Deep Sleep Gives Your Brain a Deep Clean

Why sleep has restorative—or damaging—effects on cognition and brain health has been an enduring mystery in biology. Researchers think cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) may flush toxic waste out, “cleaning” the brain and studies have shown that garbage clearance is hugely improved during sleep. They were not sure exactly how all this works, however, or why it should be so enhanced during sleep. For the full article, click on the image.
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Train Your Brain to Remember Anything You Learn With This Simple, 20-Minute Habit

The Forgetting Curve describes how we retain or lose information that we take in, using a one-hour lecture as the basis of the model. The curve is at its highest point (the most information retained) right after the one-hour lecture. One day after the lecture, if you've done nothing with the material, you'll have lost between 50 and 80 percent of it from your memory. By day seven, that erodes to about 10 percent retained, and by day 30, the information is virtually gone (only 2-3 pe...
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Sleep Deprivation Shuts Down Production of Essential Brain Proteins

Most of us could use more sleep. We feel it in our urge for an extra cup of coffee and in a slipping cognitive grasp as a busy day grinds on. And sleep has been strongly tied to our thinking, sharpening it when we get enough and blunting it when we get too little. What produces these effects are familiar to neuroscientists: external light and dark signals that help set our daily, or circadian, rhythms, “clock” genes that act as internal timekeepers, and neurons that signal to one another thro...
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There’s a solid chance you’ve tweaked your back before—after all, 80 percent of Americans experience some kind of back pain at one point or another in their lives. Usually, it happens in the lower back, rather than the upper back. There’s a reason for that: “The rib cage offers a lot of support and stabilizes the spine in the upper back,” says Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at New York University’s Langone Spine Center. “You don’t have similar support in the neck or lower ...
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Understanding Your Labs

Labs are a good way of getting an overall view of your health. Understanding what each measure means can help you discuss your options with your physician. For more information about your health and health care, make an appointment with us today! https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321303.php
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Sit, stand, sit: The new science about how to best use your standing desk

Sitting is the new smoking, we're told, and suddenly sit-stand desks are everywhere. But do we know just how healthy they are and the best ways to use them? Science is just now catching up to the trend, and you might be surprised at what research has uncovered. "When they first came out, sit-stand desks were marketed as a way to lose weight, right? The next kind of cure to obesity," said April Chambers, assistant professor of bio-engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. "And th...
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The 8 Best Restorative Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

As anyone who’s ever done a Bikram or vinyasa class knows, getting your om on can be hard work. In these types of yoga, the idea is to move from pose to pose increasing heat and flexibility as you go. Restorative yoga, on the other hand, is all about slowing down. Here, fewer poses are held for longer periods of time (typically for five minutes or more and often with the help of props) in order for body and mind to relax deeply. We wouldn’t go as far as to say that it’s nap time for grown-ups, b...
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