A quick internet search reveals that most New Year’s resolutions are health-related: eat better, exercise more, lose weight. However, an often overlooked path to significantly improving your health and performance on everyday tasks is to ensure that you and your family are getting enough sleep.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation recently released a document that addresses the importance of sleep. Information detailing the positive benefits of getting adequate rest (e.g. improved concentration, better performance in the classroom and on the field, improved behavior) and the negative impact of not getting enough sleep (e.g. increased risk of obesity and diabetes, poor mental health, impaired academic achievement) can be found HERE.

So consider adding another resolution to your 2019 list (it’s not too late!) and make sleep a priority for your family this year. - Rhonda Welch, PTA Health and Wellness Chair

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