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Make a Healthy New Year's Resolution: Resolve to Sleep Better in 2013

By December 31, 2012

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As 2012 is put to bed, it is time to focus our attention on the hope and promise of a new year. This is the perfect time to make a healthy new year's resolution: make 2013 the year that you finally sleep better.

In the hustle and bustle of life, sleep often gets short changed. It is the first thing tossed aside if we are too busy and, quite literally, the last thing we get to at night. We may not meet our sleep needs and suffer the ill effects of sleep deprivation. This is an insidious process that often undermines our abilities with little notice until it is corrected. It may contribute to feelings of anxiety, depression, and irritability. It may also impair our concentration, attention, and short-term memory.

For those with a sleep disorder, these difficulties can be compounded. This year resolve to make the appointment to have your sleep disorder properly diagnosed and treated. Sleep apnea can have serious consequences, leading to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and sudden death. Insomnia can undermine your energy and make your life miserable. You don't have to suffer through these conditions; many effective treatment options are available.

There are ways that you can sleep better tonight. Aside from the basic guidelines contained in recommended sleep hygiene, there is helpful advice to improve your sleep. Identify the 10 worst things that can undermine your sleep. Whether you can't sleep a wink or are too sleepy, there is help available to you.

Sleep is arguably the most important thing you can do to improve your life. The energy you put into improving it will return to you many fold with a renewed vitality. May 2013 be filled with healthful rest and every happiness!

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