2017 is coming to a close soon, which means it’s time to reflect on the past year and make decisions about what we want in the next one. If you’re like most Americans, a health-related goal is probably on your list of resolutions. Maybe you want to lose weight, increase your energy, run that 5k, or make better decisions concerning your diet. If better health in 2018 is a goal for you, there’s one consideration you might be overlooking that can make or break your success in the coming year.

Sleep is the foundation for health and wellness. No matter how clean you eat or how hard you work out, you cannot have a truly healthy body if you aren’t getting enough quality sleep. What’s more, poor or inadequate sleep may very well be the cause of your weight gain or poor energy in the first place. Therefore, trying to achieve better health without taking a good, hard look at your sleep situation is a lot like putting a band-aid over a broken arm. It’s not going to fix the problem.

In this fantastic Ted Talk, Jonathan Wisor talks about the connection between sleep and our overall health. It’s a short video, only about fourteen minutes long, but it’s packed with valuable insight to the deep connection between how we sleep and how we feel.

Remember, inadequate sleep caused by untreated sleep apnea can contribute to a whole host of health complications, from stroke and diabetes to depression and obesity. If you snore, wake up with morning headaches, or feel chronically tired no matter how much sleep you get, don’t wait to talk to a provider. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, or if you have already been diagnosed and want to know more about alternative treatments to CPAP therapy, reach out today to a local oral appliance therapy provider. Click here to find a provider near you! And please take a moment to share this post with friends and loved ones. You never know whose life you might be saving.