Flu season usually starts in October, and that may feel like a long way off.1 But why not don your Girl Scout or Boy Scout hat right now, and get prepared! Plus, be honest – how many times have you made it halfway through flu season without managing to get your flu shot? That’s what I thought.
Here’s a little tip sheet. Learn how to lower your risk of getting the flu, which affects 1 to 2 out of 10 Americans each year—some seriously.2 And review the checklist below to make sure you have supplies on hand, just in case you do get sick.
Prevent the Spread
Follow these tips to help prevent the spread of flu. When appropriate, teach children these tips as well.
Stock Up on Supplies
No time like the present! (And it’s not much fun to make a run to the drug store when you’re sick, is it?) Here’s what you can do to prepare:
You can find most of these supplies in our store. Either someone on staff or I can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Is there anything as delicious as a good night’s sleep? Nothing renews you like sleep. It even helps strengthen memories and can enhance your creativity.1
Unfortunately, adults older than 60 have more trouble getting deep sleep—the kind that helps cement memories.1 Now, researchers also think a lack of sleep may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In a small study, losing just one night’s sleep increased levels of a protein that’s linked with the disease.2
Those are some pretty good arguments for improving your sleep habits, don’t you think? So, what can you do differently? Maybe start by keeping a sleep diary, tracking your routines and sleep patterns. Here are some tips to help ensure you get the best-quality sleep possible:
During the day
Late in the day
Right before bedtime
If you need more help
Be sure to see your doctor if sleep problems persist. Both medical and emotional issues may make it difficult to sleep well. You might even have a sleep disorder. Also, ask your doctor or me about any medications, herbs, or supplements that could be affecting your sleep.5 If you require a sleep aid, I can explain what you need to know about both prescription and over-the-counter medications.