Your Sleep Cycle Explained

This phenomenon we call “sleep” is something we are all very familiar with, but do you know how it works? Every night, our brain and our body shuts off functions temporarily to refuel, rejuvenate and prepare for the next day. The Sleep Cycle consists of stages that are repeated multiple times during the night. During …

The Need for Sleep

Our bodies are programmed to need sleep. The body indicates sleepiness in two ways: by boosting circulating levels of the neurotransmitter adenosine and by sending signals from the circadian clock, which controls the body’s daily rhythms. More than 60% of women and men regularly fall short of what an average person’s sleep target should be. …

Understanding Summer Depression

Understanding Summer Depression Apparently, Summertime Sadness is a real thing. You might have heard about the Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. This condition typically causes depression as the days get shorter and colder but about 10% of people with SAD get it in the reverse — the onset of summer triggers their depression symptoms. Some …

The 20-Minute Nap

Have you ever been so tired that you decided to take a short nap in the middle of the day only to wake up feeling lazier, more sluggish and downright cranky? That’s probably happened to all of us a couple of times. It may seem like napping is nothing short of a gamble but the …

Sleep Disorders

Many of us have trouble sleeping at one time or another. Usually it’s due to stress, travel, illness, or other temporary interruptions to your normal routine. However, if sleep problems are a regular occurrence and interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders cause more than just daytime …