Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

In addition to diet and exercise, what other lifestyle habits should women practice to stay healthy?

Sleep, relaxation and downtime can be as important to a healthy lifestyle as diet and exercise.

Sleep

The following are some tips for better sleep:

  • Have a regular sleep schedule so you go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
  • Exercise regularly, but complete your exercise at least two to four hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
  • Use your bed primarily for sleep rather than making it a catch-all location to pay bills, watch TV, surf the web and more.

Relaxing

Here are some tips to help you relax:

  • Calm your mind by finding a quiet place.
  • Focus on peaceful thoughts, images or words.
  • Stretch and breathe slowly before returning to your daily routine.
  • Use body-calming exercise by mentally focusing on relaxing your body one part at a time.
  • Take a mental vacation using visualization to free your mind by picturing yourself someplace calm, warm and relaxing

Talk to your physician for more ideas about how to improve your personal health.

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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Ziad Khatib, MD, Fairfield Road Physicians; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, Oakwood Primary Care, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group; Nicholas Davis, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine