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Mental Health Awareness Month: Tips for Better Sleep

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you follow the Section’s social media, hopefully you have already seen that the Health and Wellness Task Force has been sharing content aimed at providing tips perspective to assist with protecting your mental health. Be on the lookout for the hashtags if you ever want to go back and find an article #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #TogetherForMentalHealth ##Together4MH #mentalhealthmatters

Consider the following tips from the American Sleep Association to manage any sleep problems you may be having:
1. Let your mind race, but not in bed. If you find your mind racing, get out of bed and sit in a chair in the dark. Do your mind racing in the chair until you are sleepy, then return to bed. Do not watch television or use your phone during this time.
2. Use lamps. Keep your bedroom warmly lit, but not too bright.
3. Make your bed more comfortable. Consider buying a new mattress, a mattress topper, or even just a new set of sheets.
4. Avoid naps if possible. Naps decrease the ‘Sleep Debt’ that is necessary for easy sleep onset.
5. Avoid using electronics within one hour before bedtime. The light from electronics causes our eyes to strain. Allowing your eyes to relax within the hour before bedtime will help prepare your body for sleep.

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