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Be sure to check out PEBB's November webinars from your health plans, well-being vendors, and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).

November News


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If you feel tired but can’t fall asleep at night, you’re not alone. Nearly one-third of U.S. adults sleep less than seven hours per night. 

In addition to feeling groggy, there are health risks that come with lack of sleep. Your body produces stress hormones that increase inflammation. This can lead to chronic health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and depression.

If you struggle to get enough shuteye, try these tips to train yourself to sleep better:
 
  1. Stick to a schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (including on weekends). This makes for regular sleep rhythms. Over time, your brain will learn when it’s time to get sleepy.
  2. Create a restful environment. Keep your room cool, dark, and quiet. Avoid light-emitting screens before bedtime. You can also use blackout curtains, earplugs, weighted blankets, and/or white noise to help you fall asleep. 
  3. Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Avoid eating big meals within a couple of hours of bedtime. Limit the use of nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol. All of these can interfere with a good night’s sleep.
  4. Get physical activity. Physical activity promotes better sleep at night. But avoid vigorous exercise close to bedtime. 
  5. Go outside. Exposure to sunlight helps you go to sleep when it gets darker. 
  6. Manage your worries. Do your best to resolve your worries before bedtime. Get organized, keep a journal, prioritize, and/or meditate to keep your racing thoughts at bay. Need more ideas? The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help. Its library of resources and certified counselors can offer other ways to manage your anxiety. 
  7. Get out of bed to reset yourself. If you wake up during the night, get up. Do a quiet activity, keep the lights low, and avoid looking at a lighted screen. If you routinely lie awake in bed, it can become a habit that leads to insomnia. 
  8. Plan a “hard stop” before bedtime. Don’t postpone sleep to catch up on social media or watch another TV episode. You may not get enough sleep, which makes the next day more stressful. Plan a hard stop and head for bed whether or not everything is crossed off your to-do list.
If your sleep problems worsen or persist over the long term, talk with your doctor about other solutions.

Sources:
Sleep Foundation, August 29, 2022, and Mayo Clinic, May 7, 2022


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Photo_calm.jpgHaving trouble sleeping? 

There’s an app for that!

Check out the Calm app, one of the most popular apps for meditation and mindfulness. 

You’ll have unlimited access to:

  1. Guided meditations ranging from three to 25 minutes long.
  2. Tips for calming anxiety, managing stress, and getting deep sleep.
  3. Sleep stories for deeper and better sleep.
  4. Video lessons on gentle stretches and mindful motion.
  5. Depending on your medical plan, you can save on membership fees.
  6. Kaiser members: Download the Calm app to your smart device at no cost to you.
  7. Providence members: Save 57% on a one-year membership through LifeBalance. Just log in to your LifeBalance account to access the benefit.
  8. Moda or other plan members: Sign up for the free seven-day trial. If you like it, subscriptions are $69.99 per year.



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Have a suggestion for the Board?

The PEBB Board values member feedback. Throughout the year, you are invited to share your comments and suggestions. Your feedback helps the Board do its work more effectively and efficiently for all members. The Board meets once a month during the school year.

There are three ways to submit a comment or suggestion for the Board’s consideration:
  1. Send an email to Rose Mann at least three days prior to the next Board meeting. Rose will forward your comment to the current Board members. 
  2. Submit this form at least three days prior to the next Board meeting. Be sure to attach any information to support your feedback.
  3. Make a comment at the meeting. Create a presentation on one topic that relates to all members. Provide an electronic copy of your presentation to Rose Mann in advance of the meeting. Then, attend a Board meeting and sign in on the Public Comment sign-in sheet. At the appropriate time, the Board Chair will invite you to the table. Introduce yourself, share your presentation, and limit your speaking time to no more than five minutes. 
Note: If you want the Board to consider a change in benefits for a future year, be sure to submit your comments before February when they begin the renewal process (e.g., submit comments in January 2023 for a potential change beginning in 2024).
The Board may or may not act on your comment. However, member feedback plays an important role when the Board makes decisions that impact all our members.