Week 2 of National Safety Month focuses on wellness. This month, the National Safety Council (NSC) wants to know: How much sleep are you getting? According to a 2016 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. The CDC says most adults need at least 7 hours per night.

In the workplace, discussions about fatigue and sleep deprivation often center on shiftworkers. Workers who work more than one job, those who work long hours or overtime, and those who work in harsh environmental conditions can be at risk of fatigue, according to NSC’s Safety + Healthmagazine.

Here are some tips to help you get some sleep and feel better at work:

Develop a routine. Go to bed and wake up at about the same time each day, even on your days off.

Use your bedroom primarily for sleeping.Avoid using the television, laptop, or cell phone before bed. Use a dim light if you are going to read before sleep. Sleep in a dark, quiet, well-ventilated space with a comfortable temperature.

Relax before going to bed. Take a warm bath, listen to soothing music, meditate, or try relaxation or breathing exercises. Avoid household chores, paperwork, or other stimulating activities for at least 2 hours before bedtime.

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