Dec 23 2013

Holiday Survival Guide (Part 4): Five Surprising Facts You Should Know About Sleep for Your Better Sleep Resolution

A new year means another chance to improve your lifestyle. Whether you’re making resolutions to eat better, exercise, or quit smoking, consider making the important resolution to get more sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the most common reason people feel excessively tired is self-imposed sleep deprivation. To help you live healthier in 2014, we’ve compiled five surprising facts you should know about sleep for your Better Sleep Resolution:

1. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you are more likely to have a bigger appetite. Leptin is an appetite-regulating hormone and when it decreases from a lack of sleep, your appetite increases. If your resolution is to lose weight, getting enough sleep plays a key role.

2. Snoring disrupts approximately 90 million American adults. Snoring may seem harmless, but it could be a symptom of sleep apnea, a life threatening sleep disorder. If you wake frequently throughout the night gasping for breath and snore loudly with pauses in the snoring, consult a physician.

3. Sleep patterns may change as we age, but the amount of sleep needed does not. Most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

4. If you wake in the middle of the night and after 20 minutes still cannot fall back to sleep, it is best to get out of bed, go to another room, and read or listen to music. Avoid looking at the clock and when you are sleepy, return to bed.

5. Regular exercise will help you to fall asleep easier and sleep better. However, exercising right before bed or exercising irregularly will make falling asleep more challenging.

How will you get better sleep in 2014? Start by determining if your mattress and pillows are comfortable and supportive. Make sleep a priority and stick to your sleep schedule even on the weekends. Remember to put away electronics and turn off the television at least an hour before bed.

What’s your 2014 Better Sleep Resolution?

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