Tired? Get more sleep

Racking up the z’s is easier said than done. If you’re already dealing with stress at work and home, busy schedules and the daily news, along with a medical diagnosis like sleep apnea, then getting a good night’s rest can seem impossible. But good sleep is worth the effort, so let’s review how to get some proper shut-eye.

We all know sleep is important — despite what our 20-year-old selves believed — yet four out of 10 employees in the United States suffer from sleep loss, and when workers are fatigued, they’re more prone to injury. The National Safety Council attributes about 13% of work injuries to sleeplessness. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night can ward off health problems like diabetes and heart disease, help you feel happier and allow you to think better during the day.

Although employers can provide sleep education and opportunities to nap during breaks, sleep is an individual responsibility. Below are some tips from the National Safety Council about how to sleep better:

  • Check for consistency in duration. If you sleep more on your days off than during your work week, you’re not sleeping enough on your work days.
  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule.
  • Set yourself up for success. In the hours before bedtime, don’t eat a big meal, engage in exercise or consume caffeine, nicotine or alcohol — all of which can affect your sleep. Check with your doctor to see if your medications could be affecting your sleep, and make your bedroom a calm, cool place that will help you relax and get to sleep sooner.
  • Create a routine and stick to it.
  • Don’t go to bed unless you are truly sleepy. Lying in bed trying to sleep when you’re not tired can make it more difficult to fall asleep at other times.

Sweet dreams!

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