July 12, 2010

Baby on Board!

Posted in Changes in Sleep, Healthy Sleep, Latex Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattresses, sleep and pregnancy, stress and sleep, weight and healthy sleep at 12:44 pm by tempurpedicchallenge

Better Rest for Your Whole 9 Months 

 If you’re pregnant, your soon-to-be new edition is likely already changing a lot in your life—your home, your appetite and yes, your sleep. 

“But I’m only in my first trimester!”

The first three months of your pregnancy actually are very active time, even though you may not physically see the fruits of your body’s labor quite yet. It’s working hard, creating extra blood support your baby, develop the placenta and otherwise grow your little one.

And after all that work, you’re bound to be tired.  Knocking out during this point in your pregnancy is likely no trouble. In fact, you may be nodding off more than you think your schedule can allow.  Give yourself the chance to rest – you and your baby need it.

Now, the later months of your pregnancy are a bit of a different ballgame. Wait, let us: “That’s an understatement!” Being able snooze with ease can be anything but a breeze as the months go on as your size increases and demands on your body increase.

As you get bigger, finding a comfortable position to sleep in can be challenging. Doctors recommend sleeping on your side (oftentimes, specifically the left) with your knees bent.

You may also find using a body pillow when doing so useful for adding extra comfort.

Other pillow positions to try:

  • Put a standard size pillow between your legs.
  • Put a standard size pillow under your belly.
  • Put a folded or round pillow under your lower back.

Beyond the standard sleep better tonight recommendations we’ve made on this site, with the exception of the use of herbal and over-the-counter remedies (not appropriate, now that you’re pregnant), try the following suggestions – good for helping you sleep and otherwise easy other issues that come along with your bump:

  • Enroll, with your doctor’s approval, in a prenatal yoga class. This can help you relieve stress than can impact your sleep.
  • Try eating heavier meals for breakfast and lunch, and going light for dinner.
  • Try relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, to calm your picked-up heart rate (a result of all pregnancies).
  • Wear flat shoes, preferably supportive sneakers, during the day. This can help support your now more injury prone ligaments and help reduce the chances of leg and back aches at night.

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  • May 12, 2010

    Bathroom Business

    Posted in Uncategorized at 1:14 pm by tempurpedicchallenge

    When the Loo Calls, Sleep Waits 

    Doesn’t it go to figure that just when you’ve carved out your comfy spot in your bed and drifted off, you’re up running to the bathroom? And for those to whom this is all too familiar, you know what comes next:  Flush. Get back into bed. Repeat.

    The urge to frequently urinate at night (nocturia) is something that affects a wide range of people. If you’re one of them, you may know the reason why. For instance, many pregnant women actually bond over how often they need to visit the water closet.  But other times, the cause may not be as clear to you at first.

    If you’re urinating more often than usual, particularly if you’re being woken up to take care of business, mention it to your doctor to rule out or identify potential causes such as:

    • Urinary tract infection
    • Enlarged prostate or prostatitis (irritation of the prostate caused by an STD or another bacteria)
    • Urinary incontinence (inability to keep urine from leaking)
    • Diabetes
    • Your medication (diuretics, for example)

    In most cases, luckily, the answer is going to be that things just aren’t working like they used to. Age alone can be a factor, so keep these tips in mind.  Though we can’t guarantee that you won’t see the likes of 3 a.m. again, they’ll help minimize your risk or at least prepare you for those rude awakenings.

    • Do not drink before bedtime – especially caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
    • Women: Practice Kegel exercises.
    • Void yourself completely before hitting the sack.
    • Keep a nightlight on in your bathroom, and don’t turn the lights on when you pay a visit in the middle of the night. Bright lights will fully awaken you faster, making it harder for you to fall back asleep.
    • If necessary, wear a shield to catch urine that makes its way out before you can make it to the toilet.
    • Purchase a waterproof mattress cover to protect your bed from accidents.

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  • March 29, 2010

    Breathing Easy

    Posted in age and healthy sleep, Changes in Sleep, Healthy Sleep, Sleep and busy lifestyle tagged , , , , at 7:21 pm by tempurpedicchallenge

    Seasonal Allergies and Your Sleep

    Spring is here, so let us start out with this: Gesundheit!

