Summer Sleep Tips

The summer often brings a change in the weather and a change in our routines. For those with a sleep disorder, this can mean a disruption to healthy sleep patterns. Here are a few tips to maintain restful nights throughout the summer months. Don’t Over Indulge Summer is a time of celebration. Summer picnics and parties often include alcoholic beverages. Too much drinking can cause fragmented sleep that will not leave you rested in the morning. Drink modest amounts early in the evening leaving plenty of time for water before bed. Eating Before Bed The days stay lighter much later …

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What Would Happen if You Didn’t Sleep?!

Check out this TED-Ed quick video (less than 5 minutes) on What Would Happen if You Didn’t Sleep?! Wow, do our bodies need quality sleep! In the United States, it’s estimated that 30 percent of adults and 66 percent of adolescents are regularly sleep-deprived. This isn’t just a minor inconvenience: staying awake can cause serious bodily harm. TED-Ed and Claudia Aguirre show what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep.

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April is National Stress Awareness Month

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress can effect an individual on so many different levels. Take this time to reflect on the stressors in your life and what you can do to manage them. One way to help keep stress under control is SLEEP! According to The National Sleep Foundation “If you don’t sleep enough at night, your body boosts its levels of stress hormones”. Only furthering the cycle of stress leading to poor sleep and then poor sleep leading to stress or anxiety.

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Poor sleep, is it worth it?

Lack of sleep is dangerous to your health. It makes you more susceptible to disease and infection. It causes wounds to heal slower and makes your aches and pains more intense. It increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and in extreme cases leads to death. It is important to see a doctor if you are having trouble sleeping. There are also immediate side effects that can cause physical and mental changes to your body such as morning headaches, daytime drowsiness, irritability, difficulty focusing and low motivation. If your side effects and health risks aren’t enough to send you …

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