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5 Ways to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life

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Sometimes a good night’s sleep can mean the difference between a disjointed, unproductive day and a fulfilling, enjoyable one. Why is that?

Sleep is a time of rest and repair, but even more than that, it allows us to process short and long-term memories, metabolize emotional experiences, and is instrumental in learning. It would follow, then, that sleep deprivation might lead to difficulty with memory, emotional imbalance, and loss of focus, all of which can contribute to a fragmented and uncomfortable state of mind.

There is a reason sleep aids have carved a powerful niche in the pharmaceutical industry, and if you’ve ever experienced insomnia then you can probably relate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4% of American adults over 20 years old use prescription sleep aids in a month period. And apart from prescription aids, there are boundless other sleep remedies people try, from melatonin to warmed milk and everything in between.

Here are 5 great articles on how to improve your sleep, from some of our favorite sources for wellness content around the web:

Do Sleep Aids Really Work? (Greatist)

14 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight (MindBodyGreen)

Sweet Dreams: How to Sleep Better, Lose Weight, and Live Longer (DrHyman.com)

How Does Sleep Affect Your Sex Life? (She Knows)

 Yoga for Sleep: 10 Poses to Induce Restfulness and Combat Insomnia
(Huffington Post)

We hope these resources help you get a full and restful night’s sleep tonight and every night after! What sleep remedies have worked for you? Let us know in the comments section!

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How Light Affects Our Sleep (And Overall Happiness)

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Anyone who has ever experienced insomnia can tell you that lack of sleep is one of the cruelest barriers to happiness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25% of the U.S. population reports not getting enough sleep, and a whopping 10% reports chronic insomnia! Not only are we stressed, sick, and overweight in this country, but we are dangerously under-slept – and all of these circumstances undoubtedly have something to do with one another.

In addition to temperature, stress, and other factors, light has been shown to have a major effect on the circadian rhythm. Timing, intensity, and quality of light all play into either promoting or detracting from healthy sleep patterns. Imagine the difficulty night shift workers have to establish their sleep cycles! But even those of us who work regular hours and expect our sleep time to comfortably overlap with the dark hours can be negatively impacted by a disturbance in our light exposure. Think: computer and cellphone screens, artificial light, television, and the like.

Doctors and scientists in recent decades have developed light therapy treatment for various issues, including sleep disorders, and their results are promising. One study published in the American Psychological Association journal reported patients’ improvement in circadian rhythms after two hours of bright light exposure in the morning in conjunction with light restriction around bedtime. Another study published in Biological Psychiatry reported that bright light therapy can reduce the incidence of relapse in patients after other forms of sleep therapy – the results of which, by the way, may have a major affect of reducing depressive symptoms in patients with depression. The future looks bright, indeed.

Bright light therapy has also been shown to help treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), as well as reduce the incidence of behavioral disorders in patients suffering from dementia. All evidence points to the fact that light gravely affects not only our sleep patterns, but also our minds, emotions, and overall pursuit of happiness. With that in mind, it’s heartening to know that there may be measures we can take, which include light therapy, to increase overall health and wellness.

 Here are some tips on promoting sleep health with light therapy:

  1. Put your phone, computer, and television away after dark, or at least close to bedtime. Those moments right before bed might seem like the perfect time to catch up on email or your favorite show, but doing so may inhibit your ability to fall asleep. So save it for the morning, and pick up a book or sketch pad, instead.
  2. Go to sleep a bit earlier to align your sleep rhythm more closely with the day. This is hard to do, especially if you’re a parent, student, or busy professional. But going to sleep earlier might just allow you to wake up a bit earlier, too, and not lose an inch of productivity!
  3. Try using candlelight and natural light as much as possible. Artificial light has been implicated in the growth of sleep disorders – and again, much of this has to do with laptops and television screens. Turn it off, unplug, and opt for natural light.
  4. Make sure your bedroom is lit (and unlit) as much as possible by natural light. For instance, keep it dark after dark and around bedtime, but be sure the morning sunlight makes it in, as well. Exposure to bright light upon awakening, as we mentioned, can help promote healthy circadian rhythms. So let the light in!

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The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.

How to Boost Your Metabolism for Amazing Health

2012 Edmonton ITU Triathlon World cup: Elite WomenThe process of metabolism is a powerful and greatly misunderstood force in our bodies. Case in point, did you know the more weight you carry, the faster your metabolism is working? Other factors that affect metabolism include age, sex, muscle mass, and, unfortunately, heredity.

