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HITTING THE MARK AT MARKET
The Do it Best Spring MarketTM was an incredible weekend of
learning, networking, purchasing, and connecting with vendors
and staff for our member-owners. It also proved to be a successful opportunity
for our team to make this market a memorable and beneficial experience for
everyone in attendance.
The weekend started off with Education Day sessions on Friday where members Jon Dorenbos entertained the crowd with his magic tricks
could soak up knowledge and learn from industry experts on how they can and invited audience members to be part of the show.
grow their businesses and increase their profitability. After a full day of learning,
attendees were treated to an outstanding Market Kickoff where special guest
speaker retired Philadelphia Eagles Long Snapper Jon Dorenbos used magic tricks to illustrate the hardships of his past and remind us
all how we can use the power of positivity and love to overcome any situation. Additionally, the audience was all-ears for President &
CEO Dan Starr’s message about growth initiatives to drive our members and the co-op forward.
“Now more than ever before we are positioned to be the member’s first and best choice in home improvement. With the industry
changes we’ve seen just in the last six weeks, we must all be ready to embrace change and seize the opportunities in front of us. One
of those opportunities is in the category of paint. In an age when just about anything a customer wants can be delivered to their front
door, we absolutely need to emphasize what customers can only get when they walk into one of our member-owned stores,” said Dan.
Saturday marked the official opening of the market floor where members took advantage of the amazing purchasing opportunities
and connected with vendors, some featured at the market for the very first time. In addition to exploring the market floor, members
also attended the Merchandising Preview and afternoon Lunch-N-Learn session. Another Saturday highlight included a record number
of attendees at the prospective member luncheon thanks to the hard work our team put in before the market to attract True Value
“If the 200 some prospective new member locations represented is any indication, there is a strong appetite among home
improvement business owners to leverage the co-op to learn from each other to discover opportunities to grow,” said Vice President
of Marketing Rich Lynch.
To wrap up the day, It was a full house at the prospective luncheon.
everyone was able to
unwind and connect
at the Mix, Mingle
& Move event. On
Sunday and Monday,
to shop the market
floor before heading
back to their stores
until the fall market.
Great job and
everyone who helped
make this spring
market a success!
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contribution limit for individuals with family high or better. Approval from your manager and Human Resources is required to
deductible health plan coverage (like our CDP) from process reimbursements for all classes.
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RECONNECTING or a member of the HR team.
Jim and his wife Nan met Harry at his church, St. Mary’s RECOGNITION AT ITS BEST With a servant
Parish, in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania. leadership
mentality in mind, team leaders at Do it Best Corp. are
Relationships run deep between individuals of our discovering creative ways to recognize their team members.
Do it Best staff, and recently two former team members Application Design Manager Brian Loucks and Graphics Supervisor Travis
met up to reminisce about their time here. Retired Bowersock have both developed recognition programs to show their team
Regional Sales Manager Jim Mills and his wife Nan visited members appreciation for a job well done. Brian, along with several others
former Field Representative Harry Pierjok. in the IT division, created an initiative he calls the Kudos Program. On the
online workflow platform Slack, Brian and his team have a channel where staff
In the late 70s, Jim and Harry worked together to expand members can post “appreciations” of others. He credits Applications Division
our territory west and were instrumental in signing Director John Mergy for creating the channel while others incorporated
members for our first regional warehouse location in Cape elements that allow team members to follow up on the appreciations.
Girardeau (now the Sikeston RSC). Harry also represented “It’s easy to get caught up in daily work routines,” Brian says. “This is an
RP Lumber during their humble beginnings when they had opportunity for us to pause and reflect on how blessed we are to work with
only a few stores. such amazing people. It lets them know we truly care.”
