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The Effects of Lack of Sleep

Written by: Bianca Mastromatteo, MLIS  [lwptoc]Sleep. We all do it. Not just humans. Our cats, dogs, rabbits, fish, all need to sleep. Ideally, humans are supposed to spend about 1/3 of our day sleeping. While some of us may wish we could forgo sleep in the pursuit of other activities, sleep is as vital to our survival as eating, breathing, or exercise. “But why?” Well, that’s going to take some explaining. So put on your PJs, grab your thinking cap, slip on your slippers and let’s start this adventure into sleep, sleep deprivation, and how to become super sleepers.   Why Should I Care?  Sleep is a big deal for something we pay next to no attention to. There are so many physiological changes that occur during sleep that it’s easy to see how short-term and long-term deprivation can have measurable effects on your health and wellbeing. Throughout the 4 stages of sleep...

How to Stay Motivated On A Diet

[lwptoc] The thrill of a new dietary venture can’t be more exciting. You finish your last meal holding a strong resolve for tomorrow’s first low-calorie meal. The phone is ready, Facebook page all set up and hash tags lined up by your side. You can’t wait to upload the full course meal from start to finish. But fast forward months later and the exhilaration seems to disappear. Meals are uninteresting; the images you once longed to upload look boring and monotonous. And your regular workouts seem more like a draggy ritual than a habit.     You might be facing a similar situation. Perhaps your spouse isn’t as supportive as way back. A family member screws over your diet. Or a co-worker slips few donuts on the desk. No matter the reason, intrinsic or extrinsic, there will come a time when motivation slumps and positive affirmations won’t do the trick. But don’t fret....

Intermittent Fasting Pros and Cons

[lwptoc] Intermittent fasting is a weight loss tool that has proven to be effective over the last few years. But for anyone who is just getting started, learning about its advantages and disadvantages can help in making the right choice, especially when picking a suitable variation. After all, just like anything else in life, a little time investment at the beginning will always pay dividends in the long term.So here are common pros and cons of intermittent fasting that every beginner should know: Advantages 1. It's an effective tool for weight loss Even though a normal dietary approach of 3 to 5 meals a day may work for losing weight, IF can help you achieve the same results in less time and better food quantity for each meal. This is because normal food intake is condensed into 1 or 2 big meals a day. Giving you more satiation everytime you eat. 2. You'll get to...