Take 2016 lying down: a new year's resolution to improve your goal achievement

Let's face it, most New Year's resolutions are made to be broken. Eventually, we talk ourselves out of most of them, like not stressing about the little things, eating less sugar, running 10 miles a week, or spending less time on Twitter and Facebook.

But, there's one thing you can resolve to do in 2016 that will help you with all those other things you want to resolve to do and keep the resolution: resolve to be in bed more.

Despite all those admonishments you may have heard about laying around in bed or missing out because you're still in bed, bed is a wonderful place to be more often in 2016, especially if you're asleep while you're in bed. Sleep is the one thing most of us put off most often, even though it is the key to achieving so many other things in your life.

Here are 5 benefits to adding more bed time and sleep to your life:

  • Reduce the effects of stress on your body and mind.
  • Increase your willpower and reduce emotional fluctuations.
  • Make physical activity easier and more effective.
  • Be more productive
  • Be mor e creative.

I'm as guilty as any other writer of putting off sleep for one more page, but this year, I'm making a change. Shorting my sleep cycle during the week and then trying to compensate by oversleeping on the weekends just isn't working anymore.

A week ago, I set a minimum number of hours I must sleep: 6. Then, I started going to bed just 15 minutes earlier each night until I was in bed at the time I knew I needed to be in bed to get my minimum of 6 to 6.5 hours of sleep.

I noticed the improvement, well, overnight. I'm able to think better, plan better, work out better, and write better.

Not everyone's requirement is the same. Maybe it's 7 hours. Maybe it's less. Whatever your number is, shoot for that. After a while, you might even shoot for a little better than your minimum.

One thing is for sure - you'll never regret making going to bed your New Year's resolution. No one ever pulled a muscle getting more sleep. Not everyone can make that claim after joining a gym for the new year.

A.M.