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...]

How to Achieve Sweet Slumber During the Hectic Holiday Season

Tis the Season to be Merry

“Family Feud” is a popular television game show based on some interesting polls of public opinion. Recently one of the questions went like this: On a scale of one to ten, how stressful is Christmas? One hundred people were surveyed, and the number one answer was “ten!” While the idea of a relaxing holiday with giggles and merriment is quite appealing, the reality is that most of us are stressed out just thinking of all the extra work involved. The “most wonderful time of the year” is often … [Read more...]