Metabolism is the process by which sugar, protein, and fat are converted into energy. It is a network of hormones and enzymes not only converting food into fuel, but also affecting how efficiently your bodies burns that fuel. Even at resting state, your body is working to produce and store energy through anabolism and release energy through catabolism.

Because of these factors, it’s fairly difficult to completely overhaul your metabolism. But the good news is that there are several effective things you can do to influence it. This isn’t just a matter of losing weight, but rather of training your body to efficiently produce and release energy, maximize the nutrition in your food, and feel strong as you move through life.

Here are 5 articles to help you get the best metabolism possible for your body:

10 Yoga Poses That Increase Metabolism (Shape Magazine)

Surprising Foods That Boost Metabolism (Huffington Post)

Understanding Metabolism: How to Boost Yours with Exercise (Fit Day)

How to Burn More Calories while Sleeping (Fit Day)

How to Increase Your Metabolism Naturally (Calorie Secrets)

 

In addition, here are some of the best foods to start incorporating into your diet to kick start your metabolism:

  1. Oatmeal and other foods with high fat-soluble fiber
  2. Hot peppers and other spicy foods containing capsaicin
  3. Yogurt (minus the added sugars) and other foods rich in calcium and protein
  4. Fish and other good sources of lean protein

And there are lots more, so do some research and see what delicious, metabolism-boosting recipes you can come up with!

We hope these tips prove to be efficient and fun methods for increasing your metabolism. Remember, your genetics play a big role in this, as do age and sex. But by eating a healthy, well-rounded diet, building muscle, and getting plenty of sleep you are bound to start feeling healthy and happy in no time!

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18154748891333272199Are you ready for a healthy Vegas vacation?

The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.

How Biofeedback Can Revolutionize Your Health

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Biofeedback is a new method of self-care based on several key foundations:

  1. Our body is constantly under stress
  2. This stress is largely psychologically/emotionally based
  3. Such stress manifests as physical symptoms (such as insomnia, headaches, high blood pressure, chronic pain)
  4. Thus treating the mental source of stress should be a primary method for treating physical ailments

It goes back to something we’ve known for many years, which is that our bodies and our minds are not separate entities, but rather interwoven mechanisms of a whole-person ecosystem. You’ve probably had the experience of feeling inexplicably nauseous or tense after an argument with a friend, or feeling irritable or emotional in the face of some relentless physical pain. Even if you practice plenty of meditation and keep excellent care of your body, the one is bound to encroach at some point on the other.

And this is where biofeedback comes in. This burgeoning method of care focuses on relaxation and mindfulness techniques to help patients deal with certain health concerns. Patients begin working with a doctor who can teach them the techniques, which they can in turn take home and practice on their own.

Here are 5 sample biofeedback exercises to achieve whole-person wellness:

Relaxation Sample Exercise (Kansas State University)

Biofeedback for Heart-Rate Variability (Livestrong)

Biofeedback Therapy Relaxation (Inner Health Studio)

Biofeedback Five Finger Exercise (Emporia State University)

Stabilizer Biofeedback Lower Abdominal Exercise (Holistic Sam)

 

By harnessing the mind’s power, you can potentially achieve noticeable improvements in your health, happiness, and overall well-being. It is similar to the way in which meditation, as we know, can have a profound affect on a person’s total wellness by helping reduce stress, increase focus, and lower heart rate. The first step to healthy living is setting the intent and investing the time and energy you deserve.

Try these exercises out and let us know how it goes!

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18154748891333272199Are you ready for a healthy Vegas vacation?

The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.

What’s in Your Water?

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We use water every day for cooking, drinking, showering, and cleaning clothes, dishes, and various surfaces – we’d all agree water is vital to life. Our bodies are made of more than 60% water (the brain and heart contain 73%, lungs are about 83%, skin is 64%, and even our bones are 31% water), we’ll simply die without clean water for more than a few days. Yet, often in developed societies we take for granted our easy access to water – just turn the faucet knob – and assume it’s clean and safe.

Before water reaches your sink, surface or ground water supply goes through a series of cleaning and disinfecting processes that separate sentiments and destroy harmful bacteria and parasites. The exact process and disinfecting agents used differ among water treatment facilities, but the principles are the same – remove dangerous material for safe consumption. Unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect system and usually various levels of contaminants remain and our clean water supply isn’t as clean as many of us think.

