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7 ways to improve your sleep

Problems with sleep can reduce cognitive ability, decrease alertness, and lead to a host of related problems, including over eating. Sleep is closely linked to health care costs, job performance and job satisfaction.

If you find yourself feeling tired or sleepy throughout the week, try some of our expert tips for improving your sleep.

  1. Napping – if you choose to nap, short naps earlier in the day has less of an impact on your nighttime sleep.
  2. Temperature Matters –  the best temperature for sleeping is around 65 degrees.
  3. Put your phone down – your mind stays active while looking through social media feeds and before you know it, you’re still on Facebook hours later.
  4. Set a screen cut off time – this allows your brain to unwind before bed and prevents you from binge watching Netflix until 3:00 pm.
  5. Make a schedule –  going to bed and waking up at the same time will reinforce your body’s natural sleep cycle.
  6. Beds are for sleeping – avoid eating, doing homework or just hanging out in bed – if you reserve your bed only for sleeping, when you do lie down, your body will know that it’s time for bed.
  7. Clear your head –  avoid bringing stressors to bed, try jotting down your thoughts right before bed to ease your mind

Following these tips can increase your sleep quality and help you feel more awake and ready to take on the day.

Resources

Sleep, It Matters! 

Devon Grant, a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center, talks about the benefits of sleep and the consequences (health and behavioral) of not getting enough sleep.

Available to WSU Faculty, Staff, & Students with a NID.

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Learn More at the National Sleep Foundation

 

SmartHealth

Check out SmartHealth’s sleep related activities. And earn points towards your Wellness Incentive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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