A New Year, a New, well-rested you.
The two to three weeks after the New Year begins can be the worst. The gym is crowded, the fruit aisle at the supermarket is picked over, and your life is full of people claiming that they’re going to change drastically. It seems like everyone makes the resolution to lose weight, eat right, and workout more. But what you may not realize is that the simple resolution to sleep well will help both your mind and your body.
The top 5 reasons why sleeping well should be your resolution in 2017:
Better sleep helps you lose weight
Yes, you read that correctly. Metabolism and sleep are controlled by the same sectors of the brain, and this links sleep to things like hormone levels and appetite. Studies show that people who sleep less, feel hungrier throughout the day.
More sleep helps your immune system
It’s winter. No one wants to catch a cold or be stuck at home with the Flu. Being well rested makes it easier to stay healthy because sleep gives your body a chance to recuperate and fight infection.
Sleep improves memory
Ever find yourself browsing the grocery store aisle and totally blank on what you’re shopping for? Are you trying to learn a new language? Did you make a resolution to go to yoga classes but can’t remember the poses? Sleep helps both mind memory and muscle memory.
Sleep makes it easier to pay attention
At STAYA SLEEP, we call it the 3 p.m. blues: the time when your eyelids flutter and you struggle between drinking that extra cup of coffee or pushing through until the end of the day. Better sleep will improve your performance and keep you on your game throughout the day.
Sleep improves your mood
Sleep gives you better control over your emotions. Don’t burst into tears during a minor spat over a television show, don’t get angry over the small things. When you are well-rested, you allow your mind to ease, which means you’ll be able to see the little things with a bit more perspective.