Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Your Lousy Sleep

It’s estimated that between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. That’s a problem in more ways than just nodding off at work or in school. Sleep deficits and deprivation are connected to a myriad of health problems, both minor serious. The serious problems include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even… Continue reading Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Your Lousy Sleep

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Wide Variety, Large Quantities of Snack Foods Are Driving Childhood Obesity

Another study has confirmed what most parents already know innately. If you offer children a wide variety and large quantities of tasty, less-than-healthy snack foods, they will eat a lot of those foods – and get fat! There are a couple of interesting thing about this study, however. First, it focused on snack foods and… Continue reading Wide Variety, Large Quantities of Snack Foods Are Driving Childhood Obesity

Disrupted Sleep in Your 50’s and 60’s Increases Alzheimers Risk: Study

People who report a declining quality of sleep as they age from their 50s to their 60s have more protein tangles in their brain, putting them at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley. The new finding highlights the importance… Continue reading Disrupted Sleep in Your 50’s and 60’s Increases Alzheimers Risk: Study

Negative Body Image, Depression, Anxiety, Suicide. Is Your Teen “At-Risk?”

Talk to most parents and they’ll tell you their teenagers are “pretty normal.” Sure, they might throw in a complaint about moodiness, messiness or even a little recklessness, but other than that, normal. But what if normal isn’t okay? What if the “new normal” for teens is to be at risk of obesity, depression, anxiety,… Continue reading Negative Body Image, Depression, Anxiety, Suicide. Is Your Teen “At-Risk?”

Insufficient Sleep in Kids Associated With Obesity, Poor Diet, Inactivity.

A new study conducted among more than 177,000 students suggests that insufficient sleep duration is associated with an unhealthy lifestyle profile among children and adolescents. Results show that insufficient sleep duration was associated with unhealthy dietary habits such as skipping breakfast (adjusted odds ratio 1.30), fast-food consumption (OR 1.35) and consuming sweets regularly (OR 1.32).… Continue reading Insufficient Sleep in Kids Associated With Obesity, Poor Diet, Inactivity.

9 Reasons Women Don’t Lose Weight

  1. Your mindset sucks (you’re “trying” again. Screw that, just effing do it!) Ok, so maybe it really isn’t THAT simple. But it kinda is. How many times have you “tried” to lose the weight? You know, once and for all? Maybe you even lost a bunch of weight once (twice? 3 or 4… Continue reading 9 Reasons Women Don’t Lose Weight

Get More Sleep or Die Fat and Weak!

NOTE: If you prefer an audio version of this, the podcast is here: Get More Sleep or Die Fat and Weak on Four Pillar Fitness Do you get enough sleep to support your health, fitness and/or performance goals? Most Americans don’t. Over half of Americans report getting less than 7 hours of sleep at least… Continue reading Get More Sleep or Die Fat and Weak!

Lose Sleep, Get Lonely, Be Anti-Social

Want to lose friends and alienate people? Apparently, sleeping poorly is the first step on the road to loneliness, social anxiety and more stress. In a study comparing well-rested folks against those who are sleep-deprived, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that without adequate sleep, areas of the brain that deal with… Continue reading Lose Sleep, Get Lonely, Be Anti-Social