Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
by Chelsea Kelley, MSN, RN
Danforth Junior High School
Sleep hygiene is a term used to describe the ways we create sleep-friendly environments and how we can support falling asleep, staying asleep, and sleeping soundly.
Here are a few tips to practice good sleep hygiene:
1. Go to bed at the same time every day. Routinely getting fewer than 8 hours of sleep compromises alertness, reaction time, efficiency, productivity and mood.
2. Reducing caffeine intake. Avoid soda and energy drinks in the evening.
3. Create calming rituals before bed to relax your body and mind. Take a warm bath or shower. Turn off the television and pick up a non-suspenseful book.
4. Avoid screen time close to bedtime. The high-intensity light hinders melatonin, a hormone that triggers sleepiness. The wavelengths also tricks the brain into believing it’s still daytime.
Establish a Care Plan for New School Year
by Darelle Jordan R.N., B.S.N.
100 Carney Lane
As we enjoy the lazy days of summer, now is also the time to prepare for a healthy, happy and fruitful 2019-20 school year.
Just like school supplies, here are some important health goals to check off your back-to-school list:
1. Check your child's immunization records and schedule vaccinations. Click here for immunization requirements.
2. Schedule a meeting with a school nurse before school starts or shortly after it starts to establish a care plan for children with health care needs. This is particularly important for children with chronic health issues like diabetes, seizure disorder, anaphylactic allergy disorder, asthma and migraines.
3. Parents should schedule a visit with their pediatrician or family doctor to establish a health roadmap for the school year to provide guidance to the school nurse and care plan team to ensure District services support their student's ability to attend and be successful at school.