8 Hours of Sleep May Not Be Ideal!

Is seven hours of sleep ideal? What about eight? There is a growing body of research that suggests the ideal amount of sleep may in fact be at the very low end of that range. A number of studies indicate that 7 hours—not 8—may be the most healthful amount of nightly sleep. Read Dr. Michael Breus blog, the most widely read sleep blog on the web, where he recently wrote that there is no broad consensus about this among sleep experts—but there’s an increasingly compelling case that’s being made by studies that for many people, 8 hours may be more sleep than they need, or than that’s healthy for them.
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Boost Your Brain Health

Here are the top 10 things everyone should know about improving brain health- they might just surprise you!

1. Take a Walk. Getting off the couch and onto your feet is the best thing you can do for your brain! Studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise (the kind where you can keep up but can’t keep up a conversation) boosts daily intellectual performance and significantly lowers the risk for dementia. Even walking at a vigorous pace at least 30 minutes a day 5-6 times a week will do the trick.

2. Lose that Spare Tire. Studies have shown that maintaining a healthy weight with a low ratio of “belly fat” can significantly lower the risk for a memory disorder.
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Stress Relief: Write Your Way To Holiday Peace

Despite the fact that life tends to get busier during the holidays, it can be a great time to make or renew your commitment to keeping a journal. Strong emotions tend to come up during the holidays and writing about them can help you process what’s going on, understand what you are feeling, and come to terms with it. It’s a fantastic stress reliever and often leads to a deep sense of peace, even if you’re not writing about something peaceful.  The reason? As Philippa Perry says in How To Stay Sane, “Our stories give shape to our inchoate, disparate, fleeting impressions of everyday life.
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