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Millions of Americans suffer from sleepless nights. According to a 2011 Sleep in America poll, 63% of Americans say their sleep requirements aren't met—particularly during the week—and that this negatively impacts their mood, family life, home responsibilities and social life.
A good night’s sleep, on the other hand, is positively associated with improved memory, learning, immune function and metabolism. Here are several ideas to help the sleep-deprived become the sleep-satisfied.
Charles Czeisler MD, from the Harvard Medical School Sleep Program explains that daytime artificial lighting slows the release of melatonin—the sleep-promoting hormone, and it "shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour—making it more difficult to fall asleep." Circadian rhythm is the 24-hour sleep/wake cycle. Suggestions include minimizing exposure to artificial light before bed (TV, cells, computers etc.) and not sleeping with lights or TV on.
Next, wind down with sleep-supportive products from BodyHealth:
Developed by BodyHealth’s founder Dr. David Minkoff M.D., Healthy Sleep Ultra is designed to support a healthy sleep/wake cycle through natural substances made in your body: the hormone melatonin and the neurotransmitter serotonin to promote a restorative sleep. In addition to other ingredients, it also contains two amino acids that have sleep-promoting and relaxing effects—L-Glycine and L-Glutamine. With no morning grogginess, you can take it even in the middle of the night to promote a restful sleep.
If you prefer herbal-based products, Optimum Sleep Assist will help you drop off so your body can actively repair itself while you sleep. In addition to melatonin, it contains:
All-natural sleep products Healthy Sleep Ultra and Optimum Sleep Assist promote a restorative, blissful night's sleep. They can be taken separately, or in combination for those needing a little extra help dozing off.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
If there is anything society has come to realize over the last century, it is that women are just as powerful, smart, ambitious, and capable as men. And while society as a whole is still catching up as far as true equality, the facts are evident when you look at some of the most incredible and influential people today.
When it comes to fitness, however, men and women are not the same. The natural, physiological differences necessitate unique approaches to achieve optimal results. While the fundamental science behind attaining a shredded, lean physique is basically the same for both sexes, the exact steps and application require careful consideration.
One thing I've learned is that injuries can be great teachers. There are so many lessons to be learned from the injuries we experience. They force us to slow down and evaluate our bodies on a deeper level. Like many, I'm guilty of sometimes taking my healthy days for granted. When we pick up an injury, we're suddenly motivated to learn everything we can about that specific injury. We're also dedicated to the necessary rehab it will take to overcome the injury and strengthen our weak areas.
As with many injuries, I've learned there are no "quick fixes" for my stubborn Achilles. Over the years, I've also learned there are no "get fit quickly" schemes.