The twice-a-year shift between Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time has serious effects on our health, safety and performance, at least for several days after the shift. But there’s also a benefit. As we prepare to “fall back” this Saturday night (or “spring forward” in March), let’s look at the effects and why we even have this time change in the first place. Here’s what I found. [Read more…] about Daylight Saving – What Gives?
By Dr. Bruce Wayne Meleski
Far too many American adults accept poor sleep as part of modern life, and it’s no doubt that modern life has transformed the way we sleep. Stressors of urban living, sedentary jobs, and artificial lights that allow us to work at night make it difficult to relax and sleep efficiently.
Sleep is a basic physiological drive, necessary for life and proper functioning. Still, many people suffer from inadequate sleep, with 30% to 40% of Americans suffering from insomnia. Insufficient sleep affects brain function and can result in physical illness. Studies show that chronic insomnia, which affects 15% of the population, can lead to poor health and debilitating disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Your body requires deep sleep or slow wave sleep to heal and restore at the cellular level. Thus, sleep is an important part of everyone’s health. [Read more…] about Prioritizing Sleep for Health and Wellbeing
As reported in a this TIME video series, Arianna Huffington sat down with NBA basketball star Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors to discuss how Sleep affects his athletic performance. Andre said performance on the court greatly improves with good sleep and that monitoring shows that getting 7.5 hours of restorative sleep improves his 3-point shooting by a whopping 50%, his free-throw shooting by 30-40%, and his turnovers and steals as well. That’s a huge competitive advantage in any league.
Arianna, in her new book, The Sleep Revolution, describes other ways sleep affects performance, including at school and work, as well as how it affects your health and personal safety.
Thanks to such media attention, people are finally starting to prioritize sleep; but even those who track their sleep nightly, often don’t get enough. That’s where we can help, by acting as your personal trainer for sleep and brain health. So speak with a sleep coach today at 512-306-1833.
Because some LED street lights harm humans and the environment, the AMA has adopted Community Guidance for their use.
CHICAGO – Strong arguments exist for overhauling the lighting systems on U.S. roadways with light emitting diodes (LED), but conversions to improper LED technology can have adverse consequences. In response, physicians at the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) today adopted guidance for communities on selecting among LED lighting options to reduce potential harmful human and environmental effects.
Converting conventional street lights to energy-efficient LED lighting leads to cost and energy savings, and a lower reliance on fossil-based fuels. Approximately 10 percent of existing U.S. street lighting has been converted to solid state LED technology, with efforts underway to accelerate this conversion. [Read more…] about Some LED Street Lights Harm Humans, Environment
Can’t sleep? Too much on your mind? Don’t just lie there, and don’t pop a pill either. There’s a better way.
“The evidence is quite strong that cognitive behavioral therapy is effective. It works. It’s long-lasting and it has the potential to decrease cost to the health care system,” said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the American College of Physicians. [Read more…] about Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia v. Sleeping Pills
By Wayne Caswell
As reported in this NBC Nightly News episode, more and more companies are realizing how sleep affects their bottom line, and they’re starting to pay employees to sleep better.
I’m thrilled at the heightened awareness and the new sleep incentives, because sleep is important to our health, safety, and performance. Research has confirmed that good sleep improves many of the attributes associated with peek productivity at work, as well as in school and sports. These include: alertness, attention, behavior, concentration, creativity, decision-making, emotions, energy, focus, goal-setting, judgment, and more. But I have two concerns with the effectiveness of these financial incentives. First is measurement accuracy, and next is how to actually affect real change beyond just the incentive. [Read more…] about Companies start to Pay Employees to Sleep
Research has confirmed that good quality sleep improves many of the attributes associated with improved performance at work, in school, and in sports. These include: alertness, attention, balance, behavior, concentration, creativity, decision-making, emotions, energy, endurance, focus, goal-setting, health, IQ, judgment, karma, learning ability, mood, motivation, optimism, performance, problem-solving, reaction & recovery times, reasoning, risk-taking, self-control, talents, utility, value, working memory, and more.
How to Train Harder, Recover Faster, Perform Better
When it comes to recovering from hard workouts and the stress of competition, there’s no better treatment than plenty of sleep. While most research has focused on the effects of sleep deprivation, Stanford University took a different approach by studying the benefits of getting more than the average amount of sleep.
Swimming – Stanford researchers started with the men’s and women’s swimming teams and first measured performance of each athlete and their average sleep duration, which was just over 6.5 hours a night. They then asked them all to sleep as much as they could for a period of 6 weeks, with the goal of sleeping 10 hours to remove all sleep debt that’s so common among college students. (Most got to over 8.5 hours.) When they measured again, the researchers noticed significant improvements in speed, reaction times, and turn times. On average they were .15 seconds faster off the block, half a second faster in 15-meter sprints, and had .1 second faster flip turns. [Read more…] about Sleep and Sports