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HEALTH AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER

Mind, Body, and Spirit Wellness May 2007- Better Sleep Month Getting A Good Night’s Rest? Starting each day with a good night’s sleep is essential for your health. According to the Better Sleep Council (BSC), 65% of Americans are losing sleep due to stress. •

32% of Americans are losing sleep at least one night per week.

16% of Americans experience stress induced insomnia.

Research shows that women are more sleep deprived than men.

68% of American women admit to sleeping less than the recommended eight hours per night.

The top three factors that rob women of sleep: • Work- and/or family related stress • Aliments such as allergy or cold • Uncomfortable mattress or pillows

A balanced lifestyle requires a proper diet, regular exercise and a good night’s sleep.

Ten Tips for Better Sleep 1. Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule, including weekends. 2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub and then reading a book or listening to soothing music. 3. Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool. 4. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. 5. Use your bedroom only for sleep and relaxation. It is best to take work materials, computers, and televisions out of the sleeping environment. 6. Finish eating at least two to three hours before your regular bedtime. 7. Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime. 8. Avoid nicotine (e.g. cigarettes, tobacco products). When used close to bedtime, it can lead to poor sleep. 9. Avoid caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, and soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime. It can keep you awake. 10. Avoid alcohol close to bedtime. It can lead to disrupted sleep later in the night. Source: www.bettersleep.org

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