The Real Problem with America’s Sleep Problem … yes, for us T1s, we KNOW the importance of sleep … was authored by Robert Roy Britt for Medium|Luminate, 11 January 2019.  The saddest day of my life was when I left preschool and naps were no longer allowed,” according to the author’s 17 year old son. 

Here’s the real problem with America’s Sleep Problem: Seemingly solid information and advice — doled out by government agencies, supposed sleep experts, journalists, medical institutions and, of course, the pharmaceutical industry — are often based on nonexistent references or studies that in many cases are small and inconclusive, outdated or funded by the sleep-aid industry.

 

More than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, adding that lack of sleep is linked to several bad things, including depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. There’s a good body of evidence for these effects.  If you have Type 1 diabetes, lack of enough adequate sleep can cause you to experience erratic blood sugars. 

Sleep is good. It’s vital. It can fuel good health, even happiness. Lack of it can leave you … TIRED & CRANKY!

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5 reasons why you’re still sleeping terribly, was written by Kaleigh Moore in the section, Secrets of the Most Productive People on FastCompany.com, 17 February 2019.

For some, poor sleep is merely a matter of too much screen time before bed. For others, it’s stress and anxiety that keeps them from falling asleep at night. But what if other culprits are impeding your sleep–and you’ve never even stopped to think about them? 

Below are some of the often ignored factors that contribute to sleeplessness, as well as some fixes that can help you get back into a solid sleep routine.

  • Your Sleepwear
  • Your Bedding
  • Light Leaks
  • Noise
  • Your Alarm Clock

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The hottest new wellness startups are selling houseplants, according to Katharine Schwab on FastCompany.com, 21 February 2019. Forget CBD oil or crystals. These burgeoning companies offer something more mundane: the delight of growing things, delivered to your door. 

I know, this is OFF … WAY OFF Topic!  But perhaps helpful?

In the last few years, demand for indoor plants among city dwellers has soared, according to some retailers—especially among millennials. The National Gardening Survey found that of the 6 million people who started gardening in 2016, 80% of them were aged 18 to 34. Refinery29 has even declared that “plant ladies are the new cat ladies.”

“I believe plants and nature are the antidote to the stress we feel from being so connected to screens, (and our medical technology devices!)” says Rebecca Bullene, the founder of Greenery NYC, which creates plant installations for companies, sells plants to New Yorkers online, and just opened a retail store in Brooklyn. “We all know how good it feels to take a walk in the woods or lay in the sun in a meadow. We grew up on planet Earth and we’re so disconnected to it.”

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Your Brain On Meditation was shared by Kristi Lee Schatz on Medium, 11 February 2019.  The latest research in neuroscience and epigenetics depicts a fascinating tale of how our experiences and environments create our reality and alter our biology. The stories we play in our minds create neurological loops that keep us seeing reality through the lens of the past. Our emotional connection and perception of an experience creates a concoction of neurochemicals that flood our cells with information about how to respond to a situation physiologically.

When you shift your emotional relationship and narrative of the story, you change which chemical messengers are delivered to your cells and thus engage in a biological reprogramming process. Changing your story reshapes your brain’s neurological structure because you are actively choosing to be in the present moment, rather than lost in an old way of seeing the world.

Science shows that mindfulness and meditation turn genes on and off to reduce inflammation. Because excessive inflammation causes disease, a reduction in excessive inflammation translates into health benefits. A study published in 2014 shows that the anti-inflammatory effect of mindfulness happens quite rapidly.

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