I took the opportunity to take a look at some of the published lists of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions for the last ten years, and there are a few perennial favourites that appear time and time again. There are probably no prizes for guessing them, but the main ones are:
- Losing excess weight
- Getting fitter and healthier
- Focusing on job performance
- Improving relationships
These are all “regulars” on the published Top Ten lists, year after year.
However, notably absent is the one key thing that can actually help people to achieve all of these goals: and that is getting better sleep.
Resolving to get better sleep may be the single most meaningful promise we can ever make to ourselves, because meeting our bodies’ need for sleep can empower us to accomplish so many other important goals.
So many studies have shown that optimizing sleep can help facilitate weight loss and that weight loss is no longer considered to result from “diet and exercise”, but rather from “diet, exercise and sleep”.
Similarly, athletic performance (and generalized fitness) is so closely linked to healthy sleep that most professional sports teams today have dedicated sleep professionals, who help manage players’ sleep schedules in an effort to gain a competitive edge.
On the job, outcomes ranging from problem solving and critical thinking skills to the likelihood of getting a promotion have been tied to optimizing sleep.
The impact of sleep deprivation on relationships has also been extensively studied, with the unanimous conclusion that well rested couples are quite significantly more likely to be happy than sleep deprived couples. Indeed, many therapists suggest that the old adage to “never go to bed angry” ought to be replaced with: “never argue when you are tired”. The theory being that it is better to get a good night’s rest, and deal with a problem in the morning, when you are both well rested, than to try to hash things out tired and irritable.
And key to that good night’s sleep for many is for you to eliminate snoring as the single main factor that not only damages your relationship, and your general health, but also can lead on to many more highly significant and life-threatening illnesses; strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, cancer and even damage to the brain according to recent investigations into sleep apnoea or really heavy snoring where you actually stop breathing.
It has been proved beyond doubt that those individuals who enjoy less than six hours good sleep per night, versus seven or eight, face a four times higher risk of stroke. The survey ran for almost 3 years with nearly 6,000 respondents and was sponsored by the US Government, where there is a much higher awareness of both the risks, and the real cost, of snoring.
For the smallest outlay imaginable, as little as £30, you can eliminate most of these current dangers, and at the same time protect yourself from future deadly illnesses by acquiring a mouthpiece such as the SleepPro Standard – not only NHS approved but available instantly by post from their website without prescription. By using such a mouthpiece at night you can reduce the snoring danger to virtually nothing; pleasing your partner, improving your working day and levels of efficiency, and improving your overall health significantly by being well rested and prepared for the coming day. It may even save your life.
For all these reasons and more, consider making this year the year that you resolve to get better sleep. I wish you and yours a Happy, Healthy, and Well Rested New Year!
By John Redfern