Everyone focuses on exercise and diet as the new year approaches, but what about your sleep? According to The Better Sleep Council
, a good night's sleep is essential for achieving proper diet, exercise and productivity, and setting great sleep resolutions can help you reach the other goals on your list.
Make one (or more) of these resolutions via The Better Sleep Council to improve your sleep in 2017!
1. Make Your Bed Every Morning
Set a goal to make your bed each morning to create a relaxing sleep sanctuary
2. Measure Sleep With A Sleep App
Do you know exactly how much sleep your getting? If you're a tech-savvy sleeper, you can use sleep apps or your SmartMotion Base
paired up with the Sleeptracker
app to monitor the quantity and quality of your sleep.
3. Rearrange Your Schedule
Make a lifestyle change by going to bed one hour earlier for one week. Then, document your diet, work productivity and exercise to see how it's impacted.
4. Start A Mattress Savings Fund
If your mattress is at least seven years old
, it may be a good time to start saving and looking for a new one.
5. Buy An Alarm Clock And Keep Your Phone In Another Room
The proximity of smartphones to the bed can disrupt sleep, even if it doesn't make any noise during the night. Replace your phone alarm with an alarm clock, and be sure to leave your phone in another room.
6. Replace Caffeine With Water After Lunch
Stay hydrated and limit caffeine intake after lunch. We may not realize it, but caffeine can have longer-lasting effects than expected.
7. Turn Off The TV And Blue Screens Before Bed
Help your body prepare for a restful night of sleep by mellowing out at least one hour before bedtime. That means no TV, tablets or smartphones!
8. Keep A Worry Journal
Before going to bed, write down all the things that are causing you stress or anxiety to ease any tension.
9. Take 20- to 30-Minute Naps
Had a bad night's sleep? Aim for short naps to help improve alertness.
10. Only Hit Snooze Once
Strive for uninterrupted sleep! Set your alarm for the latest setting you can to still wake up on time.