If You Snooze, You Win

posted Mar 22, 2010, 1:59 PM by Sara@LS   [ updated Mar 23, 2010, 9:41 AM ]

Sleep can affect your health – especially if you are getting less than seven to nine hours every night.


The Better Sleep Council reports that approximately 20 million people have problems sleeping. With that said, it seems that sleep takes a back seat to work, domestic tasks, recreational activities and child care.


A lack of sleep can lead to:

  • Drowsiness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • A weakened immune system
  • Impaired memory and physical performance
  • A defective nervous system


As you can see, you are not at your best when you don’t get enough sleep. If you aren’t at your best, your job performance could be affected, along with other things.


Poor health can disturb your sleep pattern. If you take good care of your health, you could sleep better:

  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Relax to relieve stress
  • Participate in preventive screenings and regular doctor’s appointments
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and other substances
  • Talk to your doctor if you have underlying health conditions that affect your sleep


Another way to improve sleep habits is to turn your sleeping quarters into a place of bliss and comfort. There are a few things you can do to make this happen:

  • Get rid of your old mattress and invest in a new one – especially if it’s over seven-years-old.
  • Create a sleep schedule and stick with it. Go to sleep and wake up at similar times every day.
  • Shut off your television, computer and stereo, and keep work materials out of your bedroom.



Source: The Better Sleep Council, www.bettersleep.org.

Mar 23, 2010, 9:41 AM