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The Importance of Sleep

10/03/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

Do you dread nighttime because you have a hard time falling asleep? If so, you’re not alone. An estimated 50-70 million Americans have some sort of sleep disorder. Getting enough sleep is important for optimal physical and emotional health. Less Sleep Equals More Problems Over time, inadequate sleep may cause physical, mental and emotional problems, including: Depression Diabetes Difficulty concentrating Heart disease Impaired logic or reasoning Irritability Memory loss Obesity Psychiatric…

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Four Things to Avoid if You Have Trouble Sleeping

10/02/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

Sleep is essential to your health, lowering your risk for many conditions including heart disease and diabetes. When you don’t get good sleep, your health and mood are affected, leaving you feeling less than your best. You can improve the quality of your sleep and rest easier by avoiding habits that keep you up at night, including: Drinking alcohol and/or caffeine before bed. Though alcohol may help you fall asleep, it keeps you from getting deep, restful sleep and may cause you to wake…

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5 Tips for a Better Night’s Rest

08/19/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night or yawning all day at work, you may not be practicing good sleep hygiene. Sleep problems can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Protect your health and rest easier each night by following these tips for a better night of sleep: Create an environment to promote sleep. You sleep better in a cool, dark and quiet room. Use a fan or white noise machine to help drown out other distracting noises. You can also try blackout…

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Is Napping Helpful or Harmful?

08/16/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

After a busy day at work or running weekend errands, a quick power nap may seem like just the thing you need to get through the day. By catching a few minutes of shuteye, you can relieve daytime sleepiness, reduce fatigue and face the day with greater energy. With so many benefits associated with napping, it may be hard to believe that there are also downsides to a midday rest. However, depending on your sleep patterns and routine, napping may be more harmful than helpful to your overall health.…

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Four Surprising Ways Sleep Affects Your Health

08/08/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

The difference between a good night’s rest and a night where you toss and turn constantly can mean a higher level of productivity at work, less stress and a clearer head to aid learning and memory. Despite the clear importance of a full night’s sleep, it can be difficult to get the rest you need. You may go through your routine running on four or five hours of moderate sleep every night, but what you don’t know is how a lack of sleep can affect your health. To help you understand…

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Your Food Guide to Creating Healthy Sleep Habits

08/02/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

Getting a good night sleep is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sleep is important for allowing your nervous system to function properly. This is why when you don’t get enough sleep at night, you feel drowsy and have a hard time concentrating the next day. Sleep allows you to relax from your day and rejuvenate yourself for the start of the next. And as an added bonus getting a good night’s rest will help motivate you to make other healthy choices throughout the rest of your…

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Will You be Affected by the Upcoming Time Change?

10/31/2012 | WellnessSleep Disorders

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Fall Back to Sleep Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 a.m. and just as the old adage says, we will “fall back” one hour. For some, having an extra hour to sleep is good news. For others, even a single hour change can upset natural sleeping rhythms. Every one of us has a natural, 24-hour cycle called a circadian rhythm which is affected by external cues, such as daylight. When we move our household clocks as Daylight Savings Time ends, it can disrupt our internal clock…

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Sleep Better: What You Need to Know About Your Dreams

12/12/2011 | WellnessSleep Disorders

Many of us accept that getting a good night’s sleep is difficult to achieve. Let’s face it. Most of us struggle with getting even close to the amount of sleep we should be getting. From crying kids and back pain, to stress at work and home, it’s no wonder people find it difficult to relax and sleep well. Close to one-third of Americans have a sleeping disorder. Everyone dreams, typically two hours each night, even if we don’t remember it. Dreams are images, thoughts, sounds,…

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In Search of the Perfect Night’s Sleep

11/21/2011 | Sleep Disorders

Sleep is one of the basic human needs. Although average sleep needs vary, the fact is that all humans require sleep as much as they require eating, drinking and breathing. Getting enough rest improves mood, memory, appetite regularity, and even stress and depression levels. Here are some of the most important reasons to hit the pillow and give your body the rest it needs: 

Sleep for a healthy heart: Your cardiovascular system is hard at work all day and needs to rest in the form of sleep…

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How a Lack of Sleep Can Cause Overeating and Weight Gain

09/14/2011 | Sleep Disorders

Sleep. It’s Mother Nature’s way of regenerating and rejuvenating the body. Think of it as a debt card. The more you add into your “sleep account” the better off you are. Diminish it too much and you’re more likely to overeat and gain weight. Why? Because the more tired you are, the more likely you’ll crave unhealthy comfort foods and the less likely you are to workout. Too little sleep can also cause memory problems, weaken your immune system and increase your…

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