After dealing with the holiday stresses of traveling, gathering and wrapping up end-of-year work obligations, most of us make at least one New Year’s resolution. Despite our good intentions, the vast majority of these pledges are abandoned by February. Surprisingly, the best way to reach your goals may be to add another resolution to your list.
Success Starts With Sleep
- Schedule time for 8 hours sleep each night, no excuses.
- Use blackout curtains to make your bedroom as dark as possible.
- Sleep with a fan or other source of white noise.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same times every day.
Sleep for Motivation
Let’s face it, changing and creating habits can be very difficult. The key to success is to stay motivated. Healthy sleep refills your willpower reserves, making it more likely that you’ll make the right call when presented with a challenge to your new diet or exercise schedule. Sleep deprivation hinders your ability to properly evaluate risk, which can be a big obstacle if you’re trying to quit smoking, cut back on alcohol or just walk past that box of muffins in the break room. Tired at the office? You’ll have trouble performing well and communicating, which could derail your resolution to get a raise, master a skill or climb further up your corporate ladder.
Sleep for Results
Sleep also enhances the payoff you’ll receive from working hard on your other resolutions. Healthy sleep preserves your body’s ability to properly manage blood sugar and makes it easier to choose quality foods over high-calorie junk, two factors that can have an outsize influence on the success of your new diet. Sleep also enhances the benefits of exercise. The production of Growth Hormone, which mediates muscle gain and helps set you up to burn more fat, occurs during deep sleep. Trying to cut stress? Sleep lowers levels of cortisol, the hormone most tied to feelings of stress and tension.
Sleep for Health
We generally make resolutions in order to live a longer and healthier life. Poor sleep, especially when caused by a clinical sleep condition, can raise your risk of a number of serious chronic health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and depression. Even short term sleep deprivation can significantly raise your risk of being involved in an accident, both on the road and on the job.
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