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It’s no secret that mental health plays an essential role in our everyday wellbeing. Our mental functions are what allow us to process thoughts throughout our everyday lives, and whether it be seeing, walking, eating, or dressing, our brains are at work. It has been said that “there is no health without mental health."

But what is considered good mental health? The World Health Organization says that mental health is a "state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."

That being said, we’d like to share a handful of quick tips and techniques to keep in mind to ensure that our own mental health is being kept as sharp as possible.

GET THE REST YOU NEED

Sleep restores both the mind and body after each day, so following a regulated pattern for sleep by going to bed at a set time each night will ensure that your body is kept on track. Only 4 in 10 Americans say they get a good night’s sleep almost every night, and everything from a comfortable bed, to food intake, to technology use right before you fall asleep can impact the quality of your sleep and rest.

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Sleeping with on a comfortable bed with a great mattress, pillows, and (appropriate) bedding is key to sleeping well, and keeping the room temperature cool (65-67 degrees) can also help achieve a restful sleep. Sleeping on your back is the least stressful for spine and neck health, because the back is straight and not forced into any contortions, yet instances of snoring and sleep apnea can be much more frequent. The most common sleeping position is on the side, and many people find sleeping with a pillow between their knees to be the least stressful.