1. The Unstoppable Power of a Good Night's Sleep

    The Unstoppable Power of a Good Night's Sleep

    The impact of sleep

    Let’s be honest: when was the last time you woke up without an alarm clock and felt awesome? And when was the last time you made it through a whole day without feeling groggy and underslept (or without being alarmingly over-caffeinated)?

    1 in 3 American adults report that they are not getting enough sleep, and as it turns out, when we don't sleep, it’s really bad for us. Sleeping less than six or seven hours a night wreaks havoc on all aspects of our wellness. Carried out over a long period of time, these negative effects are only compounded.

    When you are sleep deprived, you: 

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  2. Sleep and Your Speedy Recovery

    Sleep and Your Speedy Recovery

    If you’ve ever broken a bone or had a serious surgery, you know that a doctor’s prescription will often include intensive bed rest. While this sounds like the easiest advice in the world to take, the reality is usually the opposite.

    As it turns out, being confined to your bed (or couch) for a long period of time can start to feel like its own sort of fluffy prison, and the last thing you end up feeling is rested. Spending all day lying down can turn into too much of a good thing, leaving you itching for activity and the outdoors. Add to this the discomfort resulting from your wound, and you’ve got the perfect formula for restlessness and a bad night’s sleep.

    However, it’s important not to get discouraged and just give up on getting the sleep that you need, as getting the right amount of sleep is extremely important for your recovery. When you get a full night’s sleep, one of the stages your sleep proceeds th

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  3. Getting Better Sleep During Chronic Pain

    Getting Better Sleep During Chronic Pain

    If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain, you know that a good night’s sleep is hard to come by. In fact, you might not even remember the last time you experienced a halfway-decent night’s sleep. As is the case with most things that disrupt our sleep, the sleep loss resulting from chronic pain often begins a vicious cycle which only makes the source of the pain worse, causing even more sleep loss.

    When we're prevented from getting at least seven hours of consistent and uninterrupted sleep by issues such as chronic pain, we miss out on some of sleep’s most helpful benefits. 

    Chronic pain and sleep stages

    Throughout a full night of sleep, our brains cycle between two phases, called non-REM and REM sleep (REM stan

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