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New Year resolution

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? You probably already
know that we are good and making New Year’s resolutions but bad at keeping them! What goes wrong with this whole process?


According to Pauline W. Wallin, Ph.D., writing for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association…


First, the timing may be off. January 1 is not necessarily the best time to commit to lifestyle changes; there’s nothing magical about that date.


Second, too many people approach New Year’s resolutions as if they were punishments for “bad” behavior. We can endure punishment only for so long before we rebel, even if it’s against ourselves.


Third, the changes that people try to make are often radically different from their normal lifestyle, and thus very difficult to maintain.


Make yourself this one promise…


If you are visiting my site for the first time and you are wondering whether you or someone you know may be at risk for sleep apnea, just do this one thing. Take the Epworth Sleepiness Survey for daytime sleepiness or the STOP BANG questionnaire and record the results.


If the score is above 9 on the Epworth or 3 Yes answers on the STOP BANG that is an indication that you, or someone you know and love, would benefit from having a sleep test to see if they have obstructive sleep apnea.


Those two tests are very accurate, but it takes an overnight sleep study to rule or rule out obstructive sleep apnea.


Now, that would be a New Year’s resolution that would be easy for you to keep!


Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!




Dr. Hilton

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