Set Small Achievements but Big Goals
Wow, last night sure was fun. It’s New Year’s Day and you’re just recalling all the resolutions you made for the upcoming year. Hopefully, as you professed to your friends about your resolve to exercise more and save money in 2018, you also created goals for healthy sleep to be a part of your new year plan. But how can you make that resolution stick? We’ve got some ideas you can put into action this year to make your sleep goals a reality.
All joking aside, prioritizing sleep is one of the healthiest things you can do. Getting more quality sleep has a noticeable effect on all aspects of your life. From better memory and stress reduction to improved work performance and productivity, sleep is at the heart of good health along with exercise and diet. One of the ways to make sure your sleep resolutions take hold is to start by setting manageable small milestones. Set a goal of trying to get to bed at the same time 3 nights per week, then increase it to 5. Once you achieve that milestone, you can implement other small targets like avoiding your cell phone before bed, doing stretches every morning, or avoiding caffeine in the afternoon a few days per week. These small objectives will inform your larger goal: to get more quality sleep regularly.
To really stay accountable to your end result, set a weekly goal in your SleepScore Max app. You can set goals like waking up less at night, boosting energy levels, or perfecting your overall sleep. You’ll get midweek reminders with how you’re coming along on your goal, and you can always change your goal week to week to keep challenging yourself. Just go to the Goals tab in the app to start today.
Challenge Friends and Family
When you’re sleeping, you’re recovering. Think of your body like your smartphone or laptop – after a day of use, it’s time to recharge. Sleep recharges your heart, boosts your immune system and refreshes your energy to take on the challenges of the next day. It’s important to remember all the benefits of healthy rest when you’re feeling your will to stick with the resolution fading. Another way to stay motivated is to challenge your friends or family members to join you. Set weekly challenges to see who can get the best SleepScore average for the week. Keep things interesting by offering a prize for the winner- maybe movie tickets, dinner, or something else fun and inexpensive. You’ll all be feeling like winners with the improved sleep!
Involve Your Spouse or Partner
There’s something to be said about personal accountability when your partner or spouse is actively involved in helping create a new habit. When they’re also trying to get better sleep, they can help keep you motivated and excited about the goal, and vice versa. Their support can also be good motivation when you want to stay up late, but they know going to bed on time will help you both reach your shared goal together.
Reflect on How Great It Feels to Get Better Rest
It’s important not to lose sight of all the positive results of getting great sleep. On days when you’ve gotten quality rest, take a few moments to reflect on how good you’re feeling. Maybe you feel more mental clarity, can make quicker decisions, and are more productive at work. Or perhaps you’re able to be more energetic with your kids and family and can get more done around the house than normal. Remembering these moments will make it easier to motivate yourself when the urge to dump your resolution kicks in later in the year.
Design Your Environment for Maximum Sleep
Think about other habits you’ve eliminated in the past. If you’re breaking the habit of smoking cigarettes, you probably don’t want to be at a get together where there are a lot of smokers. The same can be said about your home environment. By making your home a place that supports great sleep, it’ll help you maintain your resolution. Install dimmers on your lights so you can bring down the light in the evening and ease into your sleep cycle. Create a bedroom sanctuary that is perfect for solid rest. You can even equip your bedroom with products like sound machines or certain pillows to aid your sleep.
Keep the Momentum Going
The first day of any new habit is the toughest. From there, it gets easier and easier. To keep the momentum going, try marking X’s on your calendar, or checking off a daily list of items achieved. The feeling of accomplishing tasks will help keep you on track and excited about your resolution.
New Year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to stick to, but with a bit of dedication, this is one resolution that can radically improve your overall health. As you make new lifestyle commitments for 2018, don’t forget the true foundation of good health – better sleep!