Teenagers, Sleep and Mental Health

A Whole9 guest post by Emily Deans M.D., a board certified psychiatrist with a practice in Massachusetts who teaches psychiatry at Harvard Medical School One of the reasons mental health problems can be so difficult and debilitating is that they tend to start when someone is quite young. Adolescence is a key developmental stage of the brain, which is not fully “adult” until the early 20s. Babies, children, and adolescents of all species need more sleep than their adult counterparts, mostly … [Read more...]

Secrets to a Good Night’s Sleep: Advanced Tips – Part 2

Whole9 guest post by Emily Deans M.D., a board certified psychiatrist with a practice in Massachusetts and she teaches psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. In Part I of this series, we reviewed the importance of good sleep to brain health (summary: you die without it) and some basic sleep hygiene points managing the sleep cycle and circadian rhythms. But let’s say you try and try, you eliminate caffeine and you only drink a single beer at noon on Sunday while watching the football game.  You … [Read more...]

Improve Your Mental Health with Sleep – Part 1

A Whole9 guest post by Emily Deans M.D., a board certified psychiatrist with a practice in Massachusetts and she teaches psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Sleep is incredibly important for good mental health. In my view it comes ahead of exercise and a good diet…if you aren’t sleeping reasonably well, no matter how great your workout habits and how clean your diet, you are shoveling sand against the tide. It’s no coincidence that pretty much every major mental health condition you can … [Read more...]

8 Critical Health Reasons for Getting Enough Sleep

A Whole9 guest post by Dr Sult, medical doctor, medical educator, inspirational speaker & the author of Just Be Well: A Book For Seekers of Vibrant Health. Sleep. Our bodies crave it, but most of us don't get as much of it as we need. The average adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep per night, but according to a 2013 Gallup poll, 40 percent of Americans get less than that. That's over 125 million people operating in a sleep deficit, with nearly half of them experiencing chronic sleep … [Read more...]

5 Things You Can Do After Lunch to Improve Sleep Quality

by Jamie Scott, of Whole9 South Pacific , who lives at 43 degrees south in New Zealand and wakes up to a light alarm. Last time we looked at the importance of sleep to overall health and touched on three pre-lunch strategies to help your body prepare for the coming night's sleep. Today we'll be taking about after-lunch strategies to improve sleep quality. If you incorporate these things during the day, it will improve your sleep quality at night. First, we have to acknowledge that … [Read more...]

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Sleep Before Lunch

by Jamie Scott, of Whole9 South Pacific Many people working to improve their health and well-being are very food-focused and like to manage much of their health through diet - and rightly so. However, good health cannot come solely through diet alone (that’s why there are 9 Factors!) and certainly not at the exclusion of the many other lifestyle factors which go hand-in-hand with dietary changes. This is none more true than for sleep. A good night's sleep, every night, is critical for ALL … [Read more...]

Sleep: An Undervalued Ergogenic Aid

Note: The following is a repost from the Whole9 Archives. Enjoy! In February 2011, Dallas wrote an article for Performance Menu, the “journal of nutrition and athletic excellence” published each month by Greg Everett of Catalyst Athletics.  The article focused on the impact of sleep (or lack thereof) on your health and athletic performance. Thanks to the generosity of Catalyst Athletics, today we are offering Dallas' article for free - available to those without a subscription to … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: What can you do about nighttime leg cramps?

Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Susan from Toronto asks, “I get leg cramps every night when I am sleeping. What can I do about it?” Nighttime leg cramps are typically characterized by a seizing pain around your calves when you are sleeping.  They can be dreadfully painful and in some cases, can disrupt your sleep.  Fortunately, they are pretty easy to resolve and usually the result … [Read more...]

The 400,000 Hour Body

A nice little reminder from the Whole9 archives. Also, we've not read the 4 Hour Body, so can't speak to its contents - we just thought this title played nicely. We get a lot of questions about products, services and protocols that promise miraculous results - improved body composition, fitness, energy or health - with minimal effort. This slant is not new – the lure of a shortcut (or “free lunch”, as Gym Jones calls it) has been the carrot dangling from our health-and-fitness stick since … [Read more...]

Are You Recovering, Or Are You Just Resting?

We’ve been working on this post for a while, but Life got in the way. (Alternate story: Dallas is better at starting projects than finishing them.)  Nonetheless, we’d like to talk about recovery. No, not economic recovery—though that would be lovely—but physiological recovery from the stressors placed upon us by our modern physical world. Rest vs. Recovery These two words, "rest" and "recovery," have distinctly different meanings when applied to health, fitness or athletic contexts. Recovery … [Read more...]