Starting Tonight – Sleep Better

A good night’s sleep is just as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet. Research shows that poor sleep can have immediate negative effects on your hormones, exercise performance and brain function. Lack of sleep can cause weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes.  Scientists have found that over the last few decades,… Read more »

The Dangers of Daylight Savings

Do you welcome the extra hour of sleep that comes with ending daylight savings and returning to standard time?  Some medical experts suggest that daylight savings may have unintended negative consequences on our health. Disrupting Circadian Rhythm – Setting the clock back affects your body’s circadian rhythms — the physical, mental, and behavioral changes in… Read more »

Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea affects the way you breathe when you’re sleeping. In untreated apnea, breathing is briefly interrupted or becomes very shallow during sleep. These breaks in breathing typically last between 10 to 20 seconds and can occur up to hundreds of times a night, causing major interruptions to your natural sleep rhythm. As a consequence,… Read more »

Do You Have a Bedtime Routine?

Now that the kids are back to school, everyone is getting back into their routines.  We know that children thrive with structure and routine. That’s why so many of us have a bedtime routine for our kids.  It might involve a bath, reading stories and getting tucked in before the lights go out.  Well, it… Read more »

Blue Light Blues

After a year of many of us spending more time than ever on screens, it’s time to really examine the negative effects of blue light. Research suggests that the blue light emitted by smartphones, tablets, laptops, and many other electronic devices, is negatively impacting the quantity and quality of our sleep.  Darkness is a natural… Read more »

Sleep and Weight Gain

A recent study found that sleeping just five hours per night during the course of a week, as well as having unlimited access to food caused participants to gain nearly two pounds of weight.  Researchers suggest that sufficient sleep could help battle the obesity epidemic. Scientists were clear that extra sleep alone won’t lead to… Read more »

Reading Before Bed Improves Sleep

According to a recent study, reading for six minutes before bed can help you sleep better.   That’s right – just six minutes with a good book can improve your sleep quality.  How? Scientists believe that reading is the best way to help you relax before bed because immersing yourself into another world takes your mind off of… Read more »

Five Stages of Sleep

Sleep scientists estimate that most people should experience five sleep cycles per night, and, during these cycles, our bodies will move through different stages of NREM (Non-Rapid Eye Movement) and REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. In order to get good, restorative sleep, we need to accomplish all five stages of sleep throughout the night.  Certain sleep… Read more »

Five Reasons for Feeling Exhausted

Do you find yourself dragging throughout the day without enough energy to do the things you love? There could be an underlying reason for feeling so exhausted.  Here are five of the most common reasons you’re always tired: You’re Not Drinking Enough Water – Being even slightly dehydrated can take a huge toll on energy… Read more »

Four Physical Effects of Sleep Deprivation

If you suffer from sleep deprivation, you could be facing some serious physical health effects. 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… Read more »