When you make getting adequate sleep your New Year’s resolution, it creates a domino effect that can spur you in your quest to achieve other resolutions you may have and even those you may not have considered because you thought they were too far-fetched.
For anyone wanting to lose weight in the coming new year, having enough sleep can help regulate your leptin hormone so you don’t feel hungry so fast. Furthermore, when you are sleepy, you also tend to crave sugary foods and may consume excess calories to keep yourself going.
If your New Year’s resolution is to lead a healthier lifestyle, then sleep should not be too far away from your agenda. To have the required amount of sleep each night – you will tend to spend less time outside of your home in the wee hours. During such outings, many tend to eat junk food, and engage in certain social vices in a group setting, including smoking and/or drinking.
At the same time, not spending these late nights out with friends can mean you are empowered to choose sleep. This comes with periphery benefits such as helping you save money on the night out, as well as in the long-term with better health.
Sleeping the recommended amount also keeps you alert and energetic at work, and less prone to falling sick, becoming distracted or having to cope with migraines. This all leads to better performance at work, which will likely help with any resolution to get a pay raise or better job. Additionally, you will also have a clearer mind to make better decisions, whether at work or at home.
With long working hours and stressful careers, spending more quality time with your family is also another common resolution. Adequate sleep helps you perform better and more efficiently at work – potentially leaving you more time with your loved ones. Good quality sleep also improves your mood, which is important to having quality family time.
Majority of these life goals form the most common New Year’s resolutions list. With AIA Vitality, we encourage you to keep to your resolutions by rewarding you for making improvements in your lifestyle, regardless of how small they may be.
You can earn AIA Vitality Points when you take a sleep assessment to find out how well you are sleeping and when you participate in our sleep challenge, when you link a supported device to the AIA Vitality App. You can also receive discounts off fitness devices from Garmin, Fitbit and Polar.