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5.02.2011

SEE for Yourself on Monday - Sleep

5.02.2011
SEE Tip: A common sleep myth is that sleep is not important. Many feel they can get by on just a few hours. In actuality sleep is vital to our health and well-being, and is just as important as eating well and exercise. Research shows that all mammals need sleep. Sleep regulates mood and is related to learning and memory functions. Not only will getting enough sleep help you learn a new skill, stay on task or be productive, it may also be a critical factor in your health, weight and energy level. So do your mind and body good and get more sleep!


  
Quit on Monday: Smoking is associated with a disruption of the basic structure of sleep called sleep architecture. This is the pattern of sleep stages that occur during the night. In a research study it was shown that current smokers take slightly longer to fall asleep (called the sleep latency), sleep less, and have less deep sleep (called slow wave sleep). For those who quit smoking, these differences in sleep architecture do not persist.
If you smoke and have disrupted sleep, this may be yet another reason why you should quit for your health and well-being.

  
Mellow Out Monday tip: Got Stress? Get more sleep. With the right amount of sleep, life becomes easier. People are more energetic and daily problems are less stressful. Life's busy schedule is easier to cope with when we are rested. When stress is removed, normal sleep patterns are usually restored. To get better sleep try some of these suggestions:
  • Maintain a standard bedtime for each day.
  • Set your alarm for the same time each day.
  • Walk for ten minutes a day or take regular exercise each day.
  • Set your thermostat for a comfortable bedroom temperature.
  • Turn off the TV, radio and otherwise keep your bedroom quiet.
  • Close your curtains/drapes and maintain a bedroom dark enough to sleep.
  • Don't watch TV, eat or read in bed. Use your bed for sleep and sex.
Of course getting a free back rub from Stressbusters is another great way to melt your stress away. FREE five-minute seated back rubs are available every Monday night at the MSE library, Q-level from 8-10 pm.


Minimize Monday tip: Springtime warmth is finally here. Which brings us to this tip: before getting in your car, think to yourself whether you could really just walk or bike the distance (or even just take a bus). Save money on gas and use more sustainable modes of transportation while enjoying the weather.

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