NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH WEEK 3 – Get to Sleep Quickly

While safety is a topic that requires attention and focus every day and every second, National Safety Month in June is an ideal time to rally employees around a theme. By holding safety meetings with every member of your organization, you are placing emphasis on the importance of on and off the job safety.

The theme this week is Fatigue. Missing out on rest can put you at risk for fatigue. Below is an article with helpful tips to get a restful night's sleep:

Get to Sleep Quickly

Few things are as frustrating as lying in bed for hours, unable to fall asleep. Insomnia affects nearly sixty percent of all adults at some point in their life, and the reasons why differ greatly.

If you are having troubles getting to sleep, here are a few simple things to follow so you can get to bed at an early hour, and stay there for the night:

  • Make sleep a priority. Determine how much sleep you need by spending eight hours in bed each night.
  • Get your internal clock set. Go to bed and wake up at the same hour, even on weekends. Follow the same routine when going to bed.
  • Line up your sleep cues. Make your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool (about 65 degrees).
  • Avoid caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol, and exercise close to bedtime.
  • Snacks before bed should include food with tryptophan (dairy, bananas, turkey) which aids sleep.
  • Daytime naps should last no more than 20 minutes.
  • Be wary of sleeping pills as they can make you drowsy the next day.

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