May is Better Sleep Month!
The purpose of this month is about raising awareness of all the physical and mental health benefits that comes with better sleep and how a lack of sleep can disrupt your everyday life. During sleep, the body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain physical health (Frederickhealth.org). If you don't get enough restful sleep, your stress levels increase which lead to mood swings, reduced concentration, a weakened immune system, and irritability (PCHC.org).
TIPS FOR A RESTFUL NIGHT SLEEP
-- aim for 7.5 to 8 hours a night
-- avoid eating or drinking right before bed
-- develop a night-time routine
-- create a peaceful sleeping environment
-- minimize daytime napping
-- avoid looking at screens right before bed
-- clear your mind (practice mindfulness!)
-- exercise for 30 min/day
For more tips and resources on practicing self-care, mindfulness, and good mental health, check out the DHSS Library's LibGuide on DHSS Wellness! There is a lot of great information on practicing mindfulness, nutrition and physical health, and how to introduce self-care into your everyday routine.