Every year I make a new resolution\u2014to exercise more, lose weight, save more money, spend more time with family, or keep my house cleaner\u2014and every year I find myself struggling to meet my goals. I\u2019m not alone. Statistics show that by mid January half of Americans have already given up their resolutions. Clearly there are many reasons for this but I think the main reason is that we set unrealistic goals. I know I\u2019m a messy person. It\u2019s just in my nature. When I make my resolutions, I don\u2019t aim for achievable goals like putting away my laundry right after I wash it. I aim for lofty goals, like organizing every closet, dusting weekly, and never letting an item of clothing sit unfolded. I have a busy life and I just can\u2019t possibly keep this up without a complete personality overhaul. Short of mood-altering drugs, this isn\u2019t going to happen. This year, I\u2019m setting a simple, achievable goal for myself: take steps to get better sleep.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChanging my sleep environment is my first step. For Christmas, I\u2019m buying myself a new mattress. I\u2019ve been sleeping on the same memory foam mattress for the past eight years. It wasn\u2019t a luxury mattress to begin with and around year two it started warping and sagging, failing under my husband\u2019s considerable girth. I\u2019ve been putting off making the purchase because I don\u2019t want to spend the money, but the more I learn about the cost of a poor night\u2019s sleep, the more I realize money is the least of my worries. My health is the most important thing. And hey, if I sleep better, maybe I\u2019ll have more energy for cleaning!\r\n\r\nI\u2019m banishing electronics from my bedroom. I know it\u2019s a bad idea to look at my phone or iPad before bed, but I just can\u2019t help myself. In 2013, I\u2019m leaving my electronics in the living room at night. There is no reason why I need to check my email five minutes before bed. In addition to the damaging effects of blue light on my sleep cycle, reading a stressful email before closing my eyes is like prodding my brain with a hot poker. I\u2019m not falling asleep easily after that.\r\n\r\nMy husband and I have agreed to try to sleep in separate beds. It\u2019s hard to part with him at bedtime, but I\u2019ve been suffering through his snoring and insomnia for too many years. I love the man dearly, and that\u2019s why I\u2019m doing it. The better we both sleep the longer we\u2019ll both live. Those are years we can spend together, awake! Why waste them lying sleepless next to each other every night?