Quality sleep will help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions!
The New Year’s resolutions routine is similar for most people every year. You make a list of goals, start the year out strong in working on completing them, then Valentine’s Day hits, and those goals begin to take a back seat. Before you know it, it’s the end of the year, and you’re making the same list of goals all over again. However, did you know that making sleep a priority can help you maintain and achieve those goals that you set for yourself?
According to The Better Sleep Council, poor sleep is the main reason why 54% of us who make New Year’s resolutions fail within six months. Sleep deprivation is considered chronic stress that impairs how the body and brain use energy. Getting quality sleep can boost your self-control and keep you on track to reach and maintain your goals for the year.
Healthline states that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep is a “public health epidemic.” The key to reducing your stress for the upcoming year is sleep. Seven to eight hours is the amount of sleep you want to aim for but try not to get too caught up on the number. The quality of sleep is what’s important. Some people can function perfectly with six hours of sleep, whereas others still feel tired with eight hours. You will find your perfect time and then start to see and feel the benefits of getting that quality sleep each night.
- Invest in comfort – Get the mattress you’ve been dreaming of or the pillow that will help your neck. Making yourself as comfortable as possible will help you fall into a deeper and more rewarding sleep.
- Go to bed earlier – Aim to go to bed 15 minutes earlier every couple of days until you hit your goal time.
- Stick to the same bedtime schedule – Try your best to keep it consistent. You will see how much sticking to a routine truly helps your sleep quality.
- Stay cool – Take a shower or a bath before bed each night. Not only does it cool your body temperature down, but it also gets your body ready for sleep mode.
- Turn off electronics – Turn off all electronics an hour before bed. According to The Sleep Council, artificial light later at night suppresses melatonin which makes it harder to fall asleep.
- R-E-L-A-X – Experiment with new ways to relax before bed each night until you find what truly works for you. Listen to calming music, read a book, or do some Yoga.
- No more snooze – Push yourself to wake up when your first alarm goes off so you can avoid hitting the snooze button. Try moving your alarm to the other side of the room, so it forces you to get up.
- See your healthcare provider – Sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, or other sleep disorders may be causing you not to get a good sleep at night. These disorders could also cause more significant health issues if not treated correctly. Stay on top of your health this year and contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have a sleep disorder.
Sleep is critical in helping you to function at your best. In an article with Business Insider, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, explained why getting enough sleep should be a top priority. “I prioritize it,” Bezos said of sleep. “I think better. I have more energy. My mood is better.”
Taking these small steps will help you sleep better and reach all your resolutions in the New Year.
Quality DME wishes you a New Year filled with happiness, health, lots of rest, new adventures, and opportunities. May this year be the best one yet!
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