Sweet dreams—telling the sleep services story
Sleep is a fundamental part of our daily lives. As you know, experts recommend at least eight hours of sleep each night, but in your profession, and for your patients, extremely busy schedules may make that difficult.Sleep and work
Harvard Medical School found that 75 percent of people have sleep-related difficulties at least once if not multiple times each week. Accordingly, the less sleep you get, the more irritable you are likely to be. In fact, “cumulative sleep deprivation can lead to increased stress levels and serious medical conditions like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”

There are myriad benefits that come with adequate sleep. Here are just a few:

  • Your body builds immunity while you sleep.
  • It also reduces the amount of stress on your heart and lowers blood pressure which—without relaxation and down-time each night—can accelerate aging.
  • We wake up fresh each morning because sleep enhances memory and improves brain function.
  • Sleep is especially important when you’re trying to lose weight because it helps your body process what you’ve consumed and regulates appetite levels.

When it comes to sleep, quality matters more than quantity. Some people can function with five hours of sleep while others need more than eight. Whatever the number, research consistently shows that “sleep plays a vital role in promoting physical health, longevity and emotional well-being”—so much so, in fact, that those who get more sleep tend to live longer, healthier lives! Start now and help others in your workplace and your patients do the same!

Take your message to the next level
Invite clinic and hospital staff to an informational event. Speak to the personal and professional benefits of sleep and send them home with something to remind them to make time to sleep.

  • Something like a lavender bead bag, a scent proven to help people breathe easier and relax, is a good olfactory incentive to hit the hay.
  • Consider fun sleep-related giveaways such as flannel pajama pants or a soft chenille blanket, both of which inspire comfort and down-time.
  • For those clients or business partners who travel to see you, send them off with a travel kit to encourage a restful, stress-free trip.

Reach out to your local community by offering ways to fall asleep—and stay asleep! Here are some simple ideas to get you started:

  • Experts recommend reading a book, or perhaps reading to your kids before bed. A well-known book like Goodnight Moon is a reliable classic.
  • For some, making time to exercise in the evening before bed may help them sleep.
  • Chances are good you’re more likely to sleep if you’re in a relaxing environment, so sometimes all it takes is a little extra time to clean your room and at the same time clear your mind to bring on the Zzz’s.
  • What about a bath? We know that it feels relaxing, but most of us don’t know that our blood vessels dilate in the limbs to help cool and calm the whole body. Encourage attendees to make time to relax: Offer slippers or a nice bathrobe as an incentive to start!

Ultimately, an irregular and lackluster sleep schedule compromises your ability to grow both personally and professionally. Don’t let a lack of sleep keep you—or your team, or your community—from your best!

“Importance of Sleep: Six Reasons Not to Scrimp on Sleep.” Harvard Health Publications. Harvard Medical School, Jan. 2006. Web. 05 June 2012.

“Sleep.” BBC News. BBC. Web. 05 June 2012.

From “Benefits Of Sleep.” Better Sleep Better Life. Jules Sowder, LLC. Web. 05 June 2012.

“Sleep.” Utah Department of Health. Web. 05 June 2012.

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