Entries Tagged as 'Healthy Sleep'

By: Miraval’s Sheryl Brooks, R.N., N.C.M.P.

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Daylight saving time officially begins at 2 am this Sunday, March 8th.  Although it may be only a slight annoyance to reset clocks or appliances, that one hour change can wreak havoc for days as far as your body is concerned. 

As a nurse I have seen on the job accidents happen more frequently, productivity decline, and have read the research that shows an increase heart attacks when we lose that one hour of sleep that happens when we spring forward. 

Circadian rhythm is the predictable biological and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle-our master clock, basically.  Even with just that one hour shift in that rhythm we feel and function differently.  That difference is in part because our hormones are released differently and those hormones impact our appetite, how alert we are and how much inflammation is present in our bodies.  Such changes can make an existing medical condition, such as cardiac disease worse.

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We asked our resident sleep expert to help demystify some common thoughts on sleep and share the true facts.

By: Sheryl Brooks, R.N., N.C.M.P.

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MYTH #1

I get more done, so I am more efficient when I spend less time sleeping, so I don’t need to make more hours asleep a priority.

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By Sheryl Brooks, R.N., N.C.M.P.

Research has revealed that sleep is one of the basic building blocks of good health. Although we live in a society where trading sleep time for getting more things done in a day is often the norm, the truth is that our brains and bodies require adequate amounts of good quality sleep to stay healthy. Sleep deprivation has negative affects on aging, immune system function, metabolism, reaction time, memory, blood pressure, and ability to focus. Adults should aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep to promote a healthy immune system and to help reduce levels of chronic low-grade inflammation. This year, make getting a good night's sleep a priority!

To Get a Better Night’s Sleep:

• Daily exercise, several hours before bedtime, promotes a better night’s sleep for most people.

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Happy New Year everyone! As we gear up for a wonderful New Year's Eve celebration here in Tucson, we wanted to give a shout out to our entire Miraval community around the country and the globe. 2013 has been a wonderful year for us here at Miraval and we hope it has been a memorable one for all of you as well! As we look forward to 2014, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on the last year of wellness tips shared on our blog. Here's our Top 10 - but as you know, this barely scratches the surface of all the wonderful tidbits, recipes, and tips you can find in our blog archive. 

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and mindful 2014. We hope to see you at Miraval!  

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Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

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Miraval’s sleep expert Sheryl Brooks, R.N. helps guests learn about healthy behaviors and techniques to maintain the best quality sleep. One of her recommendatinos is to create a consistent sleep schedule with set bedtimes and wake times. With daylight savings time only a few days away, we asked Sheryl for some tips to help maintain healthy sleep patterns and a smooth time change transition.

Sheryl’s Tips for Adjusting Well to Daylight Savings Time Changes:

  1. In the Fall, you gain an hour of sleep on the first morning when you wake up; therefore, this transition is easier than Spring daylight savings time when you lose an hour. Take solace in that!
  2. About a week before the time change, it is best to move your sleep and wake time by 10 minutes a day toward the new time. Then by the day of the actual time change, it won’t be such a shock to your body since you’ve made a gradual adjustment.

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