Hey Health Heroes! So, today I wanted to talk about sleep. I was really inspired by this book that my child reads and it’s called “Even Superheroes Sleep”. This book talks about superheroes and sleeping. So, Batman works hard helping Gotham City stay safe. He needs a rest, so his mind stays sharp and focused. I really love this book; great children book to read. But, essentially the parallel here with superheroes and needing to sleep is that, in spite of how much everything is going on, heroes really get good sleep and how you can look at heroes and just hard working people in general and your employee wellness program.
There’s a few ways that really trickle into good best practices to sleep. First what I’ll talk about is how sleep can be integrated into your employee wellness program. A couple of ways could be the use of device trackers and some health apps that have the sleep tracking functionality. Basically, these detect your sleep quality. But, some other things that you can do in terms of sleep challenges could be the use of wellness cards or wellness tiles or smart tiles, both on web and mobile, which attaches points and incentives to make sure people are aware of their sleeping patterns.
We all know that getting to bed usually around 9:00 o’clock is really key. But, for those that are a part of the 4:30 a.m. club that get up really really early, there’s a whole day waiting for you when you wake up.
Another trick is to make sure your mattress is cool. There’s a couple of things you can do to make sure your mattress is cool. There’s the chill pad. It’s a really expensive device, but it’s really worth it. Some other creative things that you can do are to make sure you do yoga before bed. Stretching out your legs really helps and stretching out your thighs helps make you kind of a little bit sleepy. Don’t eat too much sugar or cards before bed.
Again, make sure that this is part of your wellness program and make sure that these behaviors are encouraged. Some other things that you can do is to make sure that you are meditating and clearing your mind. I love digital comic books and listening to YouTube comics before bed. Somehow just listening or reading fiction before bed is really key and helpful for me. Also, stretching right before hopping on the bed, reduces your stress. Meditation also is really big and really key.
So, track your sleep as well if you’re using a device tracker. It should be telling you things like when you’re cruising for a bruising, if you’re going to bed after 10:00pm, for example. But, anyway it’s time for me to go to bed so I can wake up at 4:30. Everyone have a good night. Thanks so much.