New Year, Better Sleeping Habits
By this time in January, those resolutions we’ve undertaken with such high hopes at the turn of the year may be a distant, disappointing memory. The plans we make to exercise more, eat better, and lose weight often go by the wayside when they crash up against the reality of returning to work and our regular routines. However, before you give up on the idea of starting 2019 off on a better foot, consider one resolution that can help you achieve multiple personal goals without having to add a laundry list of tasks to your already busy life—improving your sleep habits.
Adults should get around seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but many of us scrape by on as little as five to six hours. Lack of sleep causes obvious problems, like making you unfocused, forgetful, and stressed. But the physical effects of sleep deprivation can also be sabotaging your efforts to make other positive changes in your life.
That has to do with how your body reacts when you don’t get enough sleep night after night. Chronic sleep loss increases your appetite, because the hormone ghrelin, which signals to your brain when you’re hungry, goes up when you’re sleepless. You also develop cravings for fatty foods like French fries. At the same time, your metabolism slows down, ensuring that you’re going to store more of those junk-food calories than you might otherwise. And if you do manage to find the time to work out when you’re exhausted, your performance will suffer.
Making a point of getting the proper amount of sleep every night, so that you wake up feeling rested and ready to go, can address the root cause of these problems. After all, if you’re getting adequate rest, you’ll have an easier time not only resisting the temptation to overeat, but you’ll also feel more energized and you’ll get a greater benefit from the physical activity you do get.
Start by committing to regular times to go to sleep and wake up in the morning. Then take a look at your bedroom, eliminating sources of stray light that can disturb your rest by covering LEDs and adding curtains to block outside light if necessary. Turn off screens an hour before bedtime, because blue light suppresses melatonin, the hormone that helps you get to sleep. Avoid both caffeine and alcohol before bed—the former can prevent you from dropping off, and the latter will lower the amount of restorative deep sleep you get. Finally, make sure that your mattress is providing both the support and comfort you need to sleep well. None of your new good sleep habits will make much of a difference if you’re tossing and turning on a lumpy, saggy mattress all night.
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