Ask almost any person how they’re feeling and they’ll most likely answer “I’m tired.” As many as 76 percent of the working population feels tired throughout the week. Why is it that so many of us struggle to get through the day? Read more
In general, we tend to think of sleep as a binary: you’re either asleep or you’re awake. Yet the reality is far more complex and fascinating. Sleep consists of four distinct phases, all of which are essential to short-term energy and long-term health.
In this post, we’ll take a look at each of the stages, examine how they affect your health and explore ways that you can optimize each stage of sleep in order to improve your overall health and well-being.
We all struggle with self-control at times. Resisting an urge to act on an impulse or deciding to not follow through on a craving is tough. When we’re hungry, it’s easier to reach for the most convenient or tastiest snack instead of the healthier option. When we’re tired, it’s easy to give up on tasks and procrastinate instead of powering through to accomplish a task. When our willpower is depleted, self-control is out of reach. Read more
Working twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week has become common. Medical staff, call center agents, government workers and various other jobs require workers to be on hand at all times, which means someone has to work night and rotating shifts.
While this schedule has become commonplace for many people, it is not without dangers and health impacts. Many people have a hard time sleeping during the day or getting sufficient sleep when their schedules change so frequently.
Those who have sleep problems due to shift work suffer from Shift Work Sleep Disorder, and it can be a major problem. Read on to learn about this disorder and what can be done to mitigate the negative effects of our on-demand work culture. Read more
Sleep is an incredibly important part of life. When you’re able to get a good night’s sleep, you feel refreshed during the day and can meet your responsibilities with ease. However, if you spend your nights tossing and turning, you’ll likely go through your day in a haze. More than that, you’ve got to make sure you’re getting restful sleep, not just closing your eyes.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t take time to establish a healthy bedtime routine.
Thousands of people across the world use guided meditation to help them get to sleep at night. Read more
In a world of working nine to five, it’s easy to take sleeping through the night and waking up early in the day for granted. It can be a hard world for those that don’t fit the mold: people like night owls, new parents and Netflix binge-watchers. And for some other individuals, the inability to sleep through at night and be awake for most of the day is due to a medical issue called Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD).
For these people, their sleep cycle is completely shifted from the standard sleep pattern. Without treatment, people suffering from Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder can have significantly decreased the quality of life. Read more
Teens are known for staying up late and sleeping in. Whether you’re a teen yourself or you happen to live with one, you know that a teen’s relationship with sleep can be somewhat rocky. How much sleep do teens need, really? Read more
Getting a good night’s rest is a desirable yet elusive event for many of us as we live our lives in this stressful world. According to the National Sleep Foundation, one in every three adults suffers from insomnia. Despite this statistic, sleep is often the first thing that gets the cut when time is short and stress is high.It seems almost impossible to get quality sleep when we’ve had over an eight-hour workday and taken care of home and family, plus squeezed in a gym session.
Good sleep starts with good sleep hygiene. With kids, parents often develop bedtime routines that successfully help the little ones to sleep. This might mean bedtime stories, dimming the lights, or tucking the kids into bed. Read more
Bedtime – the brain’s seemingly perfect time of day to contemplate every life detail, think through worst-case scenarios, and work through any and every other reflection that you pushed to the back of your mind during the day.
All of us experience sleeplessness at some point in our lives, most often because stress or difficult life events leave our minds, and subsequently our bodies, tense and unable to relax into sleep. And while a bit of restless sleep might be a minor inconvenience to those afflicted once in a blue moon, others experience sleeplessness on a more regular basis and truly feel the results.
The link between anxiety and sleeplessness is well studied, and the findings are both intuitive and terrifying. Anxiety and insomnia can disrupt circadian rhythms, cause more stress and anxiety, and wreak havoc via a host of other physical and mental health problems including elevated heart rates, blood pressure, and stress hormones. Read more
Do you struggle with getting enough sleep? Do you also happen to struggle with losing weight? Well, these two things share a stronger association than you might think, and research continues to suggest that improving one will have a mutually beneficial effect on the other. That’s right, a growing body of evidence is destabilizing our notions of eating less and exercising more as the ultimate key to attaining our desired weight loss, and enlightening us as to what might be the most relaxing weight loss regime we’ve ever embarked on – simply, getting ample sleep.
Astonishingly, 40% of adults report either short term or chronic insomnia, a fact that may also help explain the rise in obesity across the country. We’ll go through the evidence of some of the subtle and more obvious ways that sleep and weight are interconnected, and hopefully convince you that healthy sleeping habits are key to maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. Read more