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Follow these nine smart steps to get better sleep in the new year

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Follow these nine smart steps to get better sleep in the new year



When it comes to setting healthy resolutions for the New Year, sleep is just as essential as nutrition and exercise, experts agree.

A lack of sleep can put you at a greater risk for obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, poor mental health and even early death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Also, a sleep deficit can adversely impact mood, productivity and focus throughout the day.

SLEEPING LONGER OVER THE WEEKEND COULD HELP PREVENT HEART ATTACKS, SAYS STUDY

Below are nine of the most noteworthy sleep findings that Fox News Digital has covered over the past 12 months. 

Each of these findings can bring you better sleep in the year ahead. 

A study published in the journal Sleep Health found that people who slept for at least one hour longer on weekends had lower rates of cardiovascular disease compared to those who didn’t get catch-up sleep.

The biggest benefit was seen in those who got less than six hours of sleep on weekdays and slept for at least two extra hours on weekends.

Although this was an observational study, Dr. Marc Siegel, clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and a Fox News medical contributor, said he believes the…



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