Trustees Newsletter – December 2021

Trustees Dec2021

FENB_EN_général_2b_corrigéWe spend about one-third of our lives sleeping (or trying to sleep).

Sleep has a vital function in our body, just like breathing or digesting: it stimulates our nervous system and our memory, it strengthens our immune system, it repairs our physical and mental strengths, and it protects our heart.

Although sleeping needs vary according to age, work and levels of physical activity, it has been shown that the average ideal sleep duration for adults is between 7 to 9 hours per night (26-64 years old).

However, sleeping a lot does not mean sleeping well! Quality is better than quantity. To ensure a good night’s sleep, it can be useful to ask ourselves some questions about our behaviours or routines that have a real influence on our sleep cycle. Here are some examples:

  • Is my internal clock (that regulates circadian rhythms) regular or irregular?
  • What amount of sleep do I need?
  • What is my ideal wake-up time?
  • Can I recognize the signs of sleepiness? My muscles are relaxing, my breathing slows down, my body feels colder, …
  • How much caffeine or alcoholic beverages am I taking? Caffeine can prevent some people from falling asleep, and although alcohol sometimes seems to induce sleep, it can disturb sleep after the effects wear off.
  • My dietary system. Do I sleep better on a full stomach or on an empty one?
  • My medications. Can I change the time of day I take it or the quantity? Verify with your doctor.

Talk to your doctor if you have trouble sleeping or experience difficulties functioning well during the day.


Creating an atmosphere that encourages sleep!

  Ideally, the bedroom temperature should be set between 17 and 19°C, and keep it well ventilated.
 Test the darkness of your room. Keep your room completely dark, wear an eye mask or sleep with the curtains open. The effect can vary from one person to another.
 Reduce invasive noises. Use earplugs, install a fan (for background or white noise) or listen to soft music.
 Vary your position in bed. Try sleeping on your side, on your back, legs up, with heavy or lightweight blankets, etc. Find what works best for you.
 Diffuse calming and purifying essential oils (such as basil, chamomile or lavender).
 Establish a bedtime ritual.

Your Group Benefits: Enhancements to the Group Insurance Plan

Every year, the Group Insurance Trustees review the membership benefits package and proceed to the renewal of group insurance policies. This year, we are pleased to announce benefits enhancements for NBTF members.

Health Insurance

January 2021 January 2022
Maximum annual reimbursement for paramedical expenses:

  • Speech therapist, massage therapist, physiotherapist, sports therapist, reflexologist, dietician, chiropractor, osteopath, podiatrist, acupuncturist, naturopath, counselor (social worker)
$600 $700
Maximum annual reimbursement for paramedical expenses:

  • Psychologist
$700 $800

Vision Care

January 2021 January 2022
Maximum reimbursement per 24 consecutive months (12 months for dependent children):

  • Purchase and fitting of prescription glasses or elective contact lenses, as well as repairs, or elective laser vision correction procedures
$300 $350

Dental Care

January 2021 January 2022
Major restorative :

  • Crowns, Bridges and Dentures

(co-payment of 80%)

$2,000 $3,500
Lifetime maximum for orthodontics
(co-payment of 50 %)
$2,000 $5,000

If you have any questions regarding your group insurance benefits, please contact Johnson Inc. at 506-458-1981 or 1-888-851-5500.

Happy Holidays Trustees ENG

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