Friday, May 05, 2006

Some zzzzzzzz's missing?

…May is Better Sleep Month—and Mental Health Month. The two can go together, the National Mental Health Association points out.

…A recent survey showed that people say they want better sleep but more than half will not alter their bedtime routine (like not watching TV, exercising, or eating before bed).

…Over half also will not cut caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine.

…Almost two-thirds will not consider getting a different mattress.

…Sleep problems can be a sign of depression, you know. But—and most people don’t know this—not getting enough can make you depressed!

…57% of those who got seven or more hours a night rated their mood at good.

…Only 45% of those who got less were all chirpy.

…Consider getting a new mattress every five to seven years, experts say.

…Try limiting or changing the things mentioned above.

…Schedule a good time for sleep. This is an appointment you cannot miss!

…Make sure your room is uncluttered, dark, quiet and cool.

…Before bed, wind down. Take a bath, meditate. If you mind is racing, write down the thoughts and get rid of them.

…Don’t lie there and fret. If you can’t sleep after 20 minutes, get up and do something boring.

…Reading HEALTH’Sass would not be that thing.

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