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Sleep in the Battle Against the Coronovirus

Sleep awareness is more important than ever this year.

March 8 marks the beginning of Sleep Awareness Week in America. The National Sleep Foundation has some great content on how to promote better sleep habits at work, home and school. Please check it out and share with friends and colleagues.

We all know the coronavirus is a very serious health threat to whole communities. We should all be following CDC recommendations including:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

But I wish CDC would add to this list: Be sure to get good quality sleep.

Getting enough sleep can help protect you against all kinds of common infections and viruses. Sleep strengthens your body’s capacity to fight off pathogens of all kinds. We need all the help we can get in fighting this Coronovirus outbreak.