It’s Past Your Bedtime!

Sleep Patterns Linked to Risky Behaviors

Have you ever been told, “Nothing good ever happens after midnight?”  The common saying comes from the idea that people who are up past this hour are generally misbehaving in some fashion or another, and it is commonly used to encourage a reasonable bedtime for children. It turns out, there might actually be some science that helps support the idea.  In a recent study, researchers found a relationship between risky behaviors, substance abuse, and poor sleep in adolescents.1 The authors determined that the total number of hours of sleep each night and level of difficulty falling asleep are both predictors for increased chances of eventually participating in risky behaviors including substance abuse.  It is impossible to say from this study that lack of sleep causes risky behaviors or vice versa; or if there are underlying neurological/psychological issues also at play – it only shows a correlation.

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The Spark of Life: Sulfur

Strike a match, and you see the tip of the match quickly ignite in a burst of energy. Blow the match out and you quickly recognize a very distinct and familiar odor. That specific odor comes from the element sulfur, that is responsible for the ability of matches to ignite. But did you know that the same element is also vital for many of the biochemical processes in the human body? Without sulfur, the “spark of life” would not be possible. It is the sixth most abundant macromineral found in breast milk, and as a percentage of body weight it is the third most abundant mineral found in adults.1

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D-Fend your Health (Vitamin D)

There’s something about being outside on a bright sunny day that just makes people feel good. We tend to feel more energized, we don’t get sick as much, and we might even smile a little bit more. Research is showing that a nice sunny day may do even more for our health, especially when it comes to preventing age-related diseases – all because of a compound we call Vitamin D.

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Fight Cancer with Sleep

Most people would agree that nothing really beats a great night of restful sleep. Most cells in your body would also agree that they appreciate a good night’s rest. However, there are certain types of cells that cannot stand it when you get a full night of great sleep – and those are cancer cells.

We know that sleep is important for feeling rested and energetic during the day, improving mood, immunity, work performance, heart health, cognition – more things than can possibly be imagined. But would you believe that the quality and amount of sleep you get could actually change the way your body responds to certain medications? In fact, as in the case of the breast cancer drug tamoxifen, it could be the difference in treatment success or failure.

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Security for Your Brain

Anybody that has traveled by airplane on multiple occasions has likely experienced an exceptionally long line at the security checkpoint.  These lines can be frustrating, but we tolerate the inconvenience because we know it is a necessary process to maintain safety and security.  Take a moment to consider the fact that your brain actually has its own biological security screening.  Your brain restricts the types of chemical compounds that are able to move from your blood stream into your brain to help protect it.

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