How Well Do You Sleep?

20 questions for the topics for these broadcasts. Check out the link to the personalized health assessment if you want to see all of the questions – and get your own results. See how you measure up going into 2017!

Today’s question is:

How do you sleep?

• Great, 7–8 hours of uninterrupted bliss
• Fine, I just don’t get enough
• I have trouble falling asleep
• Not great, I wake up several times throughout the night

Sleep is incredibly important – think what you are like if you don’t get enough?
Quality as well as quantity are important. Fitbit can measure quality.
If you occasionally need help with sleep, some simple tweaks to your bedtime habits and diet can help.
Sleep is more closely tied to health than you might imagine.
In the short term, lack of sleep reduces performance and increases accidents.
Poor sleep has been tied to overweight, poor blood sugar control, increased nervousness, sad mood, substance abuse, and more.

Sleep hygiene starts by improving your bedtime routine. Including:
• going to bed at the same time every night
• reducing caffeine or other stimulants, and
• avoiding screens (TV, phone, computer) for a few hours before bed (good luck with this one)
Natural support for sleep includes valerian, chamomile, and magnesium.
Are naps a good idea? Depends on you.

Remember that not being able to sleep well may be the result of a serious condition. If your lack
of sleep is persistent, consult with your health care provider.


I hope this made some sense for you
Check out the health assessment to see how you are doing!

See you next time

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