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Why sleep hygiene is a must for Care Workers!

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Sleep hygiene is a practice of better sleeping habits that can help you get a better night’s sleep. Practicing better sleep hygiene goes beyond buying comfortable mattresses and better sheets.

What you do during the day and into the night can affect your quality of sleep. Examples of good sleep hygiene can insist on staying away from frequent naps during the day. Good sleep can improve your overall sleep health, this can result in a more peaceful and sound sleep. Resulting in providing a better service of care.

Does sleep hygiene work?

Sleep hygiene has the potential to improve your ability to fall and stay asleep and to give you more energy when working in the field with Secure Healthcare Solutions. Even minor adjustments to your daily routine in the evening and in the day can massively impact your quality of sleep. Practicing good sleep hygiene is not a cure for any sleeping disorders and this shouldn’t be a replacement for medical treatment if you experience symptoms of chronic sleep disorders such as chronic insomnia.

Benefits of Good Sleep Hygiene:

When carers sleep well, we wake up feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Good sleeping habits can make a positive impact not only on your overall health but also it can make a positive impact in your lifestyle. Good Sleep Hygiene boosts the chances of restful sleep, which will then have the ability to improve productivity when working in care, mental, physical well-being, and overall quality of life. Other benefits may include:

 Better Immune System
 Increased Muscle Repair
 Sharper Memory
 Enhanced energy levels

The quality of sleep which we get at night reflects on how we look and feel daily, which is why healthy sleep hygiene for carers is so important as their role is crucial in providing services of care.

3 Ways to Improve your Sleep Hygiene:

1. Soaking up the Sun in the morning
When you wake up in the morning you should expose yourself to natural light. We recommend spending time in the morning in the sun, doing this can rest your circadian rhythm and send signals to your brain and tell you that it’s time to start the day. A morning walk outside is also another great way to wake up naturally and get an energy boost. Even if you don’t have time for a morning stroll open up the windows and get the brightness into your home.

2. Regular Exercise
Having around 20 – 30 minutes of exercise or physical activity a day can help you fall asleep during the night. Also, it’ll allow you to fall asleep easier. Being active can also decrease the number of times you wake up in the middle of the night result will lead to deeper sleep. However, it is really important to stay away from the immense type of exercise either one or two hours before bed as this raises your heart rate therefore leaving it more difficult for you to fall asleep.

3. Limit naps during the day
Whilst an occasional nap can be beneficial, anything over the 20-minute mark and then having a regular pattern throughout the day can affect your sleep at night. Naps taken in the latter part of the car are proven to make it difficult for people to fall asleep during normal hours of the night. Naps longer than 20 minutes can cause grogginess or disorientation after waking up.

At Secure Healthcare Solutions, we encourage good sleep hygiene when you are working with us, we like to make sure you are at your best and not run down.

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