The Importance of Sleep

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    Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, plan later (Walter Reisch)

    Sleep is the ultimate stress management tool.  When we sleep our body repairs itself, the brain assimilates all the new information it has taken in that day and we make new brain cells and neurons.  What happens when we do not get enough sleep?  Besides being just cranky we also have more accidents, decreased immune functioning, impaired memory and cognitive ability as well as weight gain.

    The American Psychological Association claims that “Americans would be happier, healthier and safer if they were to sleep an extra 60 to 90 minutes per night”.  What can I do?

    1. Go to bed earlier
    2. Minimize stimulating activities before bedtime, such as electronic devices
    3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol in the evening
    4. Do some light stretching, deep breathing, and meditation to help your body and mind transition to sleep
    5. Consider bathing before you go to bed
    6. Keep your room cool
    7. Before you turn off the lights, write a list of what you are grateful for

    For more tips go to the “Healthy Brain Care Competency” in the Training Library at




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