Swing Bed Unit
Sometimes you or someone you love has been hospitalized to the point of no longer needing acute hospital care, but returning home is not an option. This is where the Swing Bed Unit at Caldwell Medical Center comes in. The Swing Bed Unit can assist a patient with making a smooth transition from hospital to home or another care setting. To qualify for admission to the Swing Bed Unit, a patient must have been hospitalized for a minimum of three days and have a condition such as: * Post-surgical orthopedic conditions * A need for IV medications, such as antibiotics * Wounds that are not healing well or need special care * A need for respiratory care treatments * Tube feedings * Colostomy or Ileostomy care * A need for rehabilitation therapies such as physical or occupational For more information, contact the Swing Bed Coordinator at 270-365-0499.

Better Sleep Month
May brings us spring flowers, Mother's Day, spring graduations, and Better Sleep Month.  Humans spend about one-third of their lives doing it, yet sleep remains misunderstood and underappreciated for its role in keeping us healthy and productive.  The aim of Better Sleep Month is to encourage people to establish better sleeping patterns.

Refreshing sleep is of huge importance when staying healthy.  Inadequate sleep can lead to an increase in blood pressure and stress hormone production.  Research shows that lack of sleep can hamper our ability to be productive during waking hours, affecting mood, memory and performance of mental and physical taks.  It is estimated that poor sleep costs US businesses about $150 billion through absenteeism and lost productivity.  Car accidents and workplace injuries are caused by people who are not alert, or in some cases, acually falling asleep without even being aware of doing so.

There is recent evidence which suggests achieving better quality sleep may be more important than increasing the number of hours of sleep. The National Sleep Council, which supports Better Sleep Month, has reported that people who sleep between 6 and 7 hours a night actually live longer than those who sleep for 8 hours.  Six hours of deep refreshing sleep is more beneficial than 8 hours of light interrupted sleep.

Tips to get better sleep:
*    Establish a consistent sleep schedule by sleeping at the same time each day of the week including the weekends.
*    Relax before sleeping.  Prior to sleep, limit any stimulating activities such as exercise and work.
*    Create an optimal sleeping enviornment.  Your place of sleep should be dark, ventilated and of an appropriate temperature.
*    A healthy lifestyle consisting of exercise and a healthy diet can contribute towards better sleep.
*    Finish eating or snacking two to three hours before you go to sleep.

So this May, go outdoors and enjoy the weather, remember your mom, and resolve to get a better night's sleep.