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7 Things to Help You Sleep Better

7 Things to Help You Sleep Better

FROM THE WEBMD ARCHIVES  ‌Sleep is an important part of every person’s life. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body eventually stops working properly. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that adults should get about seven or more hours of sleep each night. Young adults may need nine or more hours of sleep. A regular sleep schedule can help promote an overall healthier lifestyle. So if you’re having trouble falling or staying asleep, read on for things you…

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Mindfulness May Improve Brain Health And Cognition In Older Adults

Mindfulness May Improve Brain Health And Cognition In Older Adults

Although mindfulness is typically geared towards improving mental health and well-being, it may also provide additional benefits to brain health. Mindfulness may provide modest benefits to cognition, particularly among older adults, finds a new review of evidence led by UCL researchers. The systematic review and meta-analysis, published in Neuropsychology Review, found that, while mindfulness is typically geared towards improving mental health and well-being, it may also provide additional benefits to brain health. The study’s lead author, PhD student Tim Whitfield…

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The Most Unexpected Barrier To Weight Loss

The Most Unexpected Barrier To Weight Loss

Weight loss is hard enough without this surprising barrier. People trying to lose weight often face criticism from their own family, surprising research shows. Losing weight is hard enough without loved ones failing to be supportive. Women criticised by their family about their weight ended up putting on more weight, the study showed. In contrast, those that received unconditional acceptance from their family lost over five times as much. Professor Christine Logel, the study’s first author, said: “When we feel…

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Counselors Explain Emotional Intelligence and 3 Ways to Use It

Counselors Explain Emotional Intelligence and 3 Ways to Use It

Emotional intelligence is a concept that has been on the rise for a couple of decades. But it has existed as an idea since the 1960s. It promotes the idea of an alternative intelligence to IQ, creating the idea that book smarts and socially normative views of intelligence may not be all there is to our brains and life. So, what is emotional intelligence? Is it important? Is it necessary? Can it be built? Do you have it, and if…

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3 Mental Problems Linked To Vitamin B12 Deficiency

3 Mental Problems Linked To Vitamin B12 Deficiency

The deficiency is easy to rectify with diet or supplementation. Mental confusion can be a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency, research suggests. People with a B12 deficiency can have problems with their memory and concentration. Depression symptoms like low mood and low energy are also linked to the deficiency. Low levels of vitamin B12 can even contribute to brain shrinkage, other studies have suggested. Around one-in-eight people over 50 are low in vitamin B12 levels, recent research finds. The rates…

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Trauma Is Probably The Reason You’re So Tired Right Now

Trauma Is Probably The Reason You’re So Tired Right Now

Feeling more drained than usual lately? It’s not just you. Here’s what’s going on and what to do about it. Exhaustion can occur after a period of intense stress or trauma. You might expect, after a year of living with restrictions and extreme uncertainty, that at this point in the coronavirus pandemic ― with vaccines available in the U.S. and cities and businesses reopening ― people would be full of energy and enthusiasm, ready to get out and do things….

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Why Socializing Is More Exhausting Now—and How You Can Get Your Mojo Back

Why Socializing Is More Exhausting Now—and How You Can Get Your Mojo Back

The fatigue is real. There seems to be a lot more napping involved in post-COVID socializing. At first, I thought it was just me needing to rest up before a cookout, or dozing off in the midst of a movie night with friends. But I’m not alone in feeling fatigued from a socializing schedule I would have handled just fine pre-pandemic. For most people, getting back to the new normal is a lot more tiring than they expected. “In my…

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Sleep Helps Protect Against Dementia, According To Recent Study

Sleep Helps Protect Against Dementia, According To Recent Study

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia risk mostly depends on factors like genetics. But new research shows rest can be a good prevention strategy. New research suggests getting sufficient sleep may help curb dementia risk later in life. The bulk of the risk factors for dementia are utterly out of our control, like age and genetics. But growing scientific evidence says there are measures people can take to mitigate their risk of developing the condition, which impacts an estimated 50 million people…

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How Your Gut Bacteria Controls Your Mood

How Your Gut Bacteria Controls Your Mood

Your intestines has about 39 trillion microorganisms in it. And yes I said trillion. We call this collection of organisms the microbiome and it consists of mostly bacteria, but also viruses and fungi. Collectively it weighs about 3 pounds which is about the same weight as your brain. We feed these organisms and they produce chemicals that we need. They send messages to the brain through the vagus nerve. Several factors determine whether or not your have good vs. bad…

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Unvaccinated People Are ‘Variant Factories,’ Infectious Diseases Expert Says

Unvaccinated People Are ‘Variant Factories,’ Infectious Diseases Expert Says

Unvaccinated people do more than merely risk their own health. They’re also a risk to everyone if they become infected with coronavirus, infectious disease specialists say. That’s because the only source of new coronavirus variants is the body of an infected person. “Unvaccinated people are potential variant factories,” Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told CNN Friday.  “The more unvaccinated people there are, the more opportunities for the virus to…

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