As we grow older, many of us begin experiencing trouble sleeping through the night. If you find yourself waking up in the dark multiple times during the night, try these “sleep hacks” to getting a good night’s rest:
- Stay in the Dark – If you do wake up, don’t turn on a light, check your cell phone, or get up to watch TV. This can mess up your internal clock and make you more likely to wake up at the same time the next night.
- Upgrade Your Bedding – Is your pillow worn out or uncomfortable? How long has it been since you replaced your mattress? New bedding may be your ticket to dreamland!
- Stick to a Schedule – Our internal clocks are not as adjustable as they once were. Try and keep your bed time and the time you rise the same – 7 days a week. (No matter how tempting it may be to sleep in on Saturday morning.)
Believe it or not, your cell phone can cause back pain!
If you're on the phone for long periods of time, bending your neck to cradle to phone or read all those text messages can add up to 60 pounds of additional stress to your back!
Experts recommend two things to combat this:
1.) Invest in ear buds and wear them during long conversations. That way, you don't have hold the phone near your ear.
2.) Keep your head up and your eyes down when reading texts.
We pretty sure you’ve probably never heard of “oil pulling.”
It’s a practice that comes from ancient India that involves swirling coconut or sesame oil in your mouth for 20 minutes a day. Studies show that the oil “pulls” bacteria from the mouth.
There are those who also claim it whitens teeth, but there is no current research to back up that claim.
Disease prevention experts say those of us over 65 may be facing a health care crisis we could easily avoid!
Nearly 2/3 of American over 65 have not had the shingles vaccine and 40% of us haven't had a tetanus shot in the past decade. Add to that nearly 1/3 of Boomers have not been vaccinated for pneumonia.
If you fall into one of these categories, do yourself a favor and make an appointment with your doctor today!
As we age, our bood pressure tends to go up. Those in the know say we should be shooting for a rate of 130/80. If you find yourself creeping over that line, doctors recommend more cooking at home than eating out (more than 70% of our sodium intake now comes from food prepared outside our homes.
You may also want to increase your intake of potassium - a mineral found in may fruits and vegetables.
As always, best to consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.
According to AARP, here are some dressing tips for cold weather:
1.) Wear a hat that covers your head (especially your ears) - research shows that when your head is warm, your whole body tends to stay warmer
2.) Mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves
3.) wool of synthetic socks keep your feet warmer
4.) An inner layer of natural fabrics like wook or silk tend to trap heat close to your body
Here's hoping you stay warm!
1. It’s Okay to Say “No”
We all tend to get overbooked during the holidays. Remember, you don’t have to accept every invitation you receive.
2. Take Some “Me” Time
Yes, the holidays are time for family and friends. But it doesn’t have to be 24/7! This tip goes with the first one. Make sure you reserve some alone time to decompress.
3. Watch the Holiday Treats
Most of what we eat over the holidays is carbohydrates (candy, cookies, etc.). Protein not only helps with weight maintenance, but it takes longer to digest, meaning it takes a longer time to get hungry again
4. Keep Exercising
Don’t wait for New Year’s to resolve to stay fit. Make sure you’re getting plenty of exercise before that ball drops on Dec. 31!
5. Do for Others
Not only is that the real meaning Christmas, but helping others also makes us happy!
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