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Strategies for Shift Workers to Improve Sleep

Nearly 15 million Americans work full-time on evening shifts, night shifts, rotating shifts or other employer-arranged schedules. These irregular hours disrupt the body’s natural circadian rhythm, causing sleep deprivation that leaves shift workers the most prone to accidents in the workplace and on the road. In the following video, Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, Chief Medical Officer…

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How Sleep Impacts Your Weight and Overall Fitness

Obesity rates have nearly doubled since the 1960s and more than one-third of adults are now classified as obese. The overall health and fitness of our country is a real issue, but fortunately measures are being taken to help us live healthier lives. When considering how to improve fitness, many first think only of nutrition…

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A Mindful Approach to Reduce Stress & Improve Sleep

Each new day presents new opportunities. If we’ve slept well, we benefit from renewed energy, stamina and focus. But what happens when we don’t sleep well? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. Many report suffering…

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The Importance of Sleep for Treating Type 2 Diabetes

In 2014, an estimated 21 million (9.3%) Americans were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Additionally, approximately 8.1 million more went undiagnosed. While many know that poor diet and exercise play a significant role in the development of type 2 diabetes, fewer realize how much poor sleep may also be contributing to this health problem. As…

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Being Your Best for Yourself, Your Job and Your Family

For many women in the United States, getting enough sleep is one of the last things on their priority list. With the demands of work, family, etc., women often try to balance it all, which can result in sacrificing a healthy sleep schedule. In some cases, it may feel like a badge of honor to…

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Why Feeling Well Means Sleeping Well

Research has shown that the quality and quantity of sleep a person gets is directly linked to his or her emotions. Healthy sleep has a positive impact on overall mood, whereas a restless night can lead to an increase in negative emotions the next day. Anyone who has experienced a tough night of sleep can…

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The Impact of Screen Time and Electronics on Healthy Sleep

Today, electronic devices are seemingly all around us in the form of TVs, computers and portable devices. They have become so ingrained in modern life that for most individuals it’s hard to imagine a single day without them. While the accessibility to these devices has its benefits, the constant usage is taking a toll on…

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Promoting Healthy Sleep Schedules for Students

As the end of summer draws near and children and teenagers begin preparation for the upcoming school year, it’s important for parents to consider upcoming changes in schedules as classes and after school activities begin. It is common for students today to fill up their free time with homework, sports, and other interests outside of…

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Keeping Your Family Safe on the Roads

Summer is a time when the kids are out of school and many families plan vacations. Often times these vacations include road trips. There’s a lot of preparation that goes into planning the perfect trip, but even with all of that planning, many forget to account for fatigue. In this month’s sleep education video, Dr.…

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The Essential Connection Between Healthy Sleep & Fitness

Summer is coming and that means it’s time to put away the winter clothes and pull out the shorts and bathing suits. It’s a great season to make sure you are at your peak level of fitness to enjoy all that summer has to offer. Being fit not only includes physical fitness, but also mental…

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