National Geographic : 1944 Mar
If you punched a clock when you went to bed IF YOU PUNCIIED a time clock on going to bed, and again on arising, how many hours would your time card show? Authorities say that adults need daily at least eight hours of sleep or rest in bed-children need considerably more. This is especially true in these strenuous wartime days. Refreshing sleep comes more easily when you slow down and relax before bedtime. Try to forget your worries. They result in tension that defeats sleep. Try to have your bedroom dark, quiet, and well-ventilated. Bed clothing that weighs too heavily is an enemy of sleep. So is too much food, either solid or liquid, just before bedtime. If you have difficulty getting to sleep, remem ber that complete relaxation is the next best thing. Relaxing physically means letting your self "go limp all over." It is the exact opposite of tenseness. You can teach yourself to relax. First, learn to recognize tenseness wherever it occurs in the body. Then, practice letting the tense muscles go limp. Try it at odd moments during the day - it is the secret of conserving energy. Plenty of sound, undisturbed sleep is especially important to workers on a night shift. Someone - usually it will be the wife or mother-must take responsibility for planning the night worker's schedule on an orderly, regular basis. His bed room should be away from family activity. A screen between window and bed will help shut out light. Healthy, normal sleep permits your heart, lungs, and other vital organs to "loaf" along. The body can then mend its worn-out tissues and build new ones. Your full quota of sleep should carry you through the next day feeling well, working efficiently, an in good spirits. To help you meet the increased pressure and strain of these busy days, Metropolitan will send you, on request, a free copy of a folder, 34-N, entitled, "Relax and Revive." COPYRIGHT 1944 METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAl COMPANY) (it Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD ti Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 10, N. Y.