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  • Don’t Let Your Sleep Suffer During the Holidays

    The holidays are one of the most enjoyable times of year, but they can wreak havoc on your sleep schedule. Between the effort that you need to put into entertaining and shopping for gifts and managing your kids’ high level of excitement, it is easy to find yourself short on the rest that you need. The rich foods and celebrations with alcohol can make things even more difficult. Not only do we tend to gain weight from the calories that we are eating and drinking, but our exercise regiment may also suffer with the additional social activities on our schedules, as well as the arrival of cooler temperatures. Continue reading

  • Why Sleep Is As Important As Nutrition and Exercise

    Even though moms and dads around the world have been urging their kids to go to sleep with at least as much enthusiasm as they put into getting them to eat their dinners, it’s only been in the last several years that doctors have begun to stress sleep as one of the body’s three important health pillars. But as more and more research has been done into the good that an adult body gets out of getting between seven and nine hours of sleep, and the frightening negative outcomes of not getting enough sleep (or indeed, of getting too much), health advocates around the world are urging people to make sleep a much higher priority. Continue reading

  • Mastering The Coffee Nap

    In today’s world of high tech gadgets and solutions to every one of life’s little problems, it never fails to amaze when science comes up with a better way of doing something that is also incredibly simple. An example is the recent discovery of the power of the “coffee nap.”

    A coffee nap is as simple as combining drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee and then immediately taking a quick nap. It has been found to be far more effective at making you feel energized and alert then either drinking a cup of coffee alone, or just taking a nap Continue reading

  • The Best, and Worst, Foods For Sleep

    There are a lot of things that we can do to help ourselves get a better night’s sleep, and there are many more things that we can do to make it harder on ourselves. Though there is no magic wand for sleep quality, something as simple as eating the right thing can give us as big a leg up as eating the wrong thing can completely wreck our chances of snoozing. Here are several of the foods that can make falling asleep at night easier, as well as a list of those that you should avoid at all costs in order to get the quality sleep you’re looking for.

    Foods That Help You Sleep Better: Continue reading

  • Sleep Deprivation at Every Age

    Sleep is one of the three pillars of health, and it is important at every age. Though more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of sleep deprivation and of the various sleep disorders and distractions that can interfere with getting the quality and quantity of sleep that we need, few realize that the way that sleep deprivation impacts us changes with each age. Where adult fatigue may be signaled by a frenzied search for caffeine and sugar, children are likely to act hyper active. For an idea of how each age group reacts to lack of sleep, read on: Continue reading

  • The relationship between sleep and Diabetes

    People who have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep, and particularly those who snore, have an increased risk of being diagnosed with diabetes 2. Interestingly, those with diabetes 2 also have an increased risk of having a hard time getting a good night’s sleep.

    There are approximately 27 million Americans who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but few of them are aware that their condition makes it more likely that they will have disturbed sleep. Even fewer are aware that sleep loss prior to their diabetes diagnosis may have contributed to their condition. Continue reading

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