Protect Yourself from the Flu
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Are you regularly up at 4 a.m. to jump start the day—and still taking care of business, whether personal or professional, long after sunset each night? If so, it may be time for a wake-up call. Being a Type A go-getter is perceived as a badge of honor today. And for some of us, it feels like we have no choice in the matter. How else are we going to eat a healthy breakfast, exercise, get the kids to school, build a career, manage a household, and maybe squeeze in a favorite TV show once in a blue moon? Sleep is often shoved to the back burner, something we dream of enjoying when we retire. We’re not alone According to public health experts, one in three Americans gets fewer than seven hours of sleep each night. Big deal, right? You’ve got that great single-cup coffee brewer in the office to keep you going all day. It IS a big deal: Regularly skimping on sleep takes a heavy toll on our health and well-being:
Prioritizing better sleep If you’re consistently overbooked, you may have to make some hard decisions about your lifestyle—like saying no to some things (or people) or asking for more help. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, you could start practicing what experts call good sleep hygiene:
Breaking a bad sleep habit is just like breaking any other habit: we may need to make some sacrifices, and it can take some time to adjust—for us and for those around us. But the results are almost always worth it.