Sleep Is a necessity, not a luxury

Sleeping well has a huge impact on our lives when we’re awake. We teach the importance of sleep to children, but as adults, we often forget our own advice.

Sleep is vital to your mental health, physical health, quality of life, general wellbeing and even your safety. One study shows that 17 hours without sleep can simulate a blood alcohol content of .05 percent. 

Not getting enough quality sleep can also lead to chronic health problems and other issues. It can affect how well you think, react, work, learn and get along with others. Learn more about the effects of sleep here.
 
Even though we know sleep is important, it can be hard to change our habits. Here are 4 sleep tips from Cox colleagues who consider themselves “good sleepers”:
 
1.    Set a schedule and try to stick to it: go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
2.    Go to sleep in a cool, dark room.
3.    Turn off all electronics one hour before bed, including the television.
4.    Avoid that glass of wine or beer. Contrary to popular belief, it can actually make you sleep worse!

Find more tips on how you can catch some quality zzzs from Aetna here.