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Tips for Better Sleep for Patients with Cancer

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jun 30, 2022 12:27:53 PM

Patients with cancer have many changes to their lives depending on the type of cancer, treatment or management, and overall disability that they may face. In addition to the emotional pull that cancer has on their lives, these patients may also have trouble sleeping.

Sleeping is very important for the body, as that is the time that healing and repair, as well as strength building takes place. Sleep can also help with emotional management and mood regulation throughout the processes of cancer treatment. Here are a few tips for how to manage your sleep if you are a patient with cancer. 

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Major Considerations for Melatonin Use

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 25, 2022 3:31:00 PM

Melatonin is a natural hormone that is produced by the body at night. It is controlled by the amount of light that is allowed into the eye. It helps the body wind down and get ready for bed. Sometimes, when the body does not produce enough melatonin, there are exogenous options, or melatonin pills that can help those who are having trouble falling asleep. However, those supplements come with some potential problems of which you need to be aware. Continue reading to find out some things about melatonin that should give you pause before depending heavily on that supplement for good sleep. 

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How to be Productive When You're Tired

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 25, 2022 5:28:00 AM

The midday slump is the antithesis of getting things done during the day. It can happen mid morning to mid afternoon as you're counting down the time to be done. Maybe you are a student and trying to stay awake in class. Or, perhaps you're in meetings all day and finding it hard to stay awake. Here are some tips to stay productive and alert when you start to get tired. 

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How to Turn Your Sleep Habits Around

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 18, 2022 4:01:00 PM

Has your sleep been turned upside down? Or maybe you've never gotten good sleep. Either way, it's essential to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep. Without it, you put yourself at risk for sleep deprivation, which leads to excessive daytime sleepiness, mood dysregulation, trouble concentrating and memory problems. Here are some ways to turn your sleep habits around, or maybe even develop them, so you can get optimal sleep. 

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Reasons You May Fall Asleep at Work (And how to Prevent it)

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 18, 2022 4:34:00 AM

Falling asleep at work can be embarrassing and calls for disciplinary action, especially if you work in a place that absolutely requires your devote attention (e.g. schools, warehouse, etc.). Sometimes it feels like this enormous weight of sleep is upon you and there is nothing you can do but succumb to it. If it happens every now and again then it may be behavioral. But, if it's happening all the time, that can be cause for concern. Continue reading to find out why you may be falling asleep at work and how to prevent it. 

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How to Stay Asleep Throughout the Night: 10 Tips

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 16, 2022 2:17:00 PM

If you struggle with insomnia, then you may have issues staying asleep throughout the night. When you are sleep deprived, you can have issues with mood regulation, focus, attention, learning and memory. Sleep quantity is important - the number of hours you are in bed. However, sleep quality is also important - the type of sleep you are getting. 

Many individuals wake up in the middle of the night. Up to 35.5% of individuals wake up in the middle of the night at least three times per week. Wake ups normally happen in the earlier stages of sleep, or the light stages. Stress can cause these awakenings, fluctuations in blood sugar or hormones, as well as physical discomfort. Here are 10 things you can do to reduce these nighttime awakenings.  

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Sleep Routine: To Shower or Not to Shower?

Posted by Darian Dozier on Apr 3, 2022 6:42:00 AM

We write a lot about creating a sleep hygiene, or sleep routine, for optimal sleep. This means creating a list of activities that you do every night to get your mind and body ready for bed. This can include wind down activities like reading, drinking a cup of tea, yoga, etc. But what about showering? Many people love to have that warm shower or bath right before going to bed. Is it a good activity to include in your sleep hygiene? Continue reading to find out. 

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Yoga and Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 28, 2022 7:48:00 AM

 

Yoga is a great exercise for stretching, meditating, and strengthening the body. It is encouraged as a great activity to do before bed as it encourages reflection on the day and relaxes you for a good night of sleep. Here is some more information on what yoga is and why it's so restorative before sleep. 

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The Best Lotions and Bath Soaks to Help You Sleep at Night

Posted by Darian Dozier on Feb 11, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep is important, but can be difficult due to a variety of reasons. Creating a sleep hygiene, or sleep routine can help to train your brain for sleep every night. It's almost like sleep training for adults. It's a series of routines that you do everyday to let your brain and body know that it's time to go to sleep. These routines should help relax you and calm your mind down for a good night's rest. 

If you've got a good sleep environment, but still have trouble going to sleep, then it could be due to the fact that you need to increase your relaxation before bed. A great way to do that is by applying sleep lotions or soaking in a bath with calming compounds. Here is a list of the best lotions and bath soaks to help you sleep all night. 

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Getting Good Sleep as a Parent - 5 great Tips

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 24, 2022 8:00:00 AM

As a new parent, or a parent with younger children, getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep can be almost impossible. However, regardless of how hard it is to get those hours, it's still important that you do. Sleep deprivation can make you irritable, moody, excessively tired in the daytime, all of which can affect your ability parent or work effectively. Continue reading for five really great tips for parents who need to increase their sleep. 

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