You’re Never Too Old to Hear “Go to Bed!”

She’s exhausted.

After a school day of dodging gossip and stressing about tests and her reflection in the bathroom mirror, she enters an afternoon and evening of merry-go-round extracurriculars and an eat-when-you-can dinner. With the little energy she has left, she crawls into bed and hoovers her phone within a few inches of her face, the light from her tiny screen illuminating her bedroom and pulling her into a hypnotic social media-induced trance. Within seconds, she falls into the social media dark hole, which results in an even later ‘lights out’ and an even more tired tomorrow.

The following morning she struggles to stay awake in first-period History and by the time lunch break arrives, she’s grabbed so many sugary snacks and caffeine-rich beverages to stay awake that she doesn’t eat the protein and veggie-packed lunch her mom slid into her bookbag. Instead of eating that, she uses her lunch period to start on homework because once school ends, she won’t have time for academics until about 11:30 pm due to after school commitments.

Teens & Adults Suffer

Although the use of ‘school day’ lends itself to assuming this passage is about a teenager,

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How long you should sleep to improve depression and stress

Korean researchers recently published a study in the Korean Journal of Family Medicine, showing a connection between sleep duration and stress levels.

Researchers collected data for nearly 9,000 Koreans, measuring sleep duration, depression symptoms, and stress severity. They then divided the individuals into 7 groups based on how much they regularly slept:

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Improving sleep may improve mental health

British researchers recently published a study in The Lancet Psychiatry, showing a connection between insomnia and mental health.

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Not getting enough sleep may affect your mental health

Korean researchers recently published a study in Preventive Nutrition and Food Science, showing a connection between sleep duration and mental health.

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Diet, sleep, and bullying may affect youth mental health

Australian researchers recently published a study in the Journal of Sleep Research, showing that sleep, diet, and bullying are connected with teen mental health.

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How to stick with your goal to be healthier this year

The new year is just around the corner, and with the new year comes new year traditions—goals, resolutions, a new you.

The new year is everyone’s favourite time to set new goals. If you’re considering setting goals for 2018—especially health-related goals—here are 3 tips to help you get started.

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24 things that could affect how EMPowerplus works for you

A possible limiting factor is something that may negatively impact the overall effectiveness of EMPowerplus for participants in the Truehope wellness program.

For example, someone who has persistent diarrhea cannot properly absorb the nutrients in EMPowerplus through the intestines before they’re flushed out. In such a case, there are necessary steps to take to control the diarrhea, and a temporary increased dose of EMPowerplus would be required to maintain wellness.

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How can I tell if I have bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder (also called manic depression) is a mental disorder marked by unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. Symptoms are usually intense and differ from the normal ups and downs of life.

Those with bipolar experience emotional states stronger than their usual states. These can last during specific periods, called “mood episodes.” When the episodes are excited, they’re manic. When they’re depressed, they’re depressive. Sometimes, people may show parts of both moods or have a “mixed state”.

Bipolar is further classified as type I and type II.

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8 ways to improve your sleep habits when Daylight Saving ends

The end of Daylight Saving Time is this weekend. In much of North America at least.

While most of the negative press surrounding Daylight Saving Time emerges in the spring, there are some concerns in the autumn, too. Most of us tend to use the switch to standard time as an excuse for poor sleeping practices. After all, we get an extra hour of sleep. It’s still a great time to remember good sleeping habits.

We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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7 things to eat for lower depression and better sleep

American researchers recently studied the relationship between nutrition and depression through diet quality and sleep quality.

The researchers collected data from 36 participants using the Healthy Eating Index, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, and the Beck Depression Inventory. The data covered their diet, sleep, and mental health over a 5-day period.

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