According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 34.8% of Americans don’t get enough sleep at night. That’s one person out of every three people! Between busy schedules and trying to live life to the fullest, it can be difficult to make time to get the 7-9 hours of sleep your body needs.
5 Reasons Why Sleep Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution
We’ve composed this handy list of top 5 ways sleep can actually help you reach your New Year’s Resolutions more efficiently and effectively!
1. Sleep helps you lose weight and stay healthy
The top New Year resolution this year is to get healthy. Most people know your body needs sleep to function properly, but did you know that sleep can actually help you shed those extra holiday pounds? With adequate sleep, your body is able to boost the production of ghrelin, the hormone that controls food cravings. Sleep also decreases the production of leptin, the hormone that signals satiety and helps prevent overeating. There are also strong links between lack of sleep and serious chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Additionally, sleep boosts your immune system which can prevent you from getting bogged down with an unwanted cold.
2. Sleep enables you to stay focused and make better decisions
If you’re looking to get organized, spend your money more wisely, or learn a new hobby this year then sleep should also be a top priority. Lack of sleep can lead to headaches which can easily distract you from your goals. Proper sleep provides you with the mental clarity you need to focus on your tasks and increases your creative problem solving skills. Sleep also improves your memory, heightens your alertness, and reduces your response times.
3. Sleep improves your happiness and mood
Sleep has a huge impact on your happiness. Psychologist Norbert Schwarz from the University of Michigan had found that getting just one extra hour of sleep every night would boost your happiness more than earning a $60,000 raise for the year! Sleep also impacts your ability to empathize with other people which affects the way you interact with others. You are just not yourself when you don’t get enough sleep!
4. Sleep increases your stamina and ability to get things done
Feeling drowsy throughout the day can have a huge impact on your ability to accomplish your goals. Lack of sleep affects your performance on the job and increases your risk of burnout. Sleep deprivation costs American companies $63.2 billion a year in lost productivity. Make this a year of activity and accomplishment by getting the sleep you need to be fresh and ready for the day ahead!
5. Sleep improves your appearance and prevents premature aging
Beauty sleep is not just a myth! Missing too much sleep can cause dark circles to form under your eyes as well as the dreaded “tired look”. Getting proper sleep can boost your appearance as well. Your body regenerates skin cells while you slumber, which helps your skin stay smooth and robust. Sleep also boosts the body’s collagen production, which provides a healthy tone and slows wrinkle formation.
This year, make time to get the sleep your body needs. You will achieve your other goals faster and lead a happier, more fulfilling lifestyle in the end. We wish everyone the best of luck on their New Year’s resolutions and a happy new year!
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