Wellness and Sustainability Tips: 8/17/12

Wellness and Sustainability Tips: 8/17/12

By: Lauren McLendon

Wellness and Sustainability Tips are selected from the UMD “FYI” Listserv system. The “FYI” Listserv provides general announcements and information on programs of particular interest to the faculty and staff of the University of Maryland.

I. Wellness

  • Unplug before bed

“Research shows that interacting with lit screens (like the one on your smart phone, computer, or tablet) right before bed time can have a negative effect on the quality of your sleep. The bright light from the screen can interfere with your body’s natural sleep cycle, and checking that last-minute e-mail can distract your mind when you’re trying to relax. Instead of turning to these electronic devices, try a soothing activity like meditating, listening to soft music, or reading a book. Your body needs a good rest to prepare for the next day, so get a head start on winding down at least an hour before bed.”

II. Sustainability

  • Check your local air quality

“10 to 20 percent of all summertime respiratory-related hospital visits in some areas of the U.S. are associated with ozone pollution? Motor vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, and chemical solvents are major sources of ozone, which usually forms in hot weather. Ozone pollution can affect anyone who spends time outdoors in the summer, particularly children, the elderly, outdoor workers and people exercising. Before you go outside, check the air quality in your community at www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=268. Help to improve air quality by taking alternative transportation, carpooling and maintaining your vehicle.”