Start the New Year Off Right with Better Sleep
Coming up with a good New Year’s Resolution is on everyone’s mind as we get closer and closer to 2019. People normally decide to take better care of themselves by eating healthier or working out more but focusing on those things might not be the best choice for your overall health. Even though exercise and healthy foods can improve one’s health, sleep is the area that Americans would benefit the most if they focused on getting more of it in 2019. Better sleep can help people be more productive and stay happier. People in all age categories above 14 years old should sleep no less than 7 hours a night for best possible health. The average American slept 6.8 hours a night in 2013 which has most likely gone down even further in an increasingly 24/7 world and needs to improve. Start 2019 off right by focusing on getting the recommended amount of sleep for your age group and following these tips for a restful night’s sleep.
- Go to bed at a regular time everyday to make sure you stay in tune with your body's circadian rhythm. Consistent sleep and wake times can help with long-term sleep quality.
- Make sure your bedroom environment is comfortable to ensure you get the best sleep possible. Keep distracting items like TVs out of the bedroom and sleep on a comfortable mattress that’s the right fit for you.
- Keep your bedroom temperature regular. Frequently changing temperatures can be difficult to sleep in because you won’t be able to get comfortable with a single set of sheets/blankets on your mattress.
- Reduce daytime naps. Taking an afternoon nap may seem like the perfect time to take advantage of a comfortable mattress but doing so will interrupt the sleeping schedule you’re working to preserve. Avoid irregular naps and stick to your regular schedule to get the best possible night’s sleep.