Sleep

One Night Inside a Mom's Brain

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Did I take the meat out for supper tomorrow night? Uh, wait, we have no meat for supper tomorrow night. Great. Just great. And skating goes until 6. That's a problem. OK, you can't fix that now, so just go to sleep. I am sooo tired.

Sleep Apart and Have a Better Sex Life

Zarqa Nawaz | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Living
Zarqa Nawaz

Like many couples, we learned early that the bed was ruining our marriage. I'm a light sleeper that awakens to the sound of someone else worrying while he can sleep through an earthquake. So we started sleeping apart. When I tell people about our arrangement, I know what goes through their minds and the answer is yes, the elephant in the room is still having sex.

Stop Fooling Yourself: You Need Your Sleep

Notable.ca | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Living
Notable.ca

If there's one thing we've realized recently, it's that we aren't as super human as we once thought we were in the sleep department. Meaning, we actu...

Yes, You Should Let Your Lazy Teen Sleep In

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living

Everyone knows sleep is important for teenagers, but a new study says that ensuring they get enough of it could call for a later start to the school d...

Can't Sleep? Blame Your Neurons

University of Toronto News | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Reported online August 20 in the journal Brain, the new findings demonstrate for the first time that a group of inhibitory neurons, whose loss leads to sleep disruption in experimental animals, is substantially diminished among the elderly and individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

The Only Sleep Training Method You'll Need for Your Baby

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

When my son turned four months old I was at my wit's end. He barely slept. I was exhausted and stressed. On the verge of having a mental breakdown (truly), at my husband's suggestion I tried the dreaded Cry-It-Out Method. This was truly a last resort for me. It didn't make me comfortable.

Your Fingers Could Help Put You To Sleep

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living

A recent study suggests shiatsu massage could work as a non-pharmacologic sleep aid, particularly for those with insomnia derived from chronic pain. ...

Families Who Love Sleep Are Also Very Healthy

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Living

A new study conducted at the University of Illinois says that children who are raised by families that prioritize shut-eye are less likely to be obese...

Avoid Tantrums and Discipline Your Toddler Like a Pro

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

We have two toddlers in my house nowadays. It is fun and exciting watching them grow, but quite a pain at times as well. For those of you with toddlers, here are some tips for managing two-year-old tantrums, three-year-old tantrums, four-year-old tantrums... well, you get the point!

Spring Cleaning For Your Child

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

This time of year we all need some personal spring-cleaning. The winter is a time when we get too little exercise, eat more comfort foods (remember those unhealthy holiday meals?), spend too little time outside, and often gain weight. Our kids do the same, following our behaviours.

Two Things That Will Keep You Mentally Fit

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Living

Seven hours of sleep a night and lots of reading. That seems to be the magic formula for keeping mentally alert into old age, according to the finding...

7 Things My Healthiest Patients Do

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

Even the busiest of the multiple ball balancers find a way to move. Ride your bike to work, walk during your lunch hour or sit on a stability ball at your desk. Anything is better than nothing. You are designed to move. It will increase mental clarity, stimulate your immune system and make you a friendlier person.

8 Ways To Get Great Sleep, Via Food And Exercise

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living

There's no question about it — we could all use more sleep. Whether it's staying up late reading on our tablets or waking up early to get a head sta...

Do This To Get a Good Night's Sleep

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Many people with sleep troubles are tempted to take sleeping pills or supplements containing melatonin and the likes, and that may indeed be part of the solution. But there can also be a risk of addiction. Be advised that most of these remedies have side effects and should not be taken without consulting a physician.

This Sleeping Mask May Trump The Snooze Button

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 12.19.2013 | Canada Living

Napwell is a sleeping mask that uses in-built lights to mimic the sunrise, so that wearers wake up naturally and energized. As its name suggests, N...

The One Thing All Couples Should Do in Bed

Susan Valentine | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

Sure, you may still end up fighting, but it won't be nearly as acute. And haven't you noticed how much easier everything seems when you and your loved one are close? How life feels better? Deadlines seem less daunting, children seem less demanding, and other stressors become more manageable.

Starting to Get Sick? Treat Your Body Like a Car

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

We wouldn't ignore our car's gas light for days or weeks at a time. In the very least, we wouldn't be surprised if our ignorance of the warning light resulted in our car being side-lined because we had run out of fuel. So why do we treat our most precious asset, our health, with the disregard afforded to that old clunker, hand-me-down car.

How to Keep Energized as the Seasons Change

Jane Dummer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Were you happy to get that extra sleep with Daylight Savings Time, only to find yourself feeling sluggish for weeks after? You're not alone. Changing clocks shifts our circadian rhythm -- the principal time cue of light which sets our natural cycle for sleep. As such, not all of us adapt well. Here's a deeper look at how time changes not only impact our sleeping cycles but also our meal and activity plans.

Kids: Go The F To Sleep Or Get An F

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

A recent study has concluded that children who get regular sleep perform better in school and have less behavioural problems, than those who didn't have a set bedtime. Enforcing a bedtime can be tough at the beginning, but there are ways parents can increase their chances of success.

True Confessions of Sleep-Deprived Parents

BabyPost | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
BabyPost

Whoever coined the term "sleeping like a baby" clearly had no children. It is amazing how much being sleep deprived can affect one's ability to function. You assume it will be hard but you'll manage. In reality, often times managing would be an improvement. Here are some things sleep-deprived parents feel that they don't always share.

How to Repair The Damage From Four Bad Health Habits

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

I was recently on The Dr. Oz Show and he asked his viewers what their most-regrettable health habits were. We collected the top four and I provided holistic ways to counteract them. Read on for what I told Dr. Oz, and use these tools to make up for some past mistakes.

Melatonin Can Do Much More Than Help You Sleep

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

There's a reason melatonin is on many doctor's must-have anti-aging list and touted by celebrities like Suzanne Somers for its powerful ability to encourage sleep and slow aging. From reducing PMS and migraines to slimming waistlines and boosting thyroid, this little magic pill does more than just put the 'beauty' back in sleep.

8 Reasons to Get 8 Hours of Sleep

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 10.11.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

The majority of people don't realize how much better they would feel if they got an extra couple of hours of sleep. In addition to heightening your overall well-being, there are also myriad health benefits. I would like to focus on eight reasons why you should aim for eight hours of sleep a night.

Why Sleep Loss Makes You Fat

AFP | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Living

Scientists said Tuesday they had found evidence that a lack of sleep causes changes in brain activity that lead to people feeling hungrier and craving...

Tossing and Turning? Six Superfoods for Better Sleep

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

If you find yourself popping sleeping pills and still tossing and turning all night, you may want to look at a few foods you can add into your diet that will help you get a longer, deeper sleep.