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  • Z. Garnett

How Nurses Can Get Better Sleep

What does everyone want, but is so hard to get these days? Sleep. Attaining a restful night’s sleep can be difficult and quite frustrating, especially for those in the nursing. Nurses often work long shifts and are chronically sleep deprived.


According to a study conducted in 2022, 75 percent of healthcare workers experience poor sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to a host of issues, like medical errors, health issues, and even auto accidents. As you can see, sleep is so important! So what is the key to getting a good night’s sleep?


Here are a few tips:

 

1.      Create a Consistent Sleep Schedule

 

Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, even on your days off is helpful in having a good sleep. The amount of sleep each person needs does vary, however most adults require between 7.5 to 9 hours.

 

2.      Try Making Your Room Dark

 

Avoid using your phone before bedtime as the light can be disruptive. In addition, try adding black out shades or an eye mask.

 

3.      Invest in a Good Mattress

 

The average life span of a mattress is ten years. Investing in a quality mattress will do wonders for your sleep. Also be sure to change your pillows often, as they tend to change form.

 

4.      Utilize Lavender

 

Lavender has been used for centuries to cure sleep problems. It contains properties that increase relaxation and calm, and help to promote sleep.

 

5.      Avoid Caffeine and Heavy Meals Before Bed


Our bodies work hard to break down our food. Avoid eating too close to bed, as your body will be awake trying to digest it. If you do need to eat, try eating a light snack instead and avoid caffeine.

 

What helps you to get a restful night’s sleep? Leave a Comment!

 

 

 

 

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