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At the beginning of the previous century, the average person slept ten hours per night. Currently one in three are sleeping fewer than seven hours. According to the National Sleep Foundation, we need a minimum of eight hours of sleep for optimal health, safety, and performance. Sleep deprivation is estimated to cost the United States more than $100 billion per year in lost productivity, medical expenses, sick leave, and property damage.1

A study conducted by the Harvard Medical School found that individuals who were taught to type a sequence of keys on a keyboard were able to do so 20 percent faster after a good night’s sleep.2 Follow these simple slumber tips to gain the most benefit from a night’s sleep:

  • Develop a fixed exercise program

  • Avoid late-evening meals

  • Establish a regular sleep routine

  • Use your bedroom only for R&R and not as an office, TV room, or laundry

  • Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature

1 "And to All a Good Night," Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter, Special Supplement, October 2004.

2 Tim Arnott, M.D., 24 Realistic Ways to Improve Your Health, p. 9.

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By Gordon Botting. Portion reprinted with persmission from Signs of the Times, September 2006. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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