AARP: For Longevity, Laughter and a Good Night’s Rest, 10/24/2014

October 24, 2014

Over the years, research has consistently shown the positive effects of laughter.  Not only does laughing reduce stress, but it can improve function of the immune system and even relieve pain!  Also not new to news is that getting six to nine hours of sleep is essential in allowing the body and mind to recharge and can enhance the body’s ability to strengthen connections between brain cells and slow premature aging.  By getting enough sleep and finding reasons to laugh when you’re awake, you are …

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HUFFINGTON POST: Sleep Deprivation and Justice, 10/7/2014

October 07, 2014

New research has linked sleep deprivation with memory loss or distortion, which may have serious consequences with regard to justice issues. The study, conducted by Steven Frenda of the University of California at Irvine tested subjects and their susceptibility to false and implanted memory. One phase of the study asked participants if they had seen footage of Flight 93 crashing in rural Pennsylvania. Those who had less than 5 hours of sleep the night before were much more likely to rate that they had seen …

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REAL SIMPLE: 3 Stress “Relievers” That May Be Keeping You Up at Night, 08/08/2014

August 08, 2014

3 Stress “Relievers” That May Be Keeping You Up at Night

How do you cope when things get too stressful? Curl up in front of the TV? Drink a few glasses of wine? Simply ignoring the problem? Turns out, all three of these tactics can have serious impacts on your ability to get a restful night’s sleep in the short term, and are associated with an increased risk for chronic insomnia–not being able to fall asleep. These findings were recently published in the journal Sleep, …

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HUFFINGTON POST: Signs You May Be Sleep Deprived, 7/21/2014

July 21, 2014

Signs You May Be Sleep Deprived

Sleep is essential to your well-being. It keeps you focused during the day, allows your body to repair itself, and improves learning and memory skills. Shelby Freedman Harris, sleep expert at the Montefiore School of Medicine has outlined 10 signs that show you may need more sleep.

Frequently falling asleep as soon as you hit the pillow, feeling more forgetful, and falling asleep during the day (in matinee movies, for example) are all signs that it might be time to invest …

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MAYO CLINIC: Make It a Habit to Get Adequate Sleep, 6/6/2014

June 09, 2014

Make It a Habit to Get Adequate Sleep

As we all know, sleep is important to everyday life. However, many people do not realize that it affects our overall health. We are at greater risk for chronic diseases if we do not get enough sleep. It is reported that a shocking 35% of adults said they do not get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of rest.  Are you getting enough sleep? Try these tips:

Be consistent – Try to go to bed and wake up …

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