Sleep Deprivation Causes You to Eat More Fatty Foods

A new study has found that skipping just one night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that increases the desire to consume more fat the following day. Researchers say the study offers more insight into the relationship between lack of sleep and risk of obesity. The loss of sleep actually altered what’s… Read more »

A Better Bedtime Routine For Your Skin

a better bedtime routine for skin

You know you should at least wash your face before going to bed, but how often do you just crawl under the covers without even removing the dirt and grime of the day? Here are ten tips to a better bedtime for your skin: Cleanse – If you do nothing else, you have to at… Read more »

Getting One More Hour of Sleep Can Save Your Life  

Get more sleep to keep your heart healthy

    The holidays are here and we’re all running on empty. There is so much to be done and yet the days still only have just 24 hours each. And so, we stay up later to get everything accomplished. But recent research suggests that getting just one extra hour of sleep each night could… Read more »

Top Five Reasons You Can’t Sleep

5 factors affecting your sleep

  1. Pain According to a survey from the National Sleep Foundation, 15% of Americans reported suffering from chronic pain, and two-thirds also reported having sleep problems. Back pain, headaches, and temporomandibular joint syndrome in the jaw (TMJ) are the main causes of pain-related sleep loss. 2. Snoring It is estimated that 30% to 50%… Read more »

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 »