May is Better Sleep Month
Good sleep habits have a positive effect on work, relationships and resilience. Sleep deprivation can influence your overall health in many ways such as: chronic diseases, mental illnesses, poor quality of life and lost work productivity (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). If you’re getting less than eight hours of sleep each night, you may be sleep deprived. Some common signs of sleep deprivation are:
- Difficulty waking up without an alarm clock
- Beginning to feel sluggish in the afternoon
- Trouble staying awake during lectures or meetings
- Often feeling the need to nap during the day
- Difficulty concentrating and completing tasks
- Trouble relaxing in the evening without falling asleep
Developing good sleep habits takes practice. The following have some good tips:
CDC: Insufficient Sleep among Massachusetts Adults
HHS and NIH - Your Guide to Healthy Sleep
The Better Sleep Council
UCLA Sleep Center: Overcoming Sleep Problems Caused by Non-Traditional Work Schedules
For more information or to discuss healthy living concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.
In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 10/31/2016