We all know that song and the lore, that every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. But new starts have great value if we use them right, right? So why not take a tiny effort to pick a resolution that’s easy to do?
Although resolutions related to physical fitness or diet are great for your health, often sleep is overlooked as a key aspect to overall health. We don’t need to bore you with the countless studies that prove this. Even professional sports teams have monitored their players’ sleep for optimal performance.
Adults are suggested to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night, but studies have found that nearly a third of American’s are getting less than that. The consequences of a lack of sleep can weaken your immune system at a minimum. Even more dangerous, not getting enough sleep can lead to cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure and increased heart rate.
If you can relate to this issue, there are many steps you can take to improve your sleep hygiene. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine throughout your day. That morning cup of coffee is far enough from bedtime to affect your sleep, but instead of reaching for that second cup during the midday crash, try going for a walk to perk up instead. If your new year’s resolution includes more trips to the gym, you are in turn promoting sleep as well. As little as 10 minutes of anaerobic exercise can promote sleep quality drastically.
This year, pick an easy resolution. Pick a resolution so easy you can do it in your sleep. Happy new year from all of us to all of you!