It’s that time of year again… when we make a promise to ourselves that we’ll finally hit the gym, watch less television, lose weight, or spend more time with friends and family.
Along with exercise and diet, sleep is one of the three “pillars of health”, but fatigue can contribute to lack of exercise, as well as increased appetite (particularly for junk food). If you’re planning on improving your diet or exercise habits, changing your sleep habits in the New Year may help.
The beginning of 2017 is the perfect time to actively start upgrading the quality and quantity of your sleep. The overall health benefits are invaluable. Each week, aim to make one small, achievable change to your night time routine.
Some examples include:
- Remove all technology from the bedroom and stop checking your smart phone at least two hours before bed time.
- Stop hitting snooze! Place your alarm on the other side of your bedroom and get up the first time it goes off.
- Start getting ready for bed one hour before you actually want to be asleep.
Small changes throughout the year can make a big difference to the quality of your sleep ensuring you wake feeling, revived and refreshed, ready to take on your day.