Harry left Do it Best Corp. in the early 80s to become Travis spearheads a similar program with the Graphics team that he calls the
Fr. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB and was ordained as Rock Star Award. Every two weeks he holds a meeting with his team to check
a Catholic priest in 1988. Over the years, Jim has sent in and make sure everyone is on the same page. As part of the meeting, Travis
him company updates so he could see our progress in hands out the Rock Star Award as an opportunity to recognize someone for
continuing to help our members grow. their remarkable work. The recipient of this award is often chosen as a result
of a client email that Travis receives detailing
During their visit together, Jim relayed some fond how a team member has gone above and
memories from Bob Plummer, owner of RP Lumber, about beyond the call of duty. During the meeting,
when Harry brought him good news regarding his sales Travis reads the email out loud which is
report in the middle of a long hot summer day while Bob followed by applause from the group.
was unloading a truck. The relationship between Jim and
Harry and their lasting impressions on members like Bob “It’s really cool to see their faces light up Winners of the Rock Star Award
are truly an example of what makes Do it Best great. when someone takes the time to recognize get a meal card to use in the
their contribution. When I first got here, I café and the right to display this
met with each team member to get to know golden guitar in their area.
them and to find out what they needed most
from me. Many addressed the need to be
appreciated. We all have that need and that
desire and the Rock Star Award is a great
way to make that happen frequently,” Travis
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CELEBRATE Account Executive Kevin Riley celebrated his 60th
birthday on April 27. The Building Materials team
commandeered his work area and made sure he knew
it was his birthday.
Internal Auditor Eric Merchandise On May 21, team members in IT helped
Jaszarowski and his Coordinator Pam Kleber Computer Operator Steve Richardson
wife Danielle celebrated welcomed her grandson celebrate his 60th birthday.
the birth of their Weston Everett into the
daughter Sophia Marie world on April 14 to
on May 10. proud parents, Eric and
BAKER BIDS US ADIEU SHIRE SIGNS OFF The IT team
Deb Baker was
honored for Shire’s retirement
her service at Do it Best Corp.
during her retirement party on April 27. “John was a friendly and hardworking
on April 27. Her daughters
joined her work family in team member. I admire how he continued to grow
celebrating a career marked
by professionalism, hard work, his skills and transition to new roles throughout his career,” said
a can-do attitude, warmth,
and kindness. VP of IT Mike VP of IT Mike Altendorf. John started as a technical writer, earned
Altendorf, President & CEO
Dan Starr, and Internal Tech his certification in software development, and then learned the
Support Manager Karla
Wygant shared personal skills to become a database developer. During his party, Mike
stories of Deb's commitment
to the team and our members. delivered a reading of John's original cover letter from 1994 and
Her volunteerism was also recognized with a special emphasis
on her contributions to the Study Connection program. Everyone made sure to point out his
wished Deb a beautiful, full retirement filled with plenty of time
to spend with her three grandsons. reference to his technical
writing skills. President &
CEO Dan Starr was also
present to thank John
for his years of service
and wished him well
in his retirement. The
team presented John
with a parting gift and
encouraged him to come
back and visit.
MORE TIME FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDES
Patty (left) celebrated with co-workers before riding off. Patty Urben retired on May 15 after nearly 17 years of service at the
Woodburn RSC. The team celebrated her retirement with a luncheon
and presented her with the Do it Best stool that she used while working in the
returns area signed with special farewell messages. “We already miss Patty and her
passion for her work and dedication to our Relay for Life campaign,” said Department
Manager Daniel Garcia. In this new stage of life, Patty is spending more time with
her grandkids and anxiously awaiting long rides with her husband on their Harley
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Welcome OUT AND ABOUT: MAKING A SPLASH ON FOX & FRIENDS
Dixon RSC Department Manager Jay Young
Family and his dock diving dog Gunner once again
created waves of fun with their recent appearance on an
Fort Wayne after show web feed with the Fox & Friends team. “This
Richard Euckert was a great opportunity to showcase what we do with
Amy Sommer Gunner and another exciting experience to be a part of,”
Brad Woolace said Jay.
Sarah Cook Jay started training Gunner to dock dive about three
Jacob Yeager years ago for friends and neighbors which led to
Montgomery Gunner’s first diving gig at a regional qualifier in
Woodburn Boston. Upon winning in Boston, Jay and Gunner were Jay’s wife Diane joined Gunner and Jay in
Billy Do invited to the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog National New York at Rockefeller Center for his web
Championship in Grey Summit, Missouri. There Gunner feed performance on Fox & Friends.
set a national record for a game called fetch-it where
he jumped 24 feet. Gunner is also a two time winner of the Ultimate Air Dogs championship, top
performer with North American Diving Dogs, and winner of the Eukanuba Performance Games.
