It's that time of year - folk around the globe are making (and breaking) resolutions. Most are looking to lose weight and get rich, however, the way they are going about reaching these goals may surprise you: the key to their success is changing how they sleep.
Sleep resolutions come in many shapes and sizes but all promise the same thing - better sleep for a better life. Sleep research has shown that good sleep can transform relationships, productivity and health so it is no wonder that those well informed about the power of sleep are resolving to get more of it in 2017.
Arianna Huffington launched her best-seller called ‘Sleep Revolution’ in 2016 after realizing that for most, great sleep was what stood in their way of thriving.
It appears that many people are in agreement and sleep is now seen as essential to wellbeing and not to be sacrificed at the altar of productivity.
This week NOLA.com launched the 28-day Sleep Revolution Challenge to encourage those making Sleep Resolutions to keep a journal of the changes that they see and feel over a 28-day period.
Some of the suggested sleep resolutions include making sleep a priority (rather than engaging in screen time dedicated to work or entertainment); getting more sleep (a total of 6-8 hours per day); getting to bed earlier (around 1 hour after sunset); and improving sleep quality (by using sleep hygiene strategies such as white noise to prevent disturbances).
But the foundation for all of these sleep resolutions is having the right mattress. When your body is allowed to rest in its natural position, muscles are relaxed and sleep is more refreshing. Do yourself a favour this year - remind yourself what it feels like to be properly rested and invest in a Sealy bed. Endless studies show that even small differences in mattress support result in better sleep.
We would love to hear what sleep resolutions you have made and support you in keeping them.