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H.E.A.D.s Up Newsletter
March 2021

Texas A&M System Offices Wellness
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Sleep Well 

Sleep difficulties are very common, can cause problems with daytime functioning, and may contribute to many other medical conditions.  There is help available for the two most common sleep issues-insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea.  

Maintaining Healthy Sleep
Getting high quality sleep is key for good health. Sleeping well is just as important as exercise and eating wisely. If you are already getting quality sleep, here are some tips to help you continue sleeping well.

  • Allow yourself enough time to sleep at night
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule every day
  • Allow time to unwind before bed
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine before bedtime
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid napping
  • Keep the bedroom quiet, dark and comfortable
  • Avoid using electronic devices in the bedroom (TV, cell phones, tablets, computers). White noise from fans or sound machines is fine.
  • Use the bed only for sleep and intimacy
  • Identify stressors & continue to manage stress

The two most common sleep disorders are: Insomnia Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorder.

Insomnia symptoms 
include difficulty with:

  • Falling asleep
  • Staying asleep
  • Waking too early

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder caused by blocking of the airway during sleep. Symptoms can include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Loud snoring
  • Observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep
  • Waking up gasping or choking
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day
There are effective treatments for both insomnia and sleep apnea.  

Source:  National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


Take Your Workout Outside for Spring

  • You work harder:  when people exercise outdoors, they tend to spend more time doing it; it makes them feel healthier
  • Being in nature lowers blood pressure:  a recent study estimated that nearly 10% of people with high blood pressure could get their levels under control by spending 30 minutes in a park each week 
  • It spurs cancer-fighting cells:  aromatic compounds from plants called phytoncides that can increase "killer" cells that support the immune system
  • It can feel more fun:  exercising outside makes people feel better and enjoy the exercise more
  • Your mental health may improve:  nature has a way of making people feel calm 
  • You save money:  exercising outside is not only convenient, it's less expensive than the gym
Source:  TIME Magazine 
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Source: WELCOA
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Virtual Yoga

The Coronavirus may keep us from meeting in person, but it will not keep us from showing our love for yoga! Practice yoga from the comfort of your own home with your own personal virtual trainer! Click on the link below to access free online yoga sessions. 

Yoga with Adriene

Yoga leads to improved physical fitness, increased ability to concentrate, and decreased stress. It's activity that helps both your body and mind and is a great way to relax and rejuvenate.
National Health Observance-March
Workplace Eye Wellness Month  

Nearly 25,000 Americans visit the emergency room each year due to a workplace eye injury.  We normally think of work-related eye injuries as being associated with outdoor jobs, but working in an office can be hazardous to your eyesight with computer vision syndrome being the most common eye problem.  

Additional Info: To learn more about preventive care, click here. Click here to find out the recommendations for various screenings and tests.

Log into the wellness portal for even more articles on this topic: Health Screening: Finding Problems Early/ Evaluación de salud: Cómo detectar temprano los problemas de salud.
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