The New Year's resolutions you need to make for your sleep

Mail Online | 12/31/2018 | Sophie Haslett For Daily Mail Australia
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It's the thing we all do every night that dictates so much of the next day - whether it's our energy levels, hunger or efficiency at work.

But still, so many of us don't get the required seven or eight hours of sleep each night - and instead power through on a potent mix of coffee, energy drinks and false highs.

Thing - Quality - Shut-eye

But if you do one thing in 2019, it should be to improve the quality of your shut-eye.

Here, speaking to FEMAIL, Sydney-based sleep specialist Olivia Arezzolo shared the New Year's resolutions you need to make for your sleep.

Prawns - Alarm - Night - Health - Waistline

From eating more prawns to setting an alarm for the night, they won't just improve your overall health - but could also help to slim your waistline and make you more productive.

While it might be impossible to give up drinking entirely in the holiday season, Olivia recommends you choose to go out for long lunches over boozy dinners.

Drinking - Afternoon - Problems - Sleep - Times

'By drinking in the afternoon, you're less likely to be intoxicated when you fall asleep - avoiding problems such as decreased overall sleep times, increased evening wakings and nightmares,' she told Daily Mail Australia.

Alcohol-fuelled dinners lead to restless nights and increased hangovers.

Phone - Bedroom - Quality - Rest

You might have heard that you shouldn't have your phone in your bedroom if you want good quality rest, but that applies to laptops too.

'As soon as the brain sees your laptop, typically used for work, this is a signal for the brain to start thinking about work,' Olivia explained.

Heightens - Stress - Levels - Contributes - Wakings

'This heightens stress levels and contributes to those 3 or 4am wakings.'

Ideally, she said, you should have a bedroom that is as relaxed as possible, without any signals of work.

Candle - Diffuser - Vibes

Try lighting a scented candle or a diffuser to enhance chilled vibes.

'Supplying you with a significant dose of the protein sub-unit tryptophan, prawns aid sleep for several reasons,'...
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