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5 Yoga Poses for More Restful Sleep

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This article was written by Alanna Zabel, star of the Element: Beginner Level Yoga DVD. Everyone experiences trouble sleeping at one time or another. It can be very frustrating, and it can negatively affect your mood and health. If stress is causing your sleep to suffer, yoga is a phenomenal way to help stimulate relaxation. Gentle body...

Why Do You Even Need Sleep?

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Right up there with functions like breathing and blinking, sleeping is an activity you totally take for granted. If you’re like most people, you go about your daily routine. You go to work, go to lunch, go home, pick up the kids from soccer, work out—and eventually pass out. And little do you know, your body is doing a major overhaul and...

Good Stress vs. Bad Stress: How to Strike a Balance

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From the moment you wake up in the morning until the time you go to sleep at night, you encounter stress. And lots of it. Stress getting out the door on time. Stress in the traffic jam on the way to work. Stress at the office, competing for a promotion with your co-worker. Stress when you open your email inbox. Stress when you argue with your...

Sleep Is a Game Changer! Are You Getting Enough?

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Your head just hit the pillow, you’ve finally calmed the voices in your head, and drifted off into dreamland. Ah, it’s bliss… Except for that incessant racket. What is that? An annoying bird? A truck backing up? Nope, it’s the alarm clock. And there’s no room in your morning for the snooze button. If this scenario sounds familiar...

Top 10 Teas: A User’s Guide

Your guide to healthy teas

I am not exaggerating when I say tea can solve all your problems. To prove it, I’ve divided my top 10 teas into categories so you know how to best use them. And even if there are a couple of things tea cannot eradicate, few rituals provide more comfort than a cup of tea.

Catch Better Zzz’s by Trying Yoga Before Bed

Yoga moves to try before bed

There are plenty of ways to wind down after a long day—reading a good book, watching TV, having a glass of wine, the list goes on. But it turns out light activity does more to help you relax before bed than being sedentary does. In fact, research shows performing gentle movements, like yoga, in the evening can even improve the quality of your...

5 Ways to Make Your Room Sleep-Friendly

How sleep-friendly is your room?

Good sleep habits have been linked to better weight control and improved mood. Plus, getting enough shut-eye gives you the energy you need to get up and get active. Want to improve your time in the sack? Here are five ways to make your room more sleep-friendly. Adjust the Thermostat Try lowering the temperature in your room. Studies have shown...

Skipping Sleep Could Be Bad for Your Waistline

Not sleeping is bad for your health

Are you sleeping enough? A lack of shut-eye might just be the thing keeping you from reaching your health and wellness goals. The average adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Get the right amount and you may find it easier to control your hunger and make nutritious choices. A study by Dr. Sanjay Patel, at Case Western Reserve...

Habits for a Healthier Heart

Habits for a Healthy Heart

Since February is American Heart Month, we’ve teamed up with the American Heart Association to bring you heart-healthy tips all month long! Our last post in this series featured Activities to Keep Your Heart Healthy. When it comes to our everyday lives, there’s a lot of minor decision-making that happens that doesn’t seem like a...