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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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Tough Mudder Check-in

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In October, I set the ambitious goal to overhaul my lifestyle and start making healthy choices.  I decided to go big and signed up for the Toronto Tough Mudder in May 2013.  I wanted to have a goal that would keep me motivated throughout the year. I was inspired when I went last year to support my friends who ran the course. They too, had made the decision to make their health a priority and their results were inspiring. I was able to see exactly how their motivation paid...

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Why Puberty and Menopause Don’t Mix

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I’m like many women who had their kids when they were older…say late 30′s. Although it seemed like a good idea at the time, since it allowed me to focus on my career and postpone serious responsibility, I have now discovered there is a reason why women may want to have their kids when they’re younger. It’s called menopause. Just at the point when your kids are entering puberty, you are entering menopause. So when you mix together 1 part...

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