Soon the dynamic duo will be heading to Huntington Beach, California to compete in the 2018
Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge.
Jay and Gunner have appeared on Fox & Friends in the past and also on the Today Show and
during the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge.
ABOVE AND BEYOND
DO IT BEST CONNECTIONS AND A
CROSS COUNTRY PRODUCTION
When Merchandise “The emotional toll of sending loved ones to war and dealing
with the ever-changing dynamic when they return is universal,
Coordinator Nancy spanning centuries. I Will Wait seeks to bridge the widening gap
between our military and the rest of the American population
Kartholl and retiree by allowing veterans' spouses to feel like their voices are being
heard, often for the very first time,” said Amy.
Sandy Ball’s daughter
Now, Amy’s husband is stationed in Alaska and she decided to
L to R: Nancy, Amy, and Amy’s daughter Amy Uptgraft produce the play in Anchorage. This particular production was
became friends while extra special because she flew 11 actors, including Nancy, to
Peyton, who also performed in the show, Anchorage to perform in the show. Amy recruited Nancy and the
were all smiles in Alaska. performing in local other actors as trusted friends who could meet to perform this
theatre in Fort Wayne show for a weekend anywhere in the country without much prep
or rehearsal time.
many years ago, they
“Most of the actors were cast in Anchorage so we met them
had no idea they would find themselves meeting up in Alaska for and worked with them for the first time just two days before
our preview! The whole production was an extremely moving
an original onstage production created by Amy. experience for our audience, and I was very honored to be a part
of it,” said Nancy about her involvement.
Amy is married to a West Point graduate and has spent much
of her life moving around as a military spouse while raising four In addition to the play, Amy started a nonprofit called The
kids. She has always carried her love of theatre with her and Veteran’s Spouse Project which hosts artistic workshops for
was inspired to write her own play during her husband’s fourth military spouses as an outlet where they can express themselves
deployment to tell the story about how it feels to send a loved and tell their own stories of military life.
one to war.
Amy worked with fellow playwright Gregory Stieber and together
they interviewed military spouses from all generations to create
a moving and emotional story about the struggles surrounding
deployment. The play I Will Wait was born and Amy and Greg
produced it in Fort Wayne.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES As Do it Best Corp. continues to grow, there may be career opportunities
for you to pursue within the company. Visit mytoolbox.doitbestcorp.com
AT DO IT BEST CORP. for a complete list of all openings and contact the Human Resources team
if you’re qualified for and interested in a new role.
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High School Graduates
Cameron Adkins Josi Meredith Barscz Rachael Bessette Nick Bosler
Brunswick High School Huntington North High School Our Lady of Mercy High School Heritage Jr/Sr High School
Son of Chrissy Kruty M Academic Honors Diploma Daughter of Mitch Bessette X Son of Jim Bosler F
Daughter of Jennifer Barscz X
Emily Bricker Trae'von Caughman Jordyn Clymer Elizabeth Faulkner
New Haven High School Blythewood High School Homestead High School East Allen University/
Tech Honor Diploma Son of Stephen Caughman L Granddaughter of Vincennes University
Connie Teusch R Honors Diploma and
Daughter of Carrie Bricker F Associate of Science
Granddaughter of Dave Heffley R Daughter of Sam Faulkner F
Jack Glasser Katie Glueck Abby Graham Ashlee Griffin
New Haven High School Chaffee High School Sikeston High School Polo Community High School
Grandson of Colleen Longardner F Daughter of David Glueck C Daughter of Clay Mattison C Granddaughter of Barb Sofolo D
Burnsville B Dixon D Fort Wayne F Lexington L Medina M Mesquite S Montgomery N Retiree R Sikeston C Waco W Woodburn P Field Staff X 5
