Is Your Smart Phone Keeping You Up at Night?

How electronics can affect the way you sleep

  The glow of your smartphone, tablet or laptop may be getting in the way of a good night’s sleep. Melatonin is the hormone responsible for telling your body it’s time to sleep. But, that blue-ish glow from your electronics inhibits the release of melatonin. Under normal circumstances, the pineal gland, a pea-size organ in… Read more »

The 5 Stages of Sleep

woman sleeping - sleep stages

  Did you know that there are five stages of sleep? In order to get good, restorative sleep, our bodies need to accomplish all five stages of sleep multiple times throughout the night. Here is a closer look at each stage: Stage 1: This is the lightest stage of sleep, the transition phase, where you feel… Read more »

The Connection Between Calcium and Magnesium

magnesium element image

The relationship between calcium and magnesium in our bodies is complicated. They work together in many functions, such as regulating heartbeat, muscle tone and contraction, and nerve conduction. Magnesium is actually the key to the body’s proper absorption and use of calcium, as well as other important nutrients. If we consume too much calcium, without… Read more »

Five Physical Effects of Sleep Deprivation

5 Effects of Sleep Deprivation on the Body

A startling study published in the journal Sleep found that nearly one quarter of people who sleep fewer than six hours a night have some kind of cardiovascular disease (clogged arteries, an abnormal or weak heartbeat, etc.). Worse – Harvard Medical School experts say that if you routinely fail to get five hours of sleep,… Read more »

5 Foods that Help You Sleep

5 foods that can help you sleep

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 »

Fall Back Without Feeling Tired

daylight saving end can wreak havoc on the body

Saturday, November 1st, daylight saving ends and we change our clocks back an hour. This seems great in theory – we gain an hour, right?  You go to sleep at 10:00, but really it’s now 9:00. An extra hour of sleep! But in reality, that one hour can wreak havoc on our internal clocks. Our… Read more »

If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose

woman awake in bed

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 »

Lack of Sleep in Infancy Linked to Childhood Obesity

childhood sleep

Parents who enforce an early bedtime can take heart—they may actually be reducing their child’s risk of obesity. A new, comprehensive study has found that lack of sleep in infancy and early childhood increased the risk of obesity and overall body fat by age seven. The study, which was just published in the June 2014… Read more »

Five Ways to Beat Insomnia

5 ways to beat sleeplessness

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 was… Read more »

Vacationers Beware – Drowsy Drivers are Everywhere

drowsy driving dangers

According to a new government survey, it’s not just drunk drivers and texting behind the wheel that you need to be wary of on the road; 1 in 25 drivers said they had fallen asleep at the wheel in the past month. Numbers from the AAA Foundation for Safety, estimate that as many as 7500… Read more »