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Getting a good night’s sleep is critical to your well-being. Put away all electronics at least an hour before bed. Digital devices and screens emit a blue light that can interfere with your ability to get a proper good night’s sleep. It’s not just about getting your physical beauty sleep! There is scientific proof of a close link between sleep and mental health, including poor sleep contributing to initiation or worsening of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other conditions.

Whether it’s counting sheep or tips for a good night’s sleep, JFS Orlando is here to help you keep your wellness top of mind! Learn more about our FAMILY of services by visiting JFSorlando.org or call (407) 644-7593.

Preparing for a Hospital Stay

Whether you expect a hospital visit to be brief or know it will last longer, it is vital to make certain preparations in advance of a hospital stay.

  • If possible, ask someone to stay with you in the hospital. This is useful for a number of reasons, but especially to ensure you have an advocate who can help you get the best care.
  • Designate an emergency contact, if you haven’t already.
  • Bring a folder containing any important medical and legal documents, including but not limited to:
    • Insurance information;
    • Up-to-date list of medications:
    • Information regarding current healthcare providers;
    • Power of attorney;
    • Designated healthcare proxy; and
    • Healthcare directives.
  • Prepare a “hospital bag” containing the above folder, comfortable clothing and pajamas, slip-on shoes, toiletries, and any leisure activities you enjoy (e.g., laptop computer, knitting materials, or other art supplies).
  • Ensure all your household tasks are cared for in your absence, including pet care, gardening, watering of household plants, and more. You may want to halt newspaper delivery and arrange for a neighbor to collect your mail and packages. If necessary, you may need to arrange for someone to pay your bills while you’re away.