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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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Health

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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Health

How sleep cleans your brain

We all love a good night’s sleep and nothing feels better than feeling rested and pumped for the day. We know that sleep is important for us too and now new research could show just how important sleep is! When we sleep, we go through several phases starting with light, then deep then REM (Rapid Eye Movement) which many of us are familiar with. Until now, not much research has been done on the deep sleep phase. And what this research reveals is very interesting indeed! Turns out, that essentially, our spinal fluid goes into our brain and cleans out the toxins that get into our brains during the day! The research was conducted by Dr. Laura Lewis of Boston University and her research was released in the journal Science on October 31st. Dr. Lewis studies deep sleep or the non-REM phase. Research believes that during the non-REM phase, the

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