The holiday season is here and that means holiday parties, special events, and activities with friends and family. During this time, it is easy to find ourselves staying out later throughout the week to get to everything planned. Make sure you are getting enough rest in the midst of the holiday rush.
According to the National Safety Council, in 2014, "more than 5,000 people died in drowsy-driving related crashes.” Losing sleep can affect driving the same as being drunk. Additionally, it can cost employers between $1,200 and $3,100 "per employee annually” for "fatigued worker productivity.” Those who work long or irregular shifts and the night shift are most at risk at work with "43% of workers being sleep-deprived” in the U.S.
The National Sleep Foundation offers these tips in how to get a healthy night’s sleep:
1. Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends.
2. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.
3. If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon.
4. Exercise daily.
5. "Evaluate your room” to establish the conditions in which you sleep best.
6. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
7. Use bright light to help manage your circadian rhythms.
8. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening.
9. Wind down.
10. If you can't sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.
11. If you’re still having trouble sleeping, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor or to find a sleep professional.
The National Safety Council put together this info-graphic to help explain how your body’s clock works throughout the day. It also highlights how reality may be different from what we try to do as far as waking up early and staying up late. Remember to try and get extra rest during your usual holiday bustle.
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