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Women Who Have Trouble Sleeping May Pack on the Pounds

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A study that tracked 68,183 middle-aged women for a period of 16 years found that compared to women who slept 7 hours per night, women who slept for 5 hours per night were 32% more likely to experience major weight gain (an increase of 33 pounds or more) and 15% were more likely to become obese. Women who slept for 6 hours were 12% more likely to have major weight gain and 6% more likely to become obese. Another study by Finnish researchers that followed more than 7,300...

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Sweating It Out

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This week, we were feeling a little more stressed than usual, due to a busy month. So we decided that now was the perfect time to refocus, and what better way to achieve this than with a hot yoga class.  We’ve been curious about the hot yoga fitness trend, so now seemed the perfect time to give it a try. Warning, hot yoga is not for beginners or at least that’s what we believed.  The workout was intense. The room was 37C and the workout lasted 90 min. We came into the class...

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Fade to Black

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By now we have all heard about the importance of sleeping in a completely dark room. Melatonin, the hormone that tells us to sleep, is very light sensitive. Even a single candle has the effect of reducing the amount of melatonin that is released.  And our eyes are especially sensitive to light-anyone who has tried to nap outside on a sunny day can attest to that. For those of us that live in the city with the prevalence of street lights and neighbours who insist of keeping...

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It’s World Health Day, Soon.

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We’re celebrating World Health Day today (even though it’s not until April 7th), and this year the focus of the World Health Organization is high blood pressure. Did you know that sleep can affect your blood pressure? Bet you didn’t! We’ve said it before; many of us just don’t prioritize sleep as an important part of healthy living. Getting a good night’s sleep is often sacrificed when we get busy. Whether it’s an early start to the day, an evening out with friends, a sick...

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So it’s that time again.

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Insomnia is a common complaint during the menopausal years. Many of us can’t sleep through the night. We often wake up in the small hours of the morning and can’t get back to sleep. Often these awakenings coincide with a night sweat, where you to throw off the covers and stand in front of your fridge…with the door open. Sometimes you wake up with your heart pounding and in a state of anxiety for no reason. Many women experience very vivid dreams that wake...

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6 Tips For a Well-Rested You

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Find yourself dozing off during the day? Struggling to get out of bed in the morning?  It could be that you’re simply not getting enough quality sleep.  Here are some tips I’ve found helpful for getting a good night’s sleep.   Get active. Regular exercise may help reset your internal clock for a healthier sleep/wake pattern. You can try something as simple as going for a walk after dinner, or some yoga. Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time between...

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