ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Getting more sleep is well down on the list of resolutions made by Americans each year, according to a new survey released by the Better Sleep Council.
While just 27% of the 88% of Americans making resolutions said that “getting more/better sleep” is one of their goals for the new year, better sleep would actually help many Americans achieve their goals, BSC officials said.
“Adding better sleep to your list of New Year’s resolutions can make it easier to reach some of the other goals on your list, whether that’s exercise, getting fit, or even losing weight,” said Lissa Coffey, a lifestyle expert and BSC spokesperson. “It seems so simple, but getting adequate rest can positively impact every other part of your life. When you’re well rested, it’s easier to choose healthier foods and to feel energized to exercise.”
Those who reported that they wanted more sleep/better sleep as one their resolutions also reported other health-related goals, including exercising more (69%) and staying fit and healthy (68%), which were the top two selected New Year’s resolutions overall, the BSC survey found.
Also, Americans surveyed who wanted to prioritize sleep in 2018 planned to do so by getting to bed earlier (65%), maintaining a consistent bedtime (62%) and having new nighttime routines (53%). Almost half of those surveyed said they also plan to upgrade their sleep environment by purchasing a new mattress or other bed-related items, the survey found