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The Role of Pillows in Alleviating Neck and Back Pain During Sleep

Sleep is a cornerstone of good health, but it can be elusive for those suffering from neck and back pain. A common remedy? The often-overlooked and humble pillow plays a pivotal role in this narrative. It holds the power to transform rest into a healing balm, aligning the delicate dance between sleep and pain, and thereby influencing our overall health and vitality. In this article, we explore sleep health through a holistic lens starting from head to toe, recognizing that the journey to pain-free slumber extends beyond mere bedding choices. Understanding Posture and Its Impact The story begins with posture—our daily dance with gravity, where every tilt and turn influences our nocturnal comfort. In the hustle of our digital age, where screens become extensions of ourselves, our posture whispers tales of the times. The tale most told? Forward Head Posture (FHP), a saga of our necks stretching towards the digital

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Keep Your Heart Pumping

Take a closer look at what factors affect heart health. The heart never takes a break. It is the ultimate survivor. Even if you are physically drained and exhausted, your heart keeps pumping at about 4,800 beats per hour. But it is not invincible. Taking care of your heart should not be taken lightly. Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death in Canada and globally, according to the 2017 Global Burden of Disease study. While there are multiple causes of heart diseases, health conditions such as diabetes and obesity play an important role. Diabetes increases heart disease risk Adults with diabetes are four times more likely to die of heart disease or stroke compared to those without diabetes, according to the American Heart Association. The alarming statistics indicate that diabetes and cardiovascular diseases have a direct connection. Cardiovascular diseases refer to conditions that involve narrowed or constricted blood

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Memory Boosters: Cognitive Health Strategies

Unlocking Your Brain’s Full Potential Memory is a precious asset that allows us to recall cherished moments, learn new skills, and navigate daily life. As we age, concerns about memory loss and cognitive decline become more prevalent. However, the good news is that there are various strategies and lifestyle choices that can help boost and maintain cognitive health. In this article, we will explore effective memory boosters that seniors can incorporate into their lives to enhance cognitive function, promote brain health, and enjoy a fulfilling and vibrant lifestyle. Engage in Regular Physical Exercise: Physical exercise isn’t just beneficial for the body; it also has a profound impact on cognitive health. Regular aerobic exercises, such as walking, swimming, or cycling, increase blood flow to the brain, delivering essential oxygen and nutrients. Exercise also stimulates the release of growth factors that promote the growth of new brain cells and improve memory and

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Mind

How to deal with digital exhaustion

Wonder why your brain hurts and you feel mentally exhausted at the end of the day? It’s called Digital Exhaustion and it’s more than just being tired from video meetings on Zoom and Teams or Google Meet every day. It has to do with that, but also with cognitive overload. Or more precisely, how our brains deal with attention. If your job entails spending a lot of time in front of a computer and your switching between this, your mobile and maybe a tablet too, this can impact your productivity through attention overload. Think about how you switch and move between apps, emails, video meetings, notifications and periods of multitasking and focused work. This is called temporal attention, it’s when we’re paying attention to things that are happening, such as emails and video meetings or phone calls. When we’re out and about, working out, hiking or walking and even moving

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A mattress for the ages

As we age, the type of mattress we need often changes and they are critical to good sleep hygiene. And not all mattresses are made equal. Good sleep health is important for our overall health and wellness. That includes pre-midnight sleep (sorry night owls), a good stretch of time where we get REM sleep for our brains, and to give our physical bodies proper rest and recovery time. Edmonton, Alberta based Canadian mattress manufacturer GoodMorning.com believes this so much that they offered us a free mattress to try. If we were impressed, we’d write about it. If we weren’t, just like their 120 night guarantee, we could send it back. We ended up loving it. My partner and I are in our late 50’s. We’re very active. From Nordic Pole Walking to hiking and running, I’m regular with my daily yoga routine and pilates a couple of times a week.

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Importance of sleep and wellness

Sleep is an often overlooked aspect of wellness but its benefits are endless. Now, there is research to show that sleeping better could improve your health in the decades to come. A brand-new study done in the journal of Nature Communications shows that getting more sleep in middle age can decrease your risk of getting dementia. Participants who reported less than six hours of sleep consistently, were around 30 percent more likely to develop dementia in their seventies. Wondering how to do it? We’ve got you covered. INCLUDE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN YOUR DAY Including physical exercise into your daily routine is one of the most well-studied ways to improve your sleep. Exercise can reduce the time it takes to fall asleep by around 50%. PUT YOUR DEVICES AWAY! Your smartphone and tablets emit large amounts of blue light, which tells our bodies that it’s time to wake up! Not exactly what you

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Safe supplements for insomnia

Having trouble falling asleep? Not getting enough sleep and suffering from stress and anxiety? Here is some guidance on safe supplements for sleeplessness. Sleep is essential for the body to heal and for most people how we feel and perform the next day depends on how well we’ve slept the night before. I personally am not at my best if I don’t get a good night of sleep. So, what can you use for insomnia without creating a dependency on medications or supplements? In my clinic of integrative medicine in San Jose CA, I usually recommend a few supplements as a starting point for insomnia. These tend to be safe for the general public and people taking them need not worry about becoming dependent on them. My top three favourites are theanine, magnesium and 5-HTP or L-Tryptophan. Theanine is an amino acid that helps to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation

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How to sleep well during times of crisis

“You don’t have to have a long-term sleep issue to be sleeping less soundly during this unprecedented time” explains Dr. Wayne Pernell, breakthrough coach, relationship expert, best selling author, and international speaker. “Sleep issues can happen to the best of us amid this much uncertainty. That’s why we need to practice excellent sleep hygiene.” The same way we need to shower and brush our teeth every day, we also need to attend to our sleep hygiene. Below are Dr. P’s tips for how to sleep well despite the uncertainty in the world: · Keep a notepad and pen by the bedside and do a brain-dump. Yes, go old-school. Do NOT pick up your phone. Use a notepad to park your thoughts. · If you wake up in the night, don’t just lie there.  When you wake up, get up.  Wait about 15-20 minutes.  Sit out on the couch or at

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Longevity

4 herbal teas for healing

These four delicious teas are loaded with antioxidants and can help fight insomnia, digestive issues, stomach pain and more. Gone are the days of quick-fix health gimmicks, like believing one magic pill will make you drop 10 pounds or that doing a juice cleanse will solve all your problems. It turns out that women are ditching quick fixes and are becoming more aware of the health choices they make. The Attitudes Toward Healthy Eating 2017/ITC study found that 45% of Canadians are interested in trying the latest foods that claim to boost health, like chia seeds and kale. It seems that the most recent trend is figuring out how to improve one’s health—naturally. One way to create a lasting, healthy habit is to consume herbal teas. Loaded with antioxidants, herbal teas are made from dried fruits, flowers, spices or herbs. They come in a wide range of flavours and can

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