Winter blues, formally known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects millions of people across the northern hemisphere.
It can affect people of any age, including children. Shorter days and less sunlight affect our body’s internal clock and brain chemistry resulting in the feeling of depression, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, and social withdrawal…
According to Harvard Medical School, most people don’t get enough sleep. I’m guilty of this myself! As I sit here, typing away about sleep, I still have a pile of articles to get through and patient charts to review.
This may not be uncommon to many of you; especially if you have a family, have a demanding job, or are currently in school. Modern North American society forces us to be always on the go…
Healthy living. Isn’t that just what you are doing? Or at least hoping that’s what you are doing? What is healthy living exactly? It is not an easy question, yet the answer lies in one word: balance.
Balance is key for your weight and fitness, your digestion, your sleep pattern, your stress level…and it’s not boring! You will find that by living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, you will actually have more time for your favorite hobby or to spend with your family. Continue reading >
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book” – Irish Proverb
Sleep is designed to restore us. During the night, tissues are repaired, organs rest or finish cycles such as flushing out toxins. The mind also uses the time to filter everything that has happened that day.
‘Sleeping on it’ is a great technique, but obviously you actually need to sleep—staring at the ceiling all night doesn’t have the same effect… When sleep is disturbed we can find our brains struggling to cope, memory slipping, feelings of anxiety, poor concentration, muscles fatigued, skin dull and eyes lack-lustre.
We all know that we feel better after a good sleep. What we may not realise is how many facets of our health are boosted by the simple mechanism of sufficient slumber.