Archive for 'Wellness / Prevention'

How Are You Doing This Year?

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How Are You Doing This Year?
Only 8% of people succeed in achieving their top New Year’s Resolution.
Journal of Clinical Psychology, December 2012

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Cell Phone Addiction

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Cell Phone Addiction. 
Cell phone and instant messaging addictions are driven by materialism and impulsiveness and can be compared to consumption pathologies like compulsive buying and credit card misuse. Cell phones may be used as part of the conspicuous consumption ritual and may also act as a pacifier for the impulsive tendencies of the user. Impulsiveness plays an important role in both behavioral and substance addictions.
Journal of Behavioral Addictions, November 2012

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Essential Oils

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Essential Oils.
Essential oils, which form the basis of aromatherapy for stress relief, are reported to have a beneficial effect on heart rate and blood pressure following short-term exposure and may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. After 45 minutes of exposure, blood pressure dropped by 2.1 mmHg and heart rate by 2.2 beats per minute (bpm). However, after 120 minutes, blood pressure rose by 2.2 mmHg above baseline, and heart rate by 1.7 bpm above baseline. Because of these ...

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Sleep and Insulin Resistance

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Sleep and Insulin Resistance.
High levels of insulin resistance can lead to the development of diabetes. Teenagers who normally sleep six hours a night can improve insulin resistance by 9% by simply sleeping one additional hour.
Sleep, October 2012

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Sleep and Pain?

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Sleep and Pain?
Sleep disorders lead to 253 million days of sick leave a year in the United States. 63.2 billion dollars are lost a year due to insomnia. A third of this is due to absence from work, while the other two thirds is due to a loss in productivity at work. 10% of the population suffers from insomnia. Sleep apnea affects 4-5% of the population.
University of Bergen, November 2012

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