Are Your Sleep Habits Making You Sick? Part 6: Not Maintaining a Consistent Sleep Schedule

Part 6: Not Maintaining a Consistent Sleep Schedule – Even on Weekends! The circadian rhythm is a natural, internal clock that all living things possess. This cycle regulates our sleeping and waking patterns. One of the biggest contributions to our circadian clock are the natural light and dark cycles during a 24 hour period. Since […]

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Are Your Sleep Habits Making You Sick? Part 5: Chronic Stress and Ways to Cope

Part 5: Chronic Stress and Ways to Cope On any given day, we are faced with getting somewhere on time, relying on someone else to get something done for us, or losing our patience in line at the grocery store while our three-year-old is screaming in the background. This manufactured stress of our first-world reality […]

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Are Your Sleep Habits Making You Sick? Part 4: Eating Too Close to Bedtime

Part 4: Eating Too Close to Bedtime Eating too close to bedtime can have a direct effect on your quality and quantity of sleep. In particular, eating right before sleep can throw off  the body’s internal clock, called the circadian clock, which manages our sleep/wake cycles. Circadian rhythms can be described as the physical, behavioral […]

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Are Your Sleep Habits Making You Sick? Part 3: Time to Rethink that Nightcap!

Part 3: Time to Rethink that Nightcap! Using alcohol as a sleep aid is not the best idea, yet approximately 20% of Americans use alcohol to help them fall asleep. Although alcohol may appear to help you get to sleep, it is actually wreaking havoc on your sleep quality and quantity. Although the perception is […]

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Are Your Sleep Habits Making You Sick? Part 2: Reducing Screen Time Before Bed

Part 2: Reducing Screen Time Before Bed Early man evolved to see within the visible light spectrum approximately 30 million years ago. This makes our eyes especially sensitive to the effects of periods of light and dark and how our body’s chemistry responds to being stimulated by visible light. When our eyes sense light, it […]

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Are Your Sleep Habits Making You Sick? Part 1: Chronic Sleep Deprivation

Are You Getting Your 8 Hours? “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” is a line from the song of the same name by Bon Jovi. It’s rather indicative of how modern life has affected the daily pace in today’s society. Women, in particular, have taken on the extra load while trying to balance home life along […]

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