Why Sleeping Better Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution
Here we are again, another year and another set of resolutions. The new year is always a good time to take stock and see where you’re at — and to plan out who you want to be. While there are all kinds of ways that we try to improve ourselves, perhaps the best way we can do this is to spend more time sleeping.
It turns out that sleeping is a vital factor in all kinds of things that are tied to our resolutions. While it may seem counterintuitive to sleep more to accomplish more, it simply isn’t the case. It’s all about the quality of your awake hours — which are directly tied to your hours asleep. So without further ado, here’s how sleep is going to help you keep those resolutions throughout the year.
Have Better Relationships
Are you worried about being a better friend and improving your love life? Sleep can help with that. Sleep is a proven (and natural) remedy for anxiety, depression, and crankiness. The hormones produced during sleep will help regulate emotion, but not only that it promotes brain health of the amygdala, which is heavily associated with mental health.
A brain-imaging study revealed that sleep loss over-activates the amygdala, a section of the brain that plays a huge role in mental processing and is involved in mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.
“It’s almost as though, without sleep, the brain was unable to put emotional experiences into context and produce controlled, appropriate responses,” says Matthew Walker, a Neurologist at UC-Berkeley. “Emotionally, you’re not on a level playing field.”
So if you’re looking to be more empathetic, sympathetic, and generally there for your friends in the new year, take time out to sleep. It could just improve your emotional intelligence. Be a better friend; sleep on it.
Be a Better Employee
What do Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Arianna Huffington all have in common? They’re all super successful, and they all get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Success in business can be directly tied to the amount of time you spend sleeping.
Sleep helps with memory, motivation, and interpersonal skills, all vital components of doing good business. If your resolution is to find the job you’re looking for, starting the company you’ve always dreamed of, or even just put in better hours at the job you have, then sleep could be the piece of the puzzle that you’ve been missing. Don’t neglect that time on your mattress, think of it as fuel for the day, and wake up feeling motivated and powerful knowing that the hours you spend awake will be at peak performance. Hey, if it works for Bill Gates, it’ll work for you.
Get the Body You Want
Trying to become a workout warrior? Make sure you don’t neglect your sleep. Sleep is when your body recharges, not just mending muscles, but producing the hormones and enzymes that will make your body stronger, faster, and quicker to recover. Sleep science has become a huge part of the success of elite athletes. Lebron James, Tom Brady, and the women’s olympic hockey team all have dedicated sleep specialists. James and Brady are said to sleep up to 12 hours a day! While that might not be feasible for you, there is tons of evidence to suggest that if you’re looking for peak results in the gym, you’re going to have to put time in on your mattress first.
No matter what your resolutions are, we’re confident that a great mattress and plenty of sleep will help you accomplish those goals. It’s a matter of making time and energy for the things that matter, and first on that list is sleep. You’re going to love how the new you feels.
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