The new year is right around the corner, and after two unprecedented years, 2022 seems especially in need of New Year’s resolutions. Goals that focus on health — exercising more, losing weight and improving diet — consistently top people’s lists, yet getting better sleep is often left out, even though it’s essential to our wellbeing. Whichever resolutions you’re setting for 2022, adding quality slumber can help you meet and maintain them.
How Sleep Affects Health
While we sleep, our bodies move into recovery mode, repairing our muscles, forming memories and removing waste from our brains. Without adequate slumber, we become at higher risk for serious health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and dementia.
Sleep is also directly linked to weight loss. When we don’t get enough restful zzz’s, our bodies produce more ghrelin, a hormone that makes you hungry, and less leptin, a hormone that controls appetite. That’s a recipe for overeating, and several studies have shown that sleep-deprived individuals tend to choose foods that are high in calories and carbohydrates.
Less sleep can also lead to less energy to exercise and make certain activities, like weightlifting, less safe. On the flip side, regular exercise can help improve sleep.
Even if your New Year’s resolutions aren’t focused on physical health, quality sleep is also crucial to our mental health and cognitive performance. Maybe your goals include to learn a new skill, spend more time on your hobbies or get your finances in order. You need adequate sleep to foster concentration, memory, emotional processing and problem solving.
Make Better Sleep Your Resolution
It’s time to reevaluate your sleep hygiene and see what you can change in 2022. To make better sleep an actionable New Year’s resolution, the Sleep Foundation recommends using the SMART method. Additionally, for a gentle nudge into a sleepy state, try Slumber CBN. All of our hemp-derived products are specifically designed for safe, naturally better sleep without any negative side effects. If you’re new to CBN, choose a sample pack to see if it’s right for you.
We hope you have a happy, restful holiday season and new year!