Don't resolve to: Get more sleep.
Nobody seems to get enough sleep: Not your overworked boss, not your exhausted mother-in-law—and certainly not you. Which is why it was surprising to see a study come out earlier this year announcing that an increasing number of Americans are getting nine hours of sleep a night—two hours more
than the optimal amount recommended by experts
. The percentage of survey respondents who reported sleeping for nine hours rose from 28 percent in 1985 to 37 percent in 2007, and the trend seems to be continuing
. So why do we all feel so tired? The study authors pointed out that participants may have been reporting how long they spent in bed, not necessarily how long they spent in bed asleep
. Most likely, the problem isn't that we're all sleeping less but that we're sleeping erratically, tossing and turning and waking frequently throughout the night.
Do resolve to:
Get better sleep. Regardless of how much time you spend in bed, you should feel refreshed when you get out of it. If you don't, here's what you could be doing wrong