Want to be more productive in 2017? Improve your sleep.

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It’s no secret that today’s nonstop, ever-connected lifestyle is detrimental to our sleep. A recent Sleepyhead survey showed more Kiwis are staying up later and getting up earlier, averaging just six hours of sleep per night.

As we head into the New Year, most of us aim to better ourselves both personally and professionally. However, a lack of sleep can prevent us from achieving this, resulting in poor concentration, memory loss, high blood pressure and irritability.

Take control of your sleep with our top tips:

  • Your body doesn’t know Wednesday from Sunday, so changing your sleep routine can mess with your biological clock. Start a journal documenting the times you go to sleep and wake up in the morning. Evaluate after one week and see where you can improve.
  • Keep your bedroom cool and dark. Maintaining your room at a constant temperature will help ensure you have an uninterrupted sleep.
  • Avoid large meals, alcohol, and sugar before bed. These can all disrupt your sleep, making it hard to feel rested the next day.

Improve your sleep habits, remember to disconnect and recharge, and make 2017 your best year yet.