2018 Fall Newsletter - Community Health Plan of Washington - Medicare Advantage

2018 Fall Newsletter

Sleep Easy Tonight

Older gentleman sleeping like a log.A rested mind is a healthy mind. Getting enough sleep can improve your mood, make you feel less stressed, and boost your immune system. Sleep is a mini-vacation for your brain. It gives your brain time to rest, repair cells, and grow. Everyone has trouble sleeping sometimes. Daylight savings, depression, insomnia, or feeling anxious can make it hard to sleep.

Here are some ways to help you get a full night’s sleep:

  • Use your bedroom only for sleeping. Move the TV and radio out of your bedroom.
  • Try not to use your computer, smartphone, or tablet while you are in bed. The light from these devices tells your brain to wake up. Checking the news or social media can stir up emotions and make it hard to relax and fall asleep.
  •  If light and noise bother you, consider using a sleep mask and earplugs, or use a white noise machine.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning, even if you feel tired. An evening routine and a regular bedtime will help your body get used to a sleeping schedule.

Flu

Flu Shot

During the 2016-2017 flu season, the flu shot prevented an estimated 5.3 million hospitalizations related to influenza, a serious disease that affects the nose, throat, and lungs. Protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot as early as possible. The best time to get your flu shot is October or November, so don’t wait! The flu vaccine protects against the most common strains of the flu and takes up to two weeks to provide protection. If you contract a less common strain of the flu, the flu shot will make your symptoms less severe. The flu shot is always free for Community Health Plan of Washington members. All children in Washington under 19 can get flu shots and other recommended vaccines at no cost. Just go to a participating pharmacy or your community health center and ask for a flu shot.

The flu shot doesn’t protect against colds, and it can be difficult to tell the difference between the cold and flu. If you think you have the flu, go to your primary care provider.

 

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