For many hundreds of years we have known the functions of three of the 4 basic drives in life-to eat, to drink, and to reproduce. But for fourth main biological drive—to sleep—has eluded science for years. Scientists asking “why we sleep” may have been asking the wrong question. All animals sleep and sleep persists with the evolutionary process. In the last 20 years, more researchers are asking what happens in our brains and in our bodies while we sleep. We spend one-third of our life sleeping! What happens during that time
So many things come to mind just at the mention of 2020.
It is a year that all of us will look back on with a clear before and after.
It is a transformative time on every level and I have not met anyone who has not been affected in some way or another.
For some, staying at home and quarantining is an “inconvenience” and there is a restlessness of wanting the freedom to browse at stores, go out to dinner, vacation in places that you have to fly to. For others, quarantining at home, has meant adapting to work and take care of children at home, creating a workspace and time for Zoom meetings, ordering groceries, worrying about how your children are adapting to being isolated from their friends and routines. And for others, it’s coping with the loss of a loved one, job loss, reduced hours, food scarcity that intensifies with school closures, fear of losing a home.
It’s the end of February and we’re closing out the series on heart health. Today I want to share with you some information about sleep. You may have been hearing more and more about sleeps importance lately in the news. Here is what I have been learning.
The AHA recommends that “individuals consume a variety of fruits, vegetables, and grain products, especially whole grains; choose fat-free and low-fat dairy products, legumes, poultry, and lean meats; and eat fish, preferably oily fish, at least twice a week.”
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that we get 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity every week. Sounds simple doesn’t it. But here are the questions I am asked about this recommendation.
February. What comes to mind? Ground Hog’s Day? Leap Year? Your brother-in-law’s birthday? Valentine’s Day? I think about all of these and I am also reminded that this is the month where the medical community brings awareness to heart health. During this month, I will be taking time to talk to you about your heart health.
What do my bowel habits have to do with pelvic pain or urinary problems?
In this week’s blog I am going to answer a question I get frequently when I ask people about their bowel frequency, stool consistency, etc. when they are coming in to see me about urinary issues or pelvic pain. “Why do you need to know that?”
So this week, I have had the first verse of the poem, Chicken Soup with Rice stuck in my head. When son number one was in kindergarten, he and his class had to memorize it. It goes like this:
It’s mid-January 2020! How did that happen already?
How many of you made resolutions for this year? Started strong? Told yourself this year was going to be different?
I have been thinking a lot about what this year may bring. And to do that I have been spending time thinking about and processing what happened in 2019. It’s been almost a full year since my mother died and I stopped being the middle part of the sandwich generation. The last several years, I described myself as the jelly in the PB and J. The peanut butter clings to the bread and acts a bit like the glue while the jelly can ooze out. Sometimes it oozed out towards one side of the bread other times it oozed out towards the other side and when it was just oozing everywhere it was time to remember to breath and remember that “this too shall pass.” It’s different to no longer having my parents as anchors or touch stones. And in sitting in that difference, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I am going to do with the time I have left, what will be my legacy, how do I want to be remembered.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it also just so happens to be the month that I take care of those yearly wellness visits. Eye Exam. Physical. GYN visit. Before seeing my GYN doc, the nurse was reviewing my history…and asked about my mammogram and if there was every anything unusual in my breasts. I replied, “No, just that they are dense.” She responded, “Yes, just like everyone else.” It was what I call a ‘throw away’ comment. And it got me thinking what does it mean that I have dense breasts? And then I started thinking that if I had questions maybe some of you would too. [...]
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