Harmful Toxins in Tap Water

  • Chlorine & Chlorine by-Products:  Liquid chlorine is part of the water disinfectant process because it is effective at killing most bacteria and parasites, is relatively cheap, and stays in the water supply to continue destroying bacteria throughout the transportation process. Unfortunately, this also laces our clean water supply with chlorine and its harmful by-products and exposes us whenever we use tap water (both on skin and inside the body).
  • Plastics & Pesticides:  Chemicals residues from plastics and pesticides enter the water supply from agriculture, industry, and households and the cleaning process doesn’t always remove them. Studies show that fish exposed to these toxins experience gender disruptions, and many believe plastic and pesticide residues effect neurological and reproductive functions in humans.   
  • Heavy Metals:  Aluminum, lead, copper, and methane are just some of the heavy metals found in tap water. Water treatment facilities add aluminum to the clean water supply to make it look cleaner. However, research shows aluminum exposure may be a link to Alzheimer’s disease. Lead and copper exposure affects physical and mental development in children and can cause high blood pressure in adults.  
  • Fluoride:  Many cities in the United States put fluoride in their water supply to help prevent cavities. However, very few other countries in the world add fluoride due to its various adverse health effects and moral, ethical, and political concerns.  
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs:  Ever since the late 1990’s pharmaceutical drugs including antibiotics, antidepressants, blood pressure medications, cholesterol medications – just to name a few – are turning up in our clean water supply. This creates serious health concerns because all pharmaceutical drugs come with some adverse side effects and can potentially not mix well with other medicines. Not to mention, you don’t want to randomly be taking pharmaceutical drugs without your knowledge.

Having running water is something no one wants to give up, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept these toxins entering your body. And if you’re like me and water is your favorite drink (one sec as I take a big chug), you really need to protect yourself so you don’t get a build-up of these and other toxins in your system.

Protect Yourself

  1. Find out exactly what contaminants are in your water by getting a copy of your local annual water quality report at EPA.gov.
  2. Invest in a water pitcher filter, faucet filter, or whole house water filtration system. I don’t own my own house yet, but you can bet I will be investing in a whole-house system when I do. Don’t forget your skin absorbs chlorine and other toxins too.
  3. If your local water contains fluoride, take action to get it removed from your water supply. Start a petition in your neighborhood and talk with family and friends about the problems of putting fluoride in our drinking water. Unfortunately, most inexpensive water filters don’t filter fluoride, so you can only get rid of it with a more comprehensive filter.
  4. If you haven’t turned a water faucet on in a day or so, run it for a few extra seconds before using the water. Also run it longer if you notice a funny smell or texture, and when in doubt, contact your public water department.
  5. While I don’t love using bottled waters (when you drink as much water as I do this is both costly and bad for the environment), it’s the best option when you are on the go or at a restaurant.

After all this water talk, go grab yourself a glass and drink up! Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. I’ll be drinking one with you…cheers!

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18154748891333272199Are you ready for a healthy Vegas vacation?

The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.

 

 

 

Healthy Travel: 5 Things to Look For When Choosing a Hotel

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Travel brings power and love back into your life. ― Rumi

Traveling brings a mix of adventure, invigoration, relaxation, and appreciation to our lives – I love it. However, more often than I care to admit, I return home feeling bloated, tired, and in need of a long overdue sweat session.

Can you relate to missed workouts, consuming way less fruits and veggies than normal, eating unhealthy foods in general (it’s not like you can cook your own meals), maybe having a few extra cocktails (or desserts, or both), and only getting so-so sleep? These are the not-so-fun parts of traveling that most of us don’t think about before the trip (afterwards our bodies won’t let us stop thinking about it).

The great news is that the hotel industry finally realized that many travelers want to maintain their healthy habits while on the road, and some hotels are now giving the whole guest experience a healthy makeover (thank you, thank you, thank you!). We thank you hotel gods.

Below are 5 things to look for in a healthy hotel:     

1.       Healthy Food Availability: Make sure the hotel offers healthy food options such as fresh fruit and vegetable juices, a variety of fruit options, fresh smoothies, or gluten-free and vegan meal options. Also, check to see if the hotel rooms have mini-fridges – it’s the perfect place to store healthy snacks you can bring with you our buy locally.

