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Beat the flu by getting enough sleep

Chances are, you or someone you know is sick with the flu at the moment. The flu season has arrived and, according to experts, it’s hitting the GTA and many parts of Canada particularly hard this year. In addition to getting the flu vaccine, sleeping well is a great way to protect yourself from the

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Good sleep fosters feelings of gratitude

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be looking for ways to show your appreciation for your significant other. Chocolates, flowers, jewelry…how about sleep? That’s right, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have recently discovered that sleep deprivation takes a negative toll on relationships.  Psychologist Amie Gordon explains: “Poor sleep is not just experienced in

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More businesses waking up to the reality of corporate fatigue

Investing in employee health is a growing trend among businesses. Wellness weeks,  discounts  at fitness clubs, and healthy lunch menu options are a few of the steps companies are taking to boost employee health. Most organizations, however, have been slow to grasp the effects of sleep deprivation on productivity. Thankfully, an increasing number are putting

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Diet and Sleep: New Research

What’s causing your poor night’s sleep? New research suggests that it may be your diet. Although it’s been well-documented that overeating can hinder sleep, especially too close to bedtime, two new studies have shed more light on the relationship between sleep and diet. There has been little research done to understand how types of foods

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Lack of sleep can alter genes

Many studies have documented a connection between sleep loss and poor health and recognize that sleep deprivation contributes to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity. A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was the first of its kind to analyze the affect of sleep loss at the molecular level. The findings?

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Exercise and Sleep: New findings from the National Sleep Foundation

The 2013 National Sleep Foundation poll was released earlier this month. Past research has shown that exercise can have a positive impact on sleep, and this year, the poll looked a little deeper into the relationship. Here is a quick summary of the findings. Exercisers say they sleep better. Those who exercise at any intensity

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“Sound” sleep gets a new meaning

April – To students across the country, it’s a month of unwanted studying, cramming, and writing exams. It’s also a month when sleep gets put on the back-burner. There is promising news for those looking for a new technique to boost their memory, and it doesn’t involve pulling an all-nighter: A new study has found

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Asthma, Sleep Quality, and School Performance in Children

Asthma is a chronic lung disorder whereby the airway becomes narrowed or inflamed, making it difficult to breathe easily. A number or factors can trigger asthma symptoms including environmental factors such as pollen and cold air. Statistics Canada estimates that 13% of Canadian children aged 0 through 11 suffer from asthma. One problem that has

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Sleep well this summer

The official start of summer signals excitement for families everywhere: The end of the school year just around the corner, the approach of vacations and summer camps, and time to relax and enjoy the nice weather. While summer brings with it loads of excitement, everyone should be mindful of sleep patterns over the next couple

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