2014 is coming! Have you thought about any goals or resolutions? If the recurring plans to lose weight, improve your mood or get healthier are part of your New Year’s resolutions, sleep might as well be #1! As enjoyable as it is, sleep will help you to achieve all sorts of other resolutions. Here’s how:
- Lose Weight – There is plenty of research to suggest that a lack of sleep leads to weight gain and obesity. Specifically, studies have found that long sleep durations alter hormones in a way that sparks an increase in hunger and appetite for carbohydrate-rich foods. Sleeping well is sure to facilitate weight loss goals.
- Improve Your Mood – It’s no surprise that a poor night’s sleep can make us grumpy and irritable. But this year, new research found that sleeping well improves relationships by fostering feelings of gratitude. Therefore, it’s also in the interest of those most important to you to sleep well.
- Get Healthy – Quality sleep is known to boost immunity and make us less susceptible to catching a common cold or the flu. If that’s not enough motivation, numerous illnesses and disorders, including diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even cancer, have been linked to sleep deprivation.
Most people get optimal benefit from 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Sleeping too little or too much may reverse other efforts to achieve common New Year’s resolutions. Make it easier on yourself by getting a good night’s sleep. May it be a happy, healthy, and sleep-filled New Year!