Entries Tagged as 'Healthy Sleep'

By Sheryl Brooks, R.N., Women's Health Expert

For many of us, the holidays mean travel and sleeping in unfamiliar rooms and beds. Those unfamiliar surroundings can make getting a good night’s sleep challenging. Try these tips to improve your sleep when you're away from home.


By: Miraval’s Sheryl Brooks, Registered Nurse

Miraval Resort & Spa

Here are 7 tips to help encourage healthy sleep!

  1. Your bedroom should be a personal haven that you look forward to curling up in each night.  Create it to be relaxed and inviting by choosing soft, soothing colors, clearing out clutter or anything else that doesn’t promote what bedrooms are made for.  Televisions, computers and laundry interrupt sleep and romance so don’t bring them in.
  2.  Your sleep hormone, melatonin is interrupted by light.  Keep your bedroom as dark as possible to promote sleep.  Consider room darkening shades, or wear a comfortable eye mask if you want that night light on.  If you r room is dark and you wake up easier when there is light consider an alarm clock that shines light to wake you or set a timer on your bedside lamp so it turns on a few minutes before your alarm goes off.  


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

Miraval Resort & Spa

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.


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.



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.


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.