With the New Year comes the enthusiasm to mold a new you! Most people want to lose weight, pick up a new hobby, or even get out and do new and exciting things. What about a New Year’s resolution to get better sleep? The benefit of getting better sleep can be crucial to helping you succeed in other resolutions you may have! Better sleep can lead to help in weight loss, a sharper mind, and better health defenses. Here are 5 simple ways to sleep better in 2014:
1. Work out and exercise – exercise leads to a more sound slumber. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 poll, up to 83% of exercisers reported getting very good sleep. This is a win – win situation because you are getting healthy but also getting better sleep!
2. Eat dreamy foods – the foods that you eat before bed can affect your body’s level of serotonin, a key hormone that helps promote healthy sleep. Try eating complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and heart-healthy unsaturated fats.
3. Shut of technology – technology such as ipads, phones, computers, or even TVs stimulate your brain rather than helping it shut down for the night. Try ditching the technology when your mind gets tired. This could be a good habit to try in 2014.
4. Avoid caffeine and Alcohol – Caffeine will obviously cause you to stay awake longer. Some people like a beer to put them to sleep. This can be the case but during the second half of the night the body breaks down the liquid, the alcohol in the bloodstream often leads to an increase in the number of times a person briefly wakes up. 5) Stick to a sleep schedule – This can be a great habit to form! Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night. These are just a few ways to help sleep well in 2014 and even help with some of your New Year’s resolutions in the process. Here is one more bonus tip for you; get comfortable! Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. This can mean cool, dark and quiet as well as cozy bedding! I hope this article helps on your endeavor to a better night’s sleep in 2014. Sleep well. Live well. Blog post author: Jesse, Bedding Expert