The new year brings with it a clean slate, and for many of us, resolutions to work out more, eat healthier and get ahead in your career. Regardless of your goals for 2018, you should add getting a solid 7-9 hours of sleep every night to your New Year’s to-do list, because Mattress Firm knows that investing in your rest will help you reach just about any new year’s goal.
Noticing a short fuse lately? Your sleep habits may be to blame. Studies show that it only takes one night of insufficient sleep to make someone irritable and less able to enjoy the positive things in life. And, it’s no secret that your mood impacts every part of your life, from your relationships to your self-care routines — even your ability to exercise. In fact, Mattress Firm’s recent study, ‘Dozed and Confused: Why American’s Have Trouble Sleeping,’ showed that adults who exercise are more likely to be optimistic than non-exercisers.
Feeling behind at work? Getting adequate sleep may help you catch up. Not only does the amount of sleep you get affect your mood, it also has an adverse effect on your clear-headedness and productivity throughout the day. In fact, a study from RAND Corporation suggests that sleep deprivation costs the US $411 BILLION in productivity per year. If you’re angling to get that promotion this year, it may be time to invest in your rest.
Looking for the fountain of youth? Look no further than the bedroom. Studies show that a lack of sleep in children can lead to the shortening of telomeres in their chromosomes. Without getting too far into the scientific details, telomeres shorten with age, and that research finds that the less sleep you get, the faster those telomeres will shorten. So rather than investing in another expensive night cream, consider investing in a few extra hours of sleep each night and compare the results.
Your Exercise Goals
It’s easy to get hung up on the importance of exercise and neglect your sleep health, but we know that investing in your rest is the key to maintaining successful fitness habits.
‘Dozed and Confused: Why Americans Have Trouble Sleeping,’ also showed that exercise and sleep go hand-in-hand. Those who sleep the recommended 6-8 hours each night are more likely to exercise multiple times in a week than those who don’t get enough sleep.
Worried about your resolution fizzling early? Don’t fret — follow Mattress Firm’s #NoYawnNewYear challenge for simple choices you can make each day that will contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
Cheers to a restful and successful New Year!
About The Author
The Daily Dozers is a team of our finest Mattress Firm sleep happy experts, pooling their expertise to bring you all you need to know on sleep news of the day and the latest trends in sleep health. Sometimes our team of regular Daily Doze contributors (Craig, Ken and Sunni…not to name names) will throw a pillow or two when trying to decide who gets to write about which topic; and when that happens, we let our task force of daily dozin’ specialists play referee, pooling their knowledge on the topic. From super-sized snoring habits to the very real struggle of trying to become a morning person, there’s no topic too tired for The Daily Dozers.
Best Night’s Sleep: There’s nothing that this dream team loves more than long walks on the beach to prepare for a peaceful slumber, a warm cup of lavender tea, an old Jane Austen novel and curling up in the comfort of their very own Mattress Firm beds.