Think of the first few weeks of school as a chance to start, or reestablish, healthy routines when it comes to getting enough sleep, avoiding kid-to-kid illness, packing healthy school lunches and preventing backpack back aches.
At Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness, we understand there's only one thing harder than making healthy behavior changes: Sticking to them! We all need a little help from our friends, and that's the purpose of the Wellbody Blog, a friendly online gathering spot--a community well--where you can dip into health news; wellness tips; recipes; latest research about nutrition, exercise, sleep and hygiene; plus, real stories from virtual neighbors who are also trying to change their lives for the better. Start from wherever you are; share ideas, information, inspiration. At Pacific Science Center, we believe each of us can do something everyday to improve our health and well-being.
When you eat can be as important as what you eat when it comes to health.
New research published in the journal Obesity shows that those who eat a big breakfast are more likely to lose weight and muffin-top than those who eat a large dinner – even if that larger breakfast includes a piece of chocolate cake or cookie.
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"Just pick a time and stick with it," declares a growing movement of sleep-disrupted activists who are leading a petition drive to end the biannual time changes altogether. They say the twice yearly ritual is no longer economically relevant, has no scientific basis and spurs an increase in car accidents (due to to sleepy drivers), heart attacks, suicides and cranky people.
Hawaii, Arizona and the east side of Indiana have opted out of Daylight Savings Time. Russia stopped messing with their clocks in 2011. "Every fall and every spring we are swearing at this system," said Dmitry Medvedev, who was then Russia's president and is now prime minister. "Our biorhythms are damaged. We are all angry. We either oversleep and turn up late for work or wake up too early and don't know what to do with this free time. Let alone poor cows and other animals that can't understand why they should have their meals or be milked earlier or later." Learn more.
And visit the Slumbertorium at Professor's Wellbody's Academy of Health & Fitness to learn how to get your REM on!
Insomnia. For those who suffer from it, it can be a most annoying malady. Up all, night, can't sleep, can't get 'sleepy' and the next day you're tired and worn out. As bad as that seems, and it is, a new study indicates that insomnia may also lead to an increased risk of heart failure. Learn more about this research and the next time you visit Wellbody Academy, be sure to check out our Slumbertorium for useful information about sleep. It's important for everyone, regardless of age.
If springing forward into daylight saving time has left you yawning and yearning for another hour of sleep, you're not alone. For millions of people, fast-forwarding the clocks triggers days or even weeks of sleep problems. Lingering light in evenings makes it hard for many kids to settle down and get to sleep. Car accidents, heart attacks, suicides and cyberloafing spike after the spring forward, some studies show. Here are some tips from Rodale to help you adjust your inner clock, also useful for anyone who'd like to get a better night's sleep. One in five Americans report they get fewer than six hours of sleep a night. Visit the Slumbertorium in Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness to learn more about sleep hygiene. And if you're still lying awake in bed, peruse this study in Current Biology about circadian rhythms and daylight savings time.