Showing posts from May, 2018

Could sleeping habits effect work performance?

Struggling at Work Do you find yourself struggling to concentrate at work?  Are you having more errors in your work?  Forgetting important tasks?  Are you coming in late?  Do you find yourself refilling that coffee cup several times a day?  All of these can be signs that you're not sleeping enough.  Impact of Not Enough SleepDecreased communicationPoor performanceWork related injury risk increases Driving accident risk increase Memory is impaired which leads to forgotten tasks Inappropriate behavior can occur  What this Means for BusinessThe CDC reports 1.2 million lost working days and up to a $411 billion cost to the economy each year due to tired employees! This is a massive problem for employers. A March survey on sleep and the U.S. workplace from CareerBuilder (conducted by Harris Poll) reported that 58 percent of 32,000 workers surveyed said they weren't getting enough sleep, and 61 percent said that sleep deprivation affected their work. For some, it's a vicious cy…

Article of the Week! Sleeps and Your Kidneys

Sleep and Quality of LifeThis article is directed towards those who suffer from kidney disease.  It shares the importance of adequate sleep in the quality of life patients have.
"Among individuals with chronic kidney disease, those who slept 7 hours/day had higher health-related quality of life than those who slept ≤5 hours/day or ≥9 hours/day."
Read the full article Here!

Exercise for Better Sleep and Better Health

Exercise for Better Sleep
The best exercises for sleep are those that help you rest, relax, and start getting your body ready for bed.  Some great options are 
Yoga MeditationStretchingEasy and gentle exercises such as lungs, situps, leg raises, etc.  The key is to go slow and deliberate, alleviate the tightness in your body and warm up.  Don't raise your heart rate high, simply warming and then the cooling of your body will ease you before bed.  Exercise for Better Health Exercise is an important part of your health.  Not everyone feels that they have the time or motivation for exercise.  If you're a complete beginner to exercise the best exercises you can start with are:

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Article of the Week!

Sleep and Alzheimer's This article highlights just how important sleep is for our health. Losing sleep can really impact our health in many ways.  This is one of those ways. 

"If you think that a bad night's sleep is harmless, think again. New research suggests that a single night of sleep deprivation can increase levels of a protein involved in Alzheimer's disease."
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Is the lack of sleep effecting your relationship?

Effects of Missing Sleep
When you miss out on a good night's sleep there are some serious effects on you that could be affecting your relationship!  Sleep deprivation causes physical appearance changes and can result in you looking less healthy and even less attractive to your partner. Your sense of humor goes right out the window.Sleep directly affects how you're feeling.  You will feel more distant, less secure, and have less positive input into your relationship.Arguments are more common and full of negativity when one of you is lacking on sleep. You're more impulsive and more likely to make rash decisions when tired. Your physical performance can be severely affected by poor sleep.  All of these can be taking a toll on your relationship!  If you are suddenly feeling annoyed with your partner, have a low sex drive, and feel yourself snapping a lot take a look at how much sleep you are getting.  If your partner seems disinterested or has been snapping more lately try enc…

Super Human Healing During Sleep?

Sleep is a Super Power! It may sound extreme but getting a greats night sleep heals you faster and keeps you healthier.  While you're sleeping your body releases hormones that are responsible for the growth of tissue.  Your cuts, sore muscles, and various injuries do most of their healing while you're asleep!  And Keeps You Healthy!While you're sleeping your body produces more white blood cells.  White blood cells attack things inside your body that can cause harm such as viruses and bacteria.  Making sure you're getting your 8 hours of sleep may help you fight off that cold going around next time!

Article of the Week!

Fascinating Things Can Happen While You Sleep
This article talks about 5 things that you can do while sleeping!  Some of these are sleep disorders or conditions that you should be aware of and some are just crazy things that happen!
"Have you ever woken up in the morning to the sight of a disgruntled partner, upset that you gave them a long speech in your sleep?"
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Food for Better Health and Better Sleep

Healthy Chicken Recipe Super simple and easy to make, this recipe is great for your nutrition.
Check out the full recipe here!

Symptoms of a Sleep Disorder That You May Have Missed

Sleep Disorders affect over 70 Million AmericansSleep disorders are not rare.  They are actually common and many may actually suffer from a sleep disorder or other sleep issue and not even be aware of it.   Signs of a Sleep Disorder or Sleep IssueTaking longer than 30 minutes to fall asleepFeeling tired or irritable during the day even though you got seven to eight hours of sleepWaking up in the middle of the night and being unable to fall back asleepNeeding long naps during the dayConcentrating on your work or school is a struggleFalling asleep at inappropriate timesWaking too early in the morningVery loud snoring that may even disturb your sleeping partnerFeeling a tingly or crawling sensation in your legs while trying to sleepNeeding coffee or other stimulants to keep you awake during the day

Article find of the week!

We Enjoyed this One!  This article is about how the lack of sleep is actually very similar to being drunk.  The effects of sleep deprivation on your mind, body, and safety are very serious.  

"We discovered that starving the body of sleep also robs neurons of the ability to function properly. This paves the way for cognitive lapses in how we perceive and react to the world around us." Senior study author Dr. Itzhak Fried

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Creating a Great Bedtime Routine

Tips for Your Routine Winding down You need to have a period of relaxing before bed.  During this time you should avoid screens and things that stimulate your body and mind.   Try things such as reading a book, having a cup of calming tea, taking a warm bath, gentle yoga, or meditation.  Explore and find the best relaxing thing for you to do.
Try journaling   If you are stressed try writing out the problem or making lists.  Once you have everything written down it can help you relax because you don't have to worry about forgetting something.  Make sure that this is a step you do before your winding down period so these things aren't still on your mind.  Choose your bedtime snacks and drinks carefully Avoid that caffeine later in the day and skipping heavy meals right before bed is better for sleep and better for your overall health.   Stick to a schedule Monitor your sleep patterns and get an idea of how much sleep you need so that you can choose the best bedtime for your sle…

Is talking in your sleep normal?

Talking in Your Sleep Sleep talking is not dangerous and shouldn't be a huge concern if you or someone you know does it.  Sleep talking can cause some awkward situations or become annoying to your bed partner, but the talker is not usually aware of the incident.  It can range from full conversation to mumbling and can be triggered by someone talking to the sleeper, or it can be completely spontaneous.   Treatment  Treatment is usually not needed at all.  However, if you want to minimize the events there are some things you can do.  Stick to a schedule, get plenty of sleep, avoid alcohol and heavy meals before bed.  Stress will also increase the likelihood and severity of the events.