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Bright Ideas for Better Sleep

Bright Ideas for Better Sleep

Getting enough good quality sleep is a cornerstone of maintaining good health and resilience. The list of benefits that we get from sleep is long and growing longer all the time. Yet, sleep deprivation is a very real and persistent problem in our modern culture.

Even when we try to get sleep, it sometimes eludes us. While that can stem from a variety of reasons, a very important one is how our circadian rhythm is affected by natural and artifical light.

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Five Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with Movement and Exercise

Five Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with Movement and Exercise

Do you ever feel guilty about not getting enough exercise? By now we've all heard the benefits of exercise and the risks of being sedentary. It's clear that moving and exercising our bodies is a healthy habit.

The trouble with healthy habits is that sometimes we don't relate to them in powerful ways. Sometimes they become "shoulds". Before we know it, our inner two-year-olds kick in and we start to resist those habits that our wiser selves would like us to embrace. Let's face it: No one likes to be told what to do!

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Five Ways to Get the Sleep You Need

Five Ways to Get the Sleep You Need

We live in a sleep-deprived culture. Although the National Institute of Health recommends 7-8 hours of sleep each night for adults, many of us don't get that. A 2009 U.S. survey found that more than a third (35.3%) of adults reported less than 7 hours of sleep, and that even more (37.9%) reported falling asleep unintentionally at least once during the prior month. The CDC has gone so far as to call our collective lack of sleep a public health emergency.

It's not just that poor sleep makes us cranky. It also makes us more accident prone and more susceptible to chronic diseases. 

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Seven Ways to Get in Motion

Seven Ways to Get in Motion

This past week, yet another study was released revealing the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. This study found that being sedentary is twice as risky to your health as being obese! 

As our country's rates of chronic preventable disease climbs, we've heard a lot about all the factors driving these problems. We've learned that inactivity, poor nutrition, inadequate stress management, and lack of sleep are all lifestyle choices that, if altered, could dramatically improve our current and future well-being.

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Five Tips for Getting in Motion

Five Tips for Getting in Motion

It's spring and you may be dreaming of warmer weather and all the energy and new life that comes with it. It's a great time to shake off the winter doldrums and tap into the vitality that is all around you. Perhaps you're also realizing that your body has not been as active over the winter as you might have hoped (or even planned). You're not alone!

Although your body was made to move, it's no secret that our modern lifestyle doesn't create the ideal conditions to stay active. So, you may need to be strategic if you're going to give your body what it needs. If you'd like to put more "spring in your step", here are five tips to get you moving in a healthier direction:

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