Those with a Dalhousie login can access the recording of this workshop, held December 10, 2019, and presented by Cathy Walsh, dietician at the IWK Health Centre.
In 2017, The Guardian ran an article on the value of sleep. Some of the key points include:
- The shorter you sleep on average, the shorter your life.
- Insufficient sleep is linked to cancer.
- Insufficient sleep is linked to Alzheimers Disease.
- Many children diagnosed as ADHD are actually under slept.
- A critical factor in the obesity epidemic is lack of sleep.
Read more here.
Sleepio is an online sleep improvement program. It is evidence based and free to use.
The results of their ongoing study show that the Sleepio course helped around 75% of people with persistent sleep problems to improve their sleep to healthy levels, compared with the placebo and no treatment conditions which had relatively little impact.
Learn more about it or give it a try here.
Did you know that registered dietitians are covered by our Health Spending Account at Dal? Dietitians can provide tailored advice and information to help you navigate the challenges you may face in living a healthy life.
I was recently diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and the food sensitivities that go along with it. I began looking for a dietitian to help me with meal planning when I discovered Simply For Life (SFL). I thought it was just a weight loss clinic, but SFL consultants are all registered dietitians who can help with food-related illness as well.
I have been meeting with an SFL dietitian once a week for three months. She is very knowledgeable about IBS and has lots of delicious recipes that work with my food sensitivities. She taught me how to pair foods to balance my blood sugar and get the nutrients I need to maintain energy throughout the day and sleep well.
For the first time in years, I have the energy to enjoy the activities I had given up when I was sick, like hiking, running, yoga and team sports. My mood has improved and I have a clear head. I am also slowly losing weight and people are telling me that my skin and hair look healthier. Most importantly, I’m happy and healthy again.
- Stefanie Adams, Human Resources
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1. Savor life’s joys. Pay close attention to life’s momentary pleasures and wonders, and share them with others through writing, drawing, music, or photography.
Tip: Commit to taking a photo every day of something that captures your attention. Try it for a week, a month, or even a whole year if you’re feeling ambitious.
2. Drop grudges. When we forgive those who have wronged us, we feel better about ourselves, experience more positive emotions, and feel closer to others.
4. Give thanks. Research reveals the enormous power of simply counting our blessings. Regular expressions of gratitude promote optimism, better health, and greater life satisfaction.
5. Keep friends close. Social connections are a key to happiness. Research indicates that it’s quality more than quantity: Make time for those closest to you.
Tip: Think about important relationships in your life and choose one that is not as strong as it could be. Invest time and energy in healing, cultivating, affirming, and enjoying the friendship, without laying it on too thick. Listen to what the other person needs.
Read the next 5 tips here.