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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.
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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.
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A recent study suggests shiatsu massage could work as a non-pharmacologic sleep aid, particularly for those with insomnia derived from chronic pain. Researchers at the University of Alberta conducted...
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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. The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology,...
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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!
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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.
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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 findings of a new study out of Spain. After analyzing the...
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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.
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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 start on our day, Canadians aren't getting the shut-eye...
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.
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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, Napwell's sole purpose is to help you nap well. A mask...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 more fattening foods. Researchers have long point...
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.
One nap, two naps, three naps, four; Why's my newborn such a bore? Come on, wake up! It's time to play! My dear, don't sleep the day away. I know you're sleeping... But... I noticed your bedroom door...
When you think of stress you may think of the acute stressors, like a deadline to get your taxes done. However some stresses are more subtle and can in many ways be detrimental to your health, and certainly not great for your health. Here are a few overlooked examples of chronic stress and some tips on what you can do about it.
Sometimes, when I feel overwhelmed like this, I get trapped in that mindset where I think, "I can relax when I'm finished." The problem is that life and work don't stop. The key, then, is learning to create those pauses for yourself. Here are five ways to calm down.
Want to look years younger? Want a beautiful complexion? Sleep. When I started doing seminars for business seven years ago, sleep became a major focus for me and what I spoke about. Weight loss needs to be the byproduct of a healthy life, then its ROI is almost immeasurable.
TORONTO - Some new insight into the sleeping patterns of seals could help shed light on the chemicals that lull humans to slumber, researchers said Tuesday.A collaboration between scientists at the Un...
I know some parents who can function on very little sleep and so can quite handily go to bed late and still be fine when their offspring disturb their slumber. I'm not one of them. I need sleep - the undisturbed, drool-on-the-pillow-and-wake-up-when-I'm-damn-well-ready kind. And I'm sure I don't have to tell you that I haven't had enough of that in the last four-and-a-half years.
Contrary to popular belief, improving your health is possible with just a few basic habits that take only minutes a day. Follow my advice and try these simple, fast and effective tips below -- and I promise you will boost your total wellness and see a new healthy glow as soon as tomorrow's sunrise.
If you find that you are spending more and more money for the perfect under-eye concealer, or treatments to combat puffiness in your face, you should look at the root causes. In my practice I have found that the culprit behind those dark circles and puffy eyes can range from thyroid problems to food allergies. Here are some solutions to the five most common causes.
By Jan Sheehan; Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH Having problems going to sleep or staying asleep? A health condition could be to blame. Research suggests that sleep disturbances such...
Not getting a good night's sleep can lead people to pack on pounds over time, say researchers who suggest regular sleep patterns to manage weight. Researchers in the U.S. reviewed 18 studies on sleep...
There's a reason why you shouldn't necessarily be sleeping like a baby. According to an infographic by viral website Fogs.com, sleeping like a baby literally means sleeping 12 to 18 hours — which we...