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“Without enough sleep, we all become tall 2-year-olds.” — JoJo JensenLeafClock

Time to reset our body clocks as we “fall back” and gain an hour of sleep early Sunday morning. This disruptive semi-annual time change, though not as annoying as when we lose an hour of sleep come spring, offers a chance to assess and tune-up sleep patterns for fall.

Why is healthy sleep hygiene so important? And how can we do better at getting the sleep we need? 

Think of the first few weeks of school as a chance to start, or reestablish, healthy routines when it comes to getting enough sleep, avoiding kid-to-kid illness, packing healthy school lunches and preventing backpack back aches.orangebackpack

 

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 When you eat can be as important as what you eat when it comes to health.

New research published in the journal Obesity shows that those who eat a big breakfast are more likely to lose weight and muffin-top than those who eat a large dinner – even if that larger breakfast includes a piece of chocolate cake or cookie. 

 

 

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badge-slumbertorium"Just pick a time and stick with it," declares a growing movement of sleep-disrupted activists who are leading a petition drive to end the biannual time changes altogether. They say the twice yearly ritual is no longer economically relevant, has no scientific basis and spurs an increase in car accidents (due to to sleepy drivers), heart attacks, suicides and cranky people.

Hawaii, Arizona and the east side of Indiana have opted out of Daylight Savings Time. Russia stopped messing with their clocks in 2011. "Every fall and every spring we are swearing at this system," said Dmitry Medvedev, who was then Russia's president and is now prime minister. "Our biorhythms are damaged. We are all angry. We either oversleep and turn up late for work or wake up too early and don't know what to do with this free time. Let alone poor cows and other animals that can't understand why they should have their meals or be milked earlier or later." Learn more

And visit the Slumbertorium at Professor's Wellbody's Academy of Health & Fitness to learn how to get your REM on!

 

wellbody-blog-slumbertoriumInsomnia. For those who suffer from it, it can be a most annoying malady. Up all, night, can't sleep, can't get 'sleepy' and the next day you're tired and worn out. As bad as that seems, and it is, a new study indicates that insomnia may also lead to an increased risk of heart failure. Learn more about this research and the next time you visit Wellbody Academy, be sure to check out our Slumbertorium for useful information about sleep. It's important for everyone, regardless of age.