New Year, New You: Resolutions
To Get A Good Night's Sleep
Every year, after we put away the holiday wreaths and Christmas tree toppers, we vow to change our behavior to create a better life for ourselves. One thing we forget is transformative is sleep. Without a sleep, we can't be our best and do our best. Here are 4 resolutions to get a good night's sleep.
If you're a smoker, here's one more reason to add quitting to your resolutions list. Not only does kicking the habit improve overall health, it can improve your sleep dramatically. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison studied the sleep patterns of more than 3,000 people. They found smokers had a harder time getting to sleep and staying asleep than non-smokers, suggesting nicotine's stimulant effects and withdrawal is an obstacle for getting proper rest. If sleep is eluding you, it might be the motivation you need to quit smoking.
There isn't a lot of data to support the conventional wisdom that eating well helps you sleep well, but the University of Pennsylvania analyzed the sleep-food correlation for more than 4,000 people to back up the idea. What researchers found was those who fit more calories into their diets sleep the least and those who eat a variety of food have sleep patterns closer to "normal." Eating more fruits and vegetables may help you feel better, but adding it to your New Year's resolutions may help you accomplish much more than you anticipated.
For those who are carrying around a few extra pounds, it may be what's getting between you and your sleep. In a study out of Johns Hopkins University, they looked at how people with type 2 diabetes slept in relation to their change in weight. Researchers found that those who reported losing weight (an average of 15 lbs) experienced a 20% improvement in their sleep. If you're struggling with your weight and your sleep, the new year is as good a time as any to improve your habits. Hitting the gym four times a week may not be a reasonable solution for you, but incorporating a little more physical activity could help you look better, feel better and sleep better.
Turning out the light for the night doesn't necessarily mean you're turning off your brain. When our brains are being stimulated, it's difficult to get some shuteye. That stimulation comes in all sorts of forms, including clutter. Psychology Today reports that anytime there's extra stimuli from clutter, our brains have to work extra hard to absorb it which causes stress and, indirectly, loss of sleep which can lead to more stress and more brain strain. If you take a look around your bedroom and home and there are too many kids' toys scattered about, dishes in the sink and magazines on the nightstand, it may be time to reorganize to get better sleep.
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