In the know: Sustain learning hygiene with some shut-eye

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, January 12, 2009

Most people need six to eight hours of sleep daily to effectively function. The right amount of sleep for your body is not optional. Aside from being pretty goofy, people who lack sufficient sleep demonstrate clearly defined phenomena including:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Decreased ability to function
  • Heightened sense of sensitivity to pain
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Slowed reaction times
  • Perceptual distortions
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety

This is far from an all-inclusive list. The lesson here is, since you know you need sleep, plan it. To help you get some much-needed shut-eye, try these four tips:

  • Stick to a schedule as closely as you can
  • Avoid caffeine for several hours before sleep
  • Don't run a mile or eat a huge meal right before bed. Both disturb sleep.
  • Save the bed for sleep-no reading in bed, no watching TV, etc. Condition your body to expect to sleep when it hits the bed.

Source: Stressed Out About Pharmacology, HCPro, Inc. 2008. Be sure to pick up your copy today!





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