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Strategies for better sleep 

Among all the responsibilities we have in a given day, sleep tends to be the first thing we put on the chopping block. The ironic part is that while it’s the first thing we opt to give up, it’s one of the most nourishing things we can do for our bodies. Getting enough quality sleep may not be possible every single night, but if gone unchecked for too long, inadequate sleep can compound into a variety of immediate and long-term health problems. 

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Why You're Not Sleeping

Although we likely know the impacts shortchanging sleep imposes on our health and weight, the majority of us still don't get enough rest.

Most of us even know we're short on shut-eye. Maybe we want to change our ways and make earnest attempts at earlier bedtimes, but somehow our good intentions never quite result in a full night's rest. 

For better or worse, there isn’t one solution that works for everyone (although certain biology based strategies tend to hold). Finding the best fix for your sleep situation has everything to do with understanding and addressing what got you to those sleepless nights from the start.

Read on to learn the top reasons our clients struggle with sleep - and the solutions that have worked for them! 


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Circadian Rhythms and Your Health

What time of night do you normally go to sleep?

Are you a self-proclaimed “midnight owl” who stays up until the wee hours working while others are sound asleep? Are you a fuddy-duddy, who as a rule gets to bed by 9:00 each evening?

I don’t remember who said it, but I once heard the phrase, “Nothing good ever happens after 10:00.”

Though there may be fun times to be had late into the evening on occasion, our ability to enjoy the evening well past sunset is a relatively new opportunity for humans. Just as many of the foods introduced to the human diet in the last few decades can wreak havoc on our health, never-ending hours of light may do the same.


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Can Body Therapies Boost Your Weight Loss Journey? 

When was the last time you had a massage - or other form of bodywork?

An increasing number of people are embracing hands-on therapies as part of their health and wellness routines.

Long gone are the days when massage was simply seen as a form of pampering. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, 91% of surveyed consumers view massage as beneficial to health and wellness. Seventy-four percent, in fact, believe it should be a form of healthcare.

Although therapeutic massage might be one of the most commonly sought after body therapies, other popular forms include chiropractic care, reflexology and acupuncture.  


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6 Needs We Underestimate in a Weight Loss Journey

What do you need to be successful in long-term weight loss and body transformation?

Clearly, solid education about nutrition and fitness offer critical guidance. Personal support from loved ones and/or professional coaches is invaluable. 

Additionally, there are the logistical needs we so often underestimate - practices and tools that could play pivotal roles in our overall success. 

Read on for six of the needs we commonly misjudge and the resources we can engage to push our progress forward. 

A Need for Routine AND Variety

Establishing both a plan and a routine for healthy eating and activity are best practices when it comes to losing weight. Grocery shopping every Sunday and packing your gym bag every night before bed are two great examples of productive behaviors we need to practice to make them habit.

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7 Reasons to Go to Bed Now

Reality check: when was the last time you were happily drifting off to sleep before 10:00 p.m.?

Another: when was the last time you were in bed (early or not!) without the faithful companionship of  T.V., Facebook, work email or Candy Crush? Do I sense some sheepish looks here?

In a society that imposes an often obsessive focus on productivity, achievement and busyness, we’ve lost touch with the old adage, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man (or woman!) healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

Before you throw in that load of late night laundry or start a round of e-retail therapy at 10:00 p.m., consider these 7 surprising effects shortchanging sleep can have on your quality of life - and health. 


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This Is Your Metabolism on Sleep Deprivation 

Is the state of your sleep curtailing your weight loss? If so, you aren’t alone. The majority of Americans get less than 6 hours of sleep per night. Are you among them? Does 6 hours a night actually sound like a luxury? If so, the answer to your weight loss difficulties may not begin with changing your diet and exercise but may first require an appropriate bedtime and better quality rest. Research into the metabolic effects of sleep reveals some startling insights about the role of sleep in metabolic functioning. Read on to see just how your metabolism is altered with even a few nights of insufficient or disrupted sleep.


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