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Make sleep a priority in 2018 and you’ll reap the benefits all year round

It’s that time again—a time not just to recover from the excesses of the holiday season but also to think about the positive steps we can take to make the year ahead one of our best yet. Losing weight, doing more exercise, keeping healthy, staying relaxed and being more successful at work are just some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.

But there is one step you can take that can have a positive impact on all of these areas—sleeping better.

Research has shown that improved sleep can help with weight loss, improve our ability to exercise, prevent ill health and make you more effective at work (read some of our blog posts from last year to find out more).

Since research also shows that we now sleep on average a whole hour less than we did in the 1940s, there is no time like the present to make a difference to our sleep patterns.

The Royal Society for Public Health has found out that four in ten of us are not getting enough sleep and one in five of us sleep poorly most nights. As researchers have shown a strong link between sleeping well and our overall well-being, some small adjustments to our sleep routine could make a big difference to our levels of happiness in 2018.

Good health is something we all hope for over the coming year and once again sleep can help prevent us becoming run-down and suffering more serious illnesses.

Sleeping less than 7 hours a night has been connected to a number of chronic health conditions such as heart attacks and cancer by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

So what are you waiting for? Make sleep a priority now and you could sleep your way to a happier, healthier and more successful 2018. Here are a few tips from us to help you on the way. Don’t forget the golden rule of New Year’s resolutions; set achievable, realistic goals—all of our tips are small and easy to achieve steps.

Sources: 'Western society is chronically sleep deprived': the importance of the body's clock” The Guardian. Web. 10 Oct 2017. Inadequate Sleep as a Risk Factor for Obesity: Analyses of the NHANES I. Gangwisch JE1, Malaspina D, Boden-Albala B, Heymsfield SB. Association between Objectively-measured Physical Activity and Sleep, Loprinzia et al. The Effects of Sleep Extension on the Athletic Performance of Collegiate Basketball Players Mah et al.

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