Sure I felt a little nervous about how my employer would deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, yet I felt ready to help the kids and families I was to work with that day. What I did not realize at the time is that I was feeling stressed and anxious about the unknown
Activity is addictive! It is fun to lift heavy things, run long distances and burpee a thousand burpees. However, what about the in-between?
IN gym class we are all taught the traditional “bend and touch your toes.” Yet, is this static stretching approach detrimental to our bodies and our performance?
After a long winter here of holiday celebrations, the new year hit, and I set a goal to limit my drinking from the prior year. Step one was to change my mentality and find other substitutions for alcohol’s role in my life. With a tough job, alcohol will calm you down during the workweek. This is actually not true. Alcohol has the same effect on our body as anti-anxiety medications like Xanax or Ativan. The issue is that this temporary sedative response will often lead to dependency, interfere or block deep sleep needed for stress management, alter your stress hormones which can change your dietary intake, exercise benefit, and overall health.
Let me start by saying that I am not an alcoholic. I do not have a drinking problem, nor do I have an addiction. However, I will tell you that alcohol is a problem for more of you than you probably are aware of. Alcohol may be the cause of that body composition rut, exercise plateau or sleep problem you are suffering from.
As this year begins, many of us are looking for the next step in our progression through life. New gym members flood our familiar space, cookies fill our shelves and the post-holiday blues drag us down.
Fret not dear readers, because you can win this new year wellness game. Do you know how? Well, you set the rules.
Generally, eating well will help with your sleep. If you stuff yourself with garbage and lie down, you shall wake up and feel awful. If you eat acidic food or things that induce GERD you are also likely to wake up with indigestion roughing up that work you have done to sleep properly. Eat clean and separate your last meal form bedtime by 3 hours or more to allow for digestion.
Limit or avoid alcohol entirely! Sorry, but drinking alcohol is NOT helping your sleep. Similar to anti-anxiety drugs and sleep aides, alcohol increases GABA receptors in the body signaling to the brain to calm down and eventually limiting consciousness.
Sleep Hygiene Part 1 As a resident, fellow and attending you take a call, stay up for many hours in a row (38 is my record). Our medical culture is built on bragging about lack of sleep and I am sure your job has a similar culture. Finding my way back to normal has …
The most necessary inconvenience we have is that magical time each day when we disconnect from it all, lay our head on the pillow, and sleep. Are you having trouble sleeping? Waking up in the middle of the night? Are you not sleeping enough hours? Struggling at the gym? Well, read on my friend, because sleep in the right quality/quantity is vital to all of your performance.