2.       Fitness Options: Many hotels are ramping up their guests’ fitness experiences by creating larger and better-equipped gyms, offering group classes, providing in-room yoga mats, or showing free on-demand fitness TV programs. They’re giving you everything you need to get your sweat on while away from home.

3.       Eco-Friendly Cleaning: Toxic cleaning products (still commonly used) can create a host of problems for our health. Health and wellness focused hotels understand this and choose to use eco-friendly cleaning products – to keep your room both clean and toxic-free.

4.       Hypoallergenic Bedding: We all need a good night’s rest (it’s not just for toddlers and kids), and being away from home often makes it more difficult. With hypoallergenic bedding, you don’t have to worry about itchy skin or any allergic reactions to the detergent or softener and can just focus on getting your beauty sleep.

5.       Healthy Extras: Some hotels provide some cool, healthy extras such as Vitamin C showers, aromatherapy, air filtration systems, and lighting designed to maintain your natural circadian rhythm even when you stay up late (you are on vacation, after all).

Next time you’re planning a vacation, check the hotel website or read customer reviews to find out which hotels keep your health and wellness in mind – and are worth your money. Then sit back and make the most of your well-deserved vacation.

Where are you planning or would like to travel next? Share in the comments below.  

 

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18154748891333272199Are you ready for a healthy Vegas vacation?

The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.

 

The Health Risks of Electromagnetic Fields

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Our dependence on electronics is higher than ever before and not likely to decrease any time soon. Could you even imagine going a few days without indoor electricity, television, your favorite household electronic (I heart you, blender), your cell phone, computer, or tablet? I couldn’t – even as I write this now, I’m typing on my laptop, my cell phone is next to my laptop, behind me sits our modem and wireless router, and as I look out the balcony I see power lines just a few feet away. I admit it, I love technology (most of us do). However, the problem is that all electrical devices emit an electromagnetic field that is potentially dangerous to our health – now that’s enough to make me think twice about my electronic use.

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible areas of energy, often called radiation, that surround any electric device. This includes cell phones, mobile towers, broadcast towers, computers, power lines, industrial equipment, electrical wiring, radiation machines, and household appliances, just to name a few. The actual electric component of an EMF typically doesn’t harm humans as it is the voltage used to power the device and is shielded by walls, cases, and other objects (however, direct contact can cause serious burns). On the other hand, the magnetic area of an EMF is where medical concerns arise since there are no barriers (besides distance) between magnetic fields and the human body.

At any given time, the human body creates a variety of tiny electrical currents to function normally. For example, nerves use electrical impulses to communicate with the body, while proper digestion, brain activity, and heartbeat regulation all rely on electronic currents. Exposure to a high EMF or constant exposure to low EMFs can over simulate our nerves, muscles, and other biological reactions and potential create health problems.

A variety of studies show links between EMFs and increased risk of cancer (especially brain cancer, breast cancer, and childhood leukemia), pregnancy complications (including miscarriage), reproductive problems, sleep disturbances, headaches, autism, respiratory problems, fatigue, and a host of other serious health issues. However, there is still a continuing debate about whether these links are causal and consistent. Regardless, even if the jury is still out, if you’re like me, I would rather take preventative measures now than risk so many possible negative health effects. Below are some tips to decrease the amount of EMFs that enter your body (while still enjoying the modern day benefits of electrical devices).

Remember the strength of the magnetic field weakens as it travels away from its source. The farther you can be from your electronics, the better. Here are 8 ways to decrease your exposure to EMFs: 

  1. Don’t sleep with your phone, computer, or any electronic device right next to you (I’m often guilty of this)
  2. Alternate which ear you use when talking on your cell phone
  3. Keep your laptop on a table or desk instead of your lap (whoever named it “laptop” clearly wasn’t thinking about EMF risks)
  4. Turn off electrical devices like TVs and computers when you aren’t using them (perk: you’ll be saving money too)
  5. Unplug electronics from walls when traveling or when you won’t use them for awhile (even just having an electronic plugged in but turned off still emits a low EMF)
  6. Consider investing in an EMF shielding device for home or office use (you can even find these in some hotel rooms)
  7. Repair faulty wiring in your home or business
  8. Take time each day to be technology free – go for a walk, meditate, practice yoga, hand-write in a journal, read a book (no reading devices), or spend time in nature

As researchers continue to study the relationship between EMF exposure and our health, you have the ability to protect yourself and your family now by being aware of this danger and using the tips above as often as you can.

