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Readying Nebraska Communities to Serve Veterans and Their Families

Rural veterans, service members, and their families face unique challenges and barriers to care. VetSET Nebraska is bridging the gap — growing and connecting community resources to better serve this population. We are increasing community awareness, building collaboration, and connecting rural veterans, service members, and their families to local support.

For more information or for assistance, please contact one of our onsite coordinators:

Deborah Larson - Resource Development Manager - dlarson@cdhd.ne.gov - (308) 385 5175 ext 164

Colette Evans - Health Projects Supervisor - cevans@cdhd.ne.gov - (308) 385 5175 ext 101

Or click on this link VetSET Nebraska

 

Make the connection, is an additional site with information on the mental health challenges that our veterans face. It has many resources for veterans and those close to the.

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3 Ways to Sleep and Feel Better For Struggling Veterans

3 Ways to Sleep and Feel Better For Struggling Veterans

Sleep is a legitimate concern among veterans, and there is an indelible connection between sleep and mental health. With that said, it’s doubly important to address sleep disorders at their core—not just to mitigate mental issues, but also to decrease the risk of diseases and reduce fatigue. If a good night of slumber seems to elude you, consider these important tips:

Where you sleep matters.

More often than not, sleep disorders are caused by something as simple as one’s sleep environment. It’s a good idea to start by taking stock of your bedroom and ensure that it is optimized for sleep. At the most fundamental level, this space should be cool, dark, quiet, and free of clutter.

TVs and electronic gadgets like laptops and smartphones also have no place in the bedroom, as studies indicate the blue light they emit can be disruptive to the circadian rhythm. It’s in your best interest to set them aside a while before bed since that light might be disturbing your body’s melatonin levels.

Your bed, especially your mattress, is definitely worth a closer look. In fact, mattresses have been known to make or break quality sleep. If you have a smaller mattress that you have to share with a partner or if you simply want more space, sizing up to a queen might be a good move as it’s a size that’s neither too narrow nor too large for most bedrooms.

There are plenty of mattress options on the market today, which can make choosing the right one overwhelming. If you’re looking for the best queen-sized mattress, opt for top-rated brands. As a rule, read up on reviews and compare different makes, and take into account your own sleep style and other preferences, like firmness and materials, before making the investment.

 

Rethink your routines.

Surprisingly, your daily and nightly routines also have plenty to do with the quality of your sleep. Consider adopting a relaxing bedtime routine that includes winding down activities like meditation, reading, or light stretching.

Even more important is keeping to a regular sleep schedule. Everyday Health explains this means sleeping and waking up at right about the same time each day, as well as resisting the urge to take long naps during the day, staying up late, and sleeping in. This is the best way to keep your internal body clock ticking consistently which, in turn, will guarantee that you get quality sleep on the regular.

Contemplate what will help you settle into a routine and make adjustments accordingly. You can always set an electronic reminder with your phone or a voice assistant if the evening seems to get away from you.

 

Tap your support system.

There’s no question that veterans are modern-day heroes. Huge sacrifices are made in service to the country, putting on hold lives and careers and leaving loved ones for long stretches of time. Active duty has been known to take a real toll, which often results in issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), anxiety, and many more. These, in turn, contribute to the prevalence of suicide cases among vets, which, despite prevention efforts, are still on the rise.

And finally, keep in mind that poor sleep and depression are closely linked, and the VA alone has resources and treatments for sleep troubles and mental health support to those who need it.

You need not suffer in silence when you have trouble sleeping, suffer from a mental disorder, or both. Instead, take these measures to heart and be well on your way to great sleep and overall wellness. And if you need help, reach out.

 

Content by Kelli Brewer of Deploycare