the new year will be more emphasis on self-care, health, and wellness. Part of a good self-care ritual includes getting a good night’s rest. When we don’t have proper sleep, we can suffer mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. So it’s imperative to prioritize sleep-time.


In today’s blog article, I’m going to talk about the biggest sleep trends in 2022. Let’s dive in.



Self-Care, Health, and Wellness

The recent climate crisis talks have caused many of us to suffer from environmental anxiety, while the pandemic has triggered us to rethink our lifestyles. We’ll be looking to be calmer, healthier, and focus more on our wellbeing in 2022.


Living a healthy lifestyle means we need to look at our lives in a holistic way. From the food we eat, to the habits we have, to the skincare we use on a daily basis, and even the people we surround ourselves with. Everything we expose ourselves to has an effect on us, whether we realize it or not. 


Part of a good self-care ritual should include a bedtime and sleep-time ritual. Chronic Short Sleep is a condition that affects 30% of employed adults in the US. It’s where a person gets  only around six hours sleep in a 24-hour period, which is considered incredibly low, and can be detrimental to their health and wellbeing, particularly if it continues for long periods (5).


Why do we need sleep? According to Healthline (4) sleep:

  • Conserve energy: Eight hours of sleep produces a daily energy saving of 35%.
  • Cellular restoration: During sleep, our body’s cells regenerate, muscles repair, tissues grow, protein synthesises, hormones release.
  • Brain function: Sleep enables our brains to detoxify and restore, removing waste from our central nervous system.
  • Emotional wellbeing: Our brains regulate our emotions when we are properly rested.
  • Weight management: During sleep, our outputs are lowered, so our hunger hormones are reduced.
  • Insulin production: Sleep protects against insulin resistance.
  • Immunity: Our bodies produce immunity proteins called cytokines while we sleep, as well as immune cells and antibodies.
  • Heart health: Sleep helps maintain blood pressure and nervous system. 

Not having adequate sleep negatively affects things, like learning, memory, problem-solving skills, creativity, decision-making, focus, and concentration, and can also cause us to be more emotional, irrational, and overly-sensitive.


Two separate studies (1,2,3) found that: 

  • 10-30% of adults struggle with insomnia, with 30-48% of older adults suffering the most.
  • 57% of men, and 40% of women in the US snore.
  • 41% of primary care patients say they’ve experienced night sweats in the last month.
  • People with severe insomnia are seven times more likely to have work-related injuries.
  • Sales of melatonin grew from $62m in 2003 to $378m in 2014—that’s 500% in just over a decade.
  • Anxiety caused by uncertainties during the pandemic has caused insomnia and sleep problems in adults.
  • The climate crisis has caused mental health and sleep problems in adults. 


Given the current state of the environment, and the ongoing ambiguity of the pandemic, we can expect our sleep patterns to continue in 2022. So let’s highlight the top sleep trends in 2022 to give a better quality sleep.


Sleep Trends 2022

Smart Earbuds

If you’re a light sleeper like me, then you often get woken up by things that go bump in the night. This leads to a poor night’s sleep, and can negatively affect your whole day when you wake up.


I started wearing foam earplugs to bed a few years ago, and while it’s helped with my sleep, disposable foam earplugs are not the most eco-friendly option out there. Thanks to advancements in technology, you can now get smart earbuds, which are comfortable to sleep in, and can also be used for when you’re working or reading and need to block out noise.


My pick is the QuietOn 3. These are ergonomically-designed; comfortable for slide, back, and front sleepers; they have active noise-canceling (ANC) technology; and come with various-sized eartips to fit in any ear.


Destressing Headband

For those of you who don't like earplugs, you could try out a destressing headband. These put comforting pressure around your head and ears, and can muffle and cancel-out sounds.


My pick is the Hoom Headband. It has built-in headphones, and comes with an app so you can play guided meditations, soundscapes, white noises, and relaxation sounds to properly prepare your mind for a great sleep. 


Silk Bedding

If you’re a hot sleeper, then you know the feeling of waking up in a pool of sweat. Not only does it feel uncomfortable, but it can be difficult to get back to sleep. You may have heard us talk about silk bedding before. This is because it truly is a superior fabric when it comes to bed time. 


Silk doesn’t pull on our skin or hair; it is naturally hypoallergenic, so for allergy-sufferers it’s a top choice; it’s antibacterial and biodegradable; and it’s also thermo-regulating, so you can say goodbye to those pesky night sweats.