Have you had any health problems associated with EMF exposure? Share your story in the comments below. 

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5 Ways Temperature Can Boost Your Metabolism

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You probably already know that a variety of factors influence your metabolism, including what you eat, how frequently you eat, how often and what types of exercises you do, and how well you sleep. In addition to these well-known factors, temperature also plays a role in your metabolism.

Metabolism is the chemical process your body goes through to convert the food you eat into energy for every part of your body to function. The more energy your body needs to maintain basic bodily functions, the higher your metabolism; conversely, the less energy your body needs, the lower your metabolism. Essentially, your metabolic rate is the amount of energy (calories) your body burns to maintain itself – think about the energy your body needs to breathe, think, talk, walk, sit, digest food, keep your heart beating, circulate your blood, and maintain your normal body temperature.

Your body is constantly regulating its core temperature to around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). When your climate heavily differs from this temperature, due to cold or heat, your body extends more energy by shivering to heat up or sweating to cool down – all in an effort to maintain its preferred temperature.

This might lead you to believe that living in an extremely cold or hot climate (Alaska or the Sahara desert, perhaps) will increase your metabolic rate. While looking at this factor alone definitely suggests that, it turns out that the metabolic rate increase only lasts in the short-term. Over time, other cells start adapting to the new climate, making it easier for your body to maintain its normal temperature. This is why people who live in very cold areas don’t seem to feel the cold as much as visitors experiencing the same temperature, and vice-versa in hotter climates.

However, there are some fun, money-saving, healthy ways to use temperature to boost your metabolism without changing your address every few months (I know, you weren’t even considering that, right?).

  • Adjust your thermostat: When it’s cold or hot outside, let your body work (burn energy) to regulate your core temperature. Research led by Dr. David B Allison suggests that our dependence on heaters and air conditioners is contributing to the growing obesity epidemic. He advises turning your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer and a few lower in the winter, so your body can do the extra work regulating its core temperature. Besides the increase in your metabolic rate, your bank account (and the environment) will thank you.  
  • Sweat it out in a sauna: Saunas are not only good for detoxing, but they make your body sweat, which increases your energy output and raises metabolism. Take precaution if you have any underlying conditions, and be sure to listen to your body and get out if you start feeling too hot.
  • Drink cold and hot beverages: While there’s mixed research about the effectiveness of drinking hot and cold beverages to boost metabolism, the idea is that the extreme temperatures give your body extra work (more calories to burn). While researchers hash this one out, I’m going to keeping enjoying ice-cold water (with lemon).
  • Exercise in cold weather: Working out in the cold can increase the amount of brown fat you burn, which in turn helps your body burn the bad, white fat. It’s actually fun too – much more fun than exercising in the heat. 
  • Learn to love a cold shower: Taking a cold shower provides the same benefits of exercising in the cold, and so much more. Not only will you jump-start your metabolism, your skin and hair will shine, and you’ll save money in energy and water (trust me, you won’t be taking any crazy, long showers with cold water). After years of my boyfriend telling me that I should take cold showers, I finally started last year and now they’re a regular part of my life.

There’s no better time than the upcoming summer months to try some of these out. Jump in a cold shower after a workout or make an effort to keep your AC a couple degrees higher this summer. Along with these tips and other metabolism boosters, you’re on your way to increasing your metabolism and decreasing your waistline. However, don’t forget that loving your body, whatever its size or metabolism level, is the most important thing.

Have you tried any of these temperature related metabolism boosters before? We’d love to hear your experience in the comments below.

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18154748891333272199Are you ready for a healthy Vegas vacation?

The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.

 

Biofeedback: The New Science of Self-Care

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Have you heard the expression, “Just listen to your body”? I use this phrase all the time (sometimes I receive strange looks in response), and I recently discovered that a technique called biofeedback takes this meaning to a completely new (and awesome) level. Biofeedback is an increasingly popular, non-evasive therapy that gives you control over some of your body’s physical responses, ones previously believed to be involuntary, such as heart rate, breathing, sweating, and muscle tension. Research shows that biofeedback can help with the treatment of many conditions including asthma, high blood pressure, chemotherapy side effects, constipation, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, and chronic pain.

