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​Why Sleep Should be Your Top New Year’s Resolution

Why Sleep Should be
Your Top New Year’s Resolution

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. We’ve composed this handy list of top 5 ways sleep can
actually help you reach your New Year Resolutions more efficiently and
effectively!

1.Sleep helps you lose weight and stay
healthy

The top New Year resolution for 2017 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 production of ghrelin, the hormone
that controls food cravings. Sleep also decreases 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 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 2017 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 2017!