Insomnia Linked to Heart Attacks

sleeping4People who have trouble sleeping may be at greater risk of heart attacks and stroke. According to a new Chinese study published in the journal Neurology, people who struggled to fall asleep, woke up too early, or struggled to focus during the day because of lack of sleep, were 18% more likely to suffer from a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease. The link between insomnia symptoms and these diseases was even stronger in younger adults and people who did not have high blood pressure at the start of the study, so future research should look especially at early detection and interventions aimed at these groups. Continue reading “Insomnia Linked to Heart Attacks”

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5 Tips For a Good Night’s Sleep… For Your Kids

sleeping-childSchool is out and for many that means a more relaxed sleep schedule. However, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you should let your kids stay up as late as they want. Recent research has found that consistent bedtimes result in better health for most people. And if you are like me, putting my kids to bed later does not result in a later wake-up time. Even reducing sleep by 1 hour per night can affect your child’s cognition and ability to pay attention. Sleep is a vital part of your child’s healthy growth and development. It’s even been shown to improve children’s peer acceptance, social skills and engagement, and emotional intuition. Continue reading “5 Tips For a Good Night’s Sleep… For Your Kids”

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Thyroid and Sleep: What’s the Connection?

Your thyroid is that butterfly shaped gland in your neck that produces hormones that regulate metabolism and energy. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone. Symptoms may include extreme fatigue, depression, weight gain and sleep problems. I was diagnosed with it in my late 20s when I stopped sleeping well and my energy levels dropped. For me, a combination of natural supplements, diet and prescription worked best.

The American Thyroid Association estimates that as many as 60 million Americans are unaware that they have some sort of thyroid issue. There is a connection between thyroid and sleep. If you suffer from insomnia or irregular sleep patterns, then you may want to have some blood work done. This may be the first step in getting a good night’s sleep.

So how do you fix it?

There are many solutions and finding the one that works for you is very personal. Here are some options.  Continue reading “Thyroid and Sleep: What’s the Connection?”

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10 Tips for Great Sleep While You Travel

Love to travel? Here’s some good news and some… not so good news.

Anything your body views as a stressor impacts your weight, your health and your sleep. While you may love to travel, your body may be viewing it as a source of stress. Are there ways to travel without burdening your body and your health? Of course! Here’s a list of conditions your body considers stressful. Work on solutions to some of these conditions now and you’ll be sleeping like a baby on your next trip!

1. External Stressors

▪ Mental and Emotional Stress: When we feel overburdened, overwhelmed or any other negative emotion we send signals to our body that we’re in a state of crisis. Cortisol (the stress hormone) is released which tells the body to prepare for battle, a condition that discourages restful sleep.  Continue reading “10 Tips for Great Sleep While You Travel”

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5 Back-to-School Blogs

It’s that time of year again. The days get shorter, the nights get cooler and another school year is about to start. I have a 4 year old who will be starting school this year and although he is excited, mom is a bag of nerves. Here are 5 blogs with helpful hints to make my transition, and his, a lot easier.

Five Tips for Back-to-School Health

Inevitably kids get sick. Diet, sleep and hygiene all play roles in keeping your kids healthy.

Chill Out with Relaxation Support

This is for mom and dad. Find out how Pathway’s Relaxation Support can help take the edge off naturally.

Back to School… For Moms

The Mojo Coach, Debi Silber reminds us that there are lot of things that moms..and dads, can do to help make back to school easier for everyone.

Sunday Radio Show: Some Homeopathic Solutions for Back-to-School

Listen as host Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Christophe Merville discuss homeopathic solutions for stress, sleeplessness, and sports injuries as children head back to school.

Do Your Kids Have Lice?

A gross yet all too common reality for many parents and their kids.  Learn how to get rid of those nasty pests naturally.

 

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