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Healthy Resolution: Getting Your Zzzzzz's
Published: 1/21/2014

Each Tuesday in January we present healthy resolutions for the New Year. Consider including them in your healthful lifestyle routine!

Rest is as important as physical activity for general health. Identify periods during the day when you can be passive, without stimulation, doing nothing, and make time for them. Consider the following when planning rest into your schedule:

  1. Try to get into the habit of napping: ten to twenty minutes in the afternoon, preferably lying down in a darkened room.
  2. Spend some time outdoors as often as you can to get exposure to bright, natural light. If you are concerned about harmful effects of solar radiation, do it before ten in the morning or after three in the afternoon and use sunscreen.
  3. Try to give yourself about an hour in dim light before you go to sleep at night. Lower the lighting in your house and bedroom. If other members of the household object, wear sunglasses.
  4. Avoid screen time within the hour before sleep and make your bedroom as dark as possible while sleeping.
  5. Pay attention to sleep hygiene. Consider all the details of lifestyle, including intake of caffeine and bedroom design, that affect the quality of sleep. When you are ready to go to sleep, try to keep your bedroom completely dark.

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