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Top 3 Reasons Why Getting A Good Night’s Sleep Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution
Every January 1st, hundreds of thousands of people make a New Year’s Resolution: a (re)commitment to a habit they feel will improve their life. Topping the list of most popular NY resolutions are eating better and exercising more. Did you know that improving your sleep could be key in achieving both of those goals? This week on the blog, we’re going to tell you why getting a good night’s sleep should be at the top of your resolutions list for 2019!
SLEEP HELPS US MAKE BETTER FOOD CHOICES
Is one of your resolutions to eat better? The quality of our sleep can have a huge impact our food choices! In a recent study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that more consistent sleep was linked with a lower sugar consumption. When we’re sleepy, we tend to reach for foods that give us a quick burst of energy. More often than not, that means food with higher carbohydrates, sugar and fat content, rather than some low-cal vegetables. These types of food trigger a spike in energy followed by a sharp crash, which we might make up for in a second serving, even when we aren’t hungry.
When we’re lacking energy, we might be more tempted to choose take-out over preparing or cooking our own meals. Since lots of takeout food high in calories and low in nutritional value, not to mention full of unhealthy preservatives and mystery ingredients, this habit can be bad for both your waistline and your wallet.
SLEEP HELPS US STAY ACTIVE
If you’re hoping to hit the gym more often in 2019, then listen up! Sleep and exercise have a more obvious link than sleep and food. When we’re getting enough quality rest, we have more energy. More energy means we’re more likely to work out! If we’re feeling unrested, we’re more apt to make excuses and may have a harder time getting up off the couch.
Sleep is also an essential part of muscle recovery and regeneration. Poor quality sleep will impede your body’s ability to heal itself after a strenuous workout or activity. Not only will you stay sore longer, you’ll also have a harder time building muscle, which is key to burning fat!
SLEEP HELPS US BE MORE POSITIVE
More and more research is linking our sleep with our mental wellness. Consistently poor sleep makes us more vulnerable to stress, as well as anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. If an individual is predisposed to mental illness, lack of sleep can worsen symptoms, or even cause flare ups.
In one study, participants who reduced their sleep time by ⅓ (to approximately 5 hours/night) for just one week reported an increase in sadness, frustration and irritability. The good news is that the rebound effect was quicker than anticipated; participants found that once they started getting more sleep, they noticed significant improvements to their mood almost immediately!
COMMIT TO A BETTER SLEEP in 2019!
Sleep impacts all areas of your life. If you’re resolving to improve your health this year, don’t forget of the importance of sleep! Are you following our Facebook page yet? We’re going to be sharing lots of tips throughout the month of December on how to get the most of your sleep.