Sleep and Emotional Trauma: The PTSD Connection

(DGIwire) – To what extent does sleep help people process stress and trauma? A recent study by researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich set out to address this question. As reported by PsychCentral, the investigators discovered that sleep—especially during the first 24 hours after a trauma—appears to play a key […]

Timing is Everything When it Comes to Health

(DGIwire) — Since the beginning of time, life on Earth has been influenced by the daily rotation of our planet and to a lesser extent, its seasonal orbit around the sun. The influence of these changes has been imprinted in our DNA. This programming is known as circadian rhythm. A circadian rhythm is a roughly […]

Drinking More Water Has Health Benefits

(DGIwire) — Common recommendations for better health include maintaining an ideal weight, along with reducing intakes of sodium, sugar and saturated fat. For people looking to accomplish these goals, increasing water intake can be very helpful. Earlier this year, a study by the University of Illinois examined the dietary habits of over 18,300 American adults […]

Why Sleep is Important Especially When Dieting

(DGIwire) — There is an established connection between sleeping and hunger. This is because there is a connection between sleep and the levels of leptin and ghrelin in the body. Ghrelin is a hormone that is released when we are hungry. It increases our appetite. Leptin has the opposite effect and is released to signal […]

Beat the Munchies with This Sleep Solution

(DGIwire) — According to a recent article in The New York Times, the brain receptors that can cause the sleep-deprived to crave unnecessary food are the same as those activated when using marijuana. So, those skipping out on sleep may actually be experiencing the same munchies as their perpetually high roommates did in college. The […]

Seven Ways to Channel Your Superpowers

(DGIwire) — Imagine if we each had the ability to channel our inner Mozart, Einstein or Jobs. Iron Man’s powers of invention, Spider-Man’s flexibility, the speed of Superman, the agility of Tony Hawk and the Force of Yoda: all of these become a lot more possible for us ordinary humans to harness if we choose […]

Improve the Quality of Your Sleep with a ‘Smart Pillow’

(DGIwire) How important is sleep when it comes to your health? As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes on its website, sleep insufficiency has been linked to a myriad of motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors. Just as potentially harmful is poor-quality sleep; a study that appeared in late […]

Is Sleep Time Really Important?

(DGIwire)  Quality sleep is critical for optimal health.  There is a time for sleep and a time to be awake.  Modern technologies and shift work have disrupted our normal biological clocks or circadian rhythms.  For hundreds-of-thousands of years we rose and slept with the sun.  The invention of electricity has altered that natural cycle and […]

How to Reduce Eczema Flair Ups

(DGIwire) — It doesn’t matter who we are, what we do or where we’re from: stress is a part of our everyday lives. There is, of course, joyful stress such as trying to build a successful business in an endeavor we love. Or dealing with the details that go into planning a party for a […]

20 Simple Ways to Get Happy!

(DGIwire) Want to take control of your mood and improve your health? Here are 20 simple things you can do to immediately start the day off right, turn a frown upside down and start kicking up your happiness quotient. Practice mindfulness. Laugh out loud. Watch Will Ferrell, Saturday Night Live, The Marx Brothers, Howard Stern—whatever […]

13 Easy Ways to Improve Your Health

(DGIwire)  With all the seemingly conflicting diet and exercise guidelines these days it’s no wonder people often struggle with incorporating a simple plan to improve their health. There are however many things almost all health professionals agree on. Tom Griesel, a health guru and co-author of the best selling health book TurboCharged offers the following […]

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

(DGIwire) — Sleep apnea, narcolepsy and insomnia are just a few of the disorders that keep people from getting enough sleep. Nearly half of all Americans reported having difficulty sleeping.  According to The National Commission on Sleep Disorders, lack of sleep can be expensive.  They estimate that sleep deprivation costs 150 billion a year in […]

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