Do we really need to get paid to get enough sleep?

Wait? The insurance giant Aetna is now offering employees CASH incentives to get their required sleep? True! I read that their employees can qualify for $25/night if they can show that they have slept seven hours or more for 20 nights. For many of us, that’s no easy task but clearly – it should be a priority! Aetna employees can earn $300 over the year for doing what we all should be – making sleep a PRIORITY!  Aetna’s CEO, Mark Bertolini was quoted saying that “Creating a culture that … [Read more...]

Good Reasons to Make Great Sleep Your Priority in 2016

Good Reasons to Make Great Sleep Your Priority in 2016 There’s a lot of health and wellness advice going around now that the new year is finally here. This article in the Huffington Post about making sleep a priority caught my eye. But this morning on my commute to work, I heard a story on my radio about sleep - specifically sleep and aging - that really got me thinking much more seriously about the quality of my sleep.  I must admit that in my continuing efforts to forestall the inevitable … [Read more...]

Can a messy room affect sleep?

When I was a child, I felt like nothing mattered more to my mother than for my bed to be made and my room to be clean. She stressed the importance of how a clean room shapes your day. At the age of 12, I couldn’t care less and personally, I only felt she wanted me to keep my room clean in case company came by. I kept it clean but slacked off as I got older. Once in college (and Mom wasn’t there to nag me), I never made my bed because I figured I was only going to get back into it between … [Read more...]

Happy Little Zzz’s…

Blogger: Deb Chapman  Lullabies aren’t just for babies. Research in the International Journal of Nursing Studies found that music therapy significantly improves sleep quality for those with sleep disorders. People of all sorts benefited — from hospital patients to college students to seniors. Classical music was mainly used but all selections in the study were characterized by a tempo of 60–80 beats per minute, slow stable rhythm, low-frequency tones, and relaxing melodies. I have been … [Read more...]