You can practice biofeedback techniques at home after a few sessions with a biofeedback therapist who uses electrical sensors to measure your heartbeat, skin temperature, brain waves, and muscles tension. Once you and your therapist have this raw data, your therapist will teach you techniques to control and change the responses in your body that are causing unpleasant physical reactions. Using the electrical sensor machines to monitor progress, you can find out which techniques work for you and your unique situation. For example, you might learn a method to relax a muscle in your neck that constantly tightens and causes your chronic headaches. Alternatively, you might use breathing exercises to control your high blood pressure that peaks during your daily traffic commute.

The main idea behind biofeedback is that our bodies are commonly under various levels of stress, and this stress seems to be increasingly mental (as opposed to our ancestors who typically faced physical stress). Since the stress is mental, it’s more common that we are chronically stressed (you know how the mind keeps rethinking and analyzing everything), and it’s also more difficult to have an appropriate outlet for the physical energy that accompanies stress. As a result, the energy stays stuck and manifests in our bodies as mental and physical symptoms such as digestive problems, headaches, insomnia, depression, lower immune systems, chronic pain, anxiety, and high (or low) blood pressure.

For this reason, one of the primarily focuses of biofeedback is relaxation and developing self-awareness to know when your body is starting to feel stressed, and using the power of your mind to alter that response. Common biofeedback techniques include breathing exercises, mental training, visualization practices, and meditation.

If you are interested in finding a biofeedback therapist, check out the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback site to search for one in your area. Of course, utilizing a variety of stress reduction practices will also help you manage the stress in your life. Most importantly, always listen to your body; it’s your best guide and greatest asset for attaining optimal health.

Have you tried biofeedback before? We’d love to hear your experience in the comments below.  

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18154748891333272199Are you ready for a healthy Vegas vacation?

The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.

 

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5 Ways Aromatherapy is Revolutionizing Hotel Room Stays

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How would you like if your next hotel room stay felt more comfortable, more like home? As a frequent traveler myself, I know I would love it. The good news is that some hotels are finally realizing that travelers value a “lifestyle” experience and they are willing to give it to us (without sky-high rates). One way that’s gaining popularity is the use of aromatherapy in hotel rooms to promote better relaxation, rejuvenation, and rest – so we can hit the town (or the meeting room) energized and ready to take on the day.

In practice for over 6,000 years, aromatherapy is a holistic approach to wellness that utilizes the aroma from essential oils (oils taken from plants, flowers, herbs, or trees) to improve physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. These benefits occur as the chemical compounds in the fragrance bind to receptors in the emotional center of our brains. While still considered an alternative therapy in the West, many individuals and organizations, including the National Institute for Cancer, recognize aromatherapy benefits such as mood improvement and stress reduction.

Luckily, some hotels are finally catching on (we thank you!) and utilizing the benefits of aromatherapy to help their guests relax, energize, focus, and have a better night’s sleep. Below are 5 ways hotels are using aromatherapy and popular essential oils to create the ultimate guest experience.

  1. Relaxing Bath Accessories:  Baths alone can be relaxing and rejuvenating for your mind, body, and soul. This is especially true after a long day of site-seeing or out-of-town business meetings. Not only can soaking help you renew and restore, but using hotel provided bath salts or bath milk will help increase your relaxation as you inhale fragrances like rose, lavender, jasmine, and sage.
  2. Aromatherapy Décor: I’m all for killing two birds with one stone, and with aromatherapy décor, hotels create an aesthetically pleasing environment that also helps promote relaxation, focus, and well-being. Types of décor include scented candles by the bed, a bouquet of flowers, or a plant or herb container on the desk.
  3. Enhanced Sleep: Lavender and jasmine are two well-known fragrances that promote healthy sleep. Scented candles, lotions, massage oil, and bedding help you relax and feel comfortable so you can fall asleep and stay asleep.
  4. Invigorating and Energizing Shower Products: While sometimes all you want to do is sleep late (6am, no thank you), sometimes you just have to drag yourself out of bed. Aromatherapy body washes, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions in scents like orange, ginger, lemongrass, and tea tree have energizing properties that help you wake up and tackle your day.
  5. Quick Refreshers: When you head back to your room to change your clothes or freshen up before dinner, aromatherapy can help give you a little extra oomph to finish the night strong. Mint mouthwash provides a burst of energy (and fresh breath), and aromatherapy scented foot wipes help soothe your tired feet after a long day of walking or wearing uncomfortable shoes.

Next time you’re planning a vacation, business trip, or quick weekend getaway, pick a hotel that offers some of these aromatherapy benefits – you won’t regret it!

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