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.
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).
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.
Many of our fellow sisters are suffering. Between 10 and 20 percent of American women have endometriosis during their reproductive years. The condition can begin as early as a girl’s first period, and isn’t always resolved by menopause. None of that is good news, however cannabis might just be the answer for women suffering from endometriosis.
Now more than ever, people care deeply about what they put in their bodies. This increased awareness when it comes…