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Rejuvenating Your Bedroom For Spring

There’s just something about springtime that motivates us to welcome the freshness into our homes. As flowers bloom and gentle breezes flow, we invite the warmth and renewal of the flourishing outdoors in various ways—including spring cleaning, opening the windows, and changing out bedding from the layered cozy blankets of winter to lightweight items. Better yet, add a touch of vibrant colors. So, as the spring season brings about changes outdoors,

“Sleep Deprivation And Your Immune System” – Dr. James Maas

BY JAMES MAASSleep deprivation can cause an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes), type 2 diabetes, influenza, obesity, dental problems, depression, cancer, early onset of Alzheimer’s disease, time to recover from sickness and will reduce longevity. Perhaps most important is lack of quality sleep or enough sleep has a major affect on your immune system.While you are sleeping your immune system releases proteins called cytokines. Specific cytokines need to

“Sleeping With Your Best Friend?” – Dr. James Maas

BY JAMES MAAS, BRIANNA C. BELL Healthy sleep is the most important thing you can do for your brain and body to maintain a healthy life. While nutrition and exercise are also key, sleep is the best predictor of lifespan. Proper sleep raises our body’s immunity against viral infection and protects against higher risks of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes), Type II diabetes, obesity, cancer, early onset of Alzheimer’s disease,

“24 Surprising Myths About Sleep That Could Be Keeping You Awake” – Dr. James Maas

By the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll be surprised at the number of misconceptions you held about sleep BY JAMES MAAS, DANIELLE J BOEHM 1. During sleep, your brain rests completely Most people think of sleep as a passive, dormant part of their daily lives. Wakefulness contains only a single brain wave. To be physically, psychologically, and emotionally at your best, you have to experience five different types of

18 Interesting Facts About Sleep

Here are some fun facts about the one activity, we spend one third of our lives doing. Our quality and amount of sleep directly effects the quality of our memory, so if you’re feeling absent minded, try to improve your sleep. Good sleep helps regulate your appetite. Through the production of the hormone leptin, sleep helps keep cravings at bay and helps know when you’re actually hungry. Lack of sleep lowers

Coronavirus Effects On Our Sleep Schedules

The world has been trudging through the coronavirus pandemic for over two years now. Having rearranged the way we live our lives to a more cautious norm; we've all been faced with a new set of challenges that we may not have been prepared for. People all over the world have felt the effect of the pandemic on every part of our lives, from higher general anxiety levels and lower levels

“Dr. Maas Comfort Gusset Pillow” – Dr. James Maas

One of the most important factors in a good night’s sleep lies right beneath your head: your pillow. At the end of the long day, there is nothing more inviting than a soft, plush bed accessorized with an array of sleep-inducing pillows. However, while you might think a pillow is only to provide you comfort, it actually affects many aspects of your overall health. A poorly constructed, or even outdated, pillow

“The Effects of Sleep on Skin” – Dr. James Maas

“Don’t wake me up! I’m getting my beauty sleep!” Turns out, this statement isn’t just a myth. While a bathroom counter might be covered in anti-aging skin products, the most important tool to maintain vibrant, youthful skin actually lies in the bedroom- sleep! One of the most obvious signs of sleep deprivation is found in your skin. Dark under eye circles, swollen eyes, paler skin, and a haggard appearance are hard

“Sleep and Athletics” – Dr. James Maas

A large component of sports and exercise is a highly active lifestyle. However, an equally as important element that balances out activity is rest. Proper sleep is what fuels a great workout, powers an individual through their game, and transforms a good athlete into a great one. Sleep is heavily linked to muscle recovery due to the production of human growth hormone (HGH) during certain REM cycles. Excellent “muscle memory” is

“Daytime Do’s for Successful Sleep!” – Dr. James Maas

In the fast-paced, high energy world that we live in today, sleep is not viewed as a priority, or in some cases, it is disregarded all together. But what most people fail to realize is that proper sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. Between busy schedules and difficulty falling and staying asleep, solid rest feels like a lost cause. However, the actions that we take during the day can prepare us for the

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