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www.cigna.com | Wellness Tips from CIGNA's Health Advocate Series | Sleep - It's a key to good health. Are you getting enough?
CIGNA Health Advocate Kathleen says that 7 out of 10 Americans don't sleep well. A good night's sleep can keep your heart healthy, lower your stress, and decrease your risk for some chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Sleep can also help fight aging and improve memory.
Kathleen says that most people need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night. To improve your chances of getting a good night's sleep, Kathleen says you shouldn't eat right before you go to bed because it might give you a boost of energy that will interfere with sleep. Avoid alcohol and tobacco for the same reasons and don't exercise within 3 or 4 hours of going to bed. Keep your bedroom cool and try going to go to bed around the same time every night. Make your bedroom as soothing as possible, and don't get in the habit of reading or watching TV in bed.
"Sleep" is the final video in a six-part series of short videos featuring some simple but practical tips for healthier living from CIGNA health advocates. CIGNA employs a large team of health advocates who can answer questions and help people with a wide variety of health and wellness issues, such as stress management, weight loss, physical activity, sleep and nutrition.