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15 Jan 2021: All About the Rem (and Non-REM) Stages of Your Sleep Cycle

Do you ever think…if I go to bed now, I will only get 6 hours of sleep? That of course, is assuming I don’t wake up in the middle of the night. It’s completely normal to fixate on the amount of sleep we get, but what we sometimes forget is the quality of this sleep is just as important. In order to get true high-quality sleep, one must progress throughout a cycle – known as the sleep cycle – multiple times. The cycle consists of four separate sleep stages which in sum last anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Each stage in the cycle plays a critical role in sleep’s restorative process, allowing you to feel mentally and physically refreshed when you wake.

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08 Jan 2021: Our Favorite Wellness Apps to Help You Kick Off The New Year

I recently came across a meme: “We’ve been in quarantine so long that I’ve had time to get in shape, get out of shape, and get back in shape.” It gave me a good laugh because I, and many others, can completely relate. When times are unusual, it’s easy to obsess over our physical health or conversely, put it on the backburner. However, if 2020 has taught me one thing, it’s the importance of keeping physical and mental health steady, no matter what else takes a turn (even if that is a global pandemic).

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05 Jan 2021: Gender & Exercise

The Pandemic has changed many things including the way we exercise. There are no more packed gyms or crowded yoga studios. For now, we are not doing Barry’s Bootcamp, Orange Theory, and the SoulCycle in a small room with 20 other people. Our workouts have moved outside or changed completely. We have bought Peloton bikes, treadmills and home gym equipment. We have tried new types of workouts. As we start the new year, we were curious to see what research has to say about HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts compared to lower intensity exercise.

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30 Dec 2020: Finding Clarity in 2020

This year something remarkable happened. The bay became crystal clear. I can stand on the surrounding boardwalk and see the bottom. I can go to the end of a dock and see even deeper to the ocean floor. I can see the eel grass, the schools of minnows, the stingrays and the scatterings of shells. I’m no marine biologist, but it is a safe assumption that this is a COVID-related occurrence. Less industry, fewer cars, less runoff, less leaky rental boat traffic have set the stage for a remarkable comeback for a bay I never realized was not existing at its full potential.

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11 Dec 2020: Debbie Allen is GYNOMITE!

It’s been 40 years since icon Debbie Allen starred in Fame, but she is still pushing the limits on her spectacular career. Allen has received three Emmys for outstanding choreography, two Tonys for her performances in West Side Story and Sweet Charity, and a Golden Globe for her performance in Fame.

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10 Dec 2020: Home Alone Quarantine Entertainment Guide

Here we go again… As much of California is now under a stay-at-home order through the holidays, we all need some entertainment to keep us occupied and distracted over the next few weeks/months. Normally, we would probably have a full social calendar of events and activities, but for now we have to be content with home base. So cozy up and make your way through our list of things to watch, read and listen to while you are at home.

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04 Dec 2020: Cannabis & Sleep

Primary insomnia is sleeplessness that is not derived from medical or environmental causes, and sufferers find it difficult to go to sleep or stay asleep. Estimates vary, but 30-60 percent of adults say they have poor sleep several nights per week. Often, the mind is overactive and doesn’t allow rest. Insomnia can also occur during times of stress which releases the hormone cortisol.

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03 Dec 2020: Why is Cannabis Used for Pain?

Pain is the most common condition which patients say they use cannabis. Across the country it comes in as the top reason in multiple surveys of medical marijuana patients, reaching 90% in some states. This is no surprise, as approximately one in every four Americans, have experienced pain that lasts longer than 24 hours, and millions more feel acute pain. Arthritis, the most common cause of joint pain, eventually affects half of the adult population. These are just a few of the reasons why patients use cannabis to treat pain.

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24 Nov 2020: Kim Ng is GYNOMITE!

Kim Ng made history this month when she was named General Manager for Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins: a first for a female and for an Asian American.  This isn’t the first First in her storied career.Kim’s career began as a 29 year-old intern for the Chicago White Sox.  There she became Assistant Director of Operations.  In 1995 she became the youngest person to present a salary arbitration case in Major League Baseball.