August 2018 Live Well, Work Well Newsletter
In this edition, you’ll learn why your phone may be disrupting your sleep, how your trips to the pool may negatively affect your health, and the importance of vaccinations at every age.
Trouble Sleeping? Your Phone May Be to Blame
Yes, you read that headline right. According to a new study, using your phone before you go to bed can disrupt your sleep schedule and prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Specifically, the study found that those who use smartphones or tablets before bed went to bed later and had a later sleep onset than those who didn’t. The study also found that those who used their phone or tablet before going to sleep had lower levels of the sleep-regulating hormone, melatonin. Lastly, the study found that electronic device usage before bed reduced the period of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a vital component in our sleep patterns.
So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, try putting your phone or tablet away before heading to bed.
Sunrays Aren’t the Only Thing You Can Catch at the Pool
As the temperature climbs, many Americans will flock to the pool to find some relief from the heat. While the cool waters can be refreshing, they could also be contaminated with bacteria that can make you sick. Read on to learn about the three most common illnesses you can catch from spending a day at the pool.
Cryptosporidium (Crypto for Short)
- Crypto, a chlorine-resistant parasite, is one of the most common culprits for post-pool day illness and causes diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea. Unfortunately, symptoms can last for up to two weeks.
- To avoid getting sick, don’t swallow pool water or touch your face until you’ve showered with soap and hot water.
- Between the chemicals and other people’s bodily fluids in the pool, it shouldn’t be a surprise that you can catch pinkeye from swimming in a shared pool or hot tub.
- To avoid getting this infection, wear well-fitted goggles every time you get into the water.
Hot Tub Rash
- The warm water in hot tubs causes chlorine to break down quickly, making the chemical ineffective in killing the germ that causes an itchy skin infection that can lead to a bumpy, red rash.
- To avoid getting this rash, shower immediately after going into the hot tub and be sure to wash your swimming suit before wearing it again.
Are You Up to Date On Your Immunizations?
Every August, the National Public Health Information Coalition sponsors National Immunization Awareness Month to promote the importance of immunizations at all life stages. Vaccination protects everyone, from infants to the elderly, from serious illnesses and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Being properly vaccinated not only protects you, but everyone else around you, from falling ill with serious illnesses like measles, polio, hepatitis and meningococcal meningitis.
Follow the provided links to learn if you and your loved ones are up to date on the recommended vaccinations for each stage of life:
- Infants and children (birth to age 6)
- Preteens and teens (ages 7-18)
- Adults (ages 19 and older)
- Pregnancy and vaccines
For more information on vaccines, or to learn more about what vaccines you may need, click here or talk with your doctor.