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Is There a Link between Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease?

  Last month we wrote about a new study that described how the brain cleans itself as we sleep by flushing out the toxins accumulated during our waking hours. We noted that the results of this study are of great … Continue reading

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Leave Your Stress at Work!

  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that forthcoming research from the Academy of Management Journal will show that workers reported lower stress levels at the end of their work day/night after spending a few minutes jotting down positive events … Continue reading

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Is the Restless Legs Mystery Solved?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a subject of concern to shift workers because it often disrupts their already limited hours of sleep. It is a disorder that causes a strong urge to move your legs, usually when you are sleeping … Continue reading

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A.D.H.D. or Sleep Deficit?

At this point, it appears we all know someone (if not yourself!) who has been diagnosed or has symptoms attributable to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or A.D.H.D. The classic symptoms of A.D.H.D. include procrastination, forgetfulness, the inability to pay attention consistently … Continue reading

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The Importance of Sleep

It seems as if each day there is new information on sleep, its importance in our daily lives and the severe implications to our health if we don’t get enough. Sleep deprivation is now considered a widespread public health issue … Continue reading

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Pick Up Your Feet and Walk!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported good news with regard to walking-more Americans are doing it! The percentage of adults who went on a 10 minute walk once a week increased from 56% in 2005 to … Continue reading

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Trying to Achieve Work Life Balance?

The number of people, both young and old, who are trying to successfully balance their work and home lives is increasing every day. Julie McCarthy, an associate professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), asks us … Continue reading

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Seratonin Levels Feed Anger

Many studies have shown that low levels of serotonin are also associated with anger, depression and anxiety. Fluctuations of serotonin levels in the brain, which often occur when someone hasn’t eaten or is feeling stressed, affect brain regions that enable … Continue reading

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Is Time Alone Good for You?

Shift workers get time for solitude from their work schedules. Use it well. Continue reading

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Want Happy Memories this Holiday Season? Consider Scrimping on Sleep!

sleep deprivation can help eliminate bad memories Continue reading

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It’s Time to Think about Seasonal Affective Disorder Again

seasonal affective disorder affects 6% of people. If you apply the six degrees of kevin bacon concept to this many more are impacted. Continue reading

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Strategic Implications of Keeping Workers Safe from Harm – The Impact of Bullying at Work

Managers and employees should unite efforts and insist on a no-tolerance policy of bullying in the workplace. There is no place for bullying, anywhere. No one should be harassed and tormented.

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A Primer of Sleep Disorders for Shift Workers

The DSM is being rewritten with the new DSM-5 expected to be published in 2013. There are many new proposals regarding sleep disorders in the new version of the encyclopedia of psychiatric disorders. Many shift workers are impacted by sleep disorders. Continue reading

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How Do You React to Stress?

Stress can be managed. When you allow yourself to feel the stress, if you are mindful of the causes, you are actually taking the first step towards making the changes necessary to more permanently alleviate your angst. Don’t run from stress or you’ll be stuck in the status quo. Continue reading

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Insomniacs with Nighttime Awakenings Have a Huge Impact on Health Care Costs and Workforce Management

Nighttime awakening insomniacs with depression and anxiety perform lower, incur greater health care costs and have less quality of life. Continue reading

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