Michael Howell, M.D. is an assistant professor with the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota. Howell is a sleep and breathing expert and is certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

It’s that time of year again where millions of people vow to do things a little bit differently than the year before in the ultimate pursuit of personal improvement.

No matter what your New Year’s resolution is this time around, do yourself a favor and follow my advice on sleep.

Sleep is a significant building block for any personal goal you have this year. So whether you plan to exercise more, quit smoking or start a new hobby, make sure sleep is part of your equation for success in 2013.

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