With the new year rolling in, most of us are creating our own New Year’s Resolutions lists to get us started with some life changes. If you’re thinking of what other things you can include in your list that can improve your quality of life in 2015, our suggestion is to get more sleep.
Creating a healthier sleeping habit is a great addition to everyone’s New Year’s resolutions list, as it can easily promote a healthier lifestyle and a higher quality of life. If you’re not yet convinced why you should opt to sleep more this coming 2015, here are a few reasons that could change your mind.
1. Sleep is good.
We’ve written about the benefits of sleep numerous times before, and we will continue to tell you more about how awesome it can be for you. Read about why you need sleep here, top benefits of sleep here, and why sleep is the secret to happiness here.
2. Sleep can help you be healthier in general.
Experts say that sleep is just as important as eating well and exercising, as you get to rest and regenerate the energy you’ve spent from the day’s activities. As mentioned in our other blog posts, there are just so many health benefits to getting proper sleep, so why not try it out and give yourself a shot at a healthier lifestyle? To get a better grasp of how sleep can be very good for your wellbeing, check out the infographic below (click to enlarge).
3. Sleep can help you lose weight.
According to experts, if you want to shed some weight off, a perfect balance of diet and exercise is needed. However, additional studies also suggest that sleep can also be beneficial for those who want to get rid of their excess fat. Sleep helps control your hunger hormones, as well as allow you to burn more calories (more sleep = more energy = more calories burned). Sleep deprivation, on the other hand, will make you crave for more fatty and sugary foods to fuel the body, pushing you to consume more than your body and physical routine can expel. For more details on how you can lose weight in your sleep, you can also read a previous blog post here.
4. Sleep can help you get better grades.
When you sleep, your brain stores and processes information. This is why sleep is essential for school children, as it helps them retain more knowledge. Read more about this here.
5. Sleep can help you be more productive.
As getting enough sleep lets you recharge and regenerate for the day ahead, it can also be your best tool for productivity. If you’re groggy and sluggish at work or school, it’s more likely that you’ll complete less tasks by being slow or inefficient. This, in turn, can cause you to even opt to sleep less, since there’s just so much to do and you have so little time. By sleeping enough, though, you can break this vicious cycle and get more alertness and wakefulness to ensure productivity.
These are just some of the top reasons why getting more sleep is a great addition to your New Year’s resolutions. Improve your sleep this coming 2015 and get to enjoy the year even more.