Sharp, Focused and Happy: The Connection Between Sleep and Mental HealthBy HealthConditions.info Anyone who’s ever gone a few nights without good, restful sleep can attest to the fact that sleep and mental health are closely tied. Sleep deprivation makes it difficult to concentrate, affects memory, impairs cognitive functioning and makes you anxious, impatient and irritable.
Depression is a highly prevalent mental disorder affecting more than 300 million people worldwide. It’s believed that women are more likely to suffer from depression than men but it affects people of every age, background and ethnicity. What you eat may not cure your depression, but there’s new evidence that a healthy
A series of pilot projects in Sweden has shown that cutting working hours can create healthier, more productive employees. The most high-profile initiative was at an elderly care home where 80 nurses switched to six-hour days as part of a two-year controlled trial of shorter hours. Eighty staff at a similar care home continued to
School days should start later, especially for teens. That’s the word from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) who say middle school and high school students would benefit from a day that begins no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Their research shows that later start times would let teenagers get sufficient sleep on
Too busy No time to exercise? Just one minute a day can make a difference. According to the authors of The One-Minute Workout, very short, intense bursts of exercise may be the most effective form of workout available. In a recent interview on CBC’s Quirks and Quarks co-author Dr. Martin Gibala said the
Are you the “meat” in the sandwich generation? Here in Canada almost 10% of middle-aged adults identify themselves as part of the Sandwich Generation. The idea being that many adults are still effectively raising their families while attempting to care for their parents who, thanks to science, better nutrition and healthier lifestyles,
Just before Christmas, a UK blogger wrote about her struggles as a new mom on Facebook. Besides the pain of breastfeeding and dealing with unsolicited advice from strangers, Gylisa Jayne told some harsh truths about all the negative emotions of coping with postpartum depression after her baby was born: “For example - no
Do you have a Social Anxiety Disorder? As a group, anxiety disorders – persistent, intense feelings of nervousness, anxiety and even fear – are the most common type of all mental disorders. In 2013, an estimated 3 million Canadians aged 18 years or older reported that they had a mood and/or anxiety
Want to live longer, feel more relaxed and lower your risk of heart disease? Take a walk. According to Statistics Canada, walking is our most popular leisure-time activity: 72.4% of Canadians surveyed reported walking during their leisure time. If you don’t walk already – well, there’s no time like the present to start.
Dozed and Confused: The Rules for Getting a Proper Sleep Having trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Relying on cup after cup of caffeine to make it through the day? Chances are you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep. If so, you’re not alone. Thirty-five percent of people don’t feel