7 Steps to Hack Your Sleep

7 Steps to Hack Your Sleep

 

by Maggie Ney, ND

Sleep is one of the most valuable tools we have to be able to experience the highest level of energy, productivity, and creativity so that we can make the greatest contributions to the world around us.  We need to protect our sleep and treat this time of the day as sacred.  In my practice I see many patients who sacrifice sleep to get things done. These are ambitious, successful women who feel sleep ...

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Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

by David Laramie, PhD

For decades, medical science overlooked the considerable damage associated with smoking cigarettes, and it is hard to comprehend that physicians ever condoned smoking and overlooked its harm.  Similarly, medical science is now rushing to highlight another long-overlooked risk factor – sleep deprivation.  Poor sleep can worsen inflammation and increases the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, depression, and some cancers.  In the short term, insufficient sleep can impair memory, attention, and executive ...

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Vagus Nerve Yoga for Sleep

Vagus Nerve Yoga for Sleep

 

By Alicia Maher, MD

One issue that can make sleep so difficult is that of sympathetic nervous system activation. The sympathetic nervous system tells us to fight, flight or freeze. Obviously helpful when you need it, but we rarely do. And being in this sympathetic state makes it harder for us to engage in the parasympathetic side of the nervous system that controls the activities of resting and digesting. This explains why you might have trouble sleeping and relaxing, and ...

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Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

 

By. David Laramie, PhD

For decades, medical science overlooked the considerable damage associated with smoking cigarettes, and it is hard to comprehend that physicians ever condoned smoking and overlooked its harm. Similarly, medical science is now rushing to highlight another long-overlooked risk factor – sleep deprivation. Poor sleep can worsen inflammation and increases the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, depression, and some cancers. In the short term, insufficient sleep can impair memory, attention, and executive function. There is even ...

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7 Health and Fitness Benefits of Sleep

7 Health and Fitness Benefits of Sleep

 

By Anne Price

Growing up, I thought my mom was “Wonderwoman” — a Greek version of Linda Carter who could also cook. She started her day at 6am and would go-go-go, non-stop, all day long.  “I only need five hours of sleep”, she would say, as she was sweeping the floor, readying us for school and boiling something for our dinner before she’d even had her own breakfast. Did you know that only 1% of the population can operate ...

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Burnout Remedies

Burnout Remedies

By David Laramie, PhD

If the recent traffic on the 10 is any indication, its seems that a whole lot of Angelenos are headed to work these days.  The sweet days of the summer slow down have receded and its back to the usual grind.  Therefore, it’s a good idea to pause and reflect on ways to approach the demands of work in deliberate and health promoting ways.  Without a gameplan, it is all too easy to lapse into the ...

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Why Do We Sleep?

Why Do We Sleep?

Sleep is important.

That, we know. We also know that we should be getting eight hours of sleep at night. But why? What makes sleep so important, and is it really worth a full eight hours?!

Research would say yes:

It’s strange, when you think about it, that we spend close to a third of our lives asleep. Why do we do it? While we’re sleeping, we’re vulnerable—and, at least on the outside, supremely unproductive. In a 1719 sermon, “Vigilius, or, The Awakener,” ...

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Insomnia – Is your over-thinking and over doing getting the best of you?

Insomnia – Is your over-thinking and over doing getting the best of you?

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

A good night sleep is essential to clear thinking, more and deeper compassion towards yourself and others, less engaging of the mind and more heart-felt connections and hence better health.

I wanted to reprint an article on insomnia I wrote 4 years ago. Nothing much has changed since then, just more and more medication on the market trying to make you believe that the way to better sleep is through ...

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