Your IPhone, Android & Tablet Are Impacting Your Sleep. Not In A Good Way

The body has an internal clock called a circadian rhythm, helping you to go to sleep in the evening and to wake up in the morning. Your sleep health and overall well-being is dependent on your circadian rhythm working correctly; and remaining synchronized with night and day. The most important external indicator to help keep your body synchronized with this routine is light. When the eye senses light, it sends a signal to your brain to be awake. When it becomes dark in the evening, your body produces melatonin, often called the sleepy hormone signaling your body to sleep at night. The combination of biological processes in response to light and darkness are crucial factors for your body to remain synchronized and able to sleep at the right time. Artificial light is one of the biggest causes of sleep deprivation in modern humans, and, stay with me here, it’s all […] Read More

A Neuroscientist Explains What Happens To Your Brain When You Meditate

Meditation is becoming very popular lately. Perhaps it’s the anecdotal evidence friends are sharing with each other or the fact that more and more science is coming out to confirm the benefits of meditation that it’s encouraging people to take up the practice. Meditation has shown to decrease stress, increase happiness,quality of life, increase gray matter in the brain, making people more compassionate, lowering blood pressure, increasing memory and more. A great series of benefits from such a peaceful practice. Meditation can be discouraging at times. It’s not easy to calm your mind, stop the thoughts and get into a space that is quiet. Since many of us, especially in western culture, are never taught to explore this practice at a young age it can be even harder to get  into a quiet meditative space realizing that we are not our thoughts or mind. If you are discouraged  you […] Read More

This 122 Year Old Woman Has The Most Important Secret To A Life Of Longevity

The primary determinant of health for the average person is thought. Not genetics, not exercise or nutrition, but the mind. This has been shown over and over again by the scientific fields of psychoneuroimmunology, psychoneurocardiology, psychoneuroendocrinology, not to mention cancer research and all the various psychosomatic disorders that have been studied. If you doubt that thought affects health then I will be happy to have a truckload of research evidence dumped at your doorstep (at your expense) that you can take the next few years perusing. On second thought, why don’t I just relate a story. The oldest documented person that ever lived was a French woman named Jeane Calment who made it to 122 years, 164 days on this earth. What was her secret? According to French researcher Jean-Marie Robine, “She never did anything special to stay in good health.” Jeane Calment smoked cigarettes (started at age 21), drank port wine and […] Read More