Are You Keeping Your Resolutions?

Did you know that 45% of Americans make New Year Resolutions every year? 38% of these resolutions are weight related. Only 8% of Americans actually follow through with their resolutions and succeed: only 8%!

I constantly hear friends and family say at the beginning of each year they are going to lose weight and suddenly a few weeks down the road, I catch them eating Twinkies again! Now, what if I told you that your New Years Resolution can be more easily reached by simply sleeping more at night? I know what you’re thinking, it’s too good to be true, BUT by sleeping 8 hours a night you are more likely to make smart eating decisions, have more energy and allow your metabolism to function properly.

How many times a week do you get up in the morning, feeling sleep deprived and can’t wait to get a cup of coffee? How about grabbing that energy drink or high-in-sugar snack to boost your energy? I’m willing to bet most of you are nodding your heads. Well, this is very common in today’s society and we all feel we need that extra jolt due to the lack of quality sleep. By achieving 8 hours of sleep each night, you should wake up feeling refreshed each day. That cup of coffee, energy drink and donut should no longer be a necessity, but instead a treat. By feeling recharged each morning, you’ll actually be able to decide what you WANT to eat and drink, rather than what you think you NEED.

You’ll be amazed how much energy you’ll have at the end of the day after a good nights sleep. This is where most people fall off the bandwagon when it comes to weight related resolutions. You’re tired, just left work, probably hit some traffic on the way home and you’re debating whether or not you should go to the gym. Once you persuade yourself with reasons of why you don’t want to go and promise yourself you’ll go tomorrow,  you decide you’re probably too tired to cook, instead you grab take-out for the family– This is a vicious cycle! I like to call this “sleep-debt”. Think about it, day after day your routine doesn’t change and after a while, this sleep-debt starts to build up, your New Year Resolution is getting further and further away. How about we pay off our debt?

Metabolism and how it functions is also correlated with sleep. As many of you already know, there are two types of sleep, non-REM sleep and REM sleep(rapid eye movement). Non-REM sleep has four stages, where the third and forth stages are considered SWS (slow wave sleep). During SWS, metabolism is least active, which allows your body to rest while sleeping, therefore giving you more energy and allowing you to feel more refreshed for the following day.

So, for all of you that made weight related resolutions this year, let’s give our bodies a helping hand by getting a few extra hours of sleep each night!

Cheers to losing in 2013!

Sleepland at Furnitureland South

Brittany Forrest | Sleep Specialist

Visit Sleepland at Furnitureland South, call 866.553.4200 to make an appointment with our sleep specialists to discover your best night’s sleep!

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