My pick is the 30 Momme Pure Organic Luxury Silk Bed Sheet Set. 30 momme is the highest grade, and heaviest weight of silk available in bedding on the market. It will keep your body at a comfortable temperature all night long. If you’re more inclined to sweat just around your neck (like me), you can invest in just a 30 Momme 100% Pure Organic Silk Pillowcase. Choose the silver ion-infused pillowcase at checkout if you also suffer from acne.


Adjustable Mattress

If you’re a light sleeper, I understand the struggle of trying to fall asleep, and stay asleep, if our partner is a disruptive or restless sleeper. Having an adjustable mattress might seem like something for old people, but it’s actually ideal for those who require a little more separation and stillness at night. 


My pick is the Solaire Split Top Adjustable Mattress. A decent mattress will set you back a couple thousand dollars, so why not invest in a mattress that you know will help you sleep better? You can choose from 50 different levels of firmness, it’s breathable, and keeps hot sleepers cool all night.


Sleep-Time Skincare

Another trend to watch for in 2022 is sleep-time skincare. As mentioned earlier, our body and mind regenerate while we sleep, and our skin is no different. Follow a solid skincare ritual at night to remove makeup, cleanse the skin, and mask-up before you hit the sheets so you wake up with glowing, radiant skin.


My pick is the Honua Ritual. The pack contains four products:

  1. Pa’akai Cleansing Cream
  2. Hawaiian Beauty Water
  3. Aloha Youth Serum
  4. ‘Ōlena Beauty Oil

Perform the ritual before bed, and in the fourth step, mix some Pa’akai Cleansing Cream in with ‘Ōlena Beauty Oil to create a mask, and wear it to bed. If there’s any residue left over in the morning, either massage it in, or perform a morning skincare ritual as normal.

Sleeping Mask

While sleeping masks are nothing new, they are a great addition to our bedtime ritual, as they help us fall asleep faster. Any light pollution, no matter how small, can stop us from falling into a deep sleep, and disrupt our circadian rhythm. This is why many experts tell us not to have any devices in our bedroom.


My pick is a 100% Pure Organic Silk Mask. As I mentioned earlier, silk is a superior fabric, particularly for sleep. This mask won’t pull on hair and is soft on skin, so even the most sensitive skin can wear it comfortably, while blocking out any peek of light.


Wakeup Lighting

For anyone who prefers to sleep without wearing head or face accessories, you might want to invest in wakeup lighting. These are where you wake up to lighting, as opposed to a good old fashioned alarm clock. If you are the type of person who sleeps in a pitch black bedroom, you’ll benefit from a wakeup light, as it gently nudges you awake by slowly turning on over a period of time to mimic the sun rising.


My pick is Hatch Restore. The reason why I like this light is because it actually has a number of features, it’s not just a light. It has a sound machine, sunrise alarm, smart light, meditation app, and an alarm clock all built into one smart sleep assistant. 



Bedtime Rituals

Other ways you can ensure you have a good night’s sleep is to create a bedtime ritual for yourself that gives you ample time to wind down so your mind is prepared. For those who work late, it can be tricky to find a balance. But the general rule is to get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night.


The best way to get into a bedtime ritual is to work out what time you need to be up in the morning, then figure out what time you need to be asleep by to get at least seven hours of sleep. Then allow for at least two hours to wind down before then, and include things like:

  • Write down your to-do list for the nest day in order of priorities
  • Not eating or drinking anything too close to bedtime
  • Skincare ritual, like the Honua Ritual
  • Five minute meditation
  • No screen time an hour before bed
  • Remove devices from the bedroom
  • Find a book to read for the last hour


Conclusion

With the current state of the environment and the pandemic, it’s paramount to take care of yourself so you don't experience emotional burnout. Follow self-care rituals, and invest in high-quality products to enhance your self-care, health, and wellness rituals, including your sleep. Follow these sleep trends in 2022 to have the best sleep of your life.


Emma Masotti is an Australian now living in Austin, TX, and has been a trained esthetician for over 15 years. She is a sustainable skincare writer, educating and building awareness around proper skin health that doesn’t cost the earth.


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1 https://www.sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/sleep-facts-statistics

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7367777/

3 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12144-021-01385-4

4 https://www.healthline.com/health/why-do-we-sleep#energy-conservation

5 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5449441/