How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

November 9th, 2018 - By jen in Sleep

Most people know they need to eat right and exer­cise to be healthy. But what about sleep? We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, and sleep is essen­tial to better health. But many of us are strug­gling with sleep. Four out of five people say that they suffer from sleep prob­lems at least once a week and wake up feeling exhausted. So how do … Continue reading

Teens Sleeping Too Much, Or Not Enough? Parents Can Help

September 24th, 2018 - By jen in Sleep, Teens

The average Amer­ican teenager gets seven hours of sleep a night, wedging it in between home­work, outside activ­i­ties, dinner and maybe a job. But research suggests teens need more like nine hours…Unfortunately, even their bodies work against them, says Mary Carskadon, a long­time sleep researcher and professor of psychi­atry and human behavior at Brown Univer­sity. As chil­dren grow into the middle and teen years, they … Continue reading

I Learned I Have Sleep Apnea. It’s More Serious Than Many People Realize.

July 30th, 2018 - By jen in Sleep

Sleep apnea can be down­right deadly, and not just for those who have it. It’s asso­ci­ated with a greater risk of depres­sion, heart attacks, strokes and other cardio­vas­cular condi­tions, as well as insulin resis­tance. As I learned, there’s no reason to meekly accept sleep apnea: There are many treat­ment options that can control it. Read full article: The New York Times, “I Learned I Have … Continue reading

Want to enjoy the deep, mystical sleep of our ancestors? Turn your lights off at dusk.

March 8th, 2018 - By jen in neuroAgility News, Sleep

What if you could medi­tate like a Tibetan lama with no instruc­tion what­so­ever — and without having to subscribe to any reli­gious beliefs?  People hear a ques­tion like that and, unless they are partic­u­larly gullible, they assume they’re about to be scammed. But in this case there is nothing to buy — no tapes, no app, no reli­gious agenda that gets sprung on you at … Continue reading

Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure

September 2nd, 2016 - By admin in Athletic/Performance Enhancement, Sleep

One often believes that the longer we tough it out, the tougher we are, and there­fore the more successful we will be. However, this entire concep­tion is scien­tif­i­cally inac­cu­rate. The very lack of a recovery period is dramat­i­cally holding back our collec­tive ability to be resilient and successful. Read full article: Harvard Busi­ness Review, “Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure”

Silence is good for your brain and lowers stress, but where can you find it?

July 19th, 2016 - By admin in Anxiety, Athletic/Performance Enhancement, Sleep

Even as the world gets noisier, scien­tists are learning more about the very real nega­tive phys­ical and mental effects of noise. And it’s through those studies of noise pollu­tion that we are also getting a handle on how impor­tant silence is to the brain and mental health. Read Full Article: mother nature network, “Silence is good for your brain and lowers stress, but where can … Continue reading

Why You Still Probably Need More Rest

June 10th, 2016 - By admin in Sleep

Of all our personal limited resources, it is a wonder why rest gets such short shrift. Too many of us have forgotten what being rested actu­ally feels like. In light of that, this article offers up a few sugges­tions to remedy the situ­a­tion. Read Full Article: Why You Still Prob­ably Need More Rest (and 23 Ways to Get It)

In Defense of Absurdly Early Bedtimes

May 19th, 2016 - By admin in Sleep

Research consis­tently shows that putting kids to bed early is bene­fi­cial for their phys­ical, emotional, and cogni­tive devel­op­ment. Not only do kids tend to sleep more when the lights go out sooner, but they also may get a greater propor­tion of restora­tive sleep, too. Read Full Article, “In Defense of Absurdly Early Bedtimes”