    If you suffer from frequent bouts of sniffles and sneezes, fending off your next attack and feeling normal again can really start to feel like a lost cause after a while.

    It’s surely evident that bearing the symptoms – constant achoos, runny nose, stuffy head – without spot-on treatment has affected your mood and concentration at some point. If you’re still in search of the best remedy, your condition is also likely affecting your sleep, too.

    Experts say that allergies can fragment sleep, and a 2006 French study even found that those with allergic rhinitis from hay fever are more than twice as likely to have a sleep disorder. So, your yawn-filled days may have less to do with your Letterman watching than your breathing difficulties and discomfort.

    Stop “dealing” and see your doctor. Many experience substantial relief when the best treatment regimen is finally settled on, which may take some trial and error. Depending on the severity and longevity of your symptoms, your doctor may explore:

    • Over-the-counter allergy medications or nasal sprays
    • Prescriptions allergy medications, nasal sprays and/or inhalers
    • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)

    But it’s important to remember that you need to take special steps in your day-to-day to tame your allergies, too. (Sorry – these guys are a bit too tricky to be tamed by a little pill!)

    Take these tips to heart, speak to your physician, and get some spring back in your step (and rest back in your nights) this allergy season.

    • Be diligent about cleaning, especially your bedroom. Vacuum and dust regularly.
    • Consider hypoallergenic bedding and/or mattress and pillow covers.
    • Wash bedding in hot water to remove allergens.
    • Dry bedding in the dryer instead of hanging it on a clothes line, where pollen and other allergens can settle.
    • Keep windows closed to reduce the risk of outdoor allergens coming in.
    • If pet dander is an issue, keep your critters out of your bedroom.

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  • March 10, 2010

    Where’s the Off Button?

    Posted in Changes in Sleep, Healthy Sleep, Healthy Sleep and Driving, Sleep and busy lifestyle, stress and sleep, Uncategorized, weight and healthy sleep tagged , , , , , at 1:07 pm by tempurpedicchallenge

    When Racing Thoughts Affect Your Sleep

    Make Amy’s school play costume. Call the plumber.  Return that ugly sweat from Aunt Margie.  Did I ever send that e-mail to my coworker? Did I lock the front door?

    After running around all day, you’d think that it would take mere seconds for our minds to revel in the quiet of the evening hours, nestled in our beds like bugs in a rug.  Instead of unplugging and letting you rest, though, your brain keeps chugging along like it’s time to take the SATs.

    With our overbooked and overextended lives these days, it’s getting harder and harder to keep our sleep time the sacred part of the day that it deserves to be.  We don’t take the time to separate our days from our nights, instead expecting turbo-speed thinking to come to a screeching halt when we decide to hit the pillow.

    While lack of quality sleep can have a host of health effects, as we regularly discuss on this site, let’s face it – the most obvious effect it can have is leaving us feeling like Oscar the Grouch on a lunchtime line at the DMV.

    The difficult part of all of this is that lying in bed with thoughts-a-flowing can only breed frustration that you can’t fall asleep, perpetuating a cycle of alertness.

    You can try warm milk, or even counting sheep. But if you’d like to give more research-backed tactics for getting your brain to wind down a go, try these techniques:

    Guided Imagery

    Set aside 15 minutes before bedtime for this relaxation method, which demands that you switch your thoughts over to imaging yourself in a soothing environment – sites, sounds, feeling. You can even do this from bed.

    How to Practice Guided Imagery

     Deep Breathing

    Learning how to breathe sounds pretty funny. We’re all pretty much experts in that. But deep breathing involves some specific steps – ones that calm you, body and mind.

    Three Breathing Exercises (from renowned expert, Dr. Andrew Weil, MD)

    Instead of staring at the clock ticking closer and closer to 2 in the morning, do your best to truly make getting a good night’s rest mind over matter.

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  • January 29, 2010

    Partners in Sleep

    Posted in age and healthy sleep, Changes in Sleep, Healthy Sleep, Sleeping with a partner at 7:00 pm by tempurpedicchallenge

    Partners in Sleep
    Better Rest With the One You’re With

    They say love is forever — but boy, can interrupted nights’ sleep with your bedmate really test you.

