“The One New Year’s Resolution You Must Keep”


Find yourself making the same tired resolution to get fit or lose weight or eat more nutritious foods? You’re not alone. New Year’s resolutions are successful 39 percent of the time among young people, and only 14 percent of the time among people who are 50 or older.

Whatever your resolution, the likelihood of its fulfillment is dependent upon your general health, which is contingent upon one critical factor: sleep. More than 40 percent of Americans say they “rarely or never” get a good night’s sleep on a weeknight and 60 percent report experiencing some sleep problem almost every night. We all cherish those precious hours of shut-eye that never feel quite enough.

Here are a few tips to help you relax before bedtime:

1. Power Down An Hour Before Bed

Nearly all Americans — as many as 95 percent, in fact — use some tech gadget in the hour before bed at least a couple of nights a week, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2011 Sleep In America poll. But the blue light emitted from TV, laptop, tablet and smartphone screens disrupts the brain’s natural melatonin production and can trigger alertness, keeping you awake later. Experts recommend going screen-free about an hour before bedtime and picking a less disruptive way to unwind during that time instead. In 2013, try a warm bath, a good book or some nighttime tea to soothe you to sleep.

2. Leave The Cell Phone Outside The Bedroom

Half of Americans sleep next to their cell phones, according to a Time magazine poll. More than 80 percent of 18-24 year olds are guilty of this sleep no-no. Not only is the blue light emitted a problem, but middle-of-the-night texts and emails can disrupt your sleep as well

3. Consider What (And When) You Eat And Drink
Experts recommend ditching caffeine six to eight hours before bed to make sure it’s out of your system by lights out time. Alcohol, while it can help lull you to sleep, is only disruptive later on in the night. It’s also a good idea to steer clear of fatty foods too close to bedtime, since they can lead to fewer hours of sleep, and sleep-disrupting issues like indigestion and acid reflux. Instead, stick to foods that promote sleep: bananas, cherries, almonds, oatmeal, milk and tea.

It’s true that there’s no magic number of hours of sleep that every adult must get, but in general, most people require about seven to nine hours to feel and function their best.

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