It's only been a few weeks since most of us made promises to become better versions of ourselves in the new year, but are you keeping up with your end of the bargain?
A recent survey from the Better Sleep Council (BSC) claims that 45% of Americans who made a resolution this year won't make much of an effort to keep it, and another 9 million wont make any effort at all. The top resolutions included people who wanted to work on health and savings: 53% said they wanted to exercise more, while 49% were focusing on getting fit and staying healthy. 46% just wanted to lose weight, and 42% wanted spend less and save more.
Lissa Coffey, a lifestyle expert and BSC spokesperson, suggested that "adding better sleep to your list of New Year's resolutions can make it easier to reach some of the other goals on your list, whether that's exercise, getting fit, or even losing weight." She also said that "it seems so simple, but getting adequate rest can positively impact every other part of your life. When you're well rested, it's easier to choose healthier foods, and to feel energized to exercise."
What's more, according to a study by Rand Europe, a third of American workers have reported they regularly get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night. And another study from Matthew Gibson of Williams College and Jeffrey Shader of the University of California at San Diego indicated that people who actively increased their sleeping habits by one hour per night saw their wages increase by 5% over time. And a wage increase can mean more savings!
Here are a few things you can do to ensure that you're receiving enough sleep:
1. Utilize the "Blue Light Filter" on Electronic Devices
Most phones and tablets have an option for turning off the blue light that is keeping you awake at night. If your device doesn't offer a nighttime filter option, there are many downloadable apps available that can help.
2. Sleep in a Cool Room
Not only will it save money on energy, keeping your room temperature between 65 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit will make it easier for you to sleep more comfortably.
3. Go to Sleep the Same Time Every Night
A healthy bedtime routine can be the difference between a good night's sleep and a long night of insomnia. Get into the habit of shutting down devices at a certain time to assist with a beneficial sleep schedule.
4. Exercise Before Bed
This is a great plan especially if staying fit and losing weight are also part of your resolution. And practicing a technique like yoga before bed can relax your muscles which helps you to reach a more restful state of sleep.