With Daylight Savings Time ending recently, some of us might be feeling the effects of sleeplessness. Here are some tips and tricks to improve our sleep patterns and wake refreshed and ready for the day!
One option is to get some exercise while the sun rises. The combination of movement and light is a great way to jump-start the day and combat seasonal depression. Conversely, avoiding technological screens at night will keep us on track. A good rule of thumb is to turn off screens thirty minutes before bed and use “night mode” settings. Limiting screen time at night is a great way to train our bodies to align to natural rhythms. The Sleep Foundation has a more in-depth explanation of how screens affect our sleep.
Alcohol, caffeine, and food are also factors, so limiting them helps regulate sleep. A healthy blend of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates can nourish the body and regulate it for sleep. Here’s some more info on food, alcohol, and sleep.
We hope these tips and tricks help you get all the sleep you need and wake up ready to make the best of each day!
I’m Joan, and I know home care from the inside out.
I’ve navigated my daughter through 24/7 home care nursing and managed her PCA’s. I’ve helped my parents move into (and out of) assisted living, Medicare episodes, skilled nurse visits, home health aids, and PCAs. Sandwiched in all of that, I’ve helped coordinate home care equipment and supplies, physical therapists, occupational therapists, county workers, and medications (oh, the medications). I know emergency departments, children’s hospitals, cancer wards, cardiac floors, and specialty units. I can recite health insurance policies (and call their bluff).
I know a lot of other things in life too, like Shakespeare, where to sit to see a great sunset over a lake, how to keep myself healthy, how to read a profit/loss statement and state statutes, when to use a comma, and that gratitude is one of the keys to success.
So I’m going to have this blog and write about home care from time to time. I’ll include topics like current legislation, professional boundaries in a tricky environment, and being a caregiver. I’ll also post some guest blogs from clients and nurses.
Join me in the conversation.
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