Calcium is an essential mineral with many roles in the human body; it is needed for healthy muscles, heart, and to help our blood clot. However, most of the calcium in our bodies is in our teeth and bones.
You would be hard-pressed looking for a more fundamental micro-nutrient for overall good health.
Vitamin D is fundamental for optimum health. It is a nutrient found naturally in some foods like fatty fish, cheese and egg yolks. This nutrient has many roles including maintaining strong bones, healthy muscles, robust immune system, and helping achieve restful sleep.
DNA can provide clues about the quality of your sleep. Recent scientific studies provide insights as to what make people have a more restful, healthy slumber.
More Coffee Please… Java, oh sweet java… If you are like me, that first coffee every morning is essential to start a good, productive day. I also take comfort (pride?) that I may be doing something good for my health as some studies suggest. On the other hand, I tend to become jittery and anxious if I over do it with caffeinated drinks during the day. Too much caffeine often… Read More
An article by Ruby et al., on Human lifespan came out this month discussing heritability of longevity. The question considered; what is the relative importance of genetics to longevity? Do family histories of long-life spans translate to a longer life for the current generation (you)? Many have researched this topic before and found the importance of long-lived family members on longevity to be small, between 10 – 30%. In this… Read More
Melatonin has received a fair amount of press in the last few years as a natural “magic bullet” for healthy sleep. According to the National Institutes of Health, use of melatonin more than doubled between 2007 and 2012, with an estimated 3.065 million adults reporting taken melatonin during the past 30 days a. But, is melatonin really a cure for all sleep problems? What is melatonin? So, what is melatonin… Read More
After many years of research, science still struggles to explain why we need to spend 1/3 of our life sleeping. And why we feel bad if we don’t. Think about it. This means that on average we sleep 25 years of our lives! No wonder people have tried to do with as little sleep as possible to extend the number of “useful” hours in the day. WHY IS SLEEP IMPORTANT?… Read More
Who can resist watching episode after episode of Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad? What about James Corden on YouTube? I for one count myself among the thousands (millions?) addicted to binge watching. BINGE WATCHING AND SLEEP However, research on our appetite for immediate and unlimited access to media content has suggested it may result in difficulty sleeping. The data indicate that what matters is not just total TV watching… Read More
Activity trackers seem to be on everyone’s wrist now 1. People are obsessed with tracking their steps, calories, and…sleep. But is all this worth the trouble? Are these gizmos helping you get a better night’s rest? Not all Trackers are Created Equal The quality of sleep data obtained from these devices varies per device and not every sleep monitor records the same sleep components, such as sleep duration, disrupted sleep moments,… Read More
Insomnia-How Rare is It? Persistent insomnia, that is, the inability to fall and stay asleep, affects about 10% of adults, reaching about 22% as we age. Also, insomnia is somewhat more common in women than in men. Many of us experience short-term insomnia which can last for a few weeks. However, some of us can experience chronic insomnia, lasting for a month or more. Lack of Sleep Has Strong Health… Read More