A new year, a better night’s rest

A new year, a better night’s rest

The new year is here, and that means people across the world are making resolutions. If you want to become a better version of yourself this year, you're going to need a healthy attitude and plenty of sleep.

Why sleep is important for your New Year's resolutions

Every year, millions of Americans resolve to change in some way for the new year. Yet 80 percent of resolutions are abandoned by the second week in February, according U.S. News & World Report. If you want to succeed this year, you're going to need a plan – and that strategy should involve a healthy amount of sleep.

When you miss out on a good night's sleep, it affects your ability to be productive, and you're more likely to engage in risk-taking behavior. In fact, the symptoms people exhibit when sleep deprived are quite similar to those of drunkenness. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that people who sleep between five and six hours in a night are twice as likely to get in a car accident as people who sleep for seven or more hours a night.

If you apply that logic to some of the most common new year's resolutions, such as losing weight, saving money, reading more and getting organized, it's easy to see how a lack of sleep could harm your goals. After all, it's hard to finish reading those novels if you keep drifting to sleep on the couch.

A good night's sleep will give you the energy you need to accomplish your goals.A good night's sleep will give you the energy you need to accomplish your goals.

Finding the perfect mattress

A new mattress can help you sleep easier, reduce chronic back pain and help you stay productive in the new year. However, it's important to note that any new mattress you buy will feel more comfortable than the one you currently own – but that doesn't mean it will stay that way. The only true way to judge the quality and longevity of a new mattress is to visit a store and compare mattresses in person. Though you might find cheap prices online, you can't judge comfort by photos alone.

When you try mattresses in person, a sleep expert can help you determine the optimal level of firmness for your body and give you personalized recommendations. Plus, you'll have more options for after-sale care and repairs.

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