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At Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness, we understand there's only one thing harder than making healthy behavior changes: Sticking to them! We all need a little help from our friends, and that's the purpose of the Wellbody Blog, a friendly online gathering spot--a community well--where you can dip into health news; wellness tips; recipes; latest research about nutrition, exercise, sleep and hygiene; plus, real stories from virtual neighbors who are also trying to change their lives for the better. Start from wherever you are; share ideas, information, inspiration. At Pacific Science Center, we believe each of us can do something everyday to improve our health and well-being.

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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.

wellbody-blog-slumbertoriumIf springing forward into daylight saving time has left you yawning and yearning for another hour of sleep, you're not alone. For millions of people, fast-forwarding the clocks triggers days or even weeks of sleep problems. Lingering light in evenings makes it hard for many kids to settle down and get to sleep. Car accidents, heart attacks, suicides and cyberloafing spike after the spring forward, some studies show. Here are some tips from Rodale to help you adjust your inner clock, also useful for anyone who'd like to get a better night's sleep. One in five Americans report they get fewer than six hours of sleep a night. Visit the Slumbertorium in Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness to learn more about sleep hygiene. And if you're still lying awake in bed, peruse this study in Current Biology about circadian rhythms and daylight savings time.