It’s the New Year, which means that many people are making their New Year’s resolutions. Whether your goal for 2014 includes dieting, going on a healthy detox, or a commitment to go to the gym more often, the truth is that healthy, good sleep plays a major role in your success or failure. Here's how getting better sleep can be beneficial to your New Year's Resolution:

 

 

  • How can sleep help your diet? Eating habits (what we eat and when we eat it) are inseparably linked to sleep quality because of how they affect energy production and consumption. Functioning through the day means that you need enough energy during the day, but also nightly rejuvenation. When you get poor sleep, you are starting your day at a disadvantage, and that can cause you body to crave high-fat, quick energy foods, which can lead to caving into those junk-food cravings and cheating on your diet. Eating foods like this leads in turn to poor sleep, and so starts a vicious cycle. However, getting good sleep, followed up with a nutritious breakfast, allows you to function more efficiently, and will help decrease your cravings for fatty foods.
  • How can sleep help your detox? Good sleep also helps your body out with a regeneration process for skin cells and tissue. The vitamins generated while you sleep help with things like wrinkles and bags under the eyes, meaning that good sleep will help you look as fresh as you feel. This vitamin production helps boost your immune system, fortifying your body against infections and illnesses.
  • How can sleep help your fitness goals? Exercise is a vital part of any healthy lifestyle, so it’s not surprising that it forms a part of many of our New Year’s resolutions. Your body’s complex hormonal reaction to exercise means that it can be a bad idea to work out just before bedtime. The serotonin and other hormones that are created by productive exercise effectively act as stimulants that keep the mind active and alert. If you schedule exercise to end three hours before you go to bed you can avoid the two activities clashing.

Maybe you should consider adding "Get better sleep," to your list of New Year's resolutions! What are some of your other New Year's resolutions?