Go, do, learn

July 01, 2002

Sleeplessness may indicate stress

Do you spend nights tossing and turning, thinking about the day's events, only to arise more tired than the night before?

Do you find yourself snapping at your coworkers or yelling at the kids when one more job is sent your way?

Do you wish you could find a nice comfortable, isolated spot to hibernate and close your eyes?

Sleepness nights could be a sign of uncontrolled stress in your life. This month's Washington County Wellness Challenge will focus on dealing with stress before it consumes you.

Aside from how we fuel our bodies with food and improve our fitness level with exercise, another important component of self care is REST. Are you getting enough?


Hours recommended for adults can vary. This month's challenge is to aim for at least 6 hours.

Here are a few tips for getting a good night's sleep.

  • Create a bedtime ritual and a soothing environment. This routine will allow your body to prepare for a restful night.

  • Avoid caffeine and sugary foods close to bedtime.

  • It also helps to go to sleep and get up the same time every day.

Join the Wellness Challenge at the following middle schools:

Western Heights, July 9;

Hancock, July 16;

Smithsburg, July 23.

All programs are from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.

For information on the Washington County Wellness Challenge, call 301-791-3039.

Tammy Thorning, MS, is a registered dietitian with Nutrition and Wellness Services at Washington County Health Department.

Preschool registration opens

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation is accepting registration for the 2002-2003 term of the preschool at War Memorial Park.

The eight-month program runs mid-September through mid-May in the multi-purpose room of the bathhouse at War Memorial Park. The emphasis is on recreation, socialization and education.

Classes are available to children ages 3 and 4 as of Sept. 1. Three-year-olds meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. Four-year-olds meet Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. or Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m.

Two-day programs are $95 per month and the three-day program is $120. For information and enrollment forms, call Parks and Recreation at 1-304-264-4842 or visit the office at 15 Meadow Lane Plaza.

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