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 recommendations 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:
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.
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!
Tips for a Better Night's Sleep
The new Miraval Book Club offers an opportunity for on-property guests and Miraval fans at home to participate in an interactive and ongoing discussion about wellness, mindfulness, and life in balance. Each month, a Miraval Specialist will select a book of his or her choice and facilitate book club discussions about the themes presented in the selected book title. This month, Miraval Specialist, Sheryl Brooks, R.N., chose Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman.
How to Participate
The discussion questions below are intended to guide a discussion about Tales of a Female Nomad for Miraval fans and participants at home. Please post your thoughts, questions, reactions to the book, or even any feelings you had about Tales of a Female Nomad in the "Response" section below. We are so excited that both Sheryl Brooks and the author, Rita Golden Gelman will be facilitating this discussion and responding to your questions! We invite you to participate in this Virtual Book Club discussion through October 31, 2013.
- Early in the book the author said, “I was crying for my lost spirit.” Can you understand how a woman, who has lived what appears to be a full life, could feel that there is a part of herself, her spirit that feels lost?