    You tuck yourself in on your side of the bed just to wake up feeling unrefreshed. Or, you wake up too early or in the middle of the night without being able to fall back asleep all together. Between 46% and 56% of people who share their beds share your complaints, according to a National Sleep Foundation survey.

    Beyond the health concerns that poor sleep can cause, fatigue and cranky mornings do not a happy couple make. In fact, of the same survey participants, 38% admitted that being disrupted by their partners’ sleep problems — be them tossing and turning, snoring or more — have caused difficulties in their relationships.

    This Valentine’s Day, save the chocolates. OK, give the chocolates, but also do your body — and your happiness — a favor by finding the best way for you and the other half of your dynamic duo to sleep peacefully.

    Prolonged Drift-offs
    One pillow. No, two. Right side. No, left. If it seems like your sleepmate takes a bit to find the settle-in sweet spot, consider altering your bedtime. Hitting the sack even just 15 minutes later may allow you to slip into bed after all that disruptive nestling has been taken care of.

    Too Hot! Too Cold!
    If she’s pulling the covers up while you’re sweating like crazy, consider using two smaller size blankets on the bed — one for each of you — instead of one that covers the whole mattress.

    Middle-of-the-Night Toilet Runs
    Try wearing a sleep mask to block the light from the bathroom.

    Nasal Symphonies
    Sleep with earplugs. Also, encourage your partner to sleep on his side, which can reduce snoring. If the snoring is constant and accompanied by gasping for air, however, don’t just try to cope. Encourage your loved one to see a physician, as this may be a sign of sleep apnea.

    How Does He Disturb My Sleep? Let Me Count the Ways…
    Though it may not work for every couple, if a good night’s sleep cobedded just isn’t a possibility, opting for separate beds or rooms may do the trick.

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  • December 28, 2009

    Sleep Resolutions for the New Year!

    Posted in Changes in Sleep, FindMyMattress, Healthy Sleep, weight and healthy sleep at 6:02 pm by tempurpedicchallenge

    New Year, Better Sleep

    Your A – Zzzz Guide  

    At the end of every 365, many of us look back and make a pledge to do something in the New Year to better our lives. Finally start using that treadmill (instead of just hanging clothes on it), break the fast food habit, kick a cigarette habit once and for all – the possibilities are endless.  

    Those are all certainly worthy goals. But have you considered taking steps to improve your sleep, too? This year, make a pledge to reclaim the restorative sleep you know you lost somewhere along the way. The below A-Zzzz Guide is full of great tips to help you get started. 

    Getting regular, quality nights’ rest can help improve your performance at work, your health, your mood – and heck, it’s a lot easier than fighting off the allure of some French fries.  

    From all of us at Findmymattress.com, thank you for your interest in our products and your patronage. We wish you and yours all the best in the New Year! 

    Always put sleep first. If you’re regularly getting less than 7 or 8 hours a sleep a night, see what you can do to adjust your schedule or habits. 

    Before hitting the sack, avoid caffeine and extensive physical activity. Both can keep you “wired” when you’d rather be off in Dreamland. (Give yourself about a 4 hour gap time.) 

    Comfortable bedding cannot be underestimated. Surround yourself with snuggly linens, and sleep on a mattress that you’re 100% satisfied with. Anything less and you may toss and turn, or even wake up in pain. 

    Dark rooms are best. Even minor amounts of light, like the glow from a VCR’s display, can keep you awake or prevent you from slipping into deep sleep. Block all sources of glow – close the TV cabinet, shut the blinds, etc. 

    Every night, go to bed at the same time. Regular bedtimes can help you drift off to sleep easier when you’re ready to hit the sack. (Yes, that means weekends, too.) 

    Feeling stressed, anxious or depressed can dramatically affect the quality of your sleep – either disturbing it, or preventing it all together. Speak to a professional about how you’re feeling to get the help you need to feel better.
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    Get out of bed if you’re tossing and turning. If you stay tucked in, you may begin to equate “bed” with “stress” in your mind, which doesn’t bode well for future nights. Instead, sit in the living room for a bit until you feel the Sandman setting in. 

