The Costs of Job Stress

JOB stress only adds to a host of stressors facing unpaid family caretakers, and this all can take a toll on both your career and your health. If you are a family caregiver, think about how much time do you spend, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Some 65 million unpaid family caregivers look after elderly or disabled loved ones, averaging 20 Read More …

CES 2013, GPS for the Soul and Digital Health Revolution

I attended CES in person this year instead of monitoring the show from the comfort of my home office and writing my traditional report, CES in Pajamas. On the first day I attended “The Digital Health Revolution: Body, Mind and Soul,” a  panel discussion hosted by Arianna Huffington and am thrilled that Huffington Post is so prominently promoting conversation and innovation supporting better Read More …

Reduce Stress and Get a Better Night’s Rest

More than half of Americans are losing sleep due to stress, according to Better-Sleep-Better-Life. Not getting enough sleep comes with a number of unwanted side effects, including some that are rather serious. A lack of sleep can cause motor vehicle accidents, injuries on the job, weight gain, and numerous health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, just to name Read More …

One Poll surveys 1000 people about Sleep – Interesting

New Survey Explains the Importance of Sleep By Paula Davis-Laack, Lawyer turned burnout prevention expert Are you a sleep worker? No, not a sleepwalker, but a person who goes to work and attempts to function on too little sleep? It turns out, one-third of American workers are sleep working — not getting enough sleep to function at peak levels, according to researchers Read More …

Stress Management Tips

Everyone occasionally has to deal with stress, especially when starting up a business like Dr. Bruce Meleski and I are doing with Intelligent Sleep. So this week, with his permission, I’m sharing this great story from Jeffrey Fry and his 15 Stress Management Tips. When explaining stress management to an audience, a lecturer raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is Read More …

Redefining Success – The Third Metric

Just 30% of full time workers are engaged at work, while half are uninspired, and another 30% simply “roam the halls” spreading discontent. Some call this presenteeism. Either way, there’s a personal and economic cost. A Huffington Post article and infographic (below) encourages us to re-think what success means and reassess our priorities, possibly leading to jobs that we really Read More …

It’s Time to Take Care of Yourself

By Mary Ross, Health & Wellness Expert The stress of being a loved one’s caregiver can be overwhelming. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half of family caregivers reported a decline in their own health since care began. They also reported that this decline affected the quality of care they gave, and that they put their care Read More …

Poverty in America — living below The Line

The Line is an important documentary that covers the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like you and me. Across America, millions are struggling every day to make it above The Line. As shown in the Stats below and the accompanying Read More …

The Underestimated Caregiver Burden

By Henry Moss (original at American Society on Aging) Caregiver burden is emotional and subjective. We try to measure it by looking at rates of depression and anxiety disorders in the caregiver population, and at the seriousness of these disorders. We know the highest rates of emotional burden and the deepest levels of depression are felt by caregivers who experience entrapment—a Read More …

Stress Reduction

  Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital. Related Video: 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? (9:19 min) Related Read More …

CES 2013, Digital Health Revolution: Body, Mind & Soul

On the first day of CES I attended a Digital Health Summit panel discussion hosted by Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post. To introduce the discussion, she described Americans’ increase in antidepressants, sleep medications, and stress, and how 75% of healthcare spending is spent on preventable diseases, and 80% of medications are for pain. All of these conditions are preventable Read More …

Fixing the Primary Care Crisis

As I keep reminding people, Americans spend twice as much as other countries on health care yet still live sicker and die younger, according to the World Health Organization. At $3 trillion/year, that’s about 18% of the nation’s GDP, and it’s not sustainable, especially as our nation’s baby boomers approach retirement age and start needing more medical care in their later Read More …

Is Your Glass Half Empty, or Half Full?

Can your attitude affect your health? YES. According to this article and most of the studies I found, optimism appears to be good for your health and pessimism seems to be bad. But I also found one study that suggested the opposite – that people who are overly optimistic about their future actually faced greater risk of disability or death Read More …

The Need & Positive Effects of Restorative Sleep

By Wayne Caswell Sleep deprivation has become a terrifying problem in our on-the-go society, where working more and sleeping less can be seen as a badge of honor. But even nodding off momentarily can have disastrous results, as we saw in graphic news reports of the December Bronx Metro-North train derailment.  “I was in a daze,” engineer William Rockerfeller told investigators Read More …

Disease Delusion: What Really Makes You Sick!

by Mark Hyman, MD (from his Forward to The Disease Delusion, by Dr. Jeffrey Bland) Imagine a time when people died or suffered from incurable acute infections. Imagine a time before antibiotics — when women died of simple childbirth fever, when a bad chest infection could lead to death, when a strep throat caused heart failure, when limbs were amputated because Read More …

Music as Medicine

I’ll be home for Christmas Henry has Alzheimer’s and lives in a nursing home, and is mostly unresponsive and depressed, but watch what happens when he’s introduced to music. The part of the brain that recognizes music is usually one of the last parts affected by Alzheimer’s disease; but not only does the music awaken that part; it improves Henry’s communication and Read More …