The Best Relationship Medicine

The Best Relationship Medicine

By: Shanyn Olpin One night a few years ago, I was in a deep sleep when I began to feel the presence of someone else very close to my face. I opened my eyes to find my six year old daughter staring at me from about three inches away. Startled and a bit freaked out, I jumped up to find she had apparently been there for a while, wondering if she should wake me. “Mommy, I had a bad dream.” I took a deep breath and asked her what it was about. “There was a monster in my closet.” From here, I did exactly the wrong thing as you will soon see. I said, (more…)...
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Boost Metabolism While You Sleep

Remember in biology class when you learned about the parts of the cell and you wondered why you had to know this stuff? Really, when would you ever use this information in real life? Well here it is. But wait, there's more...
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The Most Disgusting Ways to Prevent a Cold

The Most Disgusting Ways to Prevent a Cold

The Most Disgusting Ways to Prevent a Cold Remember the Seinfeld episode where Jerry's girlfriend things she caught him picking his nose? Well keep reading, there may be some perks to being a "picker" if you do it right. (more…)...
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Why Bright Lights and Dark Nights are Essential for Sleep

Why Bright Lights and Dark Nights are Essential for Sleep

By: Dr. Mike OlpinThe human wake and sleep cycle is naturally regulated by the bright light of day and the darkness of night. When the light of day first hits the retina and stimulates a nerve pathway to the hypothalamus, it sets off a chain reaction that sends messages to other parts of the brain that help us feel more awake, like raising body temperature and increasing hormones like cortisol.1The body also decreases the production of other hormones like melatonin which is both a hormone and an antioxidant.2  Melatonin, sometimes referred to as the “Dracula of Hormones,” is made by your pineal gland which is inactive during the day, but is turned on when the sun goes down and darkness occurs.1 Melatonin production helps us to fall asleep and to stay asleep during the night. ...
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Do I Have Insomnia?

By: SMP StaffInsomnia is generally taking longer than 20-25 minutes to fall asleep which occurs more than three times a week. 1 According to Sleep Expert Michael J. Breus, PhD., at any given time, one third of the population will have trouble falling asleep, and ten percent of those have chronic insomnia.This means a myriad of extra health problems for many chronic non-sleepers, not to mention the frustration of not being able to fall asleep when you know you need it. (See Sleep - Frequently Asked Questions for more help and information on health problems associated with not getting a good night’s rest.)There are many things that may affect your ability to fall asleep including the amount of light you get in the day and the darkness of your room at night, (see Why Bright Lights and Dark Nights are Essential for Sleep). For many, young children, teenagers, traveling, schedule changes, health issues or injuries, diet, and other factors may...
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The Dimensions of Health and Wellness

The Dimensions of Health and Wellness

By: Dr. Mike OlpinOn the first day of class every semester, I usually ask the students, “What is a healthy person?”Typically, I get answers like, someone who exercises, eats right, is thin, has good hygiene, gets enough sleep, doesn’t do drugs, has nice skin, is in shape, isn’t sick, is tan, isn’t overweight, someone who has lots of energy.Did you notice something about all of these responses?They all have to do with a person’s physical health. That is usually what people think of when they think of health, but there are other aspects to a healthy person. What else is a healthy person? (more…)...
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Sleep – Frequently Asked Questions

By: SMP StaffSleep, or lack of it, affects us in many ways. Our health, immune system, mental acuity, emotional state, relationships, physical growth, performance, and even our waistline is affected by our quality of sleep. For many of us, this good quality sleep is getting harder to come by. Here are some answers on how to get the best sleep possible. (more…)...
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What Sleeping has to do with your Waistline

By: Shanyn OlpinThat Freshman Fifteen, may not all be from the cafeteria food. It may be because you haven't been hitting the snooze button enough. Sleep, or lack of it, not only affects your mind, it can seriously affect your waistline. Here's how. (more…)...
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Release the Grease!

By: Shanyn OlpinIn the article “Why Diets Don’t Work” we learn that in the long run, dieters actually gain more weight. But don’t worry there is a solution. Your body can train its fat cells to release the grease. Here’s how. (more…)...
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