    Help a snoring partner train himself to sleep in a new position. For some people, simply switching from sleeping on one’s back to his side will do the trick. Prop up a pillow “no roll” barricade…or just give him a good hard nudge. (Better sleep for him, and for you!) 

    Insomnia – trouble falling and/or staying asleep – is treatable. Don’t brush off these troubles as a “that’s the way it is” circumstance. Mention them to your physician. 

    Jay Leno may be a must-see in your house, but try not to fall asleep with the TV on. The light and sound can make getting a solid night’s sleep difficult. 

    Keep a list of all medications – Rx or over-the-counter – that you take, and bring it to your doctor. One may be at the root of your poor sleep, and you may not even know it. 

    Lose weight, if you need to.  Obesity is a major cause of disrupted sleep, and it increases your risk of sleep apnea – a dangerous condition that can cause you to actually stop breathing several times a night. 

    Meditate! No, it doesn’t have to be in that knees-crossed on a straw mat in the woods sort of way.  Just 5 or so minutes of meditative relaxation at home a day may help your sleep woes.      Learn How 

    Nap if you need to, but keep it to 15-20 minutes. More than that and you’ll be left sleepier than before – and your nighttime sleep may be thrown off to boot. 

    Opt for a warm bath just before slipping into your PJs. The warm water, nevermind the solitude, can help relax you. 

    Prop your head up in bed if you regularly experience acid-reflux/heartburn that wakes you. The adjustment in your positioning can help keep burning, wake-you-up acid from bubbling up high in your esophagus. 

    Quietly turn down the heat toward the end of the night. Though some family members may balk if they catch you, keeping rooms cool can aid with slumber. 

    Rise and shine at the same time, 7 days a week. 

    Sleep-promoting supplements sound like a quick fix, but be sure that you speak to your doctor before using them. They may interfere with other medications you’re on, leading to side effects that may affect your sleep further. 

    Travel smart. Bring your pillow with you if you often find that your rest in hotels, or on Aunt Millie’s cot in the rec room, is less than great. Body positioning and weight can make one pillow comfortable for one person, and torture for another. 

    Use your bed for sleeping and sex only.  

    Very quiet rooms are sanctuaries for sleep.  Institute an “inside voices” time in your home, if folks stay up late, or consider a white noise machine or earplugs to help you block sound. (Some people find that turning on a fan helps drown things out, too.) 

    Winston the Weiner Dog may be cute and cuddly, but you’ve got to boot him back to his bed when he comes looking to nestle with you. Pets – large or small – can upset your sleep as they move through the night (or takeover your side of the bed). 

    X out your habit of drinking water right before you turn your sheets down. There’s a good chance you’ll wake up having to urinate at night. 

    You may want to check the time when you wake up throughout the night, but don’t. Realizing you’re up at 3 a.m. – again – can raise your anxiety and make it more difficult to zonk out again. 

    Zzzzzz. Zzzzzz.Zzzzzz.  Oh, sorry.  We took our own advice and nodded off there for a second!

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  • December 4, 2009

    Working 9 to 5…Plus

    Posted in age and healthy sleep, Changes in Sleep, Colds and Flu and Healthy Sleep, Healthy Sleep, Healthy Sleep and Driving, Uncategorized at 7:24 pm by tempurpedicchallenge

    Working 9 to 5 . . . Plus

    Extra Hours on the Job Can Spell Trouble 

    Maybe your staff has been cut, and you’ve been asked to step up and cover more hours. Or maybe you’ve added a night shift to your day so you can pay your bills during the holidays…or the whole year through. Working more is becoming a given for many, and has been a given for many more for a long time.

    But while the added time you clock puts more money in your pocket, or at the very least helps keep you in your boss’s good graces, it could be impacting your health in significant ways.

