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L-Theanine For A Good Night Sleep

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 6 August 2022
L-Theanine For A Good Night Sleep
Green tea is well known for its high amounts of antioxidants, particularly one known as epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG. However, green tea also contains a high amount of an amino acid known as L-theanine. L-theanine is widely used and studied in Japan, a culture particularly known for their tea consumption. L-theanine has been observed to promote relaxation and reduce stress by a variety of possible mechanisms, with clinical evidence also showing these benefits. Studies have shown that L...
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What Happens When We Sleep?

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 16 April 2022
What Happens When We Sleep?
Our internal body clock, called a circadian clock, tells us when we are ready to sleep. There are actually several circadian clocks in the body, found in the brain and other organs. They are triggered by cues such as daylight (we feel alert) and darkness (we feel drowsy). These clocks can also be triggered by artificial bright light or stimulants like caffeine and alcohol that cause us to feel awake even if it is nighttime. There are several phases of sleep our body experiences. They are c...
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Cancer Survivors' Sleep Is Affected Long After Treatment

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 20 February 2022
Cancer Survivors' Sleep Is Affected Long After Treatment
Once the stress of a cancer diagnosis and its intensive treatments have passed, the hope is that life can return to normal. But we know that this is not true for many people who have had treatments for cancer, and sleep is often impacted for a long time after treatment. Researchers at the American Cancer Society studied responses from 1,903 cancer survivors from across the US. These survivors were diagnosed with cancers such as breast cancer or prostate cancer about nine years before th...
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Stress-balancing Action of Adaptogens

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 24 January 2022
Stress-balancing Action of Adaptogens
We’ve all been there at least once. Whether it be a list of deadlines, a high-stakes presentation the next day, early morning travel, or a crying infant keeping you awake all night, we all have those 24 hours when our sleep is absolutely shot, and yet we have to make it through another challenging day. Nerves frazzled, we pour that morning coffee and hope for the best. But what if there was an elixir, in pill or other forms, that actually helped restore our body to balance, bringing us...
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Poor Night's Sleep Is Common

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 3 December 2021
Poor Night's Sleep Is Common
Although cancer does not directly affect sleep, the side effects of cancer treatment—both physical and emotional—can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep. Cancer may affect sleep directly and indirectly, by the disease itself or indirectly through treatments, medication effects, stress, and anxiety. Additionally, going to bed later than usual and/or getting a poor night's sleep are both associated with impaired glycaemic response to breakfast the following mornin...
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