How to Stick to Your New Year's Resolution of Getting More Sleep ...

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If you aren’t getting between 7 and 9 hours every night, then one of your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions should be to get more sleep – no matter what other resolutions you set.

That number of hours is the recommended amount by the National Sleep Foundation but it’s difficult to achieve consistently with so many calls on our time.

Here are some practical ways to make strides to sleeping more in 2016.

1. Understand the Zzzz Facts

Organizations like the National Sleep Foundation (sleepfoundation.org) provide information on the importance of sleep for your health and mental wellbeing.

Find out what constitutes a sleep disorder, what the relationship between sleep and food, productivity and a happy home life is.

2. Understand the Importance of Regular Exercise

To facilitate the necessary seven to nine hours of sleep per night, make sure to exercise regularly.

Studies have shown that forest walks are particularly good for getting regular sleep and those who exercise at moderate intensity levels have experienced relief from insomnia.

3. Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule

You can train body and mind to unwind at the end of the day by keeping to a regular sleep schedule.

Don't go out jogging late at night or try to cram several additional hours of sleep into less busy periods at the weekend or during holidays.

According to research, it's not possible to make up for lost sleep in just a couple of nights.

Sticking to a sleep routine weekdays and on weekends, however, does work.3

4. Associate Bed with Bedtime Stuff Only

Ban the TV from the bedroom.

The word "bed" must conjure up the image of "sleeping beauty" instantly, so don't use the bedroom for anything other than sleep or similarly relaxing activities that may go bump in the night, but are gentle on your peace of mind and sleepy head.

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