Ever wondered how oatmeal, almonds and bananas impact your sleep? Wonder no longer - U.S. News & World Report has posted a quick read on how certain foods help or hinder your ability to doze off and sleep through the night. Hit the link here for the full list!
We’re overwhelmed once again by the community’s support for the annual electronics recycling event. Another amazing turnout last weekend, and it’s all thanks to you - the local community, the amazing volunteers, and the great partners. This event has become one of the largest of it’s kind in the county - just look at these numbers!
- 4,500 cars
- 500,000 pounds of recycled materials
- 20 tractor trailers
- $10,000 raised by St. Peter’s for ALS research
All we can say is THANK YOU! And see you next year!
(Video courtesy of WNYT)
If you get more good sleep, you are more likely to perform better in all areas of your life, including your career and your school work. According to Dr. Jerald La Rose, founder of iSuperLearn.com - a top review system for professionals in the medical field - ”it is important to develop consistent sleep patterns to maintain a high level of mental capacity.” (source) Dr. La Rose cites National Sleep Foundation’s sleep requirements as the best guideline for what healthy sleep means. Seven to nine hours a night for adults, depending on the individual. We featured their great infographic last month - Here’s a link to that post. It just makes sense - If you’re better rested, you can be on top of your game at work, school, home or on the playing field. Make healthy sleep a major goal in your life.
How much sleep you really need depends on many factors - your age, lifestyle, your health, and even how you feel day-to-day. In order to figure out what that means to you, the National Sleep Foundation released this detailed infographic. (source) If you ‘re an adult, more likely than not, the answer to “How much sleep do we really need?” is MORE!
Ask yourself if you really getting seven to nine hours a night on a consistent basis. If you aren’t, it’s time for change - alter your habits, the room in which you sleep, your diet and exercise routine and definitely your mattress situation. Take a look at the great info below, and keep checking back for more sleep tips!
The Yoga Yak – Yes, there’s such a thing as a Yoga Yak – has a YouTube channel where they’re running a series on sleep tips. #2 on that list is “Yoga and Soft Music.” We dare you watch this and not want to doze off. But seriously, setting the right mood and context for your nightly seven to nine hours is crucial to a good night’s sleep.
Real advice from a pro -“Improve Your Sleep With These 7 Easy Tips” - Dr. Oz from the world of television, and Oprah fame, gave an informative lecture at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Take a look:
If you’ve gotten used to sleeping poorly over a long period of time, you might not even realize what you’re missing. It just becomes a bad habit.
As the National Institutes of Health wrote “Despite growing support for the idea that adequate sleep, like adequate nutrition and physical activity, is vital to our well-being, people are sleeping less. The nonstop “24/7” nature of the world today encourages longer or nighttime work hours and offers continual access to entertainment and other activities. To keep up, people cut back on sleep.”
It’s easy to get into a bad habit like this, so let’s look at some achievable steps anyone can take, starting tonight, to get more rest. The ever-helpful folks at HelpGuide.org have a great list on how to develop good sleep habits. Among the tips they provide are:
- Keep a regular sleep schedule.
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine.
- Eat right and get regular exercise.
Read the whole post here: http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm
We would add one tip to their list: Make sure you’re sleeping on the right mattress, and don’t pay too much.