Cancer and Healing: The Sleep-Health Connection

Sufficient sleep is considered the cornerstone of health and well-being. Conversely, insufficient sleep has serious health repercussions, including an increase in the risk of stroke, depression, hypertension, heart attack, diabetes, dementia, obesity, osteoporosis, motor vehicle accidents, and on-the-job accidents and injuries. Recent research has demonstrated even more alarming downsides to sleep deprivation, including an impact on some of the most prolific cancers: breast, prostate, and … [Read more...]

Restless Evenings Can Lead to Stressful Days

While progress is a good thing, it can have its side effects. The technology-centric world that we live in means we’re frequently connected to our devices like umbilical cords—creating a heightened sense of vigilance with little room to relax. Such an always-on mentality can have significant health implications—especially when it comes to sleep. A recent infographic, created by Nursing@Georgetown’s Online FNP Program, highlights both the challenges that technology presents, as well as … [Read more...]

Having trouble falling asleep? Your phone may be to blame

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Temperatures are swiftly falling across the United States — which for some people is a prompt to curl up in a warm blanket and sleep until spring. However, many Americans struggle with falling asleep. Why? One reason is our relationship with technology. The link between technology and sleep rests with our circadian rhythm — the cycle that determines when we feel tired or awake. According to a Harvard Medical School study, our phones emit short-wavelength blue light that sparks cortisol … [Read more...]

Sleep Resolutions!

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As the beginning of 2017 is upon us, many of us are committing to New Year’s resolutions to make the upcoming year even better than the last in a heartfelt effort to achieve our life goals and dreams. We begin the New Year intending to do more, be more, learn more, and reach our full potential. Interestingly, many of us have resolutions in common, and they vary little from year to year. According to Neilson and various websites, the most common New Year’s resolutions typically … [Read more...]