Ryan Harris Gabe Henson Andrew Hopkins Bayley Leeann James
Glacier Peak High School Chaffee High School West Holmes High School Jackson High School
Son of Todd Harris X Son of Jennifer Henson C Son of Robert Hopkins M Granddaughter of
Teressa Mayfield C
Paige Marie Kaiser Mitchell Kershner Chase Ledbetter Griffin Mowery
Batesburg-Leesville High Bishop Brady High School Northrop High School Homestead High School
School Honors Diploma Stepson of Courtney Herring F Son of Tom Mowery F
Academic Honors Diploma Son of John Kershner X
Daughter of Pam Kaiser L
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Affton High School Woodburn High School Bellmont High School Woodlan High School
Granddaughter of Daughter of Mark Oliver P Son of Melissa Ortiz F Academic Honors Diploma
Mary Vandermierden C Daughter of Angela Rebber F
Samuel Riccio Samantha Smith Jada Wald Hanna Walker
Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Heritage High School Rogers High School Bellmont High School
High School Honors Diploma Daughter of Rick Wald B Academic Honors Diploma
Daughter of Amy Walker F
Son of Terri Riccio N Daughter of Tina Smith F
6 Burnsville B Dixon D Fort Wayne F Lexington L Medina M Mesquite S Montgomery N Retiree R Sikeston C Waco W Woodburn P Field Staff X
Hunter Wermund Mallori Wigent Amanda Williams Kiaria Williams
Snider High School Bishop Luers High School Concordia Lutheran High Irmo High School
Son of Marc Wermund F Daughter of David Wigent F School Daughter of Melissa Williams L
Academic Honors Diploma
Daughter of Dawn Williams F
Allyssa Bosler Alexis Buzaleski Corynn Chamberlain Rashel Dial
Dental Hygeine Associates Degree in Bachelor of Science in Bachelor's Degree in Criminal
Ivy Tech Anderson Business Accounting Communication Sciences and Justice and Psychology
Daughter of Jim Bosler F Trine University
Lorain County Disorders Daughter of Lisa Dial F
Community College Indiana University - Purdue
Daughter of Mike Buzaleski M Granddaughter of Donna Dial R
University Fort Wayne
Daughter of Bryan Chamberlain F
Alex Granillo Ashley Groves Riley Marie Guest Kyle Kingdon
Bachelor's Degree in Political Master's in Nurse Bachelor of Science in Allied Bachelor of Science in
Science - Cum Laude Administration Chamberlain Health - Cum Laude Materials Engineering
Northern Arizona University College Purdue University
Son of Jean Fahy F Daughter of Gary Nackers F Daughter of Anne Guest F Son of Lynn Kingdon F
Burnsville B Dixon D Fort Wayne F Lexington L Medina M Mesquite S Montgomery N Retiree R Sikeston C Waco W Woodburn P Field Staff X 7
Brooke Leach Zach Parks Dakota Reed Lance Rohde
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Aviation Technology - Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting Bachelor of Science in Wildlife
Indiana University Professional Flight Technology Ball State University and Conservation Biology
Bloomington Son of Brian Reed F Southeast Missouri State
Purdue University University
Daughter of Lisa Leach F Son of Kevin Parks F
Son of Jim and Debbie Rohde C
Christopher Rosene Jessica Rush Noah Starr Jake Wald
Juris Doctor Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science in Finance Bachelor's Degree in Spanish
UCLA School of Law Human Services Indiana Wesleyan and Psychology
Son of Mike Rosene F University
Purdue University Son of Dan Starr F Winona State University
Daughter of Rhonda Rush F Son of Rick Wald B
Madison Wigent Monica Wilder Alexis Faith Wygant Ashley Xu
Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor of Science in Biology Bachelor's Degree in
Psychology IUPUI Indiana University - Purdue Computer Science
Indiana University - Purdue
Indiana University - Purdue Daughter of Mike Wilder F University Fort Wayne University Fort Wayne
University Fort Wayne Daughter of Karla Wygant F Staff Member F
Daughter of David Wigent F
8 Burnsville B Dixon D Fort Wayne F Lexington L Medina M Mesquite S Montgomery N Retiree R Sikeston C Waco W Woodburn P Field Staff X
NABILA SOUNDS THE ALARM Nabila’s dad joined the group and the two
made a great team going from house to house.
