Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

More and more people just can’t sleep at night, or have trouble staying asleep. In fact, over 30% of the world’s population suffer from insomnia, a sleep disorder.

The result: poor judgment, zombie looks, irritable mood, and a host of serious health problems for those who are always sleep deprived.

But the reality is we try hard to get a good night’s sleep. It’s just easier said than done. So many culprits cause sleeplessness, some are even inevitable.

I hope these tips will help you get a better night’s sleep.

Ban Blue Light in the Bedroom

Avoid Naps

Block the Clock

Try a Leg Pillow

Avoid Coffee After 12

Keep Pets off the Bed

Put Your Neck in Neutral

Reserve Your Bed for Sleep

Set Your Body Clock

Time Exercise Right

Seal Your Mattress

Eat Right at Night

Rethink Your Drink

Stop Sipping After 8 pm

Lower the Lights

Use Sleeping Pills With Caution

Fall Asleep to White Noise

Skip the Smoke

Free Your Mind at Bedtime

Keep Your Room Cool

June is National Safety Month – Safety Tips

June is National Safety Month

Safety tip: Write down the poison control number (1-800-222-1222) and keep it next to your home phone. Add it to your cell phone, too.

Learning first aid can be fun! Sign up for a local first aid class with a family member or friend:

All types of jobs – even desk jobs – can lead to injuries. Take steps to stay safe at work:



June is National Safety Month – Driving

June is National Safety Month

Riding bikes is a great way to get active. Follow these steps to stay alert and safe:

Texting while driving is unsafe, and it might be illegal in your state. Look up your state’s distracted driving laws:

June is National Safety Month – Medicines

June is National Safety Month

It’s National Safety Month! Check out these tips on how to use medicines safely:

1 in 20 people have used prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons. Learn more about this growing problem:

Check the expiration date on your medicines. If they are out-of-date, get rid of them! Learn more:

June is National Safety Month

June is National Safety MonthInjuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages — and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries.

During National Safety Month, let’s do our part to reduce the risk of injuries. This June, I encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls.

  • Prescription painkiller abuse: Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose — more than 4 times as many as back in 1999.
  • Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving — like texting or eating — distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes (17%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.
  • Slips, trips, and falls: One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems.

You can make a difference. Find out ways to help reduce the risk of these safety issues.

Each Tuesday in June I will be posting some tips and information related to safety.  Stop by and share the posts.  Let’s be safe!

Health & happiness,


May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

may health monthThe American Council on Exercise has an awesome exercise library.  You can search for workouts by body part or by the equipment that you have available.  They even have videos!

You should also check out Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging.  The goal of their research is to improve the health and well-being of older adults.