Better Sleep with Serotonin Rich Foods

Sleep has a significant effect on your daily mood, productivity and health.  Nutrition plays a large role in how well you sleep. Food relates directly to serotonin, a key hormone that — along with Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid — helps promote healthy sleep. If a good night’s sleep is important to you, try… Read more »

Effects of Sleep Deprivation

The immediate effects of not getting enough sleep are often obvious – you might feel groggy, unable to focus, sluggish and find yourself wishing for either a nap or a strong cup of coffee.  There are even more subtle signs that you need more sleep including hunger, being overly emotional and clumsy.  Usually a good… Read more »

10 Ways to Improve Your Sleep Hygiene

Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Having healthy sleep habits is often referred to as having good sleep hygiene. Try to keep the following sleep practices on a consistent basis: Add Melatonin – Take a natural melatonin supplement 15-30 minutes before bed, nightly. Dim the Lights – Turn lights down or off… Read more »

Health Hazards of Not Sleeping

We get it – you’re busy. Maybe you’re swamped at work, or the only time you can squeeze in a workout is early in the morning or late at night.  Maybe you’re caring for your children or your parents and there’s little time left for you. Something has to give and usually it’s sleep.  You might find… Read more »

Five Ways to Battle Insomnia

We’ve all been there – lying awake in the middle of the night when we should be asleep.  It’s frustrating to say the least.  Do you turn the light on, read a book and “give in?” Or do you just lie there with your eyes closed wishing and hoping you’ll fall back asleep?  If only it… Read more »

Refresh: Brain Benefits of a Nap

From boosting memory to lowering blood pressure, a little midday nap can do wonders for your health. Many of us are chronically sleep-deprived and a little siesta can do wonders. Most experts recommend a nap of 10 to 20 minutes, since any longer can lead to “sleep inertia” – a deep grogginess that can be hard… Read more »

Your Chronic Pain Is Impacting Your Sleep

A recent poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) found that pain is a significant factor in the gap between the amount of sleep Americans say they need and the amount they’re actually getting.  The numbers are startling with an average 42-minute sleep debt for those with chronic pain and 14 minutes for those who’ve… Read more »

Your Partner’s Pain Is Keeping You Both Awake

Sleep is meant to be a time of renewal, so that you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.  Getting enough sleep is vital for good health.  Lack of sleep can affect you in many different ways—whether it’s your mood, appetite, focus, or health in some other form—chances are you will notice… Read more »

Six Tips for Relieving Nighttime Leg Cramps

Are leg cramps keeping you up at night? Leg cramps are not only painful, but they are also a leading cause of fitful sleeping, insomnia and daytime fatigue. They speak to bigger problems too, such as dehydration, nutritional deficiencies and sometimes depression. Researchers believe that leg cramps are caused by an imbalance in one of… Read more »

Is Pain Stopping You From Getting a Good Night’s Sleep?

A recent poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) found that pain is a significant factor in the gap between the amount of sleep Americans say they need and the amount they’re actually getting. The numbers are startling with an average 42-minute sleep debt for those with chronic pain and 14 minutes for those who’ve… Read more »