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3.31.2014

SEE Cortisol Levels Dropping

3.31.2014


SEE tip:  If the week after returning from break has got you feeling drained and behind on sleep already, try adding a nap into your day.  Just a 20 minute nap can restore energy and help you power through the rest of the day until you are ready for a good night's sleep.  And no, napping isn't for babies and toddlers, it's okay for adults to nap.  In fact, 34% of adults already do so daily... join the 34% and get your sleep for better energy.



Don't worry about rushing home in between classes- we have a Nap Zone set up for you in Levering today.  We'll have yoga mats for you to take a nap (the length of your nap is up to you).  BYOB-- bring your own blanket!  We'll be in the Glass Pav from 11-1 today with soothing music and mats.  Stop by for a nap today!


HKB Quit Tip: When trying to quit smoking, a person may find it difficult to get a good night's rest.  Consider the benefits of napping to catch up on lost ZZZ's and avoid the call of the nicotine during the day.  Feeling like the addiction is getting too tough, reach out for help; call the MD Quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW to talk to someone and have some resources provided, like access to the gum, lozenge, or patch.  



Mellow Out Monday Tip:  Studies have shown that short naps (~20-30 minutes) can reduce cortisol levels, which can help with stress relief.  Another great reason for getting a little shut eye in the afternoon.  Just be sure it's between 11am-3pm, or whenever the mid-point of your day is, to avoid messing with your 7-9 hours later.  You can start today by stopping by the Nap Zone in the Glass Pav between 11am-1pm! Drop in for a short rest.

Cortisol levels still raging?  Stop by the MSE on Q level tonight for a FREE back rub from Stressbusters. We'll be starting at 8pm and looking to reduce your stress. Stop by and see us!

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