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How your New Year's resolution can affect your sleep
Jan. 10, 2018

It’s finally 2018 and you’re ready for that New Year Resolution! Whether it be getting that big promotion at work, starting that ketogenic diet everyone’s been talking about, or simply just getting some well needed sleep. Yes, we all know watching late night talk shows can be fun but we often end up regretting it the next morning when we hear that alarm ring on our smart phones demanding we get up to start the day! You know which song I’m talking about; the one you really liked but now gives you anxiety every time you hear it because you’ve foolishly set it as your alarm tone so now it gives you nothing but misery every morning it goes off.


But wait! What if I told you sleeping in isn’t always the answer? Perhaps it isn’t always about how long you sleep, but how well you sleep. Aah yes, the good old “Quality vs Quantity” comparison, except this time not so much. When it comes to getting a good night’s rest it’s not so much quality vs quantity, but quality and quantity.

So, let’s see how common New Year Resolutions can affect a person’s sleep patterns.


1. Smoking

Nicotine addiction can lead to all sorts of sleep deprivation! Nicotine not only stimulates your brain activity, but the cravings can even wake a person up in the middle of the night. These cravings become even more amplified if one smokes within two hours before heading to bed. Cutting the habit can certainly help you get to bed a lot quicker and wake up a little less anxious.

2. Drinking

Drinking alcohol “suppresses REM sleep”. I know what you’re thinking: “But having a drink helps me fall asleep a lot better!” Sure it does, but it doesn’t mean you’ll be getting the quality sleep you need once you’ve fallen asleep. In fact, drinking can even lead to frequently waking up as well as having terrifying dreams. Because alcohol relaxes the throat it can also cause severe snoring which can be detrimental to your health.

3. Late Night Snacking

Okay, we all do it. We know we shouldn’t, but we do it. If you’re so hungry you can’t go to sleep, opt for a healthy snack like cheese and crackers. Stay away from eating heavy fatty meals before bed. Full, heavy meals can lead to the body working to digest which can keep you up at night. Eating late can also lead to heartburn which is not at all fun. When experience heartburn it’s important to keep yourself wedged up. For chronic heartburn sufferers, it’s highly encouraged you look into purchasing an adjustable bed that will keep your feet and back raised for a good nights sleep.

4. Caffeine

For some people, drinking less coffee is an important New Year resolution. Caffeine has all sorts of negative side effects for people, but it’s absolutely horrible when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. According to the report, coffee “keeps you awake by blocking adenosine” which is a chemical in the brain that helps you fall asleep. Caffeine can also mean waking up constantly to have to go to the bathroom. Giving up caffeine will have a huge impact on your sleep.

 

 

Whatever your New Year Resolution may be, make sure you start it right so there’s less chance of failure. Sometimes gradually cutting back is easier than going cold turkey. Whatever your resolution may be, here’s to reaching your goals and getting a comfortable, cozy, peaceful, good night’s sleep.