October – December 2021 Wellness Challenge
Adults need anywhere between seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Getting good, restful sleep is key to living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining high well-being. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep can affect a person’s mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
Sleep helps prepare a person for the coming day and can enhance learning and problem-solving skills while also aiding in decision-making, creativity, and increased attention span. Lack of sleep can be attributed to mood swings, impulsivity, anger, depression, or lack of motivation.
Sleep is essential to allow the body to repair itself each day. It helps your immune system fight off infections and can help heal heart and blood vessels. Lack of sleep increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Quality of Life & Safety
Sleep helps people function properly throughout the day and remain productive. Lack of sleep slows reaction times and allows for an increased number of mistakes. This can lead to microsleep where a person misses short periods of times during their day, like when they drive somewhere, but do not remember part of the trip. Lack of sleep can be a serious safety concern for not only the individual, but for others as well.
Strategies For Improved Sleep:
- Going to bed and waking up around the same time every day.
- Quiet time away from screens an hour before bed.
- Avoiding heavy or large meals a few hours before bed.
- Avoiding nicotine and caffeine.
Agencies who wish to participate can email Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, October 13. The challenge will run from October 13 to December 17. Participants will track the number of hours slept each night. Agencies grouped together due to size will be notified.
There are two supplemental documents: a weekly sleep tracking tool for employees and an agency wide tracking tool. Some fitness watches have a sleep tracking feature that participants can utilize. Otherwise, participants can estimate hours slept from when they fell asleep and when they woke up.
At the end of the quarter, participating agencies will be asked to email tracking materials to Carrie. The winning agency and individual will also win a prize!
Download a PDF of the wellness newsletter to print and share with your employees.