The Importance of Sleep
Staying on top of your health is key to fortifying yourself as the lifting of safety restrictions begins to enter phase two in Montgomery County and elsewhere. Habits that help build immunity and resilience include eating well, sleeping well, exercising and practicing self-care. If your sleep is not right, your health and general sense of well-being is impacted. We spend one-third of our lives sleeping and a lot of healing and repair of the body and mind takes place at this time.
If you are experiencing sleeping issues, here are some ideas that can help you get back on track:
- As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as walking or cycling, can dramatically improve the quality of your nighttime sleep.
- Go outside and get some natural light.
- Avoid day time napping (within six hours of bedtime).
- Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
- Avoid late-day caffeine or nicotine.
- Avoid alcohol before bed.
- Try to go to bed and wake up about the same time every day.
- Create a room for sleep: 60-67 degrees, dark and quiet.
- Don’t lie in bed awake for long periods of time if you can’t sleep. Instead, get up, move to a different room, use low light and do a quiet, soothing activity, such as reading a book or sipping a cup of herbal tea.
- If sleeping problems persist, it might be a good idea to consult your doctor.
If you find that a lack of sleep is causing you to feel anxious or depressed, remember that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is open and available to support you and provide strategies that can help. Please feel free to contact the EAP with any questions or concerns. It is free and confidential.
External EAP-KEPRO is available at 866-496-9599. Call to speak with a call center counselor or visit the website at EAPhelplink.com. Passcode: MCPS