IT Project Manager Nabila Safdar helped save lives
by “sounding the alarm” during a recent campaign was pleasantly surprised
through the American Red Cross. She sits on the board of directors at their gratitude for
for the local chapter in Northeast Indiana and served as the chair for what we did,” recalled
Sound the Alarm, a national campaign aimed at eliminating home John.
fire deaths by installing free smoke alarms in more than 100 cities
across the US. “I appreciate the
generosity of all the
“I was honored to head up this campaign in the Fort Wayne area. volunteers on the
The biggest disaster relief service issued by the Red Cross locally is campaign as well as the Red Cross,” said Backhaul Coordinator Ann
house fires. I’m a very community focused person, and this was a Aguirre who was visited by the team. “Imagine my surprise when I
great way for neighbors to protect each other against this dangerous answered the door and there was my Do it Best co-worker doing this
threat,” said Nabila. wonderful work for our community. I very much appreciated their
work to help protect my family and give us peace of mind.”
Do it Best Corp. served as a host site for one of eight Sound the In total, volunteers installed 793 smoke alarms in the Fort Wayne,
Alarm events that took place all over Fort Wayne between April 28 River Haven, and New Haven areas over the course of the two week
and May 15. Business Analyst John Gross and IT Contractor Kranthi campaign. Great job to Nabila and everyone involved!
Kumer joined Nabila, the Red Cross, and Adams Township
firefighters to install free smoke alarms to the nearby River Haven
and New Haven communities. The volunteers received training
and then went door-to-door to offer help. In addition to installing
new alarms, they also checked the batteries in existing alarms,
and helped families develop fire escape plans.
“I had a great time! The experience got me out of my comfort
zone and worked out very well. It felt good to help people and I
RENEE RIDES FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
Accounts Receivable Representative Renee Perkins hit the road for the Ronald
McDonald House during a recent charity bike ride in Fort Wayne. Completing 25
miles with her sister-in-law Kristi and friend Cheryl by her side, this is the fourth year Renee has
L to R: Renee, first time rider Cheryl, and participated in this event. She does so because the Ronald McDonald House, which provides
Kristi got ready to ride. housing for families of hospitalized children, is a cause near and dear to her heart.
“My first child was born at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis and did not survive. During her time in
the hospital, the Ronald McDonald house was full and I could not stay there. Instead I was set up in a hospital room. I ride in this event so
that other families in similar situations will be able to use the services offered by the Ronald McDonald House,” said Renee.
A PRICELESS CONNECTION use the rest of their lives like
reading and basic math. I love that
Seventeen Do it Best team members embraced the I can make learning those things
opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local easier and hopefully more fun,”
school children through this year’s Study Connection. Volunteers met said Ecommerce Member Support
with students for one hour a week during the course of the school Coordinator Leah Kappen about
year to provide assistance in subjects where students needed extra her experience as a tutor.
help. "Without our volunteers, this program could not exist. We're
very grateful for the generosity and the difference the Do it Best “This program brings together
team makes," said Study Connection Liaison Sarah Hudson.
willing adults and students who
Tutor volunteers and their study buddies from Harris Elementary
celebrated the end of the school year with a pizza party, crafts, and want the extra help,” added Search Engine Specialist Skiler
a showing of Paddington 2 in the Summit Room.
Content Specialist Lisa Dial. “The Lehman and his student show
“I volunteered for Study Connection this year because I know that
our help and support are really needed and make a huge impact on tutors, Study Connection staff, and off their crafts.
a child’s education, especially for those who don't get assistance at
home. Mostly we tutor kids in fundamentals and skills that they'll school employees all communicate
to make sure that the hour we have each week with our student is
well spent on what he or she needs help with the most. The students
show such excitement for the things they learn throughout the year,
and it is rewarding to see their enthusiasm.”
