New Year's Resolution: Sleep Hygiene in '17!

Getting good quality sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health and well-being. Not only does adequate restorative sleep promote mental focus and clarity, but can also help prevent serious accidents and disease in the future. There are some important changes you can make to set yourself up for sleep success. Below are few tips from our publication "99 Tips & Tricks - A Practical Guide to Surviving Fatigue".

 

  • Cover all sources of light in the bedroom including phone chargers, clock radios, smoke detectors, and other electronic devices. Any light (even the smallest amount) is bad when trying to sleep. 
     
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom. Fido is cute, but his movement and noise disrupts your sleep. Also make sure his nails are trimmed: walking around on hard flooring during the night is noisy! 
     
  • Your feet have the poorest circulation and there is evidence that wearing socks to bed helps you fall alseep faster with less waking episodes during the night. 
     
  • Stop using backlit devices at least 3 hours before bedtime. The blue light emitted from the screens prevents melatonin production. If you must use a device close to bedtime, make sure you enable the "night shift mode" available on most tablets and smartphones. 
     
  • When your mind won't shut down, write your thoughts down in a journal to get them out of your head. 
     
  • Incorporate a regular pre-sleep routine such as a warm bath or reading a book to signal your body that it's time for bed.

 

Want to learn more? Order copies of the booklet "99 Tips & Tricks - A Practical Guide to Surviving Fatigue" for your team - only $4.95 ea + S&H.

 

SIX Safety Systems delivers fit-for-duty solutions that mitigate the risks associated with drugs, alcohol, and fatigue in the workplace. 

 

 

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