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Are you getting smarter while you sleep?

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Are you getting smarter while you sleep?

Get a degree from Sleep U.  Far from being an idle pastime, regenerative sleep is necessary and very productive for your brain.  Your head needs time to “organize the filing cabinets”, prioritize important memories and inhibit the insignificant ones, allowing you to focus on what’s valuable.  All this happens when you sleep.  Your brain gets ready for the next day, creating new neural circuitry, to help you learn and recall information. Organizing memories may solidify your emotions, thus freeing up your creativity and decision-making ability. This “cerebral pruning” enhances your waking moments, improving things like academic performance, attention and retention...

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Drifting off to dreamland

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Drifting off to dreamland

More than just a pleasant escape, extensive research ties sleep to longer, healthier lives. REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the kind that promotes physical and mental well-being as it aids memory and healing processes.  Usually, a good night’s sleep stacks four approximately ninety minutes of progressively deeper sleep cycles, that renew and refresh us, as we awaken the next day, ready to “conquer the world”.  But, lots of things get in the way of getting this deep, restful sleep.  Day to day stresses and strains, demanding jobs, jet lag, financial problems, family issues, set our minds a whirl, making...

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Adventures in Costa Rica – Thank goodness for Dr. Dave's Best

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Adventures in Costa Rica – Thank goodness for Dr. Dave's Best

Spending two months in Costa Rica has been amazing, but certainly not without it's obstacles!  As a holistic nutritional practitioner and yoga instructor I was blessed with many opportunities to enjoy paradise ,while still getting my health food and restorative exercise fix, however, as a digital entrepreneur, staying balanced, finding a good Wifi signal and getting enough sleep has been challenging!  Maintaining a healthy diet while travelling for an extensive period of time is crucial for anyone's well-being.  In most of the main tourist spots such as San Jose, the pacific coast and Nosara, every restaurant menu has plenty of...

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Dead Tired

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Dead Tired

Grow more muscle.  Carry less fat, maybe even save your job or your life.  It’s all about getting better sleep. Your mental tasks that require a degree of coordination (like driving) falls off rapidly when you sleep less than 5 hours.  While 7 hours of sleep is considered adequate, that target is more a reflection of society than science.  Our parents most likely got between 8 and 9 hours, routinely.  Sleep deprivation has been linked to chronic depression, anxiety, decreased fertility in men and, of course, increased accidents, not to mention high risk behavior when lack of sleep is coupled...

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Feel like you need a vacation after the busy holidays? Recover and rejuvenate by improving your sleep!

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Feel like you need a vacation after the busy holidays? Recover and rejuvenate by improving your sleep!

What's the big deal with sleep anyways? The “I'll sleep when I'm dead” mentality is what's killing people. Sleep is VITAL to health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough good quality sleep is necessary for physical health, mental health, quality of life, length of life and every day safety. The way you feel greatly depends on your sleep. When you sleep, your body works to support healthy brain and body function by supporting growth and development and enabling repair and restoration from the many processes of life. The negative implications from sleep deficiency and deprivation can occur in an...

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