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  1. Researchers Uncover the Intricate Relationship Between Sleep and Memory

    Researchers Uncover the Intricate Relationship Between Sleep and Memory

    Many neurological processes, such as remembering to breathe without even thinking about it, are well-understood. However, there are a few areas where modern science is just beginning to discover the truth. Sleep and memory are two such areas. We know a lot about the basics of these two important activities, but there are a myriad of details that we do...
  2. The Effects of Office Lighting on Productivity, Sleep and Your Circadian Rhythm

    The Effects of Office Lighting on Productivity, Sleep and Your Circadian Rhythm

    There was a time when people lived by the rising and setting of the sun. Now, many people in the West live by the alarm clock and the punch of a time card. Between punches, we are left beneath the glow of artificial office lighting. While we all long for that corner office, many are left in the central cubicle...
  3. Artificial Light Could Be Making You Sick

    Artificial Light Could Be Making You Sick

    Life on earth evolved in the presence of light. We depend on the sun to provide energy for the plants we eat, to warm our planet to a safe temperature and to regulate our sleep-wake cycles. However, most life also requires a similar ratio of dark. Humans in ancient times sought the shade at midday and enjoyed long hours of...
  4. The Health Benefits of Prebiotics

    The Health Benefits of Prebiotics

    Many Americans make an effort to eat probiotic foods or take a supplement containing these important gut bacteria. The health benefits of maintaining a healthy gut biome, as supported by probiotic supplements, are undeniable. However, there is another less-known supplement that may help your GI tract work at its best: prebiotics. Researchers are just beginning to realize the health benefits...
  5. Benefits of Astaxanthin: The Carotenoid With Powerful Protective Properties

    Benefits of Astaxanthin: The Carotenoid With Powerful Protective Properties

    Aging affects all of us eventually, both inside and out. Our skin begins to sag and fine lines appear; our arteries and joints degenerate in ways that affect mobility and disease risk. Eyesight begins to decline along with memory and cognitive function. What if there were a natural way to help protect against some of these deleterious effects of time...
  6. Nighttime Awakening: Are Two Sleeps Better Than One?

    Nighttime Awakening: Are Two Sleeps Better Than One?

    Most modern people accept that the "correct" way to sleep is to go to bed at night and stay asleep until morning. In fact, waking at night and being unable to go back to sleep is often considered a sleep disorder. However, there is evidence that humans did not always consider a full night of uninterrupted sleep ideal. Choosing to...
  7. Proven: Napping Boosts Productivity and Improves Mental Health

    Proven: Napping Boosts Productivity and Improves Mental Health

    Have you ever snuck a nap in the middle of the day? Modern schedules tend to favor people who are up at dawn and steadily working until sundown. Benjamin Franklin and other fathers of our nation praised those who worked tirelessly, eschewing sleep until nightfall. Our society is set up to support this behavior; jobs begin early and lunch breaks are...
  8. Meal Timing: Is When You Eat as Important as What You Eat?

    Meal Timing: Is When You Eat as Important as What You Eat?

    With obesity reaching epidemic levels in the United States and much of the Western world, many people are struggling to lose a few (or more!) extra pounds. Often those wishing to lose weight strive to eat less and to fit more activity into their lives, only to be disappointed with minimal results. As a result, weight loss is becoming a...
  9. Are Prenatal Vitamins a Pregnancy Necessity?

    Are Prenatal Vitamins a Pregnancy Necessity?

    It's a long-held belief that all expecting mothers should take a prenatal vitamin formula to reduce the risk of birth defects, nutrient deficiencies and other health problems. However, there are always skeptics who chime in as to why supplementing with extra nutrients may not actually be necessary while pregnant. If you're on the fence, here is some of the latest...
  10. Probiotics Linked to Dental Health, Stress Reduction and More

    Probiotics Linked to Dental Health, Stress Reduction and More

    Westerners are living longer lives than ever. However, we are living sicker lives as well. Many people struggle with chronic illness and disorders that affect their daily lives in a variety of ways. Sadly, our golden years are often spent in hospitals and doctor's offices. Researchers now believe that maintaining a healthy balance of intestinal flora (bacteria in your digestive...