March 5-11 is National Sleep Awareness Week®—take this opportunity to learn healthy habits to improve sleep and reduce fatigue.
Symptoms and Risks of Fatigue
If you are tired, you are more prone to mood changes, loss of energy and appetite, headaches, and a lack of motivation and concentration. In addition, fatigue can hurt your job productivity or create a safety hazard.
Fatigue can also contribute to depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Get Better Sleep
- Make it a priority to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
- Keep a regular sleep schedule—even on weekends.
- Make sure your bedroom is quiet, sufficiently dark and a comfortable temperature.
- Try activities that help you relax before bed, such as reading or listening to relaxing music.
Adopt Healthy Habits
- Eat nutritiously and avoid big meals right before bed.
- Exercise regularly, but also not close to bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed, and avoid nicotine altogether.
For a Quick Energy Boost
- Eat a snack with complex carbohydrates and protein, like an energy bar or half a peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread.
- Take a short walk.
- Try to vary your day or routine when you start feeling tired.
• Have a mini-meditation session at your workstation.