If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you are likely familiar with the effect a poor night’s sleep has on your body. You may feel irritable, fatigued, moody, struggle with memory or concentration, and experience a lack of motivation and energy. While one night of lost sleep can cause these symptoms, you may feel even worse if you miss out on Z’s multiple nights in a row.
To help employees who struggle with insomnia and other sleep problems, the County’s Employee Wellness Program recently hosted a Lunch and Learn series about Dealing with Sleep Issues. Several tips from the session include:
• Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning, even on weekends
• Keep screens, including TVs, phones and tablets, out of your bedroom
• If you don't fall asleep within 20-45 minutes, get up and try a relaxing activity until you feel drowsy
• Try to keep your mind calm and relaxed
• If daytime issues keep you up at night, place a pen and paper near your bed to write down your thoughts
• Determine if any medications you are taking interfere with sleep
If you are experiencing chronic sleep issues, you are encouraged to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss treatment options.
See a full schedule of upcoming Lunch and Learn sessions.