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Can You Sleep? Take Our Survey and See How You Sleep Compared to Others!

Last week we recognized World Sleep Day and decided it was time to conduct a survey about how long it takes most people to fall asleep, how long they sleep, do they awaken during the night and just ask everyone: “Can You Sleep?”

 Current estimates suggest 10-30% of adults live with insomnia and this number is increasing due to the stresses stemming from the pandemic. According to the National Sleep Foundation, healthy adults should sleep between seven and nine hours each night. Reports show that getting enough sleep on a nightly basis can effectively alleviate stress, while an irregular sleep schedule can have negative effects on people’s physical and mental health, including an increased risk of depression and mood swings.

 So, what are some sleep dos and don’ts? Here they are as stated in the CDC’s Sleep Guidelines:

  • Strict sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same times each day. This includes on the weekends and when you’re traveling or on vacation.
  • Optimal bedroom atmosphere: Your bedroom should have a relaxing effect when you are ready for sleep. You should keep the lights dim and reduce exposure to outside noise. A comfortable temperature is also key; experts generally recommend 60 to 67 degrees, though 65 degrees is considered the ideal.
  • No electronics: Televisions, computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices emit a blue light that can interfere with sleep. For best sleep results, keep these devices out of your bedroom at all times.
  • Reduced evening intake: Avoid consuming nicotine and caffeine in the hours leading up to bedtime. These stimulants can keep you feeling alert when it’s your normal time for sleep. Alcohol can also be problematic for sleep. Many people think drinking helps sleep because of alcohol’s sedative properties, but you may experience sleep fragmentation as your body processes and breaks down the alcohol. Lastly, you should avoid large meals before bed.
  • Regular exercise: Moderate exercise in the morning or early afternoon can help you wind down and fall asleep more easily at night.

 You can take our “Can You Sleep” survey on Facebook. Or visit and Like the ACCESS Nursing Services Facebook page and you will find it there too!

 For more health information and information about our nursing services, visit the ACCESS Nursing Services website.

Hope you have a Good Night and Sweet Dreams Zzzz!!