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A TRUCKLOAD PROUD PARENTS: ALEXANDER
OF GOOD ACHIEVES DISTINCTION
Division Manager of Building Material Sales Jean Fahy
is saluting her son Alexander Granillo on his recent
achievement. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant
and was acknowledged as a Distinguished Military Graduate
by the Army ROTC. Students are chosen for this distinction
by the professor of military science based on their high
academic performance, moral character, military aptitude,
and leadership skills. This honor also indicates that Alexander is ranked in the top 20 percent
of Army ROTC graduates nationwide. With graduation and top honors under his belt, he is
now in training in Fort Benning, Georgia as an officer in the Armor division.
WHAT'S HAPPENING: FORT WAYNE
The United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley Everyone feasted on a favorite twisted In observance of Memorial Day, employee board
gave the team a special shout out on treat for pretzel day. members placed American flags around the
Facebook! landscaping and American Legion representatives
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Star were onsite to sell poppies with 100% of the
The Woodburn RSC was able to make a Wars Day, staff indulged in fried ice cream donations benefiting our veterans and military.
significant donation to the United Way of sundaes and games while Rogue One
Mid-Willamette Valley thanks to a large played in the background – in Spanish of
shipment of inventory with damaged course.
packaging that came in from China.
“The third party logistics team we work
with got behind on sending us damaged
items from overseas and needed to ship
three truckloads of product to us,” said
General Manager Mark Hester. “When
we receive shipments like this, we go
through the items and stock what we can
sell, put a certain amount into employee
sales, donate to Habitat for Humanity, and
have a yearly yard sale for Relay for Life.
Because of the size of this shipment and
the need to turn it quickly due to limited
space, we decided to donate a portion of
the items to the United Way.”.
Daniel Garcia coordinated the effort and
he and Carlos Valdez unloaded the trailer
and helped United Way load everything
onto their truck. With the donation, the
United Way was able to distribute items
to over 40 local nonprofits. Great job,
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LEXINGTON MESQUITE Joined by their families, team members marched
in the Mesquite Days parade proudly carrying a
Everyone felt Do it Best banner and handing out candy to all.
snacking on chips,
salsa, and cheese
dip to celebrate
Cinco de Mayo.
The employee Staff formed a team to participate in a
board hosted a community mud volleyball tournament.
special Mother’s Showing their skills, the Do it Best players
Day breakfast for finished 2-3 in the tournament. It was a
all the moms on great time for everyone who participated
their team. and for those who came to watch. The
team consisted of Juan Cardenas, Mike
Ethington, Lucio Flores, James Hatridge,
Xochitl Quintero, and Stacey Warren.
MONTGOMERY For Cinco de Mayo,
staff enjoyed a
Staff and their families showed their skills and enjoyed each other’s catered lunch buffet
company while bowling at Walden Lanes. Lewis Estrada emerged as from a local Mexican
the winner with a score of 186. restaurant and
each other in the
annual salsa contest.
Stacey Warren was
the winner for best
mild salsa and Lucio
Flores walked away
victorious for best hot
Team For their
members showed quarterly
their appreciation wellness event, 30 staff
for their office members divided into
coordinators on teams and competed in
Administrative various physical activities
Professional’s Day to get moving during
by presenting them lunch.
with beautiful floral
arrangements and Malia Miller, Tina Eaker, and Jodi Menz are
special gifts. all smiles upon receiving their gifts.
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FOCUS ON HEALTH: Loneliness provides lots of inspiration INFORMATION SECURITY:
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• M ore than 5,000 people died in drowsy-driving related crashes in 2014.
• Losing even two hours of sleep is similar to the effect of having three beers.
• Being awake for more than 20 hours is the equivalent of being legally drunk.
To avoid fatigue, make sure you do the following:
• G et enough sleep and provide for adequate rest
between physically or cognitively demanding activities.
• T alk to your doctor about getting screened for sleeping
disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
• A lign your natural body clock with your work schedule.
Some people who regularly fly through different
time zones, for example, use melatonin to reset their
• I f you work the night shift, try to maintain a consistent
sleep schedule even on your days off, and be sure to use
blackout curtains to keep your bedroom dark.
Find, Friend & Follow Us Issue 6, 2018