Here’s a radical idea: You could be sleeping better.
Okay, so it’s an assertion unlikely to raise any eyebrows. Most of us will readily and eagerly acknowledge, even brag of our sleepless nights, our long hours hard at work, our early morning risings and late night shenanigans. For some, it’s a badge of honor; for others, it’s an unfortunate reality. Sleep just isn’t always a priority in this busy life.
So let me raise the stakes: You should be sleeping better.
As we march boldly into the new year, there’s little doubt that resolutions for 2017 are already on your mind. And let’s face it, more often than not they are about health, specifically weight loss. We all want to see that scale drop and those clothes loosen. We can’t always see the immediate effects of quality sleep like we can a kickin’ beach bod. But we can certainly feel them. As vitally important as eating well and exercising regularly are to a healthy life, they’re only part of the equation. This new year, give sleep its time of day by resolving to do it better.
Whether we want to or not, we spend a third of our lives asleep. That’s a stunning figure, even more so when you consider the amount of our lives actually affected by sleep: 100 percent. It affects our work, our eating habits, our love lives, our relationships, and, of course, our health. Lack of sleep is associated obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, stress, high blood pressure, and more. You’d be hard pressed to find a problem in your life that couldn’t be linked to it, or at the very least improved with better sleep. And yet according to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three American adults aren’t getting enough sleep (which they consider seven or more hours a night) regularly. That’s not just a shame, that’s a full-blown national health crisis. And besides the occasional trending news article or blog post (*clears throat*), it’s a crisis with little being done to address it.
The benefits to dedicating your time and resources to better sleep are abundant and we’ve touched on them many, many times before. Simply put, you’ll live better and longer. The tools and tips to achieve better sleep are at your disposal. Simply put, invest in an environment and mattress that works for you. And with a visit to Sleep Outfitters, you’ll be properly fitted to the bed that’s right for you through our one-of-a-kind Sleep Assessment process.
Sleep shouldn’t be something to fight against. Just listen to your body. What could be more natural? At Sleep Outfitters this new year, all we are saying is give sleep a chance. You might like what you find.
Oh yeah, and Happy New Year!