    Shift workers – those who work outside of typical work day hours, typically early morning or at night – are the subject of much sleep research, and for good reason. They are unfortunately victims of a number of associated health concerns. Some of these include:

    • Heart Problems – Though it’s not certain why, those who work night shifts — as compared to those who simply work day hours — have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
    • Digestive Issues – When you work off hours, you’re eating off hours (and potentially just grabbing whatever’s around). In addition, you may not be able to visit the restroom regularly.  This can all contribute to stomach and bowel concerns. Some experts even suggest that thrown off circadian rhythm – your body’s internal clock for keeping it running properly, which is regulated by adequate sleep – may also influence digestion.
    • Stress-related Conditions – Where there is a will, there’s a way. But the pressure of working extra hours can tax anyone, whether it’s the work, the time away from family, or simply fighting the urge to zonk out. This can affect you both physically and mentally, contributing to issues such as depression. 
    • Safety Concerns – Working this way can affect your concentration and reaction time, not just impacting your work quality, but potentially putting you in harm’s way (for example, when you drive).

    Switching your hours may, of course, not be possible. The key is making sure that you are getting sleep when you can, and making it the best sleep it can be.

    Some tips from the National Sleep Foundation:

    • Take short naps during long shifts, if possible. For example, pool your breaks and take a 20-minute siesta.
    • Wear dark sunglasses on your way home to block out the sunlight; that may help you ease off to Dreamland easier when you get home. (If you’re nodding off while driving, though, be sure to pull over and rest.)
    • Keep the same bed and wake time schedule the whole week through.
    • Lay off caffeine close to quitting time, and pass on using alcohol to lull you.
    • Silence is golden – if necessary, purchase earplugs.

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  • December 1, 2009

    Online mattress retailer launches site & donates to DAV

    Posted in American Veterans, FindMyMattress, Healthy Sleep, Latex Mattresses, Memory Foam Mattresses, Veterans at 7:45 pm by tempurpedicchallenge

    June15th 2009

    Online mattress retailer launches site

    Donates to Disabled American Veterans with each purchase
    By David Perry — Furniture Today, June 15, 2009

    MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. — New online mattress retailer FindMyMattress.com has opened its virtual doors. The company, based here, says it features a business model designed to give cost-conscious consumers a way to purchase mattresses at up to 50% off regular retail prices while also making a no-cost-added donation to the Disabled American Veterans.

    FindMyMattress.com was founded by Bill Kane, a disabled Navy veteran and former retailer who has more than 30 years of experience in technology and sales and is CEO of the new company.

    The online retailer offers a selection of memory foam and latex mattresses from Jeffco Fibres, which has been producing mattresses since 1971.

    Kane said the company offers fast, free nationwide delivery, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and easy returns, as well as guidance on the health benefits of sleep.

    “We have embraced the entire concept of providing health-related information and have established a training curriculum around that concept,” Kane said. “Our agents are actually called ‘Sleep Health Specialists.’”

    Kane is already looking to expand the business. A line of innerspring beds and more of what he calls “eco-green products” will be added within the next year, he said.

    FindMyMattress.com offers a 90-night in-home trial and 20-year warranties. Its products are manufactured in the United States and are produced when the customer places an order.

    Kane said the donation to Disabled American Veterans – $10 each time a consumer buys a mattress – helps set his company apart from the competition.

    “We are very proud to contribute a portion of each sale to the Disabled American Veterans,” he said. “As a disabled veteran myself, I have come to respect the efforts being made on behalf of the scores of veterans whose sacrifices provide us with the freedom we cannot and should not take for granted. This is our small way of offering the honor and recognition they deserve.”

    Click here to read the article in Furniture Today.

     

    November 13, 2009

    Diabetes and Sleep

    Posted in age and healthy sleep, Changes in Sleep, Colds and Flu and Healthy Sleep, Diabetes, Diabetes and Sleep, Healthy Sleep, weight and healthy sleep tagged , at 6:40 pm by tempurpedicchallenge

    Diabetes: Are You Doing What You Can?

    Cutting Edge Research Hints Sleep May Factor into Risk 

    Some diseases strike people like they’re targeting a needle in a haystack. But stop and think: How many people do you know with diabetes? We have a hunch:  More than one.

    According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 24 million Americans – children and adults – have some form of diabetes. Not you? That’s good news. But, there’s a chance that you could be one of the 57 million who are at risk for having the most prevalent form of it – type 2 – in the future.

    What is Type 2 Diabetes, Exactly?

    Type 2 diabetes involves the body’s inability to recognize insulin (a hormone that is essential for the managing of sugars and starches) or produce enough of it.

    Its impact can be tremendous. Among the dangers associated with type 2 diabetes are:

    • Heart disease and stroke
    • Obesity
    • Kidney damage
    • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
    • Blindness
    • Sexual dysfunction

    I Don’t Get It…How Does Sleep Factor In?

    If you’ve read up on the impact of sleep on health on this site, you know that those nighttime hours are at the heart of our body’s processes. Though a link to diabetes may sound odd, research is beginning to dig further into how rest factors in – both directly and indirectly.

    Lack of sleep, or quality Zzzs, can contribute to weight gain. And, being overweight or obese greatly heightens your chances of becoming a diabetic. In addition to this, however, is the stunning data showing that poor sleep actually affects how insulin is used – which, of course, is a hallmark of the disease. Less than 6 hours of sleep a night on a regular basis more than quadruples the chances that your doctor will alert you to an abnormal blood sugar reading in 6 years, according to a study out of the University of Buffalo.

    What Can I Do to Stay Diabetes-Free?

    With this in mind, of course, make sure you get around 8 hours of quality sleep a night on the regular. Particularly if you find yourself gasping or snoring at night, or you wake up feeling unrefreshed and/or with dry mouth, see your doctor to determine if something (like sleep apnea) may be getting in the way of your rest. Same goes for if you’ve already been diagnosed.

    Of course, snoozing is probably the most welcomed “to do” you’ll get from any physician. Other prevention tips may be a bit harder, but committing to them is crucial:

    • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Engage in regular physical activity
    • Eat a healthy diet
    • Control high cholesterol and/or blood pressure, if applicable

    Want to assess your personal risk?  Visit the ADA’s website to take an assessment quiz.

    Did you know?

    On average, those with diabetes spend 2 to 3 times more money on medical expenses than those without the disease.

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  • September 29, 2009

    Sniffles, Sneezes and Sleep

    Posted in Colds and Flu and Healthy Sleep, Healthy Sleep tagged , at 2:26 pm by tempurpedicchallenge

    Rest Up for a Healthier Cold Season 

    It seems inevitable. The cooler weather settles in, and so does another bout of seasonal sickness –  the cold you just can’t shake, and you don’t know why.

    Turn to your pillow, say experts.  Poor sleep may not be the most obvious cause for your illness, but it could certainly be part of why you’re suffering.

    Amongst the various benefits of adequate sleep is the regulation of your immune system – the body’s defense mechanism against invaders, like germs.  Piles of research over the past few years show that sleep deprivation can throw a wrench in these efforts, weakening the power your body has to stay as healthy as it can.

    Are you truly sleep deprived? Likely not. Few of us are really wide awake through the evening, although that doesn’t mean that the potential risk to immunity isn’t there. In fact, a more recent, attention-getting study conducted by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that it doesn’t take an all-nighter to weaken your defenses. “People who sleep fewer than seven hours a night are nearly three times more likely to get a cold than those who average eight or more hours of sleep,” notes a university-issued report on the study.

    What’s more is that simply clocking the hours isn’t enough  — they must consist of quality sleep to minimize the risk. Doing everything you can to create a sleep environment that is as comfortable as possible can help.

    Solid slumber isn’t always going to be enough to allow you to magically not catch that bug that seems to be making its way around your office (or that your child so kindly brought home from school)  — but it’s certainly a weapon in your stay well arsenal.

    Here, more you can do to reduce your risk of cold and flu this season:

    Consider a Flu Shot
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends an annual seasonal flu vaccine. This shot protects against the most common strains; there is a unique vaccination for novel 2009 H1N1 (swine) flu. Pregnant women, children, those older than age 65, health care workers and those with certain chronic diseases and conditions are especially urged to get stuck.

    For more on the flu shot, including information on safety and who should not get it, please visit the CDC website.

    Suds Up

    Wash your hands vigorously with soap and water often. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If a sink is nowhere in sight, opt for antibacterial gel.

    Break a Sweat

    Exercise has been shown to keep immunity high.

    Eat Well

    Vitamins and nutrients in a well-balanced diet can help – aim for foods of a variety of colors.

    Find Time to Relax

    Though that may be easier said than done these days, do what you can to carve out time to decompress. Stress has been tied to weakened immunity.

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