The Friday Five – Year of the Healthy Nurse: Sleep
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Speaking of nurses, as you may have read in our Friday Five for National Nurses Week, the American Nurses Association (@ANANursingWorld) has designated 2017 the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” This year’s theme is “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit” and to that end the ANA has chosen a different wellness issue of focus each month for nurses to improve. The topic for the month of July is Healthy Sleep so our Friday Five lists why sleep is important and some tips and tricks on how to get a good night’s rest.
National Sleep Foundation
What better place to learn about all things sleep than the National Sleep Foundation (@sleepfoundation)? Founded in 1990, the non-profit National Sleep Foundation “is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy.” The NSF offers an abundance of resources and materials concerning anything and everything having to do with healthy sleep. Check out the Foundation’s original website and Sleep.org which focuses on the new field of research on sleep health.
— Sleep Foundation (@sleepfoundation) June 8, 2017
6 ways employers can promote sleep health
It’s no secret that many people feel stressed out by their jobs. Often times stress and anxiety get in the way of a good night’s sleep. Not getting a good night’s sleep can mean lack of focus and energy at work. Therefore, one could say that it would behoove employers to encourage and promote healthy sleep habits amongst their staff. This article provides six simple ways to improve sleep health and overall well-being for employees.
I Hired a Sleep Coach—and It Actually Made a Big Difference
In 2017 we hire all sorts of therapists, consultants and coaches for every sort of life problem or issue we may have. Depression, anxiety, clutter, job direction and these days even sleep can be cured or at least improved with the help and guidance of a local expert. Health.com (@goodhealth) contributor, Emily Listfield shares her experience of hiring a sleep coach and the improvements it made for a good night’s rest.
Arianna Huffington on Sleep
Back in 2007 Huffington literally passed out while working at home during one of her routine 18 hour days and when she came to doctors told her the episode was from exhaustion. Since then Huffington has been very vocal about the fact that she believes we are in the “midst of a sleep deprivation crisis.” She warns that “this has profound consequences – on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness.” In addition to writing a book about it, The Sleep Revolution, Huffington dedicates pages and pages on her Huffington post site to articles about sleep. Be sure to review this infographic focused on the effects of sleep loss: Lose Sleep, Lose your Mind and Health.
— Ovi from nugget (@getnuggetapp) July 22, 2017
Most Common Symptoms and Impacts of Sleep Deprivation
Not sure if you’re getting enough z’s? Everyone is different in the sleep department. One person may need a good solid eight hours while another can feel pretty great on six. However, not getting enough sleep presents itself similarly in most people. VeryWell (@Verywell) lists several symptoms related to sleep deprivation and stresses the importance of a good night’s rest.
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