Why Getting A Better Night’s Sleep Should Be On Your Resolution List
At the beginning of a new year, many of us are making resolutions that we want to keep in 2019. You may make resolutions to prioritize your health, spend more time with family, or accomplish a goal that has been looming in the distance for awhile. Perhaps unsurprisingly, close to 50% of Americans will make health related resolutions going into the new year. Most of these will be to lose weight, exercise more, and eat healthier, but these resolutions fail to attend to a huge aspect of one’s overall health and wellness – sleep and rest. Getting an adequate amount and quality of sleep plays a part in improving one’s immune system and helping reduce sickness, improving mental health, improving one’s productivity during the day, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing one’s risk for serious health concerns like diabetes and heart disease. Making a resolution to sleep better in 2019 can help improve your health overall. Unsure what steps you can take to improve your sleep? Keep reading!
Get the proper amount of sleep
Adults need to get 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep per night on average. For some folks, 7 hours may feel inadequate, while other adults function fine within this range. Keep in mind that even if you are getting 7 or 8 hour per night but still feel lethargic or un-rested in the mornings that you may not be getting good quality sleep.
Improve your sleep quality
There are lots of things that you can do to make sure that your quality of sleep improves in the new year. Perhaps one of the most important things you can do is to implement a sleep schedule. Remember hating your bedtime as a child? As an adult, you should readopt bedtime and strive to implement a set time that you get into bed and wake up (plus or minus 30 minutes) that you keep the majority of the time. Our bodies like schedules and routines, and keeping a sleep schedule can help train your body’s natural biological clock to help you fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.
Here are some other helpful tips to improve your sleep quality:
- Create an ideal sleep environment – humans sleep best in dark, quiet rooms that average 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, try to change the temperature of your room and/or add blinds or curtains to make it darker. The quality of your bedding also cannot be overlooked. Many people live by the “out with the old, in with the new” sentiment during new years, and maybe it’s time to revamp your pillows, mattress, and bedding. EcoPEDIC bedding provides a more natural way to increase your sleep comfort in 2019.
- Make healthy daytime choices – limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake, quitting smoking or nicotine use, limiting screen time before bed, and making sure you exercise earlier in the day can help provide your body help getting to sleep at night and staying asleep until the morning.
- Implement stress management techniques – many people find it difficult to get to sleep or fall back asleep at night due to stress or worry. Try out different stress fighting techniques such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and massage to help you stress and worry less.
Better sleep is an attainable goal for 2019 that will also help improve your overall health. Consider the above tips to help you get an adequate amount and quality of sleep in the new year!