The Resolution That Makes All Others Possible

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The first step to accomplishing your New Year's resolutions is a good night's sleep.

Sleep is quickly becoming the new New Year’s resolution.

If you’ve promised yourself to start dieting, start exercising, and start 2018 on the right foot, the first step, it turns out, is getting a good night’s sleep.

Ready, Set, Sleep

The latest publication to open its eyes to the importance of sleep is Quartzy, the Atlantic’s lifestyle blog. But unlike most sleep-advice columns, which attribute those restless nights to your devices, your habits, or your attitude, this one identifies a more likely suspect: your mattress.

Writer Liana Branded recounts her travails with a hand-me-down mattress with “misshapened springs that dig into” her sides and back and leave her moving like an “old woman” when she gets up in the morning. After years of putting it off, she vows, the time for change is at hand. “In my quest to hopefully get more qualitative sleep in 2018, the first—and probably the easiest—step was to buy a new mattress.”

For anyone seeking to make broader life changes in the year ahead, it’s not a bad place to start. Numerous studies have established a link between a poor night’s rest and weight gain, lack of willpower, and moodiness—not to mention overall health and well-being. So if you’re sleeping (or, more to the point, not sleeping) on a mattress that doesn’t support you, or if you don’t wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day, you may want to follow Quartzy’s advice and resolve to replace your mattress. It’s the one resolution that actually may help you keep all the others. 

Should you decide to go this route, make sure to check out our mattress-buying guide and our article on different mattress types so you can find the right bed for you.