Techno-Stress?

Technology Stress

Huh? Guess what – heavy technology use (computers, phones, TV) is linked to fatigue, stress, and depression, particularly in young adults. All of our gadgets and screens are affecting our sleep. And, as we know, sleep is truly the gateway to good health.

Specific findings…

  • Those constantly accessible via cell phones were the most likely to report mental health issues
  • Men who use computers intensively were more likely to develop sleeping problems
  • Frequently using a computer without breaks further increases the risk of stress, sleeping problems, and depressive symptoms in women
  • Read more…

What can you do?

  • Reclaim your bedroom!
  • Exercise regularly
  • Watch your caffeine and alcohol intake before bedtime
  • See a doctor or sleep professional if your problems persist

Think you and your family are immune to techno-stress? Do some self-reflection over the coming week. Most of us started using technology for efficiency and safety reasons…but think about it. When was the last time you went tech-free for the day? Can you put your phone/tablet away and out of sight during meetings, conferences, while driving? Do you feel left out or that you are missing out on something if you leave your phone at home? Do you check your work emails from home just because you can?

If you are blurring the lines between work and home, the stress will eventually catch up. And, think of what you are modeling for your children! Choose to take control. Drive your own bus. Take charge of your technology.

Share your ideas on how to manage techno-stress.

 

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How’s your sleep?

Sleep

It’s fair to say we live in a sleep-deprived culture. We all know people who wear their sleep deprivation as a “badge of honor” which seems so silly when you think about it. Sadly, the consequences of poor sleep take a huge toll on our health. Sleeplessness directly affects our health, mood, motivation, appetite, weight, and more. I recently participated in a webinar series called Smarts and Stamina with MJ Shaar. It motivated me to change my work schedule to allow for more sleep in the morning hours…because I just can’t seem to get to bed early. So far, I love it! It’s amazing what 45 extra minutes of sleep does for my body and soul. Since sleep affects so many other parts of our health, it makes sense to try some simple things to create better sleep. Try some of these ideas to Conquer the Conk-Out

If all you do this summer for your health is add on an hour more of sleep you may be amazed at the outcome.
What simple things have you done to create better sleep?

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Sleep Deprived = Overweight?

Sleep Deprived?

Feeling tired, exhuasted, and beat before you walk out the bedroom door in the morning? You might be sleep deprived. Take the Sleep Quiz to see what you know; I failed miserably! What I find interesting is the connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain. Research shows that sleep deprived people select greater portion sizes which can affect the potential to become overweight in the long run. The bottom line – if you suffer from a lack of sleep keep away from the buffet! Another study shows that people who eat a varied diet have healthier sleep duration.

This fall is a great time to clean up your sleep habits and lose a few pounds. Conquer the Conk Out – make a dedicated effort to clean up your sleep. Pay attention to what and when you are eating; there are Foods that Help or Harm Your Sleep. See additional resources on How’s Your Sleep?

Have you noticed a change in your eating